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Ruff Cycles is all about cruiser e-bikes and custom bikes, about pure riding fun and that special feeling of freedom you get while cruising around. We are more than just an ordinary brand – we live our products. With this blog post series we want to introduce our customers and their special bikes to our whole community.
I really like the long, sleek look of the Esco frame. I knew I did not want a bright, loud color which would be an obvious choice. It would be easy to use red, yellow, blue or any eye capturing color. Army green was the choice to match the brown and bronze accents I was designing for the build. I like the earth tones of the leather and bronze paint, so the green was my choice to bring to combination together.
I am a taller guy, so naturally I tend to like the stretch frames for comfort. My building skills are mainly with leather and wood. I do not weld. I try to hide the ebike components by using leather and wood to create places to disguise the battery and motor controller. I make all of my leather bags and accents myself from scratch or from kits. I can create different shades of browns, cordovan and black to match a set of leather accents to highlight the frame.
I had a general idea of how I wanted the bike to look. My experiences riding Harley Davidson motorcycles always drives my design concepts. Hopefully the handmade components tie the frame and accents together with a pleasant look to match the comfortable ride. It took about 6 weeks to get the frame from Germany, but during this process I was building the bags and painting the other parts. Once the frame arrived it was about 25 hours to assemble the bike.
CREDITS: Brant Olson from Sparks, Nevada