Von Dutch Bike

Von Dutch Bike

Hopefully you’re aware of the legend behind the Von Dutch brand sported by celebrities such as Paris, Britney and Justin. Kenny Howard was the pinstriper who helped define the American hot rod and bobber culture, spurning wealth and star symbol status and eventually succumbing to alcohol-related disease in 1992. This is photographer Gareth Buddo’s homage to Howard, a cool-cat rat-rod style bike that Von Dutch would definitely approve of.

Sure, it’s nothing to crow about, but real style doesn’t shout. It’s why a tool shed-built 67 Triumph bobber will always gain more respect than an American Chopper glam rocker. Gareth took the bones of a gas pipe frame and cobbled it together with found parts: Tektro carbon TT levers mounted to drilled and rubbed down Trek riser bars, eBay bargain Sturmey hubs laced to Mavic downhill rims and a well worn Brooks leather saddle. Gareth applied the lettering on the down tube by hand with model enamel, the act of which I’m sure the Flying Eyeball of Kenny ‘Von Dutch’ Howard presided over.

Interestingly, the Von Dutch clothing empire seems to be returning to a grassroots artisan alignment—hopefully out of respect for the man whose name they built their brand upon. All images by Gareth Buddo of Furmoto Photography.

Von Dutch Bike
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  • Roger Dudek

    Those levers are RIDICULOUS. Purely fashion over function.

  • revdub

    I can dig this. Great style. And sometimes… you need to throw “function” to the wind. On a bike inspired by Von Dutch, you just stick your leg in the mud and stop.

  • I’m a motorcycle guy first and foremost, so Von Dutch caught my eye, plus I like cycles of either type.  That said, I’m not a huge fan of a lot of modern bicycles. 

    This one’s a different story-I dig the rough, gritty, “rat rod” styling.  The levers may not be practical, but they’re cool, and the white tires are a great touch.  Looks perfect to beat around the city, and would stand out in the sea of hipster fixies and shiny race bikes.

  • mack-ö-matik

    … and the photos are simply uninspiring. Like the bike is. Next please

  • Posting On Your Face

     Racist. And elitist. Anyone can tart up their bike.

  • Sascha

    Until now, i liked most everything I saw on our site. But that thing is just ……aaaahhhhh……..not post worthy. I’d rather look at anything on the Berlin streets..

    Different opinions, whatever… 
    But anyways, keep up the good work!

  • Bell Mont

    Please dont post an Ed Hardy bike next…..

  • Bell Mont

    Please dont post an Ed Hardy bike next…..

  • “It’s why a tool shed-built 67 Triumph bobber will always gain more respect than an American Chopper glam rocker”

    Yes, this is true… Unfortunately, this P.O.S. is no ’67 Triumph. Can’t wait for the next post though!

  • Onelesspedestrian

    Road stem, BMX levers, and single speed freewheel would fix all the issues in my mind, but as it sits, I’m inclined to agree with the worst of these comments.

  • Fred

    The multi-speed free wheel wtih no deraileur and the gripless handlebars really make me hate this thing. The enamel lettering is pretty nice though.

  • Bob

    Von Dutch would hate this thing. Nothing about it deserves his name