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The DeLorean Bike | GCN’s Ultimate Hack Bicycle?

The DeLorean Bike | GCN’s Ultimate Hack Bicycle?

– I’ve got no idea where to start really, so why don’t you tell us
how this started, and when. – Okay, it started about four years ago, I put just USB charger, and a horn, on it, and then, it kinda took
off from there, really. I kept adding indicators, more lights, more horns, and it’s kinda
grown into this, so– – Yeah, four lorry horns,
which we’re not gonna let off, until later on,
in case we draw too much attention from the locals. Okay, let’s start at the front end, because there’s an awful
lot going on, just here. Oh, and also, yeah, the
only bike I’ve ever seen where you have to turn
it on with an ignition. – Yeah, this goes in ignition switch, so if you take the keys out, nothing on it will work,
so if I leave it locked up anywhere, take the keys
out, and nothing will get messed around with, so it’s good for that. – Right, let’s take a
look at this front end, because as I say, there’s
a lot going on here at the control centre. – [Simon] the control centre, so we got, yeah that turns everything on, and then we’ve got main
lights, fog lights, spotlights, USB chargers,
find that really useful these days for charging
your phone, Garmin, Ipod, and then, we got a rear view camera, so I could see buses,
lorries, and other cyclists, and then we’ve got heated grips, so had them on not long ago,
they’re still a little bit warm, but yeah. – [Interviewer] Yeah,
these wre one of the first modifications that you made to this bike. – Yeah, I put these on first,
but I found the battery didn’t last long enough, so I
had to get a bigger battery, and then from there, I could
kinda keep adding to it, and then, we’ve got normal
indicators, front and back, and then if we put them both on together, they’re hazard lights, so if
I get a puncture or something, I can put them on at the side of the road. – Talking of the lights,
you got the indicators that are also hazards as you said, but I love this front light here, where did you get that from? – Thank you, I got that on
Ebay a couple of years ago, and then it was in a real
state when I bought it, so I cleaned it all up, put
it on the front of my bike. I have no idea what it’s off. I think it’s about from the 1930s, but I don’t know what it’s come from. – Amazing looking stuff. I should point out, early in this video, actually that this is
not just a gimmick bike, which sits in your shed, is
that you do actually use this genuinely touring around. So you’ve been to Edinburgh recently, and also around Belgium. – [Simon] Belgium, yeah,
I went through France, Belgium, Holland, then like you said, been up to Edinburgh through Wales. – [Interviewer] It must get
a lot of attention through those countries. – It does get quite a lot, to be fair. A lot of people, they
kinda spot the horns, and then they, kind
of, do the horn symbol, I’ll press it, and they love it. It gets a lot of attention. – Yeah, let’s take a look at the horns, as you’ve got three silver ones here, and a brass one on this side. – So with these switches on the back, what I can do is just let one off at once, so if I’m down a canal or something, I don’t really want to
press all of them at once, so I can press just one. Quick demo of that. Yeah, that’s just one.
– It works. – And then if something like a lorry, or something, overtakes me too close, I can press all of them, and then, do you want a quick demo of those as well? – Go on, then. I’ve only got one finger to put in an ear. – Okay. – Yes, yeah. No one’s coming out their doors just yet, I’m sure there will be some soon. Yeah, amazing stuff, so
let’s have a look at all the other stuff at the back end, because along with the heated grips, you’ve also got some heated
insoles for you shoes, but how on earth, do you get them heated? – Basically, so I’ll have
two panels in my shoes, and then the cables go
up through my jeans, and they come out through my jersey, and then I plug them in down here, so I can adjust with these
two temperature knobs, kind of how hot, and cold, my feet are, dependent on if they’re very warm, or not. – You’re kind of attached
to the bike at that point, so also, here at the back end,
we’ve got an air compressor somewhere, haven’t we? – Yeah, there’s an air
compressor which is controlled by the ignition switch. So that’s that, and so
I can plug this hose onto my valve, and then
I can pump my tyres up if I get a puncture, as well as that, there’s also a tracker on the back, so the bike’s got his own phone number, so if you ring the bike, it’ll
text you back where I am, and how quick I’m going, and
if the bike’s switched on, or not. – Yeah, so presumably
if it ever gets stolen by someone that’s gotta
be incredibly strong, we’ll get onto the weight
of this thing shortly, you will know where it is. – Yeah, I’ll know exactly where it is, as well as that, what I can also do, there’s a microphone built in, so I can ring the bike, and in theory, I can listen in to what’s happening, so it’s not happened yet,
but it’s a useful feature. – So when we featured this
about a year ago on the show, I think the total weight was
in the region of 25, or 26, kilogrammes…
– It was. – There’s been a few additions since then, what’s it up to now. – It’s up to just under
40 kilogrammes now, so it’s really heavy. Reason for that is there’s
quite a lot of brass on it now which wasn’t on before,
and as well as that, I’ve also got bigger batteries, so I can go touring for longer, and I don’t have to charge them as much. – So how does it ride,
that’s the big question. – It rides pretty well to
be fair, you’d be surprised. I mean it takes quite a while to set off from a set of traffic lights. You have to be careful as well
if shifting under pressure, because obviously, don’t
wanna break the chain. But yeah, it rides pretty well. I’ve got electric E-Bike
tyres on at the moment, just for a bit of extra grip as well. – In terms of the riding, I mean, you’ve only got standard breaking on here, so do you have to be relatively careful of your breaking distances
on this, or is it okay? – Yeah, I do have to be careful, particularly in the wet. I mean in the dry,
they’re absolutely fine, but in the wet, I do have
