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After 17 years and $12 billion, Switzerland inaugurates world's longest rail tunnel

Just like Hannibal in ancient times, Swiss engineers have conquered the Alps.<p>More than 2,200 years after the commander from the ancient North African civilization of Carthage led his army of elephants and troops over Europe's highest mountain chain, the Swiss have completed another gargantuan task: …

Toyota's Setsuna is an amazing wooden concept car designed to last generations

Debuting at Milan Design Week next Monday, Toyota's Setsuna is probably the most unique concept car to debut from a major automaker this year. If it's not obvious from looking at it, this adorable little roadster is made almost entirely of wood — Japanese cedar and birch, to be specific — and was …

Former Apple designers say the company has lost 'the fundamental principles of good design'

Bruce Tognazzini was Apple's first interface designer<p>Two early Apple designers have written a piece on <i>Co.Design</i> chastising Apple's new design direction, which they claim puts elegance and visual simplicity over understandability and ease of use. Bruce "Tog" Tognazzini, who was Apple's 66th employee …

Fat Tracker: Wolf Moto’s chunky Yamaha TW200

Building a decent custom motorcycle can be a daunting task. But when your customer is also an accomplished builder, the pressure is doubled.<p>Wolf Moto got the commission for this Yamaha TW200 from Louis Nel—a talented South African builder based in Nelspruit, whose work we’ve featured before. Louis …

Oishi Yoshio: A Ronin motorcycle for Pikes Peak

When we featured the Ronin 47 motorcycle a year ago, it quickly became one of the most popular bikes ever to appear on the site. So we’ve given it a starring role in the new book The Ride: 2nd Gear.<p>Most builders would be happy to sit on their laurels after such a successful launch, but not Magpul. …

The Chuck Taylor All Star II

Don't call it a comeback.<p>Almost a hundred years old, the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star is getting a sequel and before you worry too much, it's the …

Shoes

Extra Lean: Rough Crafts' Harley XR 1200

Our favorite customs usually leave us scratching our heads: do we want to stare at them all day, or ride the pants off them? Winston Yeh has a knack for building such bikes.<p>The latest offering from the Rough Crafts stable is no different. It’s called ‘Rusty Slider,’ and it’s a decidedly leaner take …

Motorcycles

Charanjit Singh, Acid House Pioneer, Dead at 75

Charanjit Singh, a Bollywood composer and session musician that became an accidental pioneer in acid house music, passed away Sunday at his home in …

Indian Pop

Speedvagen Urban Racer

The city is the petri dish that has given rise to so many aspects of our culture, inasmuch as the outdoor environment is its antithesis. Sacha White’s Speedvagen project has enabled us to explore the great outdoors on his road bikes and get muddy on his cyclocross machines and today, his Urban …

Bicycles

Adidas Consortium x D-mop Superstar 10th Anniversary

Extreme Sports

Dissident: A new Yamaha Yard Built XJR1300

Three years ago, Yamaha Europe kicked off its Yard Built program with the Wrenchmonkees’ stunning ‘Monkeefist’ XJR1300. Since then, we’ve seen a steady stream of killer customs from some of Europe’s best builders, including Deus, Benders, Marcus Walz and JvB-moto.<p>And now we have ‘Dissident,’ a …

Motorcycles

Auction: The Embacher Collection

Back in 2011, Thames & Hudson released a book called Cyclepedia. It was a comprehensive photographic library of some of the most iconic bicycles ever created. Some of them were ugly, most were beautiful, but all were collected by the discerning eye of one man, Michael Embacher.<p>Well, he’s just …

Auctions

Beach Body: The Honda Dominator NX650, Italian style

Established shops have the pick of the crop when it comes to donor bikes for projects. But when you’re a first-time builder, choosing a suitable platform to cut your teeth on can be daunting.<p>Ideally, you want something affordable, reliable and easy to work with. The Honda Dominator NX650 is the …

Italy

Diving with Omega’s Alpha, the Seamaster Ploprof 1200M

While being sized for an Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M ($8,140), I do some thinking. Namely, on the Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce, the …

Watches

Ultra Noir: A blacker than black Honda CB750

Murdered-out customs used to be all the rage. But lately, builders have been favoring more diverse color palettes. Which is a real pity: done right, black-on-black can be downright beautiful.<p>Clockwork Motorcycles‘ Samuel Guertin proves it with his latest offering: a 1978 Honda CB750 with a brawny …

