Violet Crown Cycles

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*** UPDATE ON VIOLET CROWN CYCLES: In the fall of 2013, Elliott McFadden, the frame builder at Violet Crown Cycles was named the Executive Director of Austin B-cycle, the bike share program in Austin, Texas. He has taken a break from frame building to get this program up and running. New building and frame repair at Violet Crown Cycles is on interminent hiatius. Follow Violet Crown Cycles on Facebook and Twitter for updates on order availability.


Welcome to Violet Crown Cycles, maker of handbuilt city bikes from Deep in the Heart of Texas. We offer fully custom, steel lugged transportation bicycles from our shop in Austin, Texas. You can choose from a variety of colors, components and accessories to have a bike tailored to your body and personal style.

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See more pictures of our bikes on our Flickr page

Read about our past custom builds including: Black Belt Drive Couplers Travel Randonneur Bike, White Ferguson Step Through, French Style Randonneur Light Touring Bike, and Xtracycle with Stokemonkey pedal assist.


The Austin American Statesman included Violet Crown Cycles in its story on local framebuilders as part of their coverage of the 2011 North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Austin. The story included this video:

Why city bikes? Well, much has been written lately about how stylish Dutch style city bikes are. We agree that they have a wonderful classic look, but what makes them really great is how practical they are as well. You can go shopping, commute to work and do all the things in your everyday life by bike and look good. No need for spandex or jumble colored performance bikes here, just an elegant combination of fashion and function.

Why custom? The Violet Crown Cycles Ferguson line takes all those great features of Dutch style city bikes to the next level with fully customized, hand built frames made in the U.S.A. Your bike is built to your body dimensions and weight. This is especially important if your height or weight are outside of average where stock bikes are too big or too small or handle poorly for you. We hand build with higher quality steel than most production Dutch bikes yielding a bike that is lighter and more sprightly with more attention to aesthetic detail. We also allow you to further customize your bike with higher quality components, a wide selection of colors, color matched parts so your bike can reflect your personality.

So take a look around, find the right bike for you, and feel free to ask us any questions you don't find on our Frequently Asked Questions page. Let's get started on building you a great, quality custom bike today.

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