Baltic Bicycle Co. – Handmade with history
Baltic Bicycle Co. is a bike import company with a difference. Founded by four cycle enthusiast friends with an eye for European style, we seek out unheralded, handmade bicycles from across cycling’s Northern European heartland – heritage brands, each with their own unique look and style but united by a common sense of history and hand-built quality.
In a market that’s increasingly-flooded with identikit bikes, Baltic Bicycle Co. looks for something different and a little bit special – bikes that stand out from the crowd and recognise that cycling is about more than just getting from A to B. We’ve made it our mission to source beautiful and functional bicycles that are built to last for daily travel around the city and beyond. We combine these unique products with an old-fashioned approach to customer service, aftercare and community which is missing from so many of today’s high street chains.
Baltic Bicycle’s first venture is a distribution partnership with historic Latvian manufacturer, Erenpreiss, bringing their timeless city bike designs to the UK for the first time. We’re excited about these beautiful bicycles and hope you are too. Do read more below and feel free to drop us a line with any questions. You can learn more about Erenpreiss below and also take a look at Cool Hunting’s guide to Summer City Bikes.
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The Erenpreiss brand can trace its roots all the way back to 1922, when Gustavs Ērenpreiss founded a small bicycle workshop in Mazsalaca, Latvia. 50 years later, Gustavs’ factory had become the most renowned facility of its type in the Baltic, supplying around 70 per cent of the country’s bicycles. Sadly, the Second World War intervened and Gustavs was forced to flee the Soviet occupation of Latvia. He died in Germany in 1965, not having had the chance to realise his dream of returning to his homeland and reviving his two-wheeled dreams.
But the story doesn’t end there. 41 years later, Gustavs’ great-great-nephew Toms, sharing his family’s love of the bicycle, opened his first restoration workshop for vintage Ērenpreiss bicycles in Riga. In 2009, he founded the Latvian Vintage Bicycle Club with the aim of encouraging and developing bicycle culture, safeguarding the country’s unique cycling heritage. Witnessing this growing demand at first-hand, Tom began to dream of reviving his great-great-uncle’s dream of producing a new generation of Ērenpreiss bikes in Latvia. In 2010, he established a new company to do just that. The result was a new generation of elegant, durable city bikes that would have made Gustavs proud, staying true to the founder’s cherished principles of design, quality and availability to all.