Biciklim

" me and my bicycle..." The third out of four bikes I built for my brother in Budapest/Hungary

Portrait

Gabor is a buddy and bike surgeon in one person.  The guests who gather in his cozy workshop can get all manner of professional, competent and compassionate advise about old&new school bicycles. His excitement is obvious to the listener. But when it gets down to work, he uses his instruments with a precision and certainity as a heart surgeon at the Insel-Hospital located not far from the workshop.

Gabor is originally from Hungary. After the first tumble out of the saddle in childhood and subsequent elation on two wheels, Gabor continued on faster and faster models, shredding over the dusty city streets. He worked as a bike messenger in Budapest through the winter, where he extended his street skills and bike expertise during an Erasmus year. Meanwhile in Fribourg Gabor completed a master's degree in business administration. In addition to his entrepreneurial activities, Gabor plays Bike Polo on Tuesdays and organizes "Alleycat" races for messengers and joy-riders. And he spent four years riding fixed gear bikes as a Mahamaya Fixpress Messenger in Bern and enjoys the silent muscle and cardio workout ever since. Just for the record, he has never been passed by of an e-bike yet!

Philosophy

In the sales-oriented bike industry mainly new material is used, causing a huge amount of waste. Gabor takes a different approach. Whenever possible, he prefers well-preserved vintage parts over new material. Old goods acquire new value.

Old retro steel frames are equipped with quality components, vintage pieces combined with new models, scuffed frames are touched up with fresh paint. And before unwanted parts land in the junkyard, they are repurposed as imaginative objects and resplendent decoration (recycling).

Gabor's philosophy is based on Velo-romance, but also on rational grounds. Compared to the expensive virgin material, intact old stock is reliable and stable. With his philosophy Gabor bypasses the planned obsolescence and leaves a minimal environmental footprint.