ME AND MY BIKE #14

the hornet from cape town

Ruff Cycles is about cruiser eBikes and bicycles, conveying a specific and free riding experience. We believe that we are more than an ordinary brand, our connection to the products is extraordinary.
With this series of emailings, we want to highlight our riders and their bikes, as well as the inspiration behind their designs to the whole community.

Today with Greg from Cape Town

RC: WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION REGARDING THE DESIGN AND THE COLORS?

Greg: Hi my name is Greg and I live in Cape Town South Africa.

I built a bicycle for Afrikaburn, it was an epic project and learnt that I don’t want to build a frame again. It was a real learning curve, a mate wanted a similar bike and my search began to find a frame for the project. It was not a quick search, but I found the Ruff Cycles images on Pinterest and that lead me to the website and when I saw the hornet 🐝, I knew I had found something I really liked and could build something I could be happy with.

The hornet frame, it’s name is inspired by the colors and retro look.

A special mention should go to Jeromy Madskillz for getting the brief and painting my pannier, he is doing a hive on the rear as soon as I have cash.

RC: TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR BIKE

Greg: Not soon after acquiring the frame, my mate pulled out of the project and it was in my space for 3 years. I had put a lot of energy into selecting parts for the bike and this winter I decided to put it all together.

RC: WHAT HURDLES DID YOU HAVE TO OVERCOME DURING CONSTRUCTION, OR WHERE THERE ANY?

Greg: I started going to a metal work class in the evening to make the parts I could not find but that I wanted and I have learned a lot. I went through different pannier ideas and these lights are the 3 rd set, my second set I fixed up old tractor lights .

I still have to paint the other side of the pannier and have to attach the stand I have made from a hip replacement.

RC: HOW OFTEN DO YOU RIDE YOUR BIKE?

Greg: I ride when I can, and it’s usually around my hood, get loads of impressed folk checking it out.

RC: NOW A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

Greg: I work as a location scout in the film and television industry and for events in Southern Africa and use Cape Town as my base. I think I am a photographer, so never end up in the pics.

CREDITS GO TO:

Greg FitzGerald from Cape Town.

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