HARDCORE HANDMADE BIKES.
By Josée Lalonde and Philip Roquebrune
These are the three words that continue to fuel the passion at Roquechop Design (RCD). It is clear that this desire to do things differently is increasingly shared by young “builders”.
Their work has led to the emergence of a new
generation characterized by a renewed vision that leaves no one indifferent.
This new generation of builders differ in
several ways. On the one hand, they are not merely satisfied with parts offered by existing vendors; they design, develop and manufacture their own parts. Several builders even make their own chassis and suspension systems. In addition it is not uncommon to see new builders that are former riders or fans of motocross, mountain bike or BMX, to name a few. Coming from these environments, they import parts, ideas and concepts that they adapt into their
different projects for the purpose of finding the
geometry and feel that are just right. To illustrate this, one can think about Roland Sands who can be seen on You Tube “jumping” his Harley or Zen
Motorcycle who sawed off stock engine mounts only to replace them with his own designed pieces. Now he applies his ideas to his own custom frames. Kraus Motor CO., Hardnine Choppers, Krugger Speedshop,
TPJ Customs and Speedshop Design are other
artists to explore. In summary this new generation of...
now there’s a word that can have many meanings, but in this case at this time I guess it means getting back to my roots, which is a place I’ve been away from for far too long.
You know, I started building bikes for the most basic of reasons, hangin’ with my buds, slingin’ a few drinks and just choppin’ shit up for ourselves because we had no money to do anything else. You know, a hacksaw and a drill press type shit. It was all cool. Then I’m not sure what happened. The world turned, the stars aligned and the next thing I knew I was building bikes for a living and running my own shop… shit who’d have guessed? I’ve built a few dozen bikes so far, all of them totally cool, totally one-off and all a blast to ride and almost all of them for customers. Then there were my bikes which in order to showcase my abilities, started to get more and more extreme. Were they cool? Fuck yeah! Were they fun to ride? Well they were “exciting” that’s for sure. Now after spending two and a half years on my latest show-winning piece of craziness I decided that it was time to go back home again, and home is where I am.
Here we go. How do I start? Well this is got to be the strangest build we have ever done on all levels. It all started with the idea of building a shop bike. Well then the Jack came out (Daniel’s that is!) and Bud (you know, Weiser?) started flowing. As you can image the ideas started flying around. The best one was to build an ol’ school bike and I mean really ol’ school! We got so stoked we couldn’t stop.
The crazy idea of using wood spoke wheels was put on the table and was agreed upon right off the bat. We decided to hunt for them on e-Bay which seemed to be a good place to start. We bid on a set and lost then bid on another and lost again. Damn these things are expensive and rare! Finally we got lucky and became the proud owners of a set of 1928 Ford model-A twenty inch wheels. When we received ...
By Corey Lawson
This story begins like any other, simply with the love of a motorcycle, a lifelong hobby of two friends brought together by traditionally styled bikes. We started out building bikes for ourselves and jokingly tossed the idea of starting a bike shop. This was
a distant dream of ours since we had already
pursued similar professions in and around the
industry. A mix of both fabrication and refinishing skills led us to believe that maybe we could try to make our dream a reality. We had already built numerous bikes for ourselves and received a few small awards at local bike shows that led us to further believe that maybe we could make it. It all started with a plan. We decided that we would build budget-minded bikes with a lot of attitude and style. Yet our bikes would be reminiscent of those from the 1960’s and 70’s.
All in all, they would be bikes we could see ourselves riding. It started to sound pretty good, and like that, No. 9 Cycles was born.