Cycle Monkey specializes in custom builds using the Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 internal gear hubs and Gates Carbon Drive belts.

A long-standing customer popped by the shop, looking to upgrade from a humdrum commuter to something that recalled that initial joy of riding a bike. Though a child of the 80s, she learned on a swoopy 60s bike that her aunt rode as a child. She was looking to achieve the distinctive retro look, while going for the ultimate commuter setup. Her wishlist included a Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 and belt drive to nearly eliminate maintenance, front and rear integrated racks, and a dynamo hub to light the way.

We teamed up with Curtis Inglis of Retrotec Cycles to build this nostalgic turquoise & white special. The Retrotec styling was exactly what our customer was looking for, making her commutes to work more of a joy ride.

For more on custom builds by Cycle Monkey, check out the Monkey Lab.