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All Mixte Up: Rivendell Rosco Bubbe

One of Rivendell’s less-well-known models, Rosco Bubbe, still garners enough reverence to sell out each short production run. Photographer Josh Estey managed to nab this one for himself, after a persistent chase and built it up in a most individual way.<p>Josh’s career as one of the world’s top …

Roads

Breaking Away: Apt Cycles Pinion Belter Travel Bike

Dave Lindberg is a hobbyist builder who brazes steel frames out of his garage in Portland, Oregon. He has just completed his sixth bicycle, and with this third of his own — a Pinion-gearboxed, belt-driven travel bike — he has continued the trend of experimenting with unique design concepts and …

Breaking Away

Cool Rod: Winter Bicycles Geländerad

If you’re fortunate enough to be heading to Bespoked Bristol this year — The UK Handmade Bicycle Show — make sure you stop by the Winter Bicycles stand. Eric Estlund will be there with one of the hottest looking hardtails we’ve seen this year.<p>Traditionally, Eric has specialized in elegant, …

Mountain Biking

Spirit of 77: Saffron Frameworks Gilco Player Special

After a muddy Sunday in Hell, Paris-Roubaix is over for another year. Simultaneously, Saffron Frameworks’ Matthew Sowter returned to the classics himself with this all-day racer inspired by one of the most iconic F1 team liveries of all time.<p>Matthew’s customer had a special request: build the frame …

Carbon Fiber

Kazakh Kruiser: Quirk Cycles All-Road

Apparently, there’s great riding to be had in Kazakhstan, both on-road and off. To access more terrain outside the capital of Astana, Quirk Cycles built up one of their all-road bikes for a customer, and it’s probably one of the best-looking bikes in the country.<p>London’s Quirk Cycles produce a …

Roads

Golden Gun: Speedvagen 650b Rugged Road

Speedvagen had an exciting new model on display in the SRAM Road booth at the Sea Otter Classic over the weekend: a golden gum-walled 650b version of their Rugged Road frame. From the looks of things, it could very well be their most fun bike yet.<p>The 700c variant of their Rugged Road has been …

Cyclo-cross

Ready To Spring: Rossin Futura CX4 by VLB

Javier Jubete of Spain’s Vintage Luxury Bicycles has a penchant for opulently restoring classic Italian racing bicycles, although he has demonstrated remarkable restraint during the makeover of this Rossin Futura CX4.<p>To acknowledge the coming of Spring in the northern hemisphere, Javier focused on …

Innovation

Path Of The Black Cat: Caletti Cycles Domestique

The Santa Cruz workshop of Caletti Cycles has just announced their Domestique project: a stock adventure road model called the Domestique. This is the first viewing, a matte black panther of a handmade frame at a very reasonable price and spec.<p>It’s described as a Hard-Working All-Road Bicycle, just …

Santa Cruz

Ishiwata and Icy Water: Kuwuhara Marten

The most famous Kuwahara is the BMX ridden across the face of the moon by Elliot in <i>E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial</i>, but there is far more to the brand and catalog. This 1993 Marten model MTB has been repurposed into a dirt drop all-season tourer.<p>The company was actually founded in Japan by Sentarō …

Snow White

Unforgettable underwater photography - in pictures

A new book published by the Natural History Museum showcases some of the most memorable underwater photographs taken over the last few decades in its annual wildlife photographer of the year competition. The stories behind the pictures - about both the behaviour and the photographers’ experiences - …

Photography

【Made In Japan】vol.01:競輪界の“レジェンド”が愛するフレーム -CHERUBIM

American Kami: Cherubim Uli By Blacksmith Cycle

The temptation to draw comparisons between Cherubim’s handmade bicycles and <i>katana</i>, one of the swords used by the samurai of feudal Japan, can’t be ignored — they both share the same philosophies of spirit and manufacture.<p>This is Cherubim’s Uli, a club racer on par with their popular Sticky frame, …

Japan

Magni-ficent: Leo's Wilier Triestina Ramato Resto

The Cromovelato of Wilier’s Gioiello Ramato, or <i>Copper Jewel</i>, has resulted in one of the most iconic finishes in the history of cycling. They brought it back for their 110th anniversary in 2016, but it still looks far more authentic on a frame made in 1988.<p>Leonardo Ragusa de Vargas Macciucca works …

Restoration

Light 'Em Up: Donhou Bicycles DSS3

Today, finally, saw the third and latest release of Tom Donhou’s Signature Series, and it’s the most advanced edition yet, featuring a highly evolved 3D-printed seat lug. The new technology allows an unprecedented level of geometry options, and it’s a looker to boot.<p>The new DSS3 has already won …

Emerging Technology

How The Canyon Became Grand: Paul's Mercredi Road Bike

After fillet brazing the tubes of her customer’s frames, Adeline Mercredi won’t file them down to a smooth curve. She’s developed a personal philosophy regarding this process, centered around the mantra of ‘Good Vibes Only’, and it works for us.<p>It’s a MO that has resonated deep within the custom …

