Madison Street Bike by the Detroit Bicycle Company

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It would seem a shame to take one of these black retro beauties out into the unforgiving pothole strewn streets of a Glasgow winter. It might be best to display the hand-crafted Madison Street bike indoors, perhaps in the living room, nicely leaning against the mantel. It certainly deserves a place next to other pieces of art.

Detroit Bicycle Company founder, Steven Bock, builds each bike to order from the finest parts. For those who appreciate high-quality bike parts, all frames are made with Columbus SL CRO-Mo tubing and Nova lugs. The Madison Street’s main attractions are the beautiful copper-plating of the Campagnolo and Cinelli parts, track rims with Vittoria Zaffiro tires and the inimitable Brooks leather saddle.

Each bike is customised, so prices vary, complete bikes priced at $3,200 and up, up …. UP

Klein denuded and pimped as retro street bike


tr.v. de·nud·edde·nud·ingde·nudes

1. To divest of covering; make bare.

In a time where everyone on the street is riding fixies and it is becoming more and more difficult to keep that cool street chic going. A whole industry is catering for those desperate to be individual, it reminds me of that great writing in Monty Python’s LIFE OF BRIAN (paraphrasing)

Brian: “Look, you’ve got it all wrong! You don’t need to follow me…
You’ve got to think for yourselves! You’re allindividuals!”
Crowd: “Yes! We’re all individuals!”
Brian: “You’re all different!”
Crowd: “Yes! We’re all different!”
Man: “I’m not.”
Crowd: “Shhh!”

So take that with a pinch of salt and looking at my own stock decided to use my lovely Klein as a town bike. It’s been a singlespeed for a while with 2 seperate wheelsets a 32:16 for offroad and a 32:14 for road use.

What better bike could you have for the city? One that has fairly slick tyres for speed and has volume and robust components that allow you to smack kerb drops, self-damage yourself but not the bike in potholes.

It stands out – 2 people today commented on the bike….

What bike do you own that you could pimp up yourself? Let me know and send me a pic ….