Winter Bicycles 1918

Winter Bicycles 1918

The utilitarian purpose of military bicycles is both something to be admired and feared, like war horses. The latest machine to emerge from the workshop of Winter Bicycles, the ‘1918’, is a sobering tribute to the bikes used in service during the First World War, updated for the modern rider.

In 2014, the centenary celebrations of WWI will begin, lasting through till 2018. Winter Bicycles’ Eric Estlund has created a modern rendition of the ‘Columbia Military Model’ in commemoration, which was approved for use in the war by Government engineers.

Like the original, it’s “completely equipped, finished in military drab, being of double bar construction and seamless tubes throughout and sound to the core” — Eric’s version, doubtlessly, shares the same characteristics, the least of which is its “sturdiness of construction and utter trustworthiness”.

Eric’s ‘1918’ bicycle is subtle, stylish and strangely contemporary, but hopefully its historical significance won’t be lost on today’s velo set. Head to the Winter Bicycles website for more details. Special thanks to Anthony Bareno for the photography.

PS: Apologies for the lack of posts on Cycle EXIF. I’ve been in the bunker preparing the 2013 Cycle EXIF Custom Bicycle Calendar. Get ready, it’s the best yet — stay tuned.

Winter Bicycles 1918
Winter Bicycles 1918
Winter Bicycles 1918
Winter Bicycles 1918
Winter Bicycles 1918

  • I love how simple this frame is. The pennies on the fork are the perfect subtle embellishment.

  • So clean, beautiful details. I met Eric at Bespoked Bristol back in March, a top man with a great vision and design ethic, keeps turning out stunning useable machines.

  • Stephe

    I like this bicycle… it is the small things that grab me… the perfect horizontal line of the gooseneck or the ring as a pannier hook on the carrier etc. In general I like the functionality of all Winter’s Historic Patterns and they remind me somehow of Fast Boys Nose Bikes… even though they are completely different machines… because of the focus on functionality. A lovely way to start the morning… Thanks Adam. Looking forward to the 2013 Calendar… one definite customer 🙂

  • itsmefool

    I’m with Stephe; nice details on this one! Love the twin top tubes, too (say that 10 times fast)…looks sturdy. I also appreciate what inspired the build and how it was executed. So many folks build these awful military-themed bikes that look almost cartoonish…big white stars and nonsensical markings all over ’em. Just ugly. The 1918, by contrast, looks great!

  • Now&Zen

    For me , with the exception of the pennies on the fork ( which the bike definitely could do without as they only serve to detract from the clean design ) there’s nothing sobering or ‘ fearful ‘ about this bike . Its simplicity and purity of function and design making the bike a beauty to behold .

    But seriously [ Eric ] Lose the pennies . They bring nothing to the table : managing to only distract ones attention from the overall beauty of the bike . And then …… consider doing a limited ‘ production ‘ run . Cause this bikes a winner !

    • Eric (Winter Bicycles)

      Thanks for the positive comments. Re: the pennies, they are dated 1914 and 1918 and bracket the war. For a bike made specifically as a functional commemoration, I feel good about them. They are 1/2 depth inset into the fork, and are actually very subtle in person (the macro shots are intentionally famed to show them off).

      I hear you though- when we build one for you we can omit them!