Dead Rats Cycles (est. 2009) is an independent workshop in Chorlton, Manchester (UK) where retro, vintage and classic bicycles are built, repaired and restored. Our high quality service is also available to customers with modern machines, though we don’t work on pedal-assist or electronic transmissions.
Customer service, elbow grease and attention to detail are key, with each bike tuned to perfection. As a Green Award winner, sustainability is also a priority and we try to optimise resources as well as performance, and repair rather than replace where possible.
Despairing at the disposable nature of the modern cycle industry/media and their combined obsession with marketing, Dead Rats Cycles value timeless design, build quality and aesthetic harmony. We’re not bike snobs, but we do have standards! Great pride is taken preparing builds, to balance function with form and create individual bikes that look incredible and ride beautifully.
Eschewing the latest imported components, quality used items are restored and combined with modern refinements to create new forms of two wheeled alchemy. Some bikes we build purely for fun, others for maximum practicality, but all our custom builds reference vintage style in a contemporary way.
Our inspirations in the cycling world range from Italian lightweights and French randonneurs to English 3 speeds, American klunkers and old skool MTBs. From the wider world, Dead Rats Cycles look to 20th century art & industrial design, classic LP sleeve artwork, Pantone colour schemes, kustom hot rods and well-thumbed copies of Back Street Heroes magazine.