Just last week a new bike company opened in Melbourne and we’re very excited about them.
Papillionaire is an online shop selling customised Dutch style bikes which are designed and built right here in Melbourne. In the same way as CycleStyle, which sells clothing and accessories for the urban cyclist, Papillionaire‘s philosophy is to create bicycles for the urban lifestyle.
Papillionaire bikes come in two styles, a traditional horizontal frame (Classic) and an elegant sit-up-and-beg step-through frame (Sommer). The frames are made from powder coated lugged steel and come in cherry red, pastel blue or black. Every bicycle also features:
- 3-speed Nexus Shimano internal hubs
- Schwalbe Delta Cruiser tyres in 3 colours;
- Caliper front and Shimano roller rear brakes;
- matching chain guard and fenders to protect you from road dirt;
- Leather saddle, leather or rubber grips; and
- optional wicker basket and rear rack.
The customisation process in the online shop was as easy as pie and it was really fun to check out all the different combinations. If you have an idea of what you’re after then from start to finish the whole process would take only 3 minutes.
The bikes are reasonably priced from $499 and you can choose to pick up the bike for free from their South Yarra workshop, or for an extra charge have it delivered fully assembled or flat packed for self-assembly.
If you live in Melbourne you can make an appointment to test-ride their bikes at their workshop by contacting them on firstname.lastname@example.org or +61 468 919 552.
Papillionaire, welcome to the Australian stylish cycling scene!