Whether you consider yourself a “cyclist” or not, quite a few people have fond memories of waking up to a new Schwinn Krate under the Christmas tree during their childhood. Between the chopper bars, 16″ front and 20″ rear wheels, and the banana seat, the bikes became iconic symbols of late 60’s/early 70’s bike culture.
If you find yourself reminiscing about those days, perhaps you would be interested in the new IconicRide. Introduced by industrial designer Mario Ciaramellano, the chopper inspired ride brings back memories, only in an adult sized package. Even though the wheels might be bit bigger than the original, the IconicRide packs in all of the style, just with a few modern touches…
One of the most obvious differences between the IconicRide and a classic chopper bike is the size. Rather than a 20×2.125″ rear and 16 x 1 3/4″ front, the modern incarnation rolls on 24″ rear and 20″ front stock. Combined with a Hi-tensile or Chromoly steel frame built with larger riders in mind, the IconicRide is the perfect ride for big kids, and big kids at heart.
As the calling card of the chopper bike, the banana seat and chopper handlebars remain, but the bike gets some modern appointments at the hubs. Instead of the old gear shift on the top tube, the IconicRide runs a modern Shimano Nexus 3 or 7 speed internal gear hub with a coaster brake. The front end ditches a drum brake in favor of a mechanical disc brake, while both wheels run double wall alloy rims for lighter weight and improved durability over chromed steel hoops.
Available in Green, Blue, and Red/orange, complete bikes start at $567 ($699 AUD) through the IconicRide Kickstarter. If the Kickstarter is successful, bicycles are expected to start shipping May, 2015.