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.
What was your inspiration regarding the design and colours?
Optically I roughly oriented myself to the Indian Scouts of the 1920s, because I always liked these bikes. I have to admit that this is already my second try. I dealed with the Indian-theme first in 2011 but at that time it was more about the boardtracker type. After a time it just didn’t go on.
Tell us something about your bike
I don’t go easy on the parts. I attach great importance to proven products as well as to quality and appearance.
Frame: Porucho V4
Fork: Regulator with disc brake mount
Wheels: 26″ x 80 mm hollow chamber rims with 26″ x 3.0″ Innova tyres
Front hub: Hope Pro II Evo
Rear hub: Sachs Super7
Brake: Avid BB7 with Jagwire Bowden cable and Avid Speed Dial brake lever Crank set: Ruff Cycles 140 mm
Chainring: Profile Racing Whippet
Pedals: NC-17 STD II
Headset: Reverse Twister
Stem: Spank Tweet Tweet
Handlebar: Ruff Cycles Indian Moonbar with Brooks leather grips Saddle: Brooks B67 Aged
Seat post: Ritchey
Saddle clamp: Tune
Woodwork: custom built by Tischlerei Thier Leipzig Headlights: custom built by VCustomLights
How long did it take you to build the bike?
I started at the beginning of December 2018 and the last work was completed in
Where there any hurdles during the construction?
Sometimes the smallest things caused the biggest problems. The aluminium spacers for the wooden tank, the stainless steel clamps for the decorative board in front of the rear wheel and the bracket for the headlight proved to be particularly difficult. I was also surprised that despite 26″ wheels, I can’t use 175 mm cranks and I can’t use 26″ x 3.5″ tires as originally planned because they don’t have enough space in the fork.
How often do you ride your bike?
I ride as often as time and weather allows it.
Now tell us a little bit about yourself
I’ve been in the cruiser scene for over 10 years now and have owned and built a wide variety of bikes (Felt, Smyinz of the Urserie, Basman, two Diamant Halbrenner, Retrovelo Otto and Alfons, Firebikes Fluid, …).
Since 2010 I am also co-organizer of the Veloshow – Das Dicke Reifentreffen, here in Leipzig.
Find out more about how Patrick built his cool Porucho Bike and learn from his advices.
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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.
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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.
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I wanted to go for a sporty sports car look. The frame being so low and sleek, gave me the idea of creating something similar to a Ferrari or Lamborghini. So I asked myself ... what stands out more than Red?
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I was in doubt between a Porucho and a Tango. But because I saw a lot of Porucho's lately so i decided to build me a Tango.
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I've been into bikes all my life, and crossed between most styles of riding, but mostly enjoying the creative outlet of custom bikes these days.
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Honestly, my inspiration was the early media photos of the Ruff "Shelly" and "Rodder" Deans, I love the simple clean curved lines and wanted to build a tribute.
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Here in Denmark is very classic the cargo bikes to cruise around with the kids so I decided to mix this cargo bike with one of your bikes, because I wanted a fat ass bike.
So I decided to mix the Tango lady steel with the Nihola and that was the result.
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Quite a lot of the components came from a bicycle online store such as the forks, drum brake, crank/pedals, cables, tyres. I fabricated the tank from 1.5 mm brass sheet, smoothed the welds and polished it to a mirror finish.
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