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.