We build our bicycles mainly from natural materials, such as bamboo, sustainable wood, rattan and hemp. Research & Development are at the heart of our company. We are constantly improving technical design and material selection, based on our expertise in technical engineering and the bicycle industry as well as using the test results from the bikes used in our tours.
Currently, we are further professionalizing our production set-up and bicycle designs to be able to meet the highest international quality standards as well as clearly differentiating us from other bicycle producers.
Our new bicycles will be branded Richman Timber Cycleworks. Bamboo is sometimes referred to as poor man’s timber, because of its favourable price versus quality characteristics. However, given the strength, durability and crop sustainability of bamboo, we prefer to call it Richman Timber.
Dutch steel bikes are widely known for their high quality, comfort and indestructibility. Many bicycles in the streets today are at least 35 years old. We recycle discarded bikes as we think it’s a waste to simply throw them away. We only replace worn-out parts, fix them up and give them a new, contemporary look. Good to go for another 35 years at least!
Apart from our awesome bikes, we are also designing bicycle parts such as steering bars, fenders, grips, bottles, etc. Of course, mainly using natural materials. Furthermore, we are constantly seeking to co-operate with local partners who we will support through training, knowledge transfer and paying fair prices.