Happarel stands for “Handmade Apparel”. The company’s roots are based in handmade wear. The love for bicycles and the amazing feedback on our reflective solutions initiated a shift in Happarel’s main focus.
We have been designing bike frames with all kinds of material with the main goal of being more visible and to increase road safety for cyclists. The idea of making a whole bike reflective was a result of these thoughts.
We are using a reflective film which we get manufactured here in germany. Incorporated glass beads inside reflect incoming light back to it’s source, just like road signs do. The big advantage of the passivity of the material is the fact that it does not irritate uninvolved road users since the reflection is only visible for e.g. car drivers with their headlights switched on. Compared to phosphorescent glow-in-the-dark bikes or loads of LEDs attached you are very subtle by day and only extra visible when you need to be without being a rolling christmas tree.
The spray paint might be a quick fix solution, but you will encounter several problems right away. If you spray it onto your bike, you will damage your mechanics because of the pearls responsible for the reflection. And what if it rains? You have to put another layer on again and again. And how does it look after a few days? It crumbles and comes off step by step leaving behind a nasty surface. And does it come in different colors?
Too make it short: With our material you won’t have to worry about a loss of reflective intensity (7 years guarenteed), it’s more resistant than regular paint and besides, you can chose between a range of different colors and designs.
Yes, we offer reflective makeovers for existing bikes. You can bring your ride to our workshop, we discuss design ideas, and take care of everything: take the bike apart, sandblast the frame, apply your new reflective design, coat it with a tough layer of varnish, maintain and clean your parts, assemble your bike back together and finally please you with your new old bicycle. You can also just bring your frame already disassembled which would make the whole service cheaper as well since there is less work included.
A fully customised Reflective Makeover for your existing ride is available from as low as €290. Our complete Happarel Reflective Bicycles are priced from €2000. Every frame is personalised according to your wishes, integrating individual logos and colour combinations so prices vary depending on the complexity of the overall build and design.
No. Our focus is on building ideal urban bikes, but we don’t follow a stylistic dogma. The first two options we have in our regular programme (singlespeed/fixed and 2-gear kickshift) are a response to the demands of a city like Berlin where we live in. But we are keen to build bicycles for other purposes, too. The reflective theme can and should be applied to all kinds of terrains. Road Bike? Sure! Mountainbike? Please! BMX? Most definately!
Happarel Bicycles, Berlin | 2015 Credit Photo & Video : Martin Mostert / 4BC Production
IMPRESSUM : Happarel Bicycles Inh.: Antoine Capeyron + Eberhard Schilling
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