to be really careful, because with them being cantis, they can be quite interesting in the wet. – I’ve got to ask you, actually, what was the inspiration four years ago, when you first started this project? – I find, that’s a really
difficult question to be fair. I mean a lot of people
refer it to the Delorean from Back to the Future, which I kinda suppose it
does look a lot like that, but there’s been so many different
things that have inspired me to make it the way it has now. I mean, it’s quite steampunky, so it’s got a good, kind of, vintage steampunk look about it. – [Interviewer] So the
batteries, Simon, I understand, are located in this bag at the back. – They’re in the back, so
there’s four batteries. You can’t see two of them,
but two of them are on display here, and these power each of the horns, and then the bike itself. – [Interviewer] How much do they weigh? – They weigh about between
two, and three, kilos. They’re not too heavy,
but I get a good week out of each battery, so it’s worth it. – I can’t help but notice
also, whilst we’re in the bag, you got an old tin in here, what’s that? – Yeah, that’s basically my toolkit. So in here, I’ve got things
like my soldering iron… – [Interviewer] A soldering iron? – Yeah, a spare solders, I
find that that’s the tool I have to use the most,
because when I’m out touring, sometimes I’ll snag a wire,
or I may have to do some repair works, like solder
one of the switches, or something, and then in here, I’ve got old spanners,
superglue, chain splitter, all tools I have to
use at some point, so– – I think you’d probably be
the only cyclist I’ve ever met that takes a soldering iron out with him. – I think so, yeah, I mean like I say, I use it the most, it’s the
most used tool I’ve got, and it’s pretty small,
and portable as well. It’s just like a small pen. – That is very cool, now
with so many gadgets, and gizmos, on the bike,
it’s quite easy to ignore the heart of it, which
is of course the frame, and the forms, so tell
us a bit about that. – Okay, so the frame,
originally got the frame of a chap on Retrobike,
a couple of years ago. Had it completely
stripped down, resprayed, I had extra mounts fitted to
the front, for the front rack, as well as for the mudguards on the back. I find it’s really strong, durable frame, Reynolds 531 tubing, so had
no issues with it at all yet, so it’s really durable. – And local as well, just
down the road from us in Bath, in Bristol. – Yeah, only literally 12
miles, or so, down the road, so it’s come back to it’s home. – Now, I guess another question
that we should ask you, Simon, is what’s next? I mean you even got any room
to put anything more on this. – A friend at work, suggested
to put a radio on it, which I think could be
a really nice feature, it’s just where I put it,
I mean I might have to fit it on the back somewhere,
because I’ve kinda run out of space in the front,
so that’s in the mix. – [Interviewer] And would
you go analogue or digital? – Analogue, definitely. Analogue, it’s got to be analogue. – Next up, then, under the saddle here, you will notice there is a small cylinder, Simon has just admitted
to me that this is his very own bodge, but tell us what it is. – Yeah, okay, so the
proofide basically keeps the saddle nice and supple,
so I can basically use two cable ties, proofide sits in there nicely, can’t fall out unless I really pull at it. It’s just a handy place to keep it. – Space is kind of at
a primi on this bike, so he didn’t have room for his spoke key, or that inside of the
bag, had to find other spaces for them, and what
I love about this bike is the fact that it’s a
combination of new and old. There’s a few digital components to it, but there’s also a whole
load of analogue things, in terms of the battery power, et cetera, the clock, you’ve got here at the front. I’ve already talked about
the rear view cameras, there’s a lot of inspiration
from motor vehicles, motorbikes, and cars in this bike as well, and if you come to the front here, these lights are light
sensitive, aren’t they? – Yeah, so if I’m
cycling through a tunnel, or something, and I want the
light to come on quickly, give a quick demo there,
lights go on and off. So it’s handy, it’s only
those two at the moment, but– – Yeah, absolutely amazing,
it’s a stunning bike. One of the most interesting things, if this didn’t have everything else on it, would be the vintage
Shimano dual group set, and these Avid brake, which always wanted in my mountain bike in the late 90s. Why did you choose those brakes, and that particular groupset? – Well, I find that these
brakes stop me absolutely fine. I’ve had no issues with them really, like I said, in the wet,
they’re a little bit sketchy, but I find so long as I put
my brakes on soon enough, they stop me fine, same
with the groupset really, I mean I’ve had no issues
in terms of it breaking out, or breaking down, wearing out quickly. Seven speed on the back,
so I’ve got a 32 sprocket on the back, and there’s 20 in the front, so I can get up quite steep hills, I can get 25 percent
hills on it quite easy, I’ve been up Winnat’s Pass on it, which was interesting. – Okay, so one of the main things, we’ve probably missed out,
before we finish this. You have taken apart,
and used on this bike, from a Lancaster bomber. – Yes, this is the
Lancaster bomber map light, which does actually
work, I tend to put maps, and directions for campsites,
and things, underneath, on top of the screen here. – Well as I said, thank you ever so much for coming down, and showing us this bike, it is absolutely incredible. If you would like to see the entire story from the very start, you
can see the website there on the top top tubes,
just head over to that. If you’ve enjoyed this
video, and I very much hope you have, please give it the
thumbs up, just down below. If you haven’t subscribed to the channel, you can do so now by
clicking on the globe, and there’s a couple of more
videos coming up for you right now, first of all, if
you haven’t watched the latest GCN show, we’ve got loads
of hack, and bodges, not quite up to this standard perhaps, but still a few for you to look at, you can click on the bottom
left hand corner down there, or if you’d like to see
a very different bike, a Buffalo bike from World Bicycle Relief, you can click just down here.

