It sounds like a simple practice,
but taking on restoration work or cus-tom-build projects isn’t the same business model as a traditional bike shop.
No two bike builds are ever alike. Some
may be a simple clean-up and tune,
which may take only a few days, while
others might require a bit of fabrication
work or custom-made parts that take a
few months to complete.
“We want to be able to deliver a
product that is solid, trustworthy and
will remain relevant for our customers.”
If you’re just looking for the cheapest,
we’re probably not for you, but we will
help you get what you need to do the
work yourself,” says Dan.
Many times the challenges aren’t
about time or money, but about working to combine older, outdated indus-try-spec parts with new, modern-day
offerings and ;nding ways to create a
simple solution in-house.
PIECES OF THE PUZZLE
This combination of old and new
creates many challenges. Many parts
are no longer manufactured, and there
are outdated sizes and specs that the
industry stopped supporting years ago.
So, out of necessity, Ichi Bike has created several parts of their own, some
of which have caught on in the custom-and electric-builder communities.
“I found that there were a number
of simple parts solutions that I needed
to make certain builds bolt together
simpler and cleaner, but they were
no longer available on the market or
extremely hard to ;nd. So, we made
them ourselves. Our Ichi offset, a freewheel spacer, is one of those parts
that caught on. We even have a USA
e-bike-maker that buys them directly
Dan Koenig, owner
of Ichi Bike, stands
behind his crazy
Tony Rank stopped
by ICHI bike on
his epic 4400 mile
ebike trek in the
summer of 2014