1984 JP Weigle Special – Playboy’s Best Custom Bike
In 1985, Bicycling Magazine printed a two-page centerfold titled, “The Dream Makers,” featuring beautiful handmade dream bikes designed to satisfy the tastes of any 80s cyclist with money to burn. At the forefront it featured bikes by big, well known builders like Spectrum’s Tom Kellogg, but tucked away to the side, was a pink and green bike built by a much smaller and low-key builder that caught the eye of a magazine specializing in a very different type of centerfold, Playboy. Of all the featured bikes built by the so-called “Dream Makers,” Playboy selected this J.P. Weigle Special for its “The Best” list as “The Best Custom Bike.” A unique honor for any bike, it shared the page with “Best Robe,” “Best Hotel Suite,” and “Best Stuff On A Stick” (it was a popsicle in case you’re wondering). To be featured in a men’s magazine may not seem as respectable as a cycling publication, but Playboy actually did manage to capture what makes the J.P. Weigle Special a special bike. “The best,” they say, “isn’t ostentatiousness or glitz. The best is style and innovation, originality and execution. The best, above all, is class.” Read more in Road Bike Action Magazine's March 2017 issue.