Raleigh Colette

Raleigh Colette

Buying or restoring a bike for a lady friend or partner is very much a hit-and-miss affair. Their sense of style and form is more highly evolved than men, so if they don’t approve of the color, ergonomics or accessories, there’s a good chance your efforts won’t receive the all-essential seal of approval. Take note lads, this Raleigh Colette is a perfect example of how to do it right.

The Colette was stripped of her components and given a fresh coat of two pack paint in the original warm pink hue, before being adorned with a selection of parts from Velo Orange. The list includes Cork Grips, a Brass Temple Bell and a Wheel Stabilizer which will compensate the weight of the custom wooden front rack. The original decals were faithfully reproduced and applied.

Jacob Redding is a designer living on Australia’s Gold Coast who recreated the Raleigh Colette as a birthday present for his girlfriend. She’s actually more than a girlfriend: they both form a creative team called Rozknob Cellar who are building an eclectic portfolio of art and commissioned design work. I’m quite sure the Colette got the seal of approval, so hopefully we’ll see more of their work in the future.

Raleigh Colette
Raleigh Colette
Raleigh Colette
Raleigh Colette
Raleigh Colette
Raleigh Colette

  • Ben

    Did the cat approve though..?

  • snapoutovit

    Jeezus, ugly moggie!

  • DonPedro71

    In the second picture from top, there is a close up of a black spring(?)/cord(?) running from front strut to lower frame bar. What is it and what is it for?

    • I think it is to keep the front wheel from flopping when you fill your basket. With cats, beer and wine.

      • Tom

        Using a reflector bracket. Seriously? Its already being torqued under load and the wheel isn’t even turned.

        • Jacob

          Here’s a link to the kit from Velo Orange http://bit.ly/h7GGIU
          No reflector bracket 🙂

        • Chrissy_J

          I should think it’s more substantial than a reflector bracket…

      • And i think this is a nice simple city bike. Well done.

  • bikekalamazoo

    Very Nice Build. Simple, Clean and elegant

  • Tom

    Who make the tail light/where can I get one?

  • COLETTE

    Pas beau pantoute. J’en voudrais pas!