A newly published Norwegian guidebook listed Sögreni recently. The title “Tråkk i vei på en designklassiker” translates roughly into “Go ahead and explore the road on a designers’ classic”. Norwegian is not for everybody, but let us tell you that the guidebook very politely describes the company, the shop and the processes that are used to make some of the finest bicycles around the globe.
The owner of this Sögreni racing bicycle comes by every year or so for some minor services and a chat. We usually tighten the chain and lubricate it, maybe adjust the breaks and the gear a little (it has twelve) and make sure everything is tight and safe. This has been the procedure every year (or maybe one year the owner did not come by, we can´t remember anymore) for the last 35 years or so. This bicycle is from the beginning of the 80´s and is still running fine.
The owner is of course treating it very well, and it is only used during summertime, but we are nevertheless proud and happy to see a bicycle having such a long and healthy life.
This is the Sögreni Woodie, where the frame is made out of – as the name suggests – wood. The idea to construct a wooden bicycle hade been around for some time, but Søren Sögreni looked for the perfect kind of wood to use. It should be strong enough to carry a person, but not too stiff, and certainly not too heavy. After testing different types of wood, finally he choose ash. This is what Wikipedia says about ash: “Ash timber is hard, tough and very hard-wearing, with a coarse open grain and a density of 710 kg/m3”.
The construction of the parts took some time, and all in all about a year was used for this unique bicycle, complete with a Brooks of England saddle, Sögreni handle bars, a Sögreni luggage carrier, a front brake and other small details. All metal parts of the frame have been given the Sögreni delta-treatment, of course.
There is another older wooden bicycle prototype in the shop in Skt Peders Stræde as well.
This one-of-a-kind Woodie is now sold to a collector af rare bicycles, and the pricetag is something we keep as a secret between us. But if you also would like a truly unique bicycle, please send us an e-mail or give us a call with your wishes.
Mr Sven Lundh founded Swedish design and furniture company Källemo back in 1970. Unfortunately, Mr Lundh passed away a few years ago, but before doing so he and Søren Sögreni made this installation at Universitetssjukhuset (The University Hospital) in Malmö, Sweden. The installation consists of art in the middle of the room and Sögreni bicycles on the wall. We had almost forgot about this installation, but came around the hospital for a routine check and were pleasantly reminded. If you ever pass Malmö, you can see it for yourself at this adress
Swiss clothing company NILE used some Sögreni accessories for their latest catalogue, and also shot a video in the city. See it for glimpses of what makes our city so great: the water, the buildings and atmosphere – and the bicycles! Watch it here
NILE puts it like this – now is the time to train your German: “Ein inspirierendes Date mit der Hauptstadt im Norden. Das Nebeneinander von historischen Gebäuden und moderner Architektur hat uns fasziniert. Ist es doch der perfekte Laufsteg für den NILE Herbst. Mit Vintage und Modernität. Mit Natur und Urbanität. Mit Kultur und Architektur. Mit Wasser und frischer Luft. Mit Bike und Walking. Mit Easy-going à la Dänemark. Mit Eat&Drink. Mit Green und Organic. Mit viel Handwerk und Design. NILE meets Copenhagen”.
Around three years ago, dear Mr Tsutsumi out of Japan started sending us pictures of how his Sögreni Copper bell developes over time. Here it is, four years after being mounted on the gentlemans blue bicycle. This is how it looks if you not polish it, the metal darkens naturally. Thanks for sharing!