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'Living' Strandbeest Sculptures Tour U.S. Museums

Accompanied by even stranger hackbeests<p>Twenty-five years ago, artist Theo Jansen built a new life-form. Made of PVC pipes and zip ties, his strandbeest (Dutch for “beach beast”) walked along a beach under wind propulsion. Since then, Jansen has created many more beests and inspired a small army of …

These Paintings and Sculptures in the Official Star Wars Art Show Are Insanely Gorgeous

Rarely does a day go by that you don’t see a new piece of <i>Star Wars</i> art, but rarely is that art official. That changed this weekend when Lucasfilm …

Art

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As the nights get colder we tend to bunk down and light the fire indoors and relax on the couch. However these DIY fire pit ideas can help you get …

Wilco's Nels Cline Jams With the Les Paul Trio In New York

When he took the stage at Iridium in New York on June 16th, as this week's guest with Monday night regulars <b>the Les Paul Trio</b>, guitarist <b>Nels Cline</b> …

Bamboo Bicycle Club

While there will always be a market for supermarket-quality, colour-coded ‘fixies’ with substandard bottom brackets, wouldn’t it be great if it was eschewed for the infinitely more intriguing and sustainable bamboo bicycle? James Marr and Ian McMillan run London’s Bamboo Bicycle Club, which have …

Bamboo

English Cycles No-Car-Kitty-Cargo

It gets a bit crazy in Bike Land around this time of year, when the North American Handmade Bicycle Show prepares to open its doors and reveal the glittering efforts of builders and manufacturers. In 2013, Rob English won the Best In Show award with his inspired Time Trial Mk2. His 2014 exhibit is …

Handy

Paul Brodie and the Starley Giraffe

For the past couple of years, we’ve had the honour of watching Paul Brodie manufacture a highly complicated frame to be exhibited at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. In 2012, he walked us through each step in re-building an 1888 Whippet bicycle. In 2013 we were witness to the eBee, a …

Fabrication
Mountain Biking

Triumph Bonneville T100 by Bunker

Our most recent Top 5 feature showed just how versatile Triumph’s Bonneville is as a custom platform. The venerable Bonny makes for as good a flat tracker as it does a café-racer–so it’s easy to forget what a fine looking motorcycle it actually is in stock trim.<p>This 2013 Triumph Bonneville T100 …

Sketching

How To Build A Cafe Racer

I’m a car designer by trade: I spend my time working out how to make machinery look as good as it can. Designers are creative people by nature, so we crave the opportunity to be as free as possible in our work. We also have many parameters, tests and boundaries to refer to, to make sure we deliver …

Motorcycles

1971 Triumph by Analog

There’s usually a trigger that inspires someone to start a custom build. Perhaps an engine failure, or a dent in the tank. Or even just a glimpse of a cool bike parked on the street. In Tony Prust’s case, it was the offer of a new speedo—a beautifully restored Smiths instrument.<p>“I bought this 1971 …

Athens

Ducati 900SS by El Solitario

When a Ducati 900SS rolls into a workshop for a big-budget overhaul, it usually leaves a few weeks later looking just like it did when it rolled off the production line in the 90s. But not this one: only the most eagle-eyed <i>Ducatistas</i> would recognize it, with the engine cases being the giveaway.<p>The …

Motorcycles

HCV's old school bobber

For a workshop you’ve probably never heard of, Halls Custom Vintage is pretty famous. Jake and Rob Hall are the go-to guys for British bike enthusiasts in the States, and they usually have five machines up on their lifts at any one time.<p>Most of these bikes will be restoration jobs, or build-ups for …

Mountain Biking

Officine Rossopuro Guzzi cafe racer

The custom world is rife with fads and fashions, but there are a few one-marque specialists taking the slow and steady route to win the race. On the east coast of the USA, Walt Siegl springs to mind for his high-performance Ducati builds. In Italy, if you want a Guzzi cafe racer you give Filippo …

Motorcycles

Why True Self-Love Is Your Most Important Mission And How It Will Change Your Life Forever

Why is self-love so important? And anyway, is it really that important? Well, let’s see… but first, we should take a closer look and try to …

Happiness

12 Steps to Building a Cafe Racer

The first feature on ‘How to Build a Café Racer’ struck a chord. Not everybody who read it agreed with the content, but when it comes to style, there are several different schools of taste.<p>I’m going to focus on the performance side of building a cafe racer. Or street tracker, scrambler, or any …

Motorcycles

Rungu Juggernaut Bike

Whether you're getting ready for a summer spent hitting the beaches and dunes, or just dealing with a commute as the last bits of snow continue to …

Commuting