Nisnas Industries

Nisnas Industries

Friday January 25, 2013 Written by adam

Wadi Nisnas is an Arab neighborhood in Haifa, a northern Israeli city, and Yossi Levin and Max Cheprack are two cyclists connecting their community through bikes.

With a history that stretches back around 3,000 years, Haifa has a reputation as a port and industrial city, but it also happens to be the cultural hub of northern Israel. There's a strong interest in cycling there, which Cheprack and Levin are building through their partnership, Nisnas Industries.

Levin's background is in social work, including some time with the UN, and Cheprack is an industrial designer with a decade of experience in fabrication. They started Nisnas Industries as a community initiative to promote their region and develop interest in local craft.

Teaching school children how to 'upcycle' and customise discarded bicycles is one aspect, but they also produce fine leather panniers and carriers. Locally sourced wood is incorporated into fenders and spines for their bags, using designs inspired by local artists. Here's to putting Haifa on the map.

Adam Leddin worked as a bike courier in Sydney for seven years and is now the editor of Cycle EXIF. His site showcases classic, custom and handmade bikes, and the stories of people who build and ride them.