Classic (The Louisiana Bicycle) - Female/Unisex
Practically a Work of Art
The female (or unisex, if you like) model of the Sögreni Classic has all the elegant virtues of its male friend, but of course, a slightly more feminine approach to the frame, making it easier for girls, women, and ladies, with or without a skirt, to mount the bicycle and ride away to the office, gym or to a romantic dinner.
This is a quiet bicycle, very elegant and modern in its design, and without much fuss. The Sögreni Classic is practically a work of art, and this is the Louisiana model (named after the Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, Denmark, which chose to exhibit it as an example of the best contemporary Danish design). This is probably one of the most purchased but never used bicycles in the world.
As Sögreni says himself:
I guess we have sold a fair few of these bicycles over the years to collectors, who would never dream of using it, but just hang it on the wall as decoration, or perhaps as a collector’s item.
What classifies the Classic?
- The most racing-type bicycle from Sögreni
- Handlebars placed low to reduce wind resistance
- 28 inch wheels for higher momentum
- A slightly higher balance-point
How to purchase the Classic
Before you purchase a classic we would like you to customize it a bit first. Pick a size, number of gears, color, and a few other options, and you're ready to go!
If you have any questions regarding how to purchase a bicycle, don't hesitate to call us at +45 33 12 78 79 or contact us by email.
Options for customization
- 5 frame sizes
- 1, 3 or 9 gears
- 8 beautiful colours
- Matte or glossy colour coating
- A Sögreni bell in 4 metals
- Handmade pedals in 3 metals
- Original Brooks saddle in 3 colours
- Leather handles in 3 colours
- Customize rims, fender colour
- Customize handle bar and stem colour
- Front brake (drum brake)
- Mounted lock
Like a shirt or a pair of shoes, a bicycle comes in different sizes. Some people like small bicycles, other prefer bigger ones, yet this is what we recommend for your height:
- Extra Small (48 cm frame) if you are up to 1,65-1,70 m tall
- Small (52 cm frame) for the range 1,65-1,75 m tall
- Medium (56 cm frame) for the range 1,75-1,85 m tall
- Large (60 cm frame) for the range 1,85-1,90 meters tall
- Extra Large (63 cm frame) if you are 1,90 meters tall or taller
You could also measure the distance from the floor (standing up, but remember to take off your shoes) to your groin. If you measure 80 centimeters from the floor to the groin, subtract 25 and the suggested size is a 56 cm frame as your result is 55. If in doubt, give us a call or send us an e-mail.
A single speed bicycle is the simplest and in a way, the most elegant way to build a bicycle. If you choose this option, you will also never have any problems with your gears freezing in the middle of winter and you will never have to grease them up or actually do anything.
Important: Choosing single speed does not mean that braking is made hard or dangerous, we do not build “fixies”. Your pedals will not keep on turning when you stop threading.
But still, gears are helpful, both in the city and in the countryside. After all, the athletes doing the Tour de France do use bicycles with a lot of gears! We offer the single speed solution, a 3-speed gear and a continuously variable gear system. The continuously variable gear gives you a bicycle with approximately 11 gears, but without any “fixed” shifting between gears.
You can choose between 8 different colours:
- Louisiana: Classic Sögreni aluminium grey
- Mr. Blue Sky: Broken light blue
- Jenny: Classic red
- Boss: Brown with a grey haze
- Andy: Fresh green, eucalyptus
- Mia: Dark grey, army style
- Maria: Petroleum blue
- Henrik: Classic black
- Berlin: Dusty green
- Castro: Red brown
Colour Type (Matte & Glossy)
The glossy colours attract light better and shine more than the matte.
The bell comes in 4 different materials: brass, copper, stainless steel and zinc finish. It is really down to personal preference but we feel that a glossy bicycle and a bell in brass or copper does the trick. And a matte bicycle looks even better with a steel or zinc bell. But you choose!
