Going back to the future with The Angry Commuter.
Jamie Gallagher, of cycling accessory brand Paniagua, and Darron Coppin of Sven Cycles met at Bespoked Bristol in 2013 and the Angry Commuter project was born.
Jamie says : “I wanted to build a fast, aggressive commuter that you could jump on in jeans and nail 20 or 30-mile rides across the unforgiving Somerset landscape, whilst still retaining the delicate balance and emotive heritage of a true classic.”
So we sat down with a pot of EPO coffee and a dorset apple cake, and pored over Sven’s extensive library of historic cycling books and images of classic bikes. Finally, we settled on the idea that it was possible, with a little imagination and some solid fillet brazing skills, to turn the legendary Cinelli Laser into a rideable commuter that would fulfil our brief.
A design theme was needed, and the early 80s stomping ground of the Cinelli Laser felt right. Jamie went away…watched some Back To The Future… and came back with a true 80s iconic — The Delorian.
Staying true to the Cinelli’s classic Italian heritage, we chose Columbus Max tubing — as used in the original bike. We added a sloping top tube and ENVE 65 / 45 wheel combination to this: a big nod to the overall aggressive aesthetic of the Laser. And to keep the Italian blood running throughout, we fitted a Campagnolo Record TT group-set. Thinking about the Delorian’s gull-wing doors — and wanting to give the bike a modern, urban twist — a set of Cinelli Mash bars were customised to take the Campagnolo TT shifters. The result: a truly unique cockpit.
Finally, it was down to the details with lightweight CNC milled brakes from EE Cycleworks, and the brushed nickel finish for which the Delorian was known. The handlebars and Zoncolan saddle were hand-upholstered in grey leather to bring that inimitable 80s super-car-trim feel. And, lastly, the graphics applied in reflective orange vinyl made sure the bike lit up under the headlights of evening traffic.
This blend of classic Italian heritage, with urban track bike aesthetic and US hand-built componentry— combined with a stiff dose of quintessentially British Sven design and craftsmanship — might make the purists cringe. But in reality, you have a bike that doesn’t compromise, apologises for nothing, and fits the brief of being adored by those who created it and ride it — and, for us, that’s what matters.