The crew at Deus Canggu continue to regale us with tales of tropical adventures, buccaneering and discoveries of long lost wrecks from the days of the Dutch East India Company. On one such trek, the lads came across this English Rudge, circa 1950s, and I would safely assume it was in a pretty sorry state. Doing what Deus is famous for, it’s been granted a complete and sympathetic restoration, including bespoke wooden accessories.
Here’s how the legend unfolded: “Being as old as it is, its safe to say this gem made its way to Bali’s shores during the Dutch occupation. The Dutch occupied Indonesia from the late 1800s until the 1950s, leaving many the bit and piece behind. After the frame received some lovin’ in the Workshop, it was time for Willy to do what he does best and give it a fresh lick of paint, which he did in style.
As soon as that cream and brown frame left the paint bay’s doors it was evident that a selection of wooden parts would take her to the next level. So master carpenter Pak Salim was called in, and after staring at the bicycle for a good 20 minutes, left and was not to be seen for a week. He turned up at the temple a couple days ago with a box of hand carved goodies… One off pedals, grips and a front basket made from old teak, definitely put this cycle ahead of the class.
Projects like this do not appease my desire to visit Deus Ex Machina’s island outpost, but until then I’ll have to settle for waiting for regular updates to their blog, which you can check out here.