Bike-be-que

Bike-be-que

Down Under, inviting a few mates around for a few beers and a barbie is social event that can take place on any day of the year. On the other side of the world, in Belgium, a bike has been built that could change that custom forever: A group consisting of a designer, a frame builder, a mechanic and a messenger have created a bike that brings the barbie to their mates.

One of the most popular bikes on Cycle EXIF this year was Antoine Hotermans’ Mcfly Custom Prototype, a rough-hewn street-tracker with indomitable charm. Antoine’s next project was a mobile barbie, the Bike-be-que. Like the last Mcfly, it lacks finesse but its pure functionality has a certain appeal. At least it won’t recoil from a sputtering boudin.

Unlike Antoine’s barebones street-tracker, Bike-be-que includes some creature comforts. A blanket is always handy at an outdoor barbeque or picnic so Hopop Studio, furniture designers and upcyclers from Brussels, supplied a Swiss Army surplus blanket, frame bag and the front crate, required for tongs and utensils. Bernard from Unik Bikes did the final assembly.

François Roland, self-confessed bike addict, messenger and co-founder of HUSH RUSH, a Brussels based bicycle delivery company, coordinated the project, which can be seen regularly catering for messenger events and alleycat races. It’d almost be worth taking a trip to Belgium to hang out with the courier crew and their Bike-be-que.

Special thanks to Antoine Ghisoland for the photos.

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  • jeremynorth

    Heap of junk … turned into a great bike, nay, trike. I love this thing.

  • shankshiv

    Fire it up it at home and the coals are stoked by the time you arrive at the party!
    I’ll have my ass well done, please.

  • Vitaet

    What’s with the second chain ring? Is it even attached to anything?

    • Anton Rodman

      Its commonly known as a ghost chainring. Its used as a chain tensioner (common on SS). Some people use a dedicated chain tensioner and some people use a ghost chainring. It’s not connected to the frame. Basically (when pedalling) as the upper segment of chain moves forward, the lower part moves backward, so a ghost chainring revolves inside the chain while holding its position, even though it is not attached to any part of the frame.

      • Vitaet

        Wow! Thanks for the exhaustive reply! This solution seems somewhat insecure, doesn’t it?

        • Anton Rodman

          Didn’t mean to tire you out and all good. I’ll keep it short. They work for a good time and not for a long time. They do shake out occasionally. Frame damage can occur during rough terrain and bounce on a non trike. Cheers.

  • Anton Rodman

    I look at this bike trike in such a manner. Its practical more than beautiful and so it should stay that way. Throw a few chops and snags on the barbie. Slam a slab of beer with your mates. Enjoy the day and laugh. If all turns to crap and things get out of control, utilise the fire extinguisher to put the barbie out and a screaming panic stricken mate that’s running around whilst he’s heavily inebriated. Great for a saddle on fire too.
    The blanket is great too. If too wasted to ride home (not recommended) grab you blanky and pass out under the stars. We ride again in the morning with a major hangover. Practical bike and not a bad rig at all.