LeBikes is a bike building, repair and service workshop where the focus is on style and function, with a distinctive retro flair. Owner Vítek Hlousek specializes in refurbishing old bikes — his “factory reset” service — using a combination of new and salvaged parts (including new retro Brooks saddles) and snazzy metallic paints. Since he started LeBikes 3.5 years ago, he has finished over 350 bikes. You can drop off your old bike or buy one of his creations. Bikes for sale are listed on his website, many of them Czech brands such as Favorit and pre WWII Eska bikes. Prices range from CZK7000-12,000. Vintage bike parts and upcycled bike jewelry are also for sale in the e-shop. A fun bonus: visitors to the shop can play around in an old bus, which the owner has rigged up in a back room.
“I want to think of myself as an artisan. I do bikes that are beautiful and also functional by modern standards. It is ‘working fashion’. I can remake vintage parts and make them look better than they did when they were new. No one else does that. I think I’m also the only one in the Prague bike business who has a lathe. It’s better to recycle parts from many points of view: aesthetics, tradition and originality.” – Vítek Hlousek, owner