Mr. Freehand’s homebuilt carbon bikes

I have posted homemade carbon fiber bikes before and I always find it very interesting to see composite bicycles that people design and produce in their garages and living rooms. Svetlyo Kostov (aka Mr. Freehand) first learned about carbon fiber construction at a young age building racecars, motorcycles, and airplanes. Recently, he decided use the technique that he developed for building one off structural carbon parts to create a bicycle for himself. Svetlyo built the Oval bike first and rode it everyday for six months before deciding to make his even less conventional “Ferrari” bike”. That second bike features a 2-piece frame construction and an integrated carbon fiber rear fender. Today he rides both of his “different” homemade bikes for commuting and urban riding, and it sounds like they generate a lot of attention wherever he goes.

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Update 11/30: I just want to add one more interesting thing that Svetlyo just told me. He wanted go through the process in a “green” way, so while constructing these bikes, the only electricity used was to power 4 light bulbs. He did not use a computer for the designs or any power tools for the construction (he also mentioned that he didn’t even use heat or AC). The red paint was leftover from a car repair job and even the compressed air for the airbrushed letters and graphics came from a truck tire that he inflated with a hand pump.

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