28 March 2008

Bike Basket Fantastic

Bespoke bike baskets by David Hembrow
It's been a while since we've blogged about bespoke bike accessories. Perhaps we've been saving our energy for this post about the most beautiful bike baskets you could imagine.

A long while ago, in the quiet rolling hills of Somerset, there was an English basketmaker. His fine craft was passed down through the generations, father to son, until it ended up in the nimble fingers of one David Hembrow.
Bespoke bike baskets by David Hembrow
David produces all manner of baskets, using the finest English willow, but it is his personal passion for bicycles that make him create wonderful, custom-made bike baskets. His love of bicycling even caused him to up stakes and relocate himself and his family to Assen, Netherlands, where bike culture has thrived for at least as many generations as David's family has practised their craft.

David's website is a goldmine of inspiration for thinking up a custom-designed basket for your bike, as well as a personal insight into David's craft. You can see heaps of photos of baskets he's made - standard and customised - as well as view a film wherein he makes a basket.

Bespoke bike baskets by David Hembrow
It's also fascinating to read about his family's proud history of basketmaking. There are even lovely photos of his family, as below, riding their bikes with two-tone willow baskets sitting proudly up front.
Bespoke bike baskets by David Hembrow

Only the imagination sets the limit for what David can create. He'll happily engage you in a discussion about your needs and your desires. As you can see below, the man can do anything your heart, or his, desires.
Bespoke bike baskets by David Hembrow
The prices are reasonable for hand-crafted quality and we are quite convinced that a Hembrow bike basket will compliment any bicycle on the planet. It's bespoke, it's old school craftwork and it's timeless.

Not merely content with making baskets, David's passion for cycling has caused him to branch out into Study Tours of Dutch bike infrastructure for politicians, cycle co-ordinators, cycle campaigners and anyone interested in cycling infrastructure.
Read more about the study tours here.



Anonymous said...

It appears from your photos that Copenhagen is pretty flat. Where we live there are some hills. What do you think about the electric assist bikes? In the US, Giant is coming out with a new model this April. I am wondering how well they hold up.

Zakkaliciousness said...

Copenhagen is flat, but there is high bike usage in many hilly cities in Europe. Have a look at this post for more inspiration.

Regarding e-bikes, they will probably be popular in the states, but in Denmark, you will be mocked for riding one, unless you are disabled or elderly. :-)

A number of bike companies have dropped Scandinavia as a market for e-bikes, since people get along fine on their regular bikes, as they have for over a century.

But there are some cool Dutch brands on the market, and Danish Velorbis is on the way with a very bespoke model next year.

Eric said...

Gorgeous custom bike baskets! Although Europe is light years ahead of us on this topic (and probably many others as well!),here in the US biking as a means of transportation is really catching on. My wife recently started a unique company that makes bike basket liners, called "Betty Bike Baskets." Not sure if these have caught on overseas yet, but the Betty Bike Basket Liners not only are a fashion statement for ones bike, but also easily convert to an eco-friendly handbag. For more information, checkout the website www.bettybasketliners.com