Honda

Today in Gear: April 15, 2015

<b>adizero 99g Soccer Cleat</b><br>Kicking off the “Limited Collection” from adidas, the flagship adizero 99g is the lightest soccer cleat ever made at nearly …

A Chennai Bicycle Ride

Coming from America, I initially resisted riding a two wheeler in traffic crazy Chennai. But after 7 months in India (and some practice in Jaipur for a while), I screwed up the courage to buy a "Hercules" (made in Chennai) street bicycle to ride from my flat in West Mambalam to work in Anna Nagar. …

New and Noted: Motorcycle Gear

For those of you lucky enough to be in the northern hemisphere, spring has arrived. The snow may have receded, but there’s an avalanche of cool new gear hitting the shelves.<p>We’ve picked out a few items worthy of your consideration, from big brands to unknown upstarts. This time we’re taking a …

Motorcycles

Yayoi Kusama Named the World's Most Popular Artist

The Art newspaper recently announced Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s eccentric “Infinite<p><i>The Art</i> newspaper recently announced Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s eccentric “Infinite Obsession” show was the most visited exhibition of 2014. The 86-year-old’s signature polka-dotted sculptures and mirror …

Art

The Hunter: A Scrambler With Extra Firepower

The Triumph Scrambler’s biggest selling point is its looks. It might not be the strongest contender in the performance department, but it has a nostalgic appeal that few others can match. And it’s easy to upgrade.<p>This stunning Triumph Scrambler was built by Erne’s Euromotos—a dealership and custom …

Paul Brodie 2015 NAHBS Tourer

The North American Handmade Bicycle Show is like the Summer Solstice of the framebuilder’s year, and the 2015 edition is almost upon us. This year promises to be the biggest yet and is heading to Louisville, Kentucky.<p>For the past few years, we’ve been lucky enough to have a sneak peek at what Paul …

Woodworking

REEB Cycles TyDonk

Fat bikes really do look out of place when photographed in a studio setting, all pristine and minty-fresh. Rest assured, once the TyDonk makes its debut at the 2015 North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Louisville, Kentucky this weekend, it’s heading straight for the trails.<p>REEB Cycles is the …

Made in America

Julie Ann Pedalino CX

Cycling is very much a male-dominated sport but that, thankfully, is changing. And there’s even less female custom framebuilders than male — another statistic that is gradually changing.<p>Kansas City is home to Julie Ann Pedalino, who will be making a hugely impressive debut at the New Builder Table …

Kansas City

Winter Bicycles Quiscale

<i>Quiscalus quiscula</i> is a fairly common bird found in large numbers throughout North America, and although the Blackbird can be found in suburban areas over the rest of the world, the common grackle, as it is otherwise known, is a more colourful character.<p>Eric Estlund of Oregon’s Winter Bicycles …

San Francisco

Carhartt Men’s Denim Work Shirt

Carhartt Men’s Denim Work ShirtCarhartt goes hand in hand with quality, durable workwear. It’s no surprise that more and more young guys have been …

Men's Fashion

BSI 1956 X-100 Boasts Classic Ford F-Series Looks, Coyote V-8 Power

While the BSI 1956 X-100 looks like a mildly customized 1956 Ford F-100, there is a whole lot going on underneath the skin. Built by Los Angeles-based Bodie Stroud Industries (BSI), the BSI 1956 X-100 features a classic pickup body atop an all-new chassis with a modern drivetrain and …

Save $20K! Rent a Rugged Teardrop Trailer.

Most off-road teardrop trailers will put a $20,000 dent in your bank account. Which makes renting a much more attractive option.<p>But while expedition-ready gear is easy to find in countries like South Africa and Australia, that wasn't the case in the U.S. Until now. A new crop of companies that rent …

RVs

A Requiem for Kenji Ekuan & The Kando of GK Design - Asphalt & Rubber

Industrial design is not a commonly known, much less well understood, profession. To some it suggests arranging equipment inside factories, to others …

Single Speed Bicycles by Motofication

Michael Kleeman of Motofication prefers steel frames for his singlespeed/fixed gear bikes. Produced by a framebuilder in Amsterdam, the frames are …

Customers