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Sven Cycles x Paniagua

In his tell-all book ‘The Secret Race’, the story of his tenure with Lance Armstrong and the US Postal team, Tyler Hamilton made reference to the Spanish phrase, <i>Pan-Y-Agua</i>. Inside the peloton, “riding paniagua — or ‘Bread and Water’ — described riders who hadn’t doped.<p>What are we to think, then, of …

Commuting

The Ascari Royale

The wall of Helio Ascari‘s apartment wall is filled with framed black and white detail photographs of constructeur-style touring bicycles. An ex-fashion model whose face graced the pages of numerous magazines, these days he is a bearded brute of a man and an artist of the bicycle.<p>Today, Helio …

Stanforth Bikes Kibo

In 1985 two cousins, Nicholas and Richard Crane, rode their Saracen mountain bikes to the summit of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro. Inspired by that epic adventure, Simon Stanforth has established the Stanforth Bikes brand and the first model is named after the highest of Kilimanjaro’s …

Fondriest Cu-Status

The X-Status frame was a star in the stable of Fondriest Bici for many years, although it’s doubtful whether Maurizio Fondriest ever considered a copper plated special edition. The Cu-Status, its title referencing copper’s chemical symbol, was orchestrated by Stephan Wijland of The …

Sven Cycles Rouge Noir Roadster

<i>Haute couture</i> fashion and the gritty workshop of a custom framebuilder may seem like worlds apart. But considering that both produce wearable art which is tailored and handmade, they begin to seem less disposed. This roadster, manufactured by Sven Cycles in Dorset, England, brings them even closer …

A Pair of Royal H Cycles

Surely one of the true tests of a marriage would be a tour on a tandem. Each partner would discover, if they hadn’t already, the very best and worst of each other, how reliant on each other they are and how to work together to move forward. Of course, there is always the option of cutting straight …

Donhou Bicycles Mondrian

It’s rare to see a bare, unbuilt frame here on Cycle EXIF. In fact, this is the first, but only because anything to do with Bernard Hinault’s La Vie Claire team gets a special look in around here, especially when it’s a frame by Tom Donhou with custom Mondrian paint.<p>Tom Donhou is producing some of …

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Yokohama Osanbashi Pier

Doug's Yamaguchi

Few frame builders have influenced the world of the custom bicycle as much as Koichi Yamaguchi. His unconventional designs both shock and impress, but they have been proven at US Nationals, World Championships and Olympic Games. Yamaguchi imparts his knowledge through his frame building school in …

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Horse Cycles Stainless Townie

Thomas Callahan’s Horse Brand Co. launched recently, showcasing American-made goods and his handmade Urban Tour bikes. This stainless steel town bike is an addition to that line, a concise summary of Thomas’ style and ethos.<p>Reynolds 931 tubing was used, a thicker tubing as compared to their 953 …

Shand Cycles Fat Tyre Stoater

Fat tyre bikes have been enjoying a renaissance recently. While more road cyclists discover the joys of upping a tire size and grinding some gravel, adventure cyclists, fat bikers and ‘bike packers’ astound us with epic overland journeys through sand and snow. Not to mention the onslaught of …

Grassy little planet

Guy Martin's Rourke Land Speed Bike

There have been 240 rider deaths in the 106 years the Isle of Man TT motorcycle race has been running. Statistically, it is the most dangerous race in the world, attracting racers with a penchant for life on the edge. One of the most colourful characters in the paddock is the wooly-haired and …

Donhou Cycles Road / Tourer

Britons have always had an aptitude for excellence, and Tom Donhou is a perfect example of that national trait. So soon after barrelling down a disused airstrip with an attempt on the British land speed record on a motor-paced pushie, he’s back behind the torch building the bike that fulfils every …

English Cycles Time Trial Mk2

Human beings, and especially cyclists, are an adaptive bunch. It’s interesting to see Shimano’s electronic shifting systems, such as the Di2 group, being reworked by enthusiasts to suit bikes that won’t conform to the standard market genres. Here’s a good example, the sculptural time trial frame by …

MOOTS Psychlo X by Justin Bauer

Is there anything more appealing to the eye than a well-crafted titanium frame? Moots have been assembling frames from American-made tubes of ti, all with those perfectly spaced beads of filler, since 1981. A Moots frame is a work of art in itself, but this Psychlo X has been embellished by Justin …

Plaza de España

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Donhou Bicycles Luke's Commuter

Lamborghini fans will recognize the dark metallic gray of this commuter Tom Donhou built for Luke, it’s called <i>Grigio Telesto</i> — a standard paint option and a refreshing change to the Gulf Oil scheme we see so much of. Around London’s streets, however, Luke’s Commuter is a much more effective mode of …

Cinelli Laser TT

Hopefully by now you’ll have encountered Cinelli’s book, <i>The Art and Design of the Bicycle</i>, a concise history of the colorful and innovative Italian marque. You should definitely recognize the bike on the cover, rolling on two disc wheels painted by Keith Haring: a Cinelli Laser TT, one of the most …

Hampsten Cycles 7-Eleven Tribute

Andy Hampsten’s Team 7-Eleven livery is one of the most iconic in American cycling. Indeed, the team’s victories and Andy’s numerous triumphs were responsible for an overall increase in interest in bike racing in the US. Hampsten Cycles continue to inspire; this 7-Eleven Tribute track bike was …

LOOK KG 396

The French brand of LOOK has to be one of the most iconic in the world of cycling. Their sculptural use of carbon fiber at an early stage, their product development and affiliation with the La Vie Claire established them at the leading edge of both the peloton and the marketplace. This LOOK KG 396 …

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All-City Space Horse

Choo is a photographer that’s based in Singapore, a city that, traditionally, has a massive cycling culture. He’s part of a new generation of cyclists riding the streets that see the bicycle as a beautiful object, not just a utilitarian tool. The All-City Space Horse is both, but Choo has built up …