THE SPECTR BICYCLE | a special cooperation with up cycles
THE SPECTR BICYCLE
Every now and then, it’s helpful to set our sights beyond the world of
eyewear design and do some “out of the box” thinking. After all, you
never know what might happen... This was the case when, at the end of
last year, we crossed paths with the three guys behind upcoming bicycle
brand up cycles. After getting on with them like a house on fire, it
didn’t take long for a new idea to take shape: enter the SPECTR Bicycle!
First of all, here’s what you need to know about the bike smiths. Julien Bezoge, Jérémy Laurent, and Stephan Helms have two major things in common: a passion for bicycles and deep commitment to a sustainable lifestyle. In April 2015, the three joined forces and founded up cycles wunschrad. Instead of manufacturing brand-new cycles from scratch, the three decided to leverage spare parts from quality vintage bikes – for instance French bicycle frames from the 1970s – into one of-a-kind refurbished masterpieces. Looking at the final results, we instantly saw that the three knew their craft. After all, tinkering with old bikes has been their long-time hobby. Julien was formerly the head of a workshop in London, before working on the development of bamboo-based bikes in France. At the same time, Stephan built a business sourcing and reselling vintage bikes in Cologne, Germany. And before Jérémy joined the two in Cologne, he was in charge of refurbishing used spare parts at workshops in Paris and Glasgow. In other words, up cycles is a match made in heaven, and whenever the three take on a new project, they also make sure that it fits the new owner’s personal style and budget.
After all, the customized bikes are more than mere means of transportation. They are what the Germans call a “Wunschrad” – a “dream bicycle” – and a perfect blend of style, design, and sustainable mobility. Taking care of the environment is part of the company’s founding mission, and also extends into the way the three owners buy food and clothing. “We want to live conscious, mindful, and sustainable lives. Ultimately, this not only improves our own quality of life, but also benefits the environment.” A true one-of-a-kind piece of engineering, the SPECTR Bicycle was custom-made for our magazine from the highest grade historic components. The frame dates back to the 1970s and comes directly from the private collection of French pro bike racer Raymon Poulidor. The saddle and handles are made by Brooks, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of genuine leather saddles and accessories. The mud guards are crafted from bamboo and the 7-speed internally geared hub comes replete with reverse gear.
We here at SPECTR are proud to work with such resourceful partners, and we’re ready to spread the love: Wanna win this great bicycle? Try your luck here!