- Stainless steel
- Zinc coated matte
Choose between steel, brass or copper. The pedals come with the Sögreni brand stamped on them, and these are sturdy fellows, not those plastic pedals which will crack within a year or two. We think that the pedal should match the bell material, as this looks nice and brings harmony to the bicycle.
- double or single pedals
- Material: Brass, Copper, Aluminium
You can choose between black, antique brown or honey brown. Your choice of saddle colour should be the same as your choice of Sögreni handlebars. But that is only our opinion. Generally, a dark bicycle and a light-colored saddle fit perfectly together. And vice-versa. One of the best-looking bicycles we ever made is the combination of the Maria color, with a honey brown saddle and honey brown handles. But again, you are the one in charge here.
- Dark brown
- Honey brown
Sögreni Leather Grips
Available options are Black, Brown or Honey Leather. We believe, the grips should match the saddle.
We did it for the limited edition of bicycles for Danish design and silverware company Georg Jensen and now you can too. You can order a personal engraving of your name, your loved one's or anything else. The engraving is made before we paint the bicycle and normally made on the left hand side of the bicycle. The number of letters included in the base price is 15, additional letters cost extra. Please write the text here but we will contact you to make sure that we use the right typeface and size to get the engraving 100% as you like it. It is also possible to use other alphabets than the english alphabet.
Painting the rims the same colour as the bicycle looks very good. It’s like matching furniture with the wallpaper, or matching your brown leather shoes with a fabulous leather belt from Milan. You could paint the rims another colour than the bicycle but we don't recommend it.
75% of our bicycles are delivered with the matte aluminium delta-coated finish together with brass fittings. If you wish the fender to be painted the same color as the bicycle, just go ahead and tell us. It will make the bicycle even more special, and we really love to paint them at the same time as the frame. It looks really good!
Handlebar & Stem Colour
The story here is very much the same as for the rims. Not very many people opt for this but is really looks good and we love doing it, it enhances the whole bicycle. We recommend you to do this in the same colour as the bike. Other options are of course possible but it might look a little strange.
Normally, using the pedals as a brake is quite enough, at least for normal city usage of the bicycle. If you want extra control and want to be able to stop very quickly, order the front brake. We recommend this front brake, a powerful mechanism that will stop you and your bicycle in a matter of seconds. The lever is placed on the right hand side unless you ordered extra gears. In that case, we place it on the left hand side - there simply is no space for both on the right hand side of the handlebars.
Your Sögreni bicycle might be admired by other people and thieves might also notice it. The good news is that a bicycle this special is quite hard to pass on to a buyer. If you choose to have a mounted lock or not is up to you. We think it looks better without and instead, get the Sögreni wire lock, availible in the accessories section. The important thing is that you lock you bike onto something, attaching it will make your bicycle hard to steal as the thief will need to cut through the wire to be able to move it. That attracts attention and takes time. A mounted lock is good, a wire lock is better. But the mounted lock is easier to use on a daily basis.
The kickstand is not designed by Sögreni but something we get from great suppliers in Germany in Switzerland like the Esge kickstand. This is a no-fuss kickstand, nothing special but it performs nicely. If you normally park with access to a bicycle rack or are used to leaning your bicycle up against a wall you won’t need one. On the other hand, a kickstand might come in handy in other places. Your choice. We personally think the bicycle looks better without a kickstand.
Fender material and width
Feel free to choose one of our fender options. You can select from copper, brass, diamond aluminium, plain aluminium and mini-diamond aluminium.
We also have a wide range of fender models made of wood. In fact we were the first company in Europe to design and introduce wooden fenders and they are not just another set of wooden fenders. They are extremely flexible and will never break. Don't believe? Then come to our shop and ask Søren or Pablo to give you a presentation.
Regarding the width of the fenders
Narrow (slim) fenders look best on narrow 28" wheels of the Classic Louisiana Bike and an Old Shatterhand. Young Shatterhand however, with its 26" wheels and fat tires prefers to be seen with wide fenders completely covering the tires. It's your choice but know our suggestion.