100 comments on “The DeLorean Bike | GCN’s Ultimate Hack Bicycle?

  1. personally i think this is the ultimate bodge! the world's least practical touring bike, but would look good as decoration. 40kg and you are not carrying a tent and can't make a hot coffee, at least nobody in their right mind is going to steal it.

  2. Needs a way to make hot drinks, a toastie maker for toasted sandwiches and I'm amazed it hasn't got GPS on it somewhere. All that tech and he still uses maps. Crazy.

  3. I love passionate people who do what makes them tick no matter what others might think. I have much more admiration for Simon and his bike then I have for some idiot who wear a team Sky kit and and ride the lastest and greatest bike because he was told that's the way to go.

  4. mad bike and a mad boffin haha , bike companies should be beating a path to his door , that's the sort of person that pushes things forward in any industry , those folk don't come around very often 🙂

  5. I am surprised bike still hasnt got disc hydro brakes. Also, there is a lot of exposed wiring on the bike, so how does it perform in the rain?

  6. Winnats pass is my nearest brutal climb and it's hard enough on my road bike! I can't imagine pushing that thing up let alone riding it up there, jeez!

  7. This video is a reminder that I need to finish ny project touring bike.

    Now thinking how to rig a dropbar… And dynamo/battery placement anywhere aside from the bottle cage/s area.

  8. This is brilliant. I love people who can see outside the norm and create something bonkers. Best thing on there has got the be the heated grips. How much I'd love a set of them. Well done Simon 👏👏👏🖒

  9. Next on GCN: "Should you use a saddlebag….. or carry your whole workshop in a tin?". 40Kg all up weight, I bet there's roadies dying of heart attacks all around the globe right now! Good on you GCN, I enjoy almost all of your content but it's great to see some 'regular' cycling creeping in.

  10. As a kid my brother used to have a giant radio on the handle bars, and rear view mirrors too. It reminds me of him.

  11. At first I thought of solar panels but on second thoughts of staying analogue he needs a dynamo or two off the back wheel to charge them batteries.

  12. I've toured with Simon on many occasions, seen him do gruelling days and crazy hills across the UK and still have the time and happiness to share with anyone who asks about the Dolorean. Everywhere it goes it makes people smile and that is what cycling is all about! He really is one of the nicest guys to cycle with.
    He rides this thing 1.5 hours to and from work everyday, rain and shine and it never breaks down!
    The horns still scare the crap out of me when I don't know they are coming but they really do work on drivers passing too close!

    P.s I can tell you he is very quick up a hill on his Ridley helium. Irony is he still has a Brooks saddle on that too!

  13. So you can put hazard lights on when youve got a puncture? oooh thats cute. BUT HOW THE F**K DO YOU CHANGE TYRE ON 40KG BIKE CAKED WITH ELECTRONICS AND CABLES???

  14. I was hoping to see some solid craftsmanship and clever engineering by a unique individual. Was disappointed to see it's just a thrown together mess, not surprised his most used tool for the road is a soldering iron.

  15. It's an ugly abomination and some of it doesn't make sense to me as to why you would want to add it to the bike BUT if he's harming no-one and being a courteous road user I couldn't care less what it is and how it looks.

  16. Hope he doesn't get confused and start drinking that brasso that's in his bottle cage. Although saying that, that might be why this bike exsist's

  17. Proves weight doesn't matter when your biking if your a true cyclist. I currently have 2 50 pound chains for my bike, among other stuff. I love when a bike shop tries to sell me something, and their main selling point is "well its lighter".I let them pick up my bike, shuts them the hell up.

  18. Made me think of this heroic bicycle

  19. Honestly I love it. I love bikes that serve more than one function. Not worried about weight, focused on specific use. Respect.

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