FYXO: Busyman Cycles’ KUMO Delivery Bike Dec 4, 2017

Photos by Andy White

Mick Peel of Busyman Bicycles does some incredible custom leather work, applying his art to saddles, bar tape, saddle bags, and a whole lot more. Working with Australian builder KUMO Cycles, where Keith Marshall does some incredible work of his own, Mick put together this beauty for himself. See more at FYXO!

  • Peter Chesworth

    Great to see this MOz combo on Prolly’s pages. Mick’s intricate work getting a buzz, Keith’s bikes are seen tootling round Canberra and are pragmatic, robust and useful works of art.

  • Chris Valente

    The coordinating fades and accessories on this are so on point.

  • I don’t at all understand the choice for such a long stem for a bike like this, especially with the seat set just slightly below the handlebars. Makes no sense to me. Also, while that bar tape looks nice, that single wrap over 22.2 bars will likely be both too narrow and too little padded for any kind of comfort in all but maybe the smallest of hands. Pretty bike, but to me it screams aesthetic over practicality.

    • Billy Arlew

      When I installed swept back bars on my bike, I had to increase the length of the stem to retain a reasonable reach/fit. Probably the same thing here… maybe the bike was designed around drop bars?

      • Since I don’t know who owns/rides this bike I can’t say anything other than opinion, say you could well be right. I have swept back (portuer style with no rise) bars on a road frame designed for drop bars, and I shortened my stem from 100 to 80mm. I’m 6’1. So my opinion comes from my personal experience. I just can’t wrap my mind around the point of swept back bars if the reach is still so long, unless you have really long arms, because that kind of stretched out position surely decreases the comfort and utility for a bike with a front rack.

        My thinking for my own setup was just the right reach to allow me to get into an ‘aero’ position on the road AND have a nearly upright position for puttting around the city (saddle height not withstanding) but these bars do have a longer reach than mine do though, I will admit that.

        • The proportions of this setup look pretty good to me. Everybody’s got different preferences for bar reach and height, but in general I think you’ll see people wanting a longer stem to go with a super swept bar like this.

          My own recent example is the Jones bar on my mountain bike, for which I went with a 30mm longer stem than I was running with a regular mountain bike bar. But if you go by Jones’ recommendations, he’d have my bar even higher and further back, so basically not switching the stem at all.

    • Theodor Rzad

      My initial thought regarding the long stem was the same as yours, but consider this: the rider also uses a zero-setback post and platform pedals that could conceivably allow for a foot-forward position. Such a forward bias can be more efficient for bursts of power for some riders; pretty useful for urban riding. Also, the rider may just have a freakishly long torso for their inseam too :)

    • colavitos_ghost

      Have you ever thought about…… not commenting?

      • Well my comment, while not to your liking, clearly, got a discussion on stem length and setup for a specific style of bars. All without any outright negativity. So no, can’t say that I have. Seems to me, your own comment, is a better example of “have you ever thought about not commenting.” Seeing as how it added nothing to any discussion, and only served to try and bring someone down.

  • Erik Thompson

    Real talk most messengers I know use giant backpacks but a few use giant ass front racks. This rack is impractical because it has rails and at best it could carry a 12 pack or just a grip of sandwiches. I am only saying this because they are marketing this as a “delivery bike”

    • Who exactly is marketing this as a delivery bike?

      You don’t need to be a bike courier / messenger to make ‘a delivery’. I think ‘most messengers’ depends on what city you are in, and what era you are referring to. From working as one around the globe there were varying preferences in bike setups and bags before the internet homogenised the vogue.

      • Erik Thompson

        “FYXO: BUSYMAN CYCLES’ KUMO DELIVERY BIKE” I thought it was yall that were marketing this as a delivery bike. Maybe it was theradavist that gave this title. And I am speaking from Minneapolis. The vogue here is definitely huge front racks and giant bags for messengers. But yes I guess if you are marketing this as a get around towner it makes sense. Dig the paint and the geo.

        • Same title I used. Mick uses it, amongst other things for deliveries. If he used it for wheelies, it’d a ‘wheelie bike’! It’s wheelie nice either way. Stay warm!

        • I’d be hesitant to use the word “marketing” when referring to this post, or to Andy’s post on Fyxo. It’s a custom bike, built for a rider who does what he wants with it. And it’s a beauty.

          Nobody’s trying to sell you on a new category of bespoke bicycle, or question your legitimacy as a deliver-er. I’m impressed by Andy’s humility given his storied history as a delivery cyclist.

          • Erik Thompson

            My bad. I guess I didn’t understand. If this is a one off it is rad. I thought it was being mass produced as a delivery bike. Again I dig the geo and the paint, it is a very cool rig I just didn’t see the rack being very practical for someone working as a courier.

  • Theodor Rzad

    It’s pretty cray to consider this beauty locked against some punk stickered/tenant-rights-flyer-skinned/dog-wee-soaked pole in the city!