The term ‘custom bicycle’ can have two different meanings, but both are correct. One definition refers to the hand built frame that’s assembled from materials such as steel, titanium, composite fibers, wood or even bamboo. The other refers to bikes that are the product of the modular nature of their components and accessories. Germany’s Garage 271 are specialists of the latter category, cobbling together eclectic and vintage parts to create a machine that’s rough, ready and completely custom.
Garage 271 is the work of Frank Heinrich and Oliver Aschenbrenner, two passionate riders with extensive backgrounds in BMX, mountain biking, photography and engineering. This is their latest compilation, primarily to keep Oliver on the road while he completes his Honda GB 500 TT project. The base is a 1969 FLH Nostra frame, re-constructed with a pair of steel forks, Magura hydraulic brake, motorbike handlebars, an ancient VDO speedo and vintage battery-powered Bosch lighting.
It’s well-worn, but exudes a personality that is impossible to buy off the shelf — and that’s whatcustom is all about. See more details, and read about their ‘Emission Zero’ ethos, on the Garage 271 website.