‘Upcycling comes naturally to me. I don’t specifically think about it.’
Lucas Brinkhaus creates custom-bikes. ‘The added value of my custom made bicycles is that customers view the bike that is made for them as a very personal item. Therefore they are more careful with it, in all perspectives. My bicycles last a lifetime.’ Brinkhaus gives a lecture on Saturday 20 May during Designday on his custom-bikes
Brinkhaus graduated the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2007 as industrial designer and started as an independent designer. One of his friends asked him to build a custom made bike, which soon led to a custom bikes atelier. His friend’s question did not come out of thin air. Brinkhaus graduated with a bicycle that had a built-in carrier to attach to a car. He started to restore bikes in 2010 and uses old and dismissed bikes to create new ones. Brinkhaus also builds bikes from scratch, including electric bikes. He creates about fifty pieces a year and the price ranges from €500,- to €2500, or more. His clientele comes from within the region, but also outside the region and from foreign countries. His works are quite unique.
‘I always start out with an elaborate conversation with the client to examine his needs and expectations. This is the only way to create a unique bike. My personal signature is simplicity and solidness. The added value of my personal approach is that customers view their bike as a very personal item. Therefore they are more careful with it. My bicycles last a lifetime and at most need some maintenance now and then. They can be renovated after 10 to 15 years in cases of extensive use. Upcycling comes naturally to me. I don’t specifically think about it. Old materials are often of higher quality. If it still looks good after 50 years, it has proven quality.’
Brinkhaus usually works on his own. It is his dream to develop a product that can be produced on a larger scale without losing the personal connection with the customer.