The Denny bike is about returning the rider (and ourselves) to those early days of carefree riding, when cycling was just about ‘get up and go’ freedom—the reason we all fell in love with bikes in the first place.
It’s inspiration? The diverse community and unpredictability of our home, Seattle. From the auto-shifting electric assist, smart reactive lighting, integrated locking and the redefining of the fender, we've created the purist biking experience possible for Seattle riders. Now you don’t have to worry about the hills, rain or an impromptu ‘farmer's market' trip.
Denny is the “all in” cycling solution that meets security, safety and importantly convenience needs. Ultimately, the Denny bike was born from a simple premise, ‘an everyday bike that removes the barriers to becoming an everyday rider’.
“All in – Just Ride”.
Removable handlebar lock system
Quick stop handlebar lock system
Automatic gear shifting
Electric power assist
Integrated storage as part of the frame
Removable battery for easy charging
Minimal fender design that removes water from the tire
Fully-integrated, turn signals, head and brake lights
Auto-on lights that react to natural light conditions
Safety lights that flood light onto the road around the bike
Brought together by a mutual love of skateboarding, Jordan contacted me about building his dream bike. He wanted a bike for long rides, on long roads, that he would own for a long time. The build is classic and hardy, featuring White Industries cranks and hubs, Paul Components brakes, and Gevenalle shifters. Along with the build, the color scheme was also inspired by the US National Parks: understated, built to stand the test of time, and something I can't pin down that says: the user is the finishing touch.
This is Helen's everyday transportation. She came to me asking for a bike, designed for her, with her input on the details. 26" wheels to maintain proper geometry, wide tires for Manhattan streets, a Brooks saddle on a custom theft resistant seat mast, a tri-tube custom stem fitted to Nitto flat all-rounder bars. The component brands used represent style and utility, further stating the case for a bike to be proud of and used everyday. Minimal and industrial, without being too harsh or heavy on the eyes. I'm proud of this one, thanks Helen!
Willys Jeeps, Olive Drab, Stamped steel parts and being outside. These are the things Andrew and I looked to for inspiration when building this bike. It needed to be able to go off road, but also be comfortable on a fast group ride. Just enough carrying ability to get by when luck escapes you, but not enough to weigh you down. I love this thing. We painted the parts that see all the grime with a military spec olive drab, and left the others to wear with just a patina finish.
Brendan, I don't mean to embarrass you. This is one of the best builds I've ever done. Throughout the build process the most common description of its purpose was "Dumpster Adventure Bike". If you know me, you know how much I love all three of those things. Right now Brendan is in Alaska fishing; When I heard that he was headed to AK I was interested in how he could afford a fishing trip to alaska, a custom bike and still be my preferred waiter at my favorite pizza joint. The truth is that Brenden is a solid dude who works just as hard as he shreds, he is in Alaska on a commercial fishing boat. The text I got the other day read "Hey there bud. I'm on my third week in AK. Just got hit in the eye with a red jellyfish. Shreddin hard." Riding this bike over to the gravel yard to photograph was a dream, supple tires, fast wheels, and some comfortable tubing made me wish it was mine.
If you know her you know that she has opinions on road cycling. Kelsey is a purist at heart but since we are married some lines get blurred. I will tell you that TIG welding and 28c tires were not Kelsey's idea at all, but all in all I think the collaboration turned out a success.
Alex is a Biochemist, and consequently travels often for work. He came to me with a need for a travel bicycle, we discussed different options and settled on a custom low profile breakaway-style system. The other request was that the bike would be be supremely fun riding on and off road. The bike consists of a mixed group of parts and inspiration from every era. The downtube shifter is mounted on the seattube, below the split, and the whole rear end comes apart as an assembly with no derailleur cable split required. The bike was also designed to be used with Silver long reach brakes and can accomodate both a 650b or 700c with just a brake pad adjustment. Please excuse the paint chips and dirt, right as the bike was finished Alex was off to Florida and I didn't get a chance to photograph it new... I think it adds to the story.
David came to me with a need to replace his NYC beater single speed with something a little lighter, a little more reflectant on his cycling past, and a little more radical. We came up with this bike. The cables are internally routed, one rear Formula R1 disc brake, Sram XX and Force 1x10 drivetrain, and Industry Nine custom wheels. The result is super clean, very light and quick, comfortable 35c tires, and very responsive braking. Needless to say we hit it off over the course of building this bike, seeing eye to eye on every detail, this bike is a beast! David also developed the branding concept for Sizemore with his firm Mashburn Katz
This commuter takes inspiration from a NJS Samson and various road bikes Adam has owned to create a different take on the commuter bike. A handlebar-stem combination, 3Rensho fork crown, disc brakes, seatmast, internal cable routing, belt drive, and internally geared hub, make up a dream commute for a fashion photographer. if you don't know, now you know...
In a way, by building bicycle's I am following in my father's footsteps. He launched his countertop business when he was my age. As such, he has supported my decision from the beginning and it finally became time to build him something that would meld our aesthetic preferences and would also be super fun to ride. From his love for riding motorcycles and mine for simple lines, the marriage of huge tires, internal (and therefore, virtually maintenance free) shifting and relaxed, cruiser-inspired, geometry was the obvious route. Tough elegance and a dash of inovation has proved to be the ultimate wheelie machine.
For the 2011 Oregon Manifest I decided to build a bike to meet my personal goals transportation wise, and aesthetically. This bike features two original ideas: A simple, lightweight, easy to use integrated locking system, as well as an integrated fold down front stand for easy loading and storage at home or work. Aesthetically simple and functional, I tried to follow Dieter Ram's 10 principles of good design.
A bicycle for the city. For riding to work, riding home, for forgetting about riding. This bike is designed to disappear into your mind, and seamlessly integrate into the life of it's owner. Built with a mix of new and vintage parts where they work best. Drum brakes, a dynamo hub, and full fenders will also keep the rider moving (or stopping) when the conditions are not.