Our origins

Building a successful company is a lot easier when you are doing something you enjoy and working on a product you love.

Bicycles with their sleek lines and speed caught my eye from a young age. When I was 11 years old I bought my first bike from Young’s of Lewisham in South London for £21. My love of bikes has since led me to try other frames, styles, and materials, but I always come back to steel for its comfort and beauty.

My forty-three years working as a Creative Director in advertising took me all over the world with some of the best agencies, but one thing remained constant: bicycles. I competed in bike events in England, NZ, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. My biggest achievements have been to ride from KL to Singapore for Charity and to take part in the inaugural L’Eroica Britania in England’s Peak District. One downside of my cycling adventures are injuries -  a broken collarbone along with three ribs and a fractured hip – but I was soon back in the saddle.

 

However, it was while learning to make a bicycle frame, welding torch in hand, that the idea for Lola Bicycles was born. I did the math and realized making bespoke bicycles myself in Singapore wasn’t going to work, but surely I wasn’t alone in a desire for a high-quality steel bike that looked as good as it rode. I finished that first bike, named Lola after my youngest daughter, and set about making this company a reality.

 

Since then there have been several prototypes, long talks with Mike, my man in Taiwan, and countless conversations with designers and manufacturers and other experts in the field at events around the world. Finally, we are moving into production with two models: an eleven-speed bike and two fixed gear framesets.

 

Our ethos

Our bikes blend style and affordable luxury with a fast, comfortable ride.
Our models are based on classic designs that are reduced to the essence of cycling. 

Everything about a Lola is selected with form and function in mind, and that means the best in quality and design. The frame is made with some of the finest stainless steel there is, while integrated lights, a customized bar stem, and the iconic Lola holes in the top tube are some of our unique features. From there, we build by hand using traditional brazing and welding techniques, while adding modern lightweight materials and quality components to create a premium bike like no other. 

 

Our Reasons for Steel

Since that first bicycle when I was eleven, I have loved steel, and stainless steel is about as good as it gets. Modern stainless steel insures that our frames are strong, light, stiff, comfortable rust proof and environmentally friendly.

Bauhaus architect and furniture designer Marcel Breuer, and his contemporaries were some of the first to see the practical beauty inherent in steel. They used it to create designs and concepts that remain with us today. Steel’s ability to resist damage and flex where other materials – aluminum or carbon - would break, makes it an investment in functional beauty and style that perfectly fits a Lola.

Our Bikes

The Lola Blue with its stainless steel frame and 11-speed Shimano Alfine Hub is all dressed up and ready to roll. A Miche Crank, a one-piece alloy-forged crankset, and Lola carbon fork keep things light while a sleek Brooks saddle helps you ride in comfort and style.

Lola SS Framesets Black and Silver both showcase our classic stainless steel frame with a Lola carbon fork, our unique aluminum stem and lights, and allow our customers to fashion the bike of their dreams.

 

The Future

The future remains a mystery, but here are a few things we are currently exploring.

A project with a Japanese baseball team is in the works for a stunning gold chrome bike based on the team name and colors.

New models, including a lightweight track bike, and a geared 21-speed road bike are on the drawing board, as is a bike café and shop where riders can mix and mingle while out and about.

 

While Lola calls Singapore home, we also know our riders live and play everywhere. With that in mind, we hope to expand to Korea, Japan and Asia with ventures to England and Europe so everyone can share the Lola experience. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do you offer custom built bikes and frame painting?

    This is not something we currently offer but we are looking into it as a service for the future.

  • WHERE CAN I SEE A LOLA FRAME?

    We are currently an online service only but there are ongoing events where you can go and see them. If you would like to be kept informed about where you can view a Lola Frame, please click here to enter your details, or keep an eye on our website and FB for future events.

  • Where does the name Lola come from?

    Lola is the middle name of my youngest daughter, Maya.

  • Will there be other Lola models in the future?

    Yes, we have plans to introduce more models with and without gears.

  • Where are the Lola frames and components made?

    Our exclusive frames and components are designed in Singapore and hand made in Taiwan using traditional brazing and welding techniques. We use high grade stainless steel in our frames and the highest quality materials for our components. Each component undergoes extensive quality and safety checks and as soon as our frames go into production we will be testing them to EU Standards. Once the testing is complete we will make the results available on our website.

  • Do you ship to all countries worldwide?

    Yes, we ship worldwide. If your country is not listed in the shopping cart, click here to send us an email with your address details and the products you wish to purchase. We will get back to you within 48 hours with a total cost including shipping and insurance. Please take note that our shipping and insurance costs are exclusive of any local duties, import taxes and brokerage fees.

  • How do you ship your products ?

    For international bike and frame orders we ship by air (unless otherwise stated) and send the components by recorded mail. Bike and frame shipments typically go out approximately twice a week, components usually within approximately 24-48 hours of ordering.

  • Are your Lola frames and components guaranteed?

    Our Lola frames and components are fully guaranteed against manufacturing and materials faults or defects for 12 months from date of purchase. This guarantee does not cover items that have been damaged through accident, misuse, wear and tear, neglect or those which have been repaired or altered by any other firm. Paintwork is not covered by this warranty, nor is any damage/injury that happens to you or your other components as a result of any failure of one of our products. This guarantee is only valid to the original customer and is non-transferable. We reserve the right to an independent expert opinion on whether the goods in question are defective. A dated proof of purchase must be provided before a warranty claim will be considered. Any refund or replacement of any goods shall be at our sole and absolute discretion.

  • What is your returns policy?

    Our returns policy does not affect your legal rights.

    If an item should fail to meet your expectations, you may return it unused and in its original packaging within 10 days of receipt and we will provide a full refund (shipping costs are not included). You must email us before returning goods. Returns received without our prior authorization or in a non-saleable condition may be refused. If you have received incorrect or damaged goods, we will give you a full refund. In the case of a refund for damaged goods, we reserve the right to an expert independent opinion on whether the goods in question are defective.

    In the case of incorrect or damaged goods, we will reimburse any postage/shipping costs incurred as long as they have been agreed first by us.

  • Import Duty, VAT, or Other Taxes

    Customers are solely responsible for all local duties, import taxes and brokerage fees. These are not included in the cost of shipping or handling of your order. Customs, duties, and taxes vary widely from country to country; please check with your local customs agency for details on estimated costs. Customs, duty, and taxes are non-refundable: so if you refuse a shipment because of unexpected import fees, the cost of the original shipping, any brokerage, customs, duty, taxes, and any return shipping charges will not be refunded.

  • DO YOU OFFER BRANDED CORPORATE BIKES?

    Yes. Please contact us by email for more details.

  • WHY ARE THE BIKES CALLED LOLA SS AND BLUE?

    Lola is the middle name of my youngest daughter. SS stands for Single Speed or if you prefer Stainless steel. I chose the name Blue because I was born half a mile from Chelsea Football Club.

  • DO YOU SHIP WORLDWIDE?

    Yes, we ship worldwide. If your country is not listed in the shopping cart, click here to send us an email with your address details and the products you wish to purchase. We will get back to you within 48 hours with a total cost including shipping and insurance. Please take note that our shipping and insurance costs are exclusive of any local duties, import taxes and brokerage fees.