Introduction & Tech Specs

The Paper Bicycle

An introduction

A simple thing, done well. This beautiful bicycle celebrates the joy of cycling; A ride that is relaxed and nimble, a machine that just works every time you need it to, and a journey that leaves you comfortable clean and refreshed.

Enjoy the journey

The upright posture takes the weight off your hands, while the clever frame and fat tyres smooth out the road ahead. The mudguards and covered chain keep your clothes clean and dry, and the open frame makes getting on easy. All ready for a relaxed ride.


The frame design rewrites what a bike can be; The low center of gravity creates nimble handling, the oversized tubes give stiffness and strength, and the long seat mast smooths the bumps. There’s even a handle to carry it, and an integrated kick stand.

Clean Machine

Big Apple tyres from Schwalbe resist punctures, while the chain, hub gears and hub brakes from Sturmey Archer are hidden from the dirt that destroys them. The hub dynamo powers LED lights, that are always ready to light the way ahead.

Made to yOur Specification

Choose any colour and design your own chain panel. Select either a single speed or 8 speed bicycle, with or without dynamo lights. Front basket, rear rack and child seats are all options. See prices for details of options.


In brief…

All Paper Bicycles have a kickstand, and painted stainless steel mudguards.  Rims and most fittings are silver aluminium. The saddle tyres and chain panel are normally black. Everything is subject to change.


Frame Powder coated cromo steel frame with lifetime guarantee
Wheels 26″ wheels, Schwalbe Big Apple tyres, 36 spoke aluminium rims
Hubs Sturmey Archer Single speed (58″) or 8 speed (31″-101″), 70mm drum brakes
Lights Optional hub dynamo powered LED front and rear lights


Height The bicycle will fit most riders from 1.55m to 1.95m tall, or 5′ to 6’4″ tall
Inside leg 70-98cm (28″ – 38.5″)
Weight Up to 110kg, 242lb, 17 stone 4
Step over 30cm (12″)



Frame TIG welded Chromium molybdenum AISI 4130 steel, seamless plain gauge tubing
Forks TIG welded  High Tensile Steel 1″1/8 26tpi threaded steerer tube
Frame reach 58cm (23″), measured horizontally from head tube axis to seat post axis
Frame size 46cm (18″), as measured from the bottom bracket center, to the sea tube top
Compatibility 135mm OLD, 68mm BSA BB, 48mm+-3mm Chain line, 1″1/8 x 200mm steerer tube
Finish Polyester resin powder coat to approximately 0.6mm thick

Chain Panel

Plastic Black 3mm thick polyethylene, with a dimpled texture
Wood 3mm thick laser cut plywood treated with an Alkyd resin wood stain
Aluminium Powder coated 1.5mm thick aluminium

Drive Train

Chain Zinc plated, 1/8″ wide, chain with wax lubrication
Cranks 170mm Aluminium cold forged crank, with pressed steel chainring
Single Speed Sturmey Archer XRD-C, 58″ (38t chain ring, 17t sprocket, 2.4 gain ratio)
Eight Speed Sturmey Archer XR8D, 31″-101″ (24t chain ring, 20t sprocket, 1.2-3.9 gain ratio)


Tyres 26″ x 2″ Black Schwalbe Big Apple tyres, with Kevlar belt and reflective stripe
26″ x 2.5″ Schwalbe Fat Frank tyres, cream/brown/black, Kevlar and reflective
Tubes 26″ Schwalbe inner tube Schraeder (car) valve
Rim Double wall silver anodized aluminium rim ETRTO 559mm x 19mm
Spokes Stainless steel 14 gauge plain spokes
Hubs 36 hole Aluminium Sturmey Archer hubs, cartridge bearings (except 8spd)


Hub Brakes Sturmey Archer XFD 70mm drum brakes, Steel lining, aluminium shell
Levers Sturmey Archer Silver Aluminium four finger levers, with reach adjustment
Cable Inner Stainless Steel pre-stretched slick cables
Cable outer Pre-lubed lined outer, Kevlar reinforcement on the front cable


Saddle Black Selle Royal “Rio” Polyurethane saddle
Seatpost 31.8mm x 400mm silver aluminium seatpost,
Usable adjustment range of 28cm
Stem 50mm reach x 230mm long Aluminium/Stainless steel quill stem
Usable height adjustment of 120mm, can be reversed for -50mm reach.
Handle Bars 600mm wide Silver aluminium swept back roadster style handlebars
Grips 130mm long Kraton rubber single density grips
Pedals VP610 Butterfly pedals, rubber/aluminium body, sealed cone/cup bearings


Mudguards 60mm Stainless Steel, with Aluminium stays
Kickstand Stainless Steel, single leg frame mounted stand
Nuts & Bolts Wherever practical, A2 Stainless Steel Metric
Bottom Bracket 127mm BSA JIS Cartridge Bottom Bracket, plastic cups, Shimano splines
Headset 1″1/8 Aluminium threaded headset with caged ball bearings


Hub Dynamo Sturmey Archer XFDD 3 watt hub dynamo
Front Light Busch & Muller Lyt LED headlight, no standlight
Rear Light Mudguard mounted LED light with capacitor standlight
Cabling 2 ply black PVC outer, 1mm² multi strand copper core, crimped spade connections

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