That's a luxe two-wheeler! Craftsmen unveil 25k bicycle complete with diamond-encrusted handlebars and leather trim
14:20 GMT, 12 June 2012
London's most expensive bicycle has been unveiled. Costing an eye-watering 25,000 the two-wheeler, dubbed The Brogue, comes complete with diamond-encrusted handlebars and fine leather upholstery.
The brainchild of jeweller Nicholas Fitch, of Nicholas James, and leather designer Simon Harcourt the vehicle took eight weeks to create.
But any deep-pocketed purchaser hoping to whizz around the city roads on their new gadget better be warned as Fitch says that it's 'not for rushing around on'.
The Brogue will be on display at Nicholas James's Hatton Garden showroom and has a retail price of 25,000
The idea for the diamond-encrusted, fine-leather upholstered vintage cycle came about when Fitch was collaborating with Harcourt on some jewellery boxes and saw a beautiful 70’s Triumph 531 bicycle hanging on the wall of his Highgate studio.
Fixed-gear freestyle rider Chris Delia worked on the design and fitting of the bike visiting the duo at Highgate and Nicholas James’s workshops in Hatton Garden.
Fitch worked to adorn the handlebar stops, which are cast in sterling silver and have been finished with a rim of chocolate brown diamonds – which are said to complement the patina of the laser cut Italian tanned leather
It also comes complete with matching saddle bag, individually woven leather handlebar grips – and at one point there was even talk of including a pipe holder.
The handlebar stops are cast in sterling silver and finished with a rim of chocolate-brown diamonds
Luxury edge: Simon Harcourt found the vintage 70s Triumph frame at an antiques sale but says he doesn’t remember how much it originally cost
Harcourt, founder of Harcourt
Design, has spent more than a decade building a reputation as one of the
UK’s leading specialist in interior leather design.
Speaking of their collaboration, Fitch added: 'Simon and I are both maniacal when it comes to getting
things right. This has been a great opportunity to marry our two arts
'I love the contrast been the materials; the warm supple leather and the metal and diamonds. The finish is immensely tactile.'
The Brogue will be on display at Nicholas James’ Hatton Garden showroom and has a retail price of 25,000.
The bike has been fitted with Dia-Compe BRS 202 brakes which are deeper than normal road ones, at 57-75mm and cost 26.99 each