Retrovelo: One of a Kind Classic Bikes From Germany
By James Grahame
Retrovelo is a German bicycle manufacturer based in Leipzig. They produce an enticing mix of classic and modern city bikes that combine understated good looks with immense practicality.
Their Classic lineup consists of 3-speed and 7/8-speed models for both men and women. They feature 20.5" inch or 22.5" frames, Shimano Nexus hubs and Busch & Müller Lumotech retro chromed head lights and LED chromed tail lights. The saddles are Brooks leather, and a centre stand is standard equipment, along with stainless steel fenders and an optional color-matched carrying rack.
The company's Modern series has a certain timeless look, too. Models in this range feature larger frames and anywhere from single to 14-speed shifters. Perversely, these are city bikes that I'd be afraid to park on the streets of most North American cities. All Retrovelo bikes are available in your choice of 12 stock colors, and custom paint is available if you have the urge to make a bold and unique statement.
There. This post nicely encapsulates my New Year's dream of eating less, excercising more and considering the plight of starving Arctic Lemurs whose very existence is threatened by my addiction to shiny plastic things that beep and flash.