John Rich of Oakleaf & Acorn has two brothers, Paul and Jim. Like minded in many ways with complementary talents among them, the Rich Brothers have decided to collaborate on the creation of a bike line, aptly named Brothers Rich. The first of the series is called The Charleston. It's a bike with a vintage frame (and feel), but updated to be a modern day road racer.
Inspired by Gent's Road Racers from the 20's and 30's, Paul sourced new and old parts for bike #1 and built it from scratch. Paul, "The Raleigh DL-1 used for the first bike was found at a garage sale. Parts were sourced from bike shops nationally. The Charleston Green paint was expertly applied by Tommy Barse in Baltimore, Maryland."
Paul, "In a world that's become overly complicated, bikes are simple. That's not to say they aren't complex, there is a difference. I have built a simple bike. It shares equally its designated space on the living room wall to be admired as it does under foot, blasting down city streets or country roads."
All of the brothers put thought into the design of the bike but Paul, being the architect, led the way for the build. He wanted simplicity and beauty in form. Paul, "The pride comes into play when someone on the elevator that has not ridden a bike since they were a pre teen says to me 'Beautiful Bike.' That's what makes it unique- people from all walks of life, all backgrounds can appreciate it."
Over the past six months, the Rich brothers have been sourcing enough money and materials to produce 15 models of The Charleston, to be sold exclusively through John's shop. But... the best part is The Charleston will make its debut at the Sweet Peach Revival July 5-7, along with John of course, who has helped to curate our incredible Southern Market. Please come on by, see the bike, talk to John...stay a while.
Photos: Nicky Lubis Content: Sweet Peach