Lemur’s Bicycle Workshop and Handmade Frames
Without doubt one of the most extraordinary bike shops in the country: LEMUR Bikes & Bones. Cargo bikes, sports bikes and collectors items are available on Griesgasse in Graz, but not consumables.
“We don’t make pure consumables,” clarifies Mike straight away. The owner of LEMUR Bikes & Bones thinks far too much of the two-wheeler for him to see it as just a means of transport. The bicycle has the same status for him as the cow does in India. Mike is like the all-rounder of the cycling scene in Graz. While some people only ride around on delivery circuits or do nothing but MTB laps, he does everything on two wheels: from bike polo to alleycats and the mountain bike downhill. On Thursdays, he participates in a volunteer capacity in the bicycle kitchen, attends the Critical Mass as regularly as others go to church, and shovels keenly with others on the MTB project Enzi-Trail. A year ago, he paid homage to his passion by opening his own bike shop
Metalworking Shop, Dumping Ground, Bike Shop
Find the shop in the back yard of Griesgasse 24 and you’ve already overcome the biggest hurdle. An iron sign hung high on the outside of the building is the only indication that a bicycle workshop from another time is hidden within. Bare brick walls, wooden ceilings and a small workshop oven. This place used to be a metalworking shop, then a storage place for bulky waste and then became home to LEMUR on 3 May 2014, following a lot of clearing up. The rustic ambience has been retained, but the space lovingly jazzed up with bicycle equipment. On the floor, on the walls, even on the ceiling – bicycles or frames are everywhere to be seen. The selection is limited, but there are gems wherever you look: a Francesco Moser racing bike in shining chrome, a smart Bullit cargo bike or a unique Zeitfahr model from 1988 with carbon disc wheels. So many cycling jewels are sure to warm the heart of every bike aficionado. Even if the small wood burner permits only single-digit temperatures indoors in winter.
Things get particularly warm towards the back of the bicycle workshop. For a few weeks now, Mike and his chief mechanic Chris have had all seven things needed to weld their own frame. And they are really proud of that. The first LEMUR frame should be ready in 2015. Ambitious plans for whole, fully aluminium frames are already whirring around in both their minds.
Centre of the Cycling Scene in Graz
Visit LEMUR and you’ll find yourself as part of the cycling scene in Graz. That can be said with a clear conscience, despite the tucked-away location. No artificial atmosphere, no gleaming showroom – simply the bicycle is the focal point here. Cycling is a way of life at LEMUR. Messengers come to the shop from the nearby headquarters of PinkPedals for a shot of chain oil. In the little garden, there’s an overgrown mini pump track. This isn’t a shop you’ll want to leave in a hurry. Mike also makes sure of this with his verbal excursions into the world of technology. Hot tip: ring in advance on sunny days. It’s quite possible to find the boss personally testing the products.