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King Off The Street: Killenbike 27.5 Dirt Tourer

It’s only been a week since we featured the Bondi Blue Killenbike All-Roadster, but things have been buzzing around the Newtown workshop of Sean Killen, and Bart’s Merlot Red Dirt Tourer is too good not to share.<p>During the week, Bart works as a lead instructor at Sydney’s BikeWise, a …

Ti Infinity And Beyond: Curve Belgie Spirit Review

<i>From Cycle EXIF’s technical correspondent, Richard Gearing.</i> Mention the word ‘Titanium’ in certain circles and you’ll see grown men glaze over, drifting off into romantic, wistful state of Bike Lust. Thankfully it is not a material that is likely to be leaving the bike industry in any hurry, so …

Ready To Launch: Jones Titanium Spaceframe Plus LWB

If you’ve ever had the pleasure to speak with Jeff Jones about bikes, you realise he’s constantly contemplating design and how it affects performance. His famous handlebars and frames sure look different, but they sure are practical. He’s just announced an update to his incredible Spaceframe …

Titanium

Less Gravitas, More Gravity: Breadwinner Ltd Edition G-Road

The Grinduro phenomenon hit Quincy, California this weekend, and the purple event also witnessed, along with a whole lot of graveled fun, the release of a brand new model from Breadwinner Cycles — the Limited Edition G-Road.<p>The G-Road was developed specifically for the type of riding featured at …

Off-roading

I Dream Of Genie: SingleBe Aladdin 29er

Sometimes it’s hard to believe that under the flashy paint there is a bicycle frame that’s made entirely by hand. But the Czech builder Tom Kutin of SingleBe is a true craftsman who takes great pride in both his steel frames and the painting of them.<p>The customer of this SingleBe is most definitely …

Philly Bike Expo 2017 Preview: Cobra Frames Thrasher

<i>The 2016 Philadelphia Bike Expo, held November 5-6, broke its exhibitor record with a 28% increase in custom frame builders showing their works compared to the previous year. Regarded by many of the small custom workshops as representing the heart and soul of the industry, this family-run event was</i> …

Skwisgaar: Anna Schwinn’s Waterford 22-Series Track Bike

As you’d expect, Anna Schwinn — great-great-granddaughter of Ignaz Schwinn, founder of the Schwinn Bicycle Company — has some pretty cool bikes. This, however, is Skwisgaar, and if her house was on fire, this is the one she’d be running for.<p>Skwisgaar is named after Skwisgaar Skwigelf, the guitarist …

Track Cycling

Gradient Grinduro: Quirk Cycles Monster ‘Crosser

Possibly the funnest cycling event ever, Grinduro, made it’s inaugural international debut on the Isle of Arran in Scotland a few weeks ago. In keeping with the US edition tradition, a few UK frame builders were invited to build a bike for the occasion — one of them was London’s Quirk Cycles who …

Light and Airy: Kate’s English Cycles Graveleur

A frame by Oregon’s Rob English is something a little bit more than just a frame: it’s a statement. Rob’s customer Kate wanted a gravel bike that not only made a statement but suited her physically — and she got something exceptionally special.<p>Kate was after a road bike with a more adventurous …

Green And Gold: Gellie Custom 27.5 MTB

Victorian framebuilder Ewen Gellie is a mountain man, through and through. From his workshop and property, located on Skyline Road, about 50kms from Melbourne, he produces some of Australia’s best custom frames, like this 27.5 hardtail MTB.<p>While Ewen has found himself living in the ultimate bush …

Watch a Rubik's Cube World Record Holder Explain His Craft

World champion speedcuber Feliks Zemdegs shares the secret to his craft.<p>Since 2010, Rubik's Cube speed solver Feliks Zemdegs has broken a number of world records. That includes several instances of the 3x3x3 (a standard Rubik's Cube) world record, with his latest record of 4.73 seconds set at the …

World Records

The Day John Lennon Met Paul McCartney and Changed Music Forever

On July 6, 1957—60 years ago today—John met Paul. And music was never the same.<p>If you’re someone whose heart harbors notions of true romanticism, you …

Baby Oughta Celebrate: Speedvagen Urban Racer Ready Made

In 2015 Speedvagen dropped a bomb on the custom bicycle scene with their Urban Racer. While it may not have been the most <i>popular</i>, it was definitely the year’s most talked-about bike. Well, a new Ready Made version has just made it more accessible.<p>Basically, the Ready Made Urban Racer is a small …

Pushies Galore Master Series: GEFSCO

Back in March, Brisbane’s extremely hard-working Pushies Galore team hosted the first of their Master Series shows, and it featured Geoff Scott, one of Australia’s pre-eminent frame builders. Here’s a photo-heavy feature of Geoff’s work from the event.<p>These are a fraction of the photos taken at the …

The 50 Greatest Concerts of the Last 50 Years

From Led Zeppelin's U.S. debut to Jay Z and Kanye West's 'Watch the Throne' spectacle, and beyond

