Has your bike got a barbecue, a chopping board, Thermos flask and a mushroom knife? Chances are, it hasn’t, but that’s probably because it wasn’t purpose designed for the collecting and cooking of wild food.
The Sven Cycles Forager has all of those things, and plenty more besides. The British-made bike has been designed in conjunction with broadcaster Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, who you may be familiar with from his River Cottage food series on television.
Dorset-based Sven Cycles used the iconic design of the British Series 1 LandRover as an influence. The frame has been made using Reynolds steel tubing.
There is plenty of carrying capacity, with specially made bags and baskets at the front, rear and in the centre of the frame made by Restrap in the UK.
The front wheel designed by Loop Wheels uses three ovals rather than spokes to afford a small bit of suspension. And rear ‘suspension’ is dealt with by a sprung Brooks leather saddle.
But this isn’t a bike stuck in the past. A front dynamo hub powers a USB charger, with a socket conveniently mounted at the top of the stem. The dynamo also powers the lights. Gearing is via an internal hub and the bike is equipped with disc brakes.
Needless to say, the bike comes fully loaded with a range of foraging, cooking and eating equipment including a fold-up barbecue, pots and pans, plates and utensils, chopping board, mushroom knife and a hip flask. Many of these items are recycled.
Taking account all of the equipment and its hand-made nature, the bike costs a quite reasonable £3900.
You can see the Sven Cycles Forager will be on display at Bespoked, the UK Handmade Bicycle Show over April 15-17 in Bristol.