Stand Bike Me, Beautiful Reclamation In A Throw-Away Society
From our vantage point, always in sight of the industry’s cutting edge, whether gram shaved carbon or contrived hipster-vintage, it’s a reassessment of perspective to see reclamation being commercially marketed. Sure, this is done ubiquitously in other industries, but the cycling market has always esteemed the new and novel. Your local co-op may dabble in used cast-offs but they aren’t likely marketing their wares on an international level.
Here is a creative bike studio. Here is a resurrection of the past. Here is a break from the norm of over industrialized big-business and their normative masses. Here is the creation of something truly unique, almost as much for the sake of art as the ride itself. Here is Stand Bike Me. It may be odd, but it’s a fresh take. Embrace your artsy side and brush past the break…
Say what you will about consumers paying a second party to cobble together a second-hand bike. Stand Bike Me is harnessing age-old principles found in other made-to-order shops and applying them to the old and forgotten bikes of yesterday.
Not one of the bikes displayed on their site is available for purchase. Rather, each is a one-off created in collaboration with a customer who had a vision for something pulled from a dusty garage and revived into a tailor-made ride uniquely his or her own.
Stand Bike Me prides itself in its ability to breath new life into a long-forgotten bicycle. After a customer-interview process, taking into account riding preferences, measurements, artistic tastes, unique design ideas, etc., they will take either a customer supplied bike or source one upon request, and then proceed to disassemble and restore each part to shiny-new. New parts are included where necessary, such as tires/chain/cables/pedals/bearings/etc. Concurrently, Stand Bike Me works with the customer to imbue the bicycle with a customized level of design; creations such as wine racks, leather grips, wooden racks, custom color, all individually sourced, are utilized in elevating each bike into something truly one-of-a-kind.
If you are feeling artistically adventurous, start the journey here.