Cycling history personified! On his 90th birthday, my bike builder is honored by Volkswagen.

Henk Kluver, the master craftsman who built my everyday bike, a Utopia Kranich, and made the coachlines on it, is 90, and in recognition of his lifelong dedication to quality transport, has been given a brand-new VW Transporter for being a “real craftsman” — that’s the “egte vakman” they’re searching for near the beginning of the touching video.

Among other things the video shows Meester Kluver assembling a near relative of my Kranich crossframe by hand, and, most interesting of all, coachlining it with a special tool.

90 and still working!

See my bicycle page  for my other bikes. This photo essay on my Utopia Kranich includes more images of Meester Kluver at work, and also of the 1930s version of my bike.

Andre Jute
Riding history

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2 Responses to Cycling history personified! On his 90th birthday, my bike builder is honored by Volkswagen.

  1. How cool is that? Must love what he’s doing to still be working at age 90!

  2. Meester Kluwer is a legend in his own lifetime, an institution. It is a special honor to use his handiwork every day, as I do when I ride my bicycle.

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