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THE STORY BEHIND

CYCLES LELAPIN

After a childhood spent with my grandpa in his workshop and with my father, a former racing car driver passionate about cars and motorcycles who had restored or customized many machines, I had quickly become infected by the same passion : that of building, restoring and customising all that has two, three or four wheels … including of course bicycles. Alongside this passion, I have always had a special attraction to antiques. I think that there is a story behind every old object and I like to give them a second life by mixing original vintage pieces with quality modern accessories.

Encouraged by my family and friends, I created Cycles Lelapin with the aim of building unique edition fabulous custom bicycles based on real vintage quality frames. Far from trying to find the cheapest way to produce my bicycle, I want to adopt a handcrafted approach to create quality unique edition products and a high level finish without constraints of budget or timing; my quest is to get as close as possible to perfection. I don’t have specific business goals or an exact idea of where Cycles Lelapin as a company or brand is going, I just wish to build exceptional bicycles for exceptional people !

My aim is also to build unique edition bicycles on demand. However I am open to working on special projects for shops, delivery services, hotels, boats and interior design. I can build a unique edition or a special small series of bicycles just for you. Find here the details of the four step process to get your own unique edition custom bicycle. The best way is to contact me to discuss what we can do together.

Unique editions

Handcrafted custom cycles

Vintage frames

Vintage frames

I only work on steel vintage frames older than 30 years ideally made by Cinelli, Vitus, Colnago, Reynolds or Columbus. I think that there is always a story behind every old bicycle and I want to give them a second life.

Unlimited finishes

Unlimited finishes

You can imagine the colour of your choice with no restrictions. I also offer different types of finishes such as Electroplating, Bi-Chromating, Chrome, varnish, tinted varnish, ... But one color or finish will be used only once for one bicycle.

Quality parts & accessories

Quality parts & accessories

Mixing elegance with vintage accessories and modern pieces for a unique style and as enjoyable to look at as to ride, my bicycles are the result of careful selection of high quality vintage or modern parts and accessories.

Exclusive custom works

Exclusive custom works

There is no "list" of options, my aim being to satisfy all your dreams. Colours, materials, accessories, customizing, anything is possible … If you want a very special thing, don’t hesitate to tell me, I can make it for you !

My engagements

High level of quality & Exclusivity

Attention to details

Attention to details

Each part, each accessory or each esthetical choice is very important for the final result, and I always pay attention to every detail, however small it is to build the perfect bicycle mixing elegance with vintage accessories and modern pieces for a unique neat style and as enjoyable to look at as to ride.

High skilled partners

High skilled partners

Maker of high level quality bicycles with always the aim of reaching perfection on each project, I only work with partners I specifically choose for their special skills and their fine work. They can be saddler, painter, basket-maker, carver, … all of them are based in France.

Handcrafted in France

Handcrafted in France

Even if the frame is British, German or Italian, and some parts and accessories too, all the painting, custom work and assembly of your bicycle will be hand-made by me in my workshop of Erstein, France. All my partners are also French and based in France.

Unique editions

Unique editions

Each of my bicycles is unique, one colour or finish will be used only once. They have a name (the name of the first owner of the bicycle), a unique number that you can find on the frame as a handcrafted identification plate riveted on each bicycle and an authenticity certificate comes with each creation.

HOW TO ORDER

YOUR BICYCLE

If you fall in love with a model on sale in the gallery, you can order your bicycle directly on our website. Alternatively, if you fancy something different, simply send me an email to discuss your project. Together, we will be able to build your unique custom bicycle based on a vintage quality frame.

My aim is to build unique edition bicycles on demand. However i’m open to working on special projects for shops, delivery services, hotels, boats and interior design. I can build a unique edition or a special small series of bicycles just for you. The best is to contact me to discuss what we can do together.

Find below the details of the four steps process to get your own unique edition custom bicycle.

Taylor-made program

BY LELAPIN

Make contact

Make contact

The starting point is simply to contact me by mail or Facebook (please avoid smoke signals and carrier pigeons) to give me a little presentation of yourself and a short description of the bicycle of your dreams. Confirm the order by paying the first deposit and your name will be added to the waiting list. Think of the details of your project and when it is your turn, I will contact you for the next step.

Tell me about you

Tell me about you

At this stage, your project is in the pipeline. I will contact you to get to known you better, your life, your likes, ... , to talk about your project but also to finalise your technical and esthetical choices. What type of bicycle ? What colours ? What will you use it for ? Do you have a frame or shall I find one for you ? Do you need specific accessories ? ... I can also meet you on request.

Follow the creation

Follow the creation

At this stage, you will get a more precise idea of your future bicycle. The final price will also be advised and a second deposit will be required. Your project will be launched at my workshop and throughout the creation process of your bicycle, you will be informed of the progress at each stage (frame, painting, engraving, accessories, ...) with pictures allowing you to see the work that is being done on your bicycle.

Receive your bicycle

Receive your bicycle

About 3 months after the beginning of the work, your bicycle will be ready for shipping. I can ship it worldwide (carefully packed) or bring it to you if you are located in Europe. Payment of the balance will be required to initiate the shipping process. After shipment, you will receive your unique bicycle with its certificate of authenticity. I hope you'll send me a picture of you and your bike !

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