Delorean bicycles are more than just a fancy name. The stainless steel frames compare favorably in weight and performance with carbon fiber models.
Joe Lambert, a former bicycle racer and Jasper bike store owner, with his business partner Marc Moore of Calhoun are working with the famous Delorean Motor Company to produce a line of high-end bicycles. The bikes should be rolling into showrooms in the next couple of months.
Naturally the bikes will be made from the stainless steel similar to that used on Delorean sports cars in the 1980s; a car made famous by the Back to the Future movies.
Lambert, who is known in Jasper as the owner of the former Bike Connection shop on Main Street, said the bikes they produce bearing the Delorean name are not gimmicks. They will be competitive bikes, ready for racing. Another local rider praised a test model for being a lightweight, great handling bike, ready for the steep climbs in North Georgia.
Currently Delorean plans two designs, a cruiser/commuter and a race model.
The partnership between the Georgia cycling professionals and the car company was formed when Moore was having dinner with Stephen Wynne, who now owns the Delorean Motor Company and they started discussing cycling. Wynne, who rides as does his wife, wanted to see a bike produced that would be competitive and with the distinctive style of the Delorean sports cars.
Lambert, said they explored frame designs and settled with an Italian company to produce the stainless steel frames. Lambert, a long time bike entrepreneur, said stainless steel makes a very good frame material that is surprisingly light, and stiff -- producing quick acceleration and good handling.
Lambert said the stainless steel will hold its own against carbon fiber – the choice material for high-end bikes at this time.
For anyone who thought Delorean was a thing of the past, the original company did stop production in the 1980s but fans of the stainless steel cars with their gull wing doors, maintain such a strong interest that Wynne purchased all the remaining parts and offers refurbished DeLoreans built in Houston under the Delorean Motor Company name. According to Wikipedia, most estimates say that 6,500 cars survive from the 9,000 built before the original company folded in 1982.
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Joe Lambert, a Bent Tree resident, is now working to bring Delorean bicycles to the market.