Arko Bici Townie

Arko Bici Townie

Despite a tumultuous recent history, the Slovak Republic is now a high-income advanced economy with one of the fastest growth rates in the European Union. Perhaps that history contributes to their preference of restoration over refuse. In any case, Marek Parajka of Arko Bici has plenty of projects to keep him busy.

Marek lives in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava and has been restoring bicycles under the banner of Arko Bici for over a year, while his other sideline, Steel Roadies — specialising in, well, steel roadies — has been in operation since 2009. The latest Arko Bici is based on an old mountain bike frame whose owner did not want to discard.

The frame was stripped, repainted and rebuilt with an assortment of Campagnolo components from various gruppos, such as C-Record, Olympus and Centaur. A custom pair of handlebars were made and painted to match the frame, along with the rear rack. Monte Grappa bags were matched with a Brooks saddle — final touches to a bike that’s now more beautiful than the original.

See more on the Arko Bici website.

Arko Bici Townie
Arko Bici Townie
Arko Bici Townie
Arko Bici Townie
Arko Bici Townie
Arko Bici Townie

  • itsmefool

    Sweet…love the topcoat color! Just hope that bare brake cable doesn’t scratch the top tube (hopefully it’s wearing some standoff rings?)!

    • Marek

      I like that paint too, cheers mate! No, it doesn’t really scratch! cable is routed inside the top tube and I’ve put clear vinyl decal on head tube were the cable touches. It’s I-link wire housing (bit heavy though)

      • itsmefool

        Very cool…should’ve guessed you’d pay attention to such things; everything is so thought out and well done!
        BTW, who made the frame and fork?

        • Marek

          I really don’t know the brand! there was a sticker Chromoly pipes and paint was like anodized golden. It looked like Cromovelato. Fork is my work. I make also racks and stems
          best! M..

  • jeremynorth

    I love the way Marek has made such a harmonious looking bike out of such a variety of bits. Rather than creating a mongrel, he has made a magnificent beast. I love the attention to detail.

    • Marek

      appreciated Jeremy! It was such a great time working on that bike. Even assembling with Campy components was bit uplifting feeling.
      M..

  • Peter W

    A great re imagining for an old mountain bike, I wish I didn’t throw mine away now.

    Beautiful work Marek!

    • Marek

      glad you like it Peter. To be honest, my first mtb is gone too but there’s still plenty of best steel frames and bikes out there to be dumped so you got to go and pick them! I found Marin Pine Mountain in trash and recently bought for 70$ Scott Boulder.. will be restoring it later.
      M..

      • Peter W

        I’ll keep my eyes peeled.

  • Dael Franke

    Lovely work, Marek! The playful cable-routing, the gorgeous paints, and those handlebars…this bike is a companion.