Radiohead has designed a custom bicycle

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This is the Radiohead Brompton fold-bike, up for auction, soon (Photo: Brompton)
This is the Radiohead Brompton fold-bike, up for auction, soon (Photo: Brompton)
  • A British bicycle brand and some huge names in music, are working together
  • The goal is to help live music crews, who are suffering due to a lack of concerts
  • Whatever your music taste, there will be a custom bicycle on auction, that will appeal

If you love city bikes and music, Brompton has some very desirable machines coming up for auction.

Folding bicycles might look like toys, but they require precision engineering to retain the strength to carry adult riders, whilst also being able to fold.

Brompton is a leader in the fold-bike industry, and in many global cities with an active commuting culture,these steel bicycles with their frame hinges and collapsible handlebars are very popular.

Brompton bikes
Under the Brompton's bottom bracket, you'll find more verification of its Radiohead status (Photo: Brompton)

An all-star line-up of musical talent involved

In a show of solidarity with the music industry, Brompton has collaborated with some of the world’s best music artists.

The idea is simple: Brompton provides the bikes, and the associated artists choose their custom designs. What has been created is a collection of custom painted Brompton fold-bikes that have an official association with the Foo Fighters, Rise Against, Radiohead, Phoebe Bridgers, LCD Soundsystem, Khruangbin, Nathan East, Dinosaur Jr, Oh Wonder, Underworld, Sub Pop, Enrique Iglesias and Neko Case.

Fans will have the opportunity to bid on these thirteen bikes through Greenhouse Auctions, an online platform configured to empower artists and promote diversity.

Foo Fighters
Iconic Radiohead graphics, add to the collectible status of this bicycle, for fans of the band (Photo: Brompton)

O.K. Commuter

All profits from the Brompton bicycles that are auctioned, will be transferred to Crew Nation. This is a global relief fund structured to support live music crews, who have been adversely affected by lockdown.

Perhaps the most striking of these thirteen custom Bromptons, is the Radiohead version. Its vivid design is the work of Stanley Donwood, known by loyal Radiohead followers as the band’s official artist.

Donwood created a blend of Radiohead’s back catalogue album artwork on the limited surface area of Brompton’s small fold-bike frame.

Applying a bold design to the round tubes of a bicycle can be challenging, but there is no questioning the authenticity of Donwood’s Radiohead creation. It looks absolutely striking.

All thirteen of these custom Bromptons will have an official serial number validating their uniqueness.

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This is how small the Radiohead Brompton can fold, to stow under a desk or on a train (Photo: Radiohead)

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