The Electric Dead - Frinton Flyer
Words: Scott Blackburn
Composed to: Foo Fighters - Concrete and Gold
Back in the ridiculous heat of the Summer 2018, Ferrous took a trip down to Essex to visit the amazing guys at Garaje De Los Muertos. The gem of the day was the monster of 'work truck' that they've built themselves almost from scratch. While we were swapping stories we noticed a few things they had parked outside, with two wheels rather than four and silent electric motors rather than roaring turbo diesels.
What we were looking at (and lucky enough to have a little test ride of like excited children) were in fact electric push bikes...kind of. The eye-catching creations are built in-house with the same ‘Do It Your F*cking Self’ attitude that GDLM approach everything with, with amazing results. The electric-cycles sit somewhere between an electric push bike and an electric motorcycle. They are the product of Frinton Flyer, GDLM's electric division.
As a pose to their push bike counter parts they don't have pedals, just foot rests and are entirely dependent on their battery and motor for motion. However, they look like elaborate push bikes, the kind that would have made you envious as a kid and would still do now. As a consequence they also sit in a grey area as far as the law is concerned, meaning you don't need a license to ride one.
The power is drawn from a 48V unit which will take you all the way up to around 40mph if you let it. Acceleration is controlled using a thumb throttle, for quick on-and-off acceleration and the brakes are lifted off a standard push bike, meaning replacements are cheap and easy to find. The whole robo-cycle weighs barely anything, meaning you can happily pick it up and take it on the train with you. They're perfect commuter machines, cheap to run, fun to use and beautifully crafted.
Each cycle is custom built however you like. Even some of the tools used to construct the Frinton Flyers are purpose built in-house too, adding to their one-of-a-kind nature. The two versions we were lucky enough to play around with were an almost café racer-style model, in 1969 GT40 colours, and a more Easy Rider-style chopper in a head-turning metallic purple.
Much like everything the guys at Garaje De Los Muertos turn their hand to there's passion, creativity and years of experience poured into each one. This is coupled with the punk era attitude of 'buy nothing, build something, create something'. The Frinton Flyers are well worth considering for anyone looking for a handy, fun way to get around in style, or just a big grown-up toy really.