Noblesse at the Bike Lovers Contest

Classy cycles at the beauty contest for custom bicycles: the winners of the ninth Bike Lovers Contest are chosen!

Handcrafted bicycles gathered in the contest of emotions at the Bike Lovers Contest, this year for the first time during the Urban Bike Festival in Zurich. During the exhibition with the motto “nobless oblige”, framebuilders, designers and tinkerers from Europe and Switzerland showed their most noble creations in order to win the jury’s and the audience’s hearts.

Fotos: Ilja Tschanen,

The contestants were diverse: from polished stainless steel commuters, a balance bike for kids made from titanium and carbon, an excentric-luxurious E-Commuter with double brake and lighting to a fat electric Cruiser made from riveted profiles that was inspired by a Berlin train bridge.

The jury agreed that Nele Dittmar’s and Josef Vogeltanz’ “KleinLaster” (“Small Truck”, interpreted the topic with outstanding creativity and dedication. Dittmar, an industrial designer, makes a cargo bike look elegant and nimble. Custom made for her own needs, the prototype is full of beautiful details and smart solutions like the retractable cargo assembly. The level of craftsmanship – the bike is built by Vogeltanz – and the extraordinary esthetics are complimented by the fantastic handling performance, which is not surprising given Dittmar is an avid bike polo player. A truly deserved first prize!

The audience award went to Jaques Gengler’s “Schack”. Together with friends he built a cyclocross bike made from local Arnsburg oak. The hollow wooden frame is light at 2.5kg, but still tough and is ridden daily, already over 3500km.

The second prize went to Daniel Pleikies (silver, and his lightweight Randonneur “Wanderlust”, the third prize to Patrik Widmer (Bronze,, who celebrated understatement with his Gentleman-Racer “Hrimfaxi”.

A small selection of other contestants.

The Bike Lovers Contest is looking forward to the next installment in 2018!