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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Shooting Sports

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 …

Vintage

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 …

Cycling

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 …

The Sound Of Her Wings: Tsubasa Bicycles Crow

In August, Sydney was descended upon by a pair of dark birds, heralded by the sound of beating wings. Edvinas Vavilovas and two models from his Tsubasa Bicycles range were exhibited at the Rapha Cycle Club, and I managed to capture one before it flew away.<p>Tsubasa Bicycles is based in London, but …

Birds

Blue Brains: Prova Cycles Razzo Road

Building a custom bicycle frame requires not a small amount of engineering prowess. Metallurgy notwithstanding, there’s stress and fatigue testing, and ergonomics. On top of all that, a frame builder also needs to be able to make a frame look <i>good</i>, and Prova Cycles’ Mark Hester has all of these …

3D Printing

The Fox’s Tale: Jamie’s Breadwinner Cycles Lolo

Back in February 2017, Jamie sent me a message on Instagram to let me know that he’d built up his first bespoke bike. It was my first opportunity to see Tony Pereira and Ira Ryan’s work in person, so naturally, I was keen to check it out.<p>You’ll rarely spot a Breadwinner in Australia — there must …

The Warrior Rides: Rogers Bespoke Ronin

In a charity shop about 25 years ago, I picked up Robert Shea’s <i>Shiké</i> novels, one of the most epic samurai novels you could ever read. I’ve read them both many times over the years and have thus developed a deep interest in the culture of feudal Japan.<p>When Adelaide’s Rogers Bespoke released images …

Samurai

Bee Chaser: Kimura Cycles Merops

Yuji Kimura is a Japanese industrial designer who studied in Germany — and now lives there — and now designs beautiful bicycles under the moniker of Kimura Cycle Works. This sporty randonneur is his latest creation, again inspired by the Ave group.<p>One of the first bikes by Kimura that was featured …

Modern Architecture

How to maintain, or even improve, your memory as you age

As you age, some slowdown in memory and processing is to be expected. That can mean a forgotten birthday, an accidentally retold story, a temporarily misplaced wallet.<p>Such run-of-the-mill forgetfulness may increase over the years but is usually not — as you may fear — a sign that you’re on the road …

Wellness

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 …

Headquarters Tour: Specialized’s amazing home base, plus museum & more!

Few brands elicit as emotional a response as Specialized, and to walk around their offices, the passion is pervasive. And it’s easy to see why. …

Raizin Hell: Kimura Cycleworks Ciel Tourer

In a world of fancy paint work and electronic groupsets, it’s easy to forget about what lies underneath it all: the craft of the frame builder and their skill with the torch, their heat control and finishing. It takes a bike like this tourer by Kimura Cycleworks to remind us.<p>Yuji Kimura is an …

Cycling

Blinding Sun: VéloColour’s Ti Seven Mudhoney

Toronto’s VéloColour lay down some of the most spellbinding works of art in the two-wheeled world. When Noah Rosen, the man holding the spray gun at VéloColour, finally got talked into acquiring a titanium Seven ‘crosser, he had to apply his personal touch.<p>Seven Cycles have been a leader in the …

This Incredible Flower Timelapse Took 3 Years and 8TB of Photos to Create

Filmmaker Jamie Scott made his name in the timelapse space with <i>Fall</i>, a Central Park timelapse of epic proportions that took 6 months of dedication to …

Videography

This Photographer Put a Giant Mirror In a Salt Flat

Australian photographer Murray Fredericks has spent years visiting and photographing the salt flats at Lake Eyre, the lowest point in Australia. For …

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 …

Mountain Biking

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 …

Speechless with the one you love? Try these beautiful, untranslatable words

Love is complicated and putting it into words is sometimes impossible. Now Expedia has created infographics of some of the most beautiful, untranslatable words in non-English languages that lovers never knew they needed. Sometimes ‘I love you’ just isn’t enough.<p>You don’t have to be in Chile to …

Believe It Or Not: The 3 Deadly Photography Sins

A drunk guy in a bar in Amsterdam said the following to me after I told him I work as a fine-art photographer: “So man, you love that photo stuff, …

Muhammad Ali

The 10 Best Islands in Thailand

The bluest water, the whitest sand, the most scenic sunsets, and the lushest forests -- it's hard to limit the superlatives when it comes to talking …

On causality in landscape photography

Causality is the relationship between cause and effect – and in landscape photography, this dynamic can help you tell a story, beyond the …

Landscape Photography

The world’s longest recreational trail gives you 15,000 miles to find yourself

For almost two years now, Dianne Whelan has been on a mission. In July 2015, the 51-year-old filmmaker set off from Newfoundland to hike, bike, canoe, snowshoe, and ski Canada’s Great Trail, a 24,000-kilometer (14,900-mile) casting call for the world’s most intrepid voyagers. If she succeeds, …

Adventure Travel

California is about to explode with a spectacular wildflower display

California's parched, drought-stricken landscape was soaked this winter by ceaseless storms, creating the perfect conditions for a spectacular floral display.<p>In coming weeks, wildflowers will bloom in colorful profusion, carpeting the state's undulating hills and grassy valleys, especially in …

Cannondale Headquarters Tour, Part 3: Insane GT prototypes & concepts

If you thought the prototype and team Cannondale mountain bikes from our HQ tour were wild, wait until you see these GT full suspension concepts. …

Mad Max

High On A Hill: Jeffrey Bock’s Blue Beauty

Iowa’s Jeffrey Bock is an unsung hero of America’s frame building fraternity. It’s almost a shock to learn that he’s made a few hundred frames — the first in 1975. This Blue Beauty is one of his latest and features Jeff’s own hand-carved lugs and paint work.<p>As you’d expect, Jeff’s story is a rich …