Gallery: Derringer Cycles: Hybrid Bikes Modeled After 1920’s Racers


On the hunt for a bicycle that doesn’t have a drab, traditional hybrid frame? Then check out Derringer Cycles, a line of hybrid bikes modeled after 1920’s racing motorcycles. These stunning bikes have been designed as a throwback to the classics, featuring Brooks leather saddles and polished copper rivets. Each Derringer cycle can easily be operated as regular bike, but if you need to climb a hill in a hurry you can rev up its engine to cruise up to 30 MPH. The bikes feature a tiny 1.8 gallon fuel tank that gives them enough juice to go for 300 miles! But of course, this kind of style doesn’t come cheap. Expect to pay $3,500 for the bragging rights of one of these hand-built beauties — and you live in a rough ‘hood, make sure to invest in a quality lock.

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  3. StephanBr September 17, 2010 at 4:24 am

    Allow me to differ, there can\’t be an engine on a green bike, an electric motor perhaps, if you recharge it with your PV cell on your garage , but combustion engines are NOT green.

  4. KlunkerRider September 15, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    @ Coutch, not quite, the Derringer uses a 4-cycle motor, with much cleaner emissions, not a two cycle, so no having to mixing oil with gasoline, that also means your not burning oil as part of the engine operation. BTW here in California 2-cycle motors like found on most motorized bikes are now BANNED by the AQMD, sucks but that the law. Agreed you can build a much cheaper version, the question is how much time and effort you plan on investing. I’ve talked with guys who have built these and its not a simple process, it requires a good amount of mechanical skill, just getting the rear cog hub onto the wheel straight and true is a major accomplishment, also beware of cheap coaster brakes, these require a top of the line rear hub or you will find a china cheepie coaster lasting about a month. Also getting the frame/fork,etc all custom powder coat painted can be expensive. It all depends on how much effort you want to invest, what mechanical skills you can bring to the table, having the facilities and necessary tools to build something like this (a screwdriver and a cresent wrench are NOT sufficient) so for some folks $3k to get a customized individualized bike built for you may well be worth it. I’m considering the Derringer, Venice Motorbikes, or doing as you suggest and building my own, but only if I can get a CA legal motor kit. We’ll see.

  5. coutch September 14, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Oops, forgot, add $65.00 for the Brooks saddle – Total DIY – $465.00
    For the exact same quality… I’m a true capitalist, but $3000.00 profit on a $3500.00 sale is excessive…

  6. coutch September 14, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Take a good look! It’s a $100.00 china bike, a $150.00 2 cycle engine kit , a $50.00 tank & a $100.00 paint job… All available over the counter and/or online, including one website selling these same bikes for $800.00 assembled & shipping paid. Also, these 2 cycle engine tend to overheat after 5 miles or so, the instructions tell of this! So buyer Beware!!!
    And you are indeed so very wrong – Style like this does indeed come cheap!

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