FAQ

This is where we answer the most common questions that we get asked. If you don’t see the information you need contact us and ask.

Buying (4)

I’m really tall/petite, light/heavy will it fit me?

As standard the bicycle will fit most riders from 1.55m to 1.95m tall, or 5′ to 6’4″ tall, with an inside leg of 70-98cm (28″ – 38.5″); Up to 110kg, 242lb, 17.4 stone. The step-through height is 30cm (12″) off the the ground. If … Continue reading

How long from ordering to delivery?

We normally build and deliver your bike in about three weeks, but… There are many many things that can create unexpected delays, and sometimes bikes can take much longer than expected to build. Generally when you order a bicycle we’ll … Continue reading

Can I fit a kids seat?

Yes, the bike can generally take most handlebar mounting kids seats, and some seatpost mounting and rack mounting kids seats. We normally recommend the Yepp children’s seats because we think they’re brilliant. The Yepp mini will carry a child up to 15kg … Continue reading

Can it be used to pull trailers or carry luggage?

Yes, the Paper Bicycle is widely used to tow trailers of all kinds. It definitely works with Carry Freedom trailers, which Nick also designed. The position and strength of the kickstand is specifically to allow the bicycle to stand upright with a … Continue reading

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General (8)

Wheres the bicycle made?

The bicycles are built in our workshop in Scotland, and the frames are welded in Taiwan. The way the bicycle is built is as much a part of its design as the shape of the frame or the components used. … Continue reading

Its not paper – why is it called Paper Bicycle?

This is the most common question, is it made of paper? The original prototype had its chain panels covered in wall paper, but the obvious name “Wallpaper Bicycle” sounds clumsy. In a moment of inspiration exasperation “Wall” got chopped off, and then … Continue reading

Why is it not cheaper?

What should I take away to make this bike cheaper? Quality costs money.

Doesn’t it need a crossbar?

The Paper Bicycle was designed not to need a cross bar, and to add one would make it a worse bike. The ride would be harsher because the springiness of the seatmast would be prevented. The bicycle would be more difficult … Continue reading

Why a steel frame?

A steel frame lasts longer, is comfier and easier to repair than aluminium. However, it’s heavier and, if the paint is damaged, it will develop surface rust. On a technical level the basic difference between steel and aluminium is their fatigue lives, … Continue reading

Do you all have Paper Bicycles?

Nick rides a Matt Black single speed with wooden chain panels and a leather saddle. Its frame number 4. As well as being daily transport it also acts as a test bed for any new components under consideration, and see how … Continue reading

I’m really tall/petite, light/heavy will it fit me?

As standard the bicycle will fit most riders from 1.55m to 1.95m tall, or 5′ to 6’4″ tall, with an inside leg of 70-98cm (28″ – 38.5″); Up to 110kg, 242lb, 17.4 stone. The step-through height is 30cm (12″) off the the ground. If … Continue reading

How heavy is the bike?

The Paper Bicycle weighs between 16-18kg depending on what’s fitted to it. It sounds a lot, but it feels much lighter when riding it, and our clever lifting handle makes it very easy to lift. Lifting The bicycle is easy thanks … Continue reading

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Technical (3)

What maintenance is needed?

Very little, thats the whole point of a Paper Bicycle. For regular users of the bike we recommend the following checks. Generally everyone can do the monthly checks, but we’d normally reccomend a bicycle shop doing the Annual once over. At … Continue reading

Can it be used to pull trailers or carry luggage?

Yes, the Paper Bicycle is widely used to tow trailers of all kinds. It definitely works with Carry Freedom trailers, which Nick also designed. The position and strength of the kickstand is specifically to allow the bicycle to stand upright with a … Continue reading

Why a steel frame?

A steel frame lasts longer, is comfier and easier to repair than aluminium. However, it’s heavier and, if the paint is damaged, it will develop surface rust. On a technical level the basic difference between steel and aluminium is their fatigue lives, … Continue reading

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Trivia (2)

Do you all have Paper Bicycles?

Nick rides a Matt Black single speed with wooden chain panels and a leather saddle. Its frame number 4. As well as being daily transport it also acts as a test bed for any new components under consideration, and see how … Continue reading

Its not paper – why is it called Paper Bicycle?

This is the most common question, is it made of paper? The original prototype had its chain panels covered in wall paper, but the obvious name “Wallpaper Bicycle” sounds clumsy. In a moment of inspiration exasperation “Wall” got chopped off, and then … Continue reading

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4 thoughts on “FAQ

  1. Hi folks. I spotted a few typos on your new site’s FAQ . .

    Can it be used to pull trailers or carry luggage?
    Yes! Alix uses hers to pull a Carry Freedom large Y-Frame trailer. Unusually (and deliberatly)

    ‘deliberately’

    – What maintainence is needed?
    Generally everyone can do the monthly checks, but we’d normally reccomend a bicycle shop . .

    ‘recommend’

    Hope this helps. Like the new site, by the way.

    Colin

    1. Thanks Colin.

      I’m afraid grammar is not my strong point, so your proof reading is appreciated. Frustratingly WordPress (which is what powers this site) does not seem to have a native spell checker that I can find, so I’m having to fly blind.

      Nick

      1. Hi Paper Bicycle,

        Found you through Dorset Cereals – what beautiful machines you build!

        I too have noticed one or two little mistakes on the website. I’d be happy to proofread the whole site for you (for free), if you’d like me to. I’m a copywriter and proofreader in Yorkshire.

        Drop me a line if you’re interested :)

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