The Inverted Bike Shop

It’s funny.
As a kid I loved riding bikes. What I loved even more was tinkering with them. I had this classic Chopper (you know, with that smaller front wheel?) that I hacked up and lighten so that I could do bigger jumps. My boys size BMX was a mish-mash of parts that was a result of my lengthening limbs.
This video brought back very strong nostalgic memories of visiting my local bike shop to do cool things like balance my tires or replacing my brake pads. Sadly such “mechanic” style bike shops are disappearing, and in its place bike boutiques with standard offerings. I do miss those days, and probably why bikes fail to interest me much these days.
So how does this post relate to design?
It’s been a while since you designed with your hands, no?
If you can’t see the embedded video, do check it out on Design Sojourn.

  • ryan

    April 7, 2012 at 1:23 pm Reply

    This video is beautiful, it’s to bad that the bikes he is building are about one step above box store bikes. It’s ironic that he talks about the beauty of these bikes yet the frames and components are one of a million instead of one in a million.

    • Brian (Design Sojourn)

      April 16, 2012 at 9:50 pm Reply

      @ryan: Thanks for your comments, a nice rhyme going there. I think it depends on your scale no? You could say that all screws or gaskets one of a million. I think the angle here is that is creates a customize bike using a range of standard parts.

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