Road Bikes

Towards The Light: Isen Workshop All-Season Road Bike

Both Caren Hartley and Matt McDonough were both producing extremely boutique and pretty custom bicycles before they decided to join forces under the common banner of Isen Workshop. Their partnership spawned a dark bird, and from these images you can almost sense the beating of its iridescent …

Bicycles

Orange Is The New: St Joris Cycles Road

After a relaxing festive season, it’s time for us to return to a new year of miles upon our favorite vehicle, and what better way for Cycle EXIF readers to celebrate 2018 than with a big orange roadie, handmade by Alex de Kraker of Eindhoven’s St Joris Cycles.<p>Yorit Kluitman is a Dutch graphic …

Bicycles

Step Back To Reality: Speedvagen Rugged Road

Although it’s something we’ve suspected for a while now, Speedvagen make a refreshing point with their Rugged Road line: ultra-light and super-stiff carbon fibre road bikes are ideal for race situations but they just aren’t that practical for the everyday cyclist.<p>Portland’s Speedvagen workshop have …

Road Bikes

Regular Division Of The Road: Spoon Customs Escher

Art and mathematics make for difficult bedfellows, as they’re two seemingly disparate concepts. Maurits Cornelis Escher’s incredibly talented mind was able to combine them, and his work is now celebrated by Spoon Customs’ latest creation.<p>M. C. Escher was not really recognized by his artistic …

Alexander McQueen

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

World Championship Raleigh: Jeff Bock Lake Pepin Rider

One of Iowa’s most esteemed frame builders, Jeff Bock, is a self-confessed Raleigh addict. After a long stint working in shops that were Raleigh dealers and participating in last year’s Lake Pepin 3-Speed Tour, he decided to build one of his own.<p>Jeff graduated from college in 1974 with an art …

Mississippi River

For A Wilder Road: The Stanforth Conway

In 1984, Nick and Richard Crane climbed aboard two Saracen mountain bikes for their ascent of Kenya’s Mount Kilimanjaro, a journey which inspired Simon Stanforth to found Stanforth bikes. Yesterday, Simon launched a new model in his range of touring bikes, the Stanforth Conway.<p>Adventure cycling …

Bicycles

The Big Lap: Speedvagen 2017 Leave It On The Road Bikes

“Ride from the heart and anything is possible” rings the catch-cry of the Leave It On The Road team. They’re inspiring words, especially poignant for this group of cyclists whose lives have all been touched by the disease of cancer.<p>I’ll wager there are few readers whose lives haven’t been hurt by …

Cycling

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 …

Road Bikes

Russian Rocky Roller: Toresvelo Classic Road Bike

Columbus used to make a lightweight tube set with a triangular profile called Ultrafoco which, according to every report, could be turned into a truly amazing frame. Ultrafoco tubes are rare, but Anton Gorbunov of Russia’s Toresvelo procured a couple for this ‘classic’ road bike, which is heading …

Road Bikes

Made For Misadventure: Rowan Frameworks EDC

We’ve been waiting a long time for this. Rowan Frameworks have been teasing us with glimpses of their EDC production series of bikes since the 2017 Bespoked show back in April and on the 1st of September, the order window will finally be open.<p>Rowan Frameworks is one of the more artisanal frame …

Stainless Steel

East Meets West: Vintage Luxury Bicycles Koinago

For some of us, the love of beautiful bicycles is a fixation akin to that of a heroin addict. Our friends, partners, and workmates can’t understand our obsession, but the latest creation of Spain’s Vintage Luxury Bicycles should provide an explanation.<p>Javier Jubete is the proprietor of Vintage …

Fish

A Dream No-One Else Can See: Bishop Bikes x VéloCOLOUR

A line from Candy, Iggy Pop’s 1990 duet with Kate Pierson, is an apt title for this long awaited collaboration between Baltimore’s Bishop Bikes and Toronto’s VéloCOLOUR studio — albeit a contrary one, as the result is an explosion of captivating colour.<p>VéloCOLOUR’s Noah Rosen and Suzanne Carlsen …

Iggy Pop

Ride All Night: Brevet Cycles Low Trail Rando

At the beginning of July this year, the second edition of the Concours de Machines took place in Ambert, Auvergne, France. For the second time, the UK’s Brevet Cycles was in attendance, this time with this stunning purpose-built randonneur.<p>A randonneur is not a touring bike, and the Concours de …

Bicycle Touring

Field, Fountain, Moor & Mountain: Myrrh Cycles MTB

Custom bikes come in all manner of shapes, sizes, and colours. When I first came across Andy Rowan and his Myrrh Cycles on Instagram, it reminded me of what I love about them: they’re an expression, and Andy’s are completely removed from all market forces.<p>Andy lives about ten kilometres up the road …

Mountain Biking