New bikes on the block: Freddie Grubb celebrates cycling and design
Nestled among a quaint parade of Georgian shop fronts on London’s Amwell Street, Freddie Grubb is a new British bicycle brand hoping to shake up London’s saturated bicycle market with its contemporary take on the traditional town bike.
’The London cycling market is getting pretty saturated with relatively cheap and cheerful bicycles in the mid price bracket (£300-£500),’ explains Jack Pattison, Freddie Grubb founding director. ’We were keen to produce a product that wouldn’t just look good in a showroom, something that would stand the test of time.’
Tailor-made for city cycling, the brand’s debut range of four bicycles are inspired by British models from the 1930s and 50s with compact geometry, neat lug details, gently curved forks and Porteur or swept handlebars that allow for a more comfortable ride.
While the brand is affectionately named after Frederick H Grubb, the maverick pioneer of British cycling, the four models take their titles from London’s hidden rivers; the Ravensbourne, Effra, Fleet and Walbrook.
’We wanted to approach the design of our products with the same ethos that we would a piece of furniture,’ says Pattison, while co-founder, Malcolm Harding adds, ’Our bicycles are all about detail. They are designed and built in London (in Deptford Creek to be specific) with handmade frames and quality components.’
As well as showcasing the brand’s debut bicycle range in a variety of colours - which they plan to change seasonally -sizes and combinations, the newly opened Islington store offers London’s style-conscious cyclists a wider lifestyle experience with a selection of furniture, lighting and accessories that chime with the bicycle’s refined styling.
Goods on offer include speakers from Danish brand Vifa and minimalist lighting from Montreal-based Lambert & Fils. A special collaboration is on the cards for the upcoming London Design Festival and a range of Freddie Grubb bicycle accessories are also on the horizon.
’Cycling is huge at the moment and it certainly doesn’t look as though it will slow down any time soon,’ enthuses Pattison. ’Apart from a wonderful healthy way to scoot about town, in cities like London it’s probably the quickest and easiest way to get from A to B. Our aim is introduce a bit of style into the equation.’