Cask Finery, based in East Lothian, Scotland, has launched a range of bicycle headset and bar ends caps produced from repurposed casks that have been sourced from Scotch whisky distilleries.
The family-owned startup says it is dedicated to "bringing function, design, sustainability, and traceability" to casks that have reached the end of their whisky-maturing life. Its accessories feature laser-etched detailing and distillery names, and each is packaged with a piece of cask stave and comes with a certificate authenticating the provenance and type of cask.
To mark its launch, the company has released a limited-edition batch of 100 accessories made from a cask that was used to mature a 1963 single malt from Glen Albyn, a Highland distillery that closed in 1983 and was demolished in 1986.
Cask Finery was founded and is owned by Mark van der Vijver, who has worked in the whisky industry for almost 20 years including at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society and more recently at Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers and is a keen cyclist.
He said: "Our ambition is to celebrate the unique story of each ‘rescued’ cask through local craftsmanship to produce a very special blend of style, function, and Scotch whisky provenance for the individual in the peloton.
"The simple design of our Cask Finery accessories makes the aged oak the hero, providing cyclists with an impactful contrast and one-of-a-kind, natural accent to their alloy bike."
He added: "Ultimately, it’s massively rewarding for us to rescue these abandoned casks...and repurpose them for their ongoing journey as bespoke bicycle trim to adorn you bike."