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Donhou Bicycles launches an adaptable new Utility bicycle so let’s check out the official press release:
Our Utility project has been many years in the making. From our very first award-winning, custom town machines you may have seen gracing the isles of the Bespoked and NAHBS shows, we wanted to take that concept and turn it into a more affordable, accessible package. After all, a city bike needs to be something you can leave locked up, right? As times and needs have changed over the years, so has this project and we’re really pleased with where we are now at and finally being ready to launch!
“At its core, it’s an extremely capable and dedicated urban machine, designed to adapt and grow with you as your lifestyle changes. And of course, it’s all wrapped up with some of the beautiful and thoughtful touches you would expect from Donhou Bicycles” Thomas Donhou – Donhou Bicycles
Doing a mid-week shop? Your daily commute? Or you need to load up for a weekend pic-nic? If you think a cargo bike is more than you need, then this is a great cross over, before needing to make that jump. It’s a fun full wheeled bicycle, tuned to carry a front load, for when you need to get your laptop to work, or the shopping home.
At the bike’s heart is its geometry. We slapped our hands together, breathed deep and took a nice long, deep, dark, dive into the geometry rabbit hole for this one. By building a fully adjustable “test” bike, we could look at steering geometry and handlebar shape as a complete package. Through iterative testing, we dialled in the geometry and handlebar shape to what we deemed to be the best balance for a bike of this nature. By pushing things too far in each direction we could locate the boundaries and find the sweet spot!
We have lots more design details explained over on the Donhou site, including more info of the test rig, so head over for all the details…
– Reynolds 525 double butted tubing
– Durable powder coat finish
– Optimised for 650b wheels with large volume tyres.
– Front load optimised geometry
– Can be set up single speed or geared
– 68mm BSA bottom bracket
– 1 1/8th headtube
– 135mm rear spacing
– 27.2mm seat post
– ISO disc mount
– Bolt on cable guides for clean cable routing, however you set the bike up
– Entry for internally routed dropper post (needs drilling)
– Downtube bottle mounts
– Rack mounts
– Mudguard mounts
– Kick stand plate
– Stainless steel wheel retention washers
– Integrated bell mount
– Option for stainless steel top tube badge
– Dedicated front portuer style rack
The Utility is available as a frameset which includes frame, fork and handlebar and will be available as a complete also (However unfortunately due the ongoing supply issues felt across the cycling industry we aren’t currently able to offer the complete option).
Frameset cost – £995
For all the information, head to the Utility page on the Donhou site here:
Utility – Donhou (donhoubicycles.com)
For those who are interested in our geometry rig you can find more info here:
Utility Geometry Bike – Donhou (donhoubicycles.com)
Fish Ski Designs Uses Upcycled Sail Fabrics $90 – $200+
There are a lot of options for custom framebags out there but there’s something about Fish Ski Designs’ work that really piqued our interest when we stumbled upon their work on Instagram. These bags can either be built with Upcycled sail fabrics or any number of other outdoor fabrics that they have in stock.
Full frame bag: $165-$200+
Half frame bag: $90-$140+
While they are currently listed as “Out of Stock”, you could always drop them a line on Instagram and ask politely. ;-)
““Safi Sana” means “very good” in Swahili. When I was 20, I travelled around Tanzania with my old school mtb; Safi was the only word I knew and I was repeating it again and again to show appreciation and closeness to the humans that were offering me all they had: “Safi Safi Safi Sana Safi Sana” “good good good very good very good”. Since then, I knew that, whatever I would do in life as a personal project, would be called like that. A word full of joy, energy and humanity, that’s Safi.” – Peter oftheSpoon
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Stuff we see on the ‘net that causes pause…
Photo by Donhou Bicycles
Thomas at Donhou Bicycles took the Utility launch seriously with some great photos!
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