Midnight Green Machine: Donhou Bicycles Modern Porteur

After a successful trip to the USA, where he won the Best Custom CX at NAHBS 2017, Tom Donhou has returned to the UK and is getting back into the swing of things with a spellbinding Midnight Green Modern <i>Porteur</i>, built for a local photographer.<p>Granted, the Midnight Green paintwork — applied by Tom …

Cycling

The 3D Dimension: Donhou Bicycles DSS3 Prototype

Images of the highly-anticipated Donhou Bicycles DSS3 have finally been made public, revealing the latest evolution of a machine that has already won awards in its previous guises. Brooks’ photographer Jim Holland gives us a sneak peek.<p>Tom has worked tirelessly on the Donhou Signature Series for …

Swerve With Verve: Brevet Cycles ‘V’

At last year’s Concours de Machine event in France, Sebastien Klein won the Rookie award with his <i>randonneur</i>. He came home to establish Brevet Cycles and, fresh out of the blocks, his ‘V’ bike won two awards at the 2017 Bespoked UK Handmade Bicycle Show.<p>We’ve seen Sebastien’s work before, just not …

Cycling

Hear the 10 Best Albums of the 1960s as Selected by Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S. Thompson, the writer who gave vivid, inimitable form to "gonzo journalism," honed his literary chops the hard way, using rigorous …

Hunter S. Thompson

Old School From Astrakhan: TORESVELO SSCX

Anton Gorbunov loves making modern frames with a retro vibe. The Russian builder lives in Astrakhan — in the country’s south — and this is his latest creation, a slim single speed cyclocrosser kitted up in a summer guise.<p>At the moment, Anton has built the wheels up with a pair of Continental’s …

Jump! Jump! Fat Chance Chris Cross and Yo Eddy! Plus

Dirt fans at April’s Sea Otter Classic were able to sneak a peek at the two new models from Fat Chance Bicycles: the tall Chris Cross and the wide Yo Eddy! Plus. Now it’s our turn, thanks to some awesome photography by Fat Chance’s Muuqi Maxwell.<p>The all-new Chris Cross from Fat Chance is a …

Whole Phrases Hidden in English Words

English is a language that's always evolving. Every day, we use words that weren't in existence 50 years ago. Then there are words that have been …

Language Learning

The Best 100 Episodes of The Simpsons

We first met <i>The Simpsons</i> in 1987, and they've had their own show since 1989- 28 seasons now! There are those who would argue that only the first ten …

TV

The Sword And The Stone: English Cycles 953 & Carbon Road

This year’s Bespoked show had a special guest: Rob English made a pilgrimage to his homeland, unveiled his latest frame and it promptly won two awards. Quite deservedly, too; this stainless Reynolds 953 and carbon road bike is the best of English Cycles.<p>Rob was born and raised in the UK, and after …

Bicycles

Portland Original: Sven Cycles Semi-Custom Pathfinder

Here’s an exciting sneak peek at what Dorset’s Sven Cycles is bringing to the Bespoked Show in Bristol this weekend. This may look like a highly individualized all-roader but it is, in fact, the first sight of their more affordable semi-custom production series.<p>Sven Cycles’ Darron Coppin has put …

Bicycles

Diamond In The Rough: Hartley Cycles Mini-Tourer

Bespoked 2017 is very nearly upon us, and one builder who will always bring something exquisitely well-crafted to the table is the queen of asymmetry: Caren Hartley of London’s Hartley Cycles. Here’s her own Mini-Tourer which she prepared earlier.<p>While this tough beauty is small in stature, it’s …

Market Trends

Canine ‘Cross: Mercredi Bikes Sausage Dog CX

Adeline O’Moreau has been sharing workshop space with Rowan Frameworks, in Woodchurch, Kent, and she managed to round up a pack of dachshunds for both inspiration and a photo shoot with her latest build, a race-ready CX bike.<p>To summarise this one of a kind creation, Adeline had this to say: …

Pets

See Into The Trees: Nica’s Big Forest Factory Racer

Like most frame builders, Robert Piontek of Germany’s Big Forest Frameworks heads up virtually every role of a small business. It’s a tough — yet rewarding — role, especially when the fruits of his labors will carry a young rider through her racing season.<p>This uber-efficient racing machine will be …

Motorcycles

No Disintegrations: Caletti Boba Fett Road Race Special

A long time ago, at a Handmade Bicycle Show far, far away… Although it wasn’t all that long ago, but Salt Lake City was far away if you didn’t make it to NAHBS last weekend. If you did, you may have spotted this Boba Fett-inspired frame by Caletti Cycles.<p>“No disintegrations”, Darth Vader requests …

Inside the Steinway Piano Factory

5344087727001<p>Steinway & Sons has been making beautiful music at their Queens factory since the 1870s—and the process hasn't really changed much.<p>By …