Munin Bikeworks All Seasons

Munin Bikeworks All Seasons

This year, during the 2014 Tour de France, I had the pleasure of visiting Mike Pearson of London’s Munin Bikeworks. Mike is a recent graduate of The Bicycle Academy, England’s centre of learning for aspiring framebuilders. With only a few frames under his belt, Mike is one of a number dedicated to upholding the great British tradition of the handmade bicycle. Read More »

Jamie’s own Firefly All-Roader

Jamie's own Fireflys All-Roader

Disc brakes on road bikes. What’re your thoughts? When it comes to new technology, there will always be room for conjecture about what should be the standard. That is, of course, until everyone has the opportunity to try them out and make their own judgement.

Aesthetes argue that disc brakes clutter with the traditional mechanics of the bike, until someone like Peter Verdone arrives, bridging the gap between old and new. The dropouts he designed for Firefly Bicycles has streamlined the issues involved with the evolution of road bikes to disc brakes. Read More »

Formigli Classic

Formigli Classic

Renzo Formigli is one of the few Italian frame builders who has managed to provide a custom product at the highest level of quality and still utilise the latest materials. Born in 1969, he was apprenticed to Cino Cinelli at the age of twenty-one and built the first Formigli racing bike at twenty-two years old.

Twenty-three years later, Formigli now supplies over 40 Italian shops and five racing teams, and offers not only the Columbus-tubed Classic frame seen here, but also completely custom aluminium and carbon racing frames — all made in-house from the design to finishing stage. Read More »

Saffron Frameworks Welsh Road

Saffron Frameworks Welsh Road

When it comes to bicycle design and fabrication, Matthew Sowter of London’s Saffron Frameworks is definitely a free thinker. He produces some of the most elegant bikes to come out of the United Kingdom, yet he’s also not afraid of bending the rules. Or, for that matter, the top tube.

The latest release from his workshop is this tight Welsh-themed roadie, a mixture of traditional and modern — all in the one package. Read More »

Lino Messori – At the Speed of Heart

Lino Messori – At the Speed of Heart

The name of Lino Messori may not be as familiar as Ernesto Colnago or Edoardo Bianchi, for during his generation, Lino was one of many Italian frame builders with a little shop, creating elegant bicycles. Lino’s story is no less than wonderful, however.

Born in 1926, he has been a racer, a boxer, he has sung with Pavarotti, and made some of the most beautiful Italian bikes, the likes of which you’d be hard-pressed to find today. Luca Campanale today releases his short film about Lino’s life — thankfully subtitled for us non-Italians. Read More »

Legor Cicli 29er

Legor Cicli 29er

It’s been the week of colourful Italians on Cycle EXIF, with Dario Pegoretti’s hand-painted Responsorium, Zino Frames’ Gulf Oil-themed CX, and the warm tones of Cicli Spirito. To top it off, here’s Mattia Paganotti of Legor Cicli and one of the brightest 29ers we’ve seen on these pages yet. Read More »

Insight: Cicli Spirito

Insight: Cicli Spirito

The 2014 Sydney Rides Festival is a two week celebration of cycling in the Harbour City, organised by the City Council. Its increasing popularity is a good indicator of how far the city has come in accepting cycling as a feasible and fun mode of transport.

Only a few years ago, it would have been difficult for a shop like Cicli Spirito to become established, but Sydney now has a very strong culture surrounding our beautiful sport. It’s a fertile ground for Ben Kamenjas and his enterprise to take root and become a hub for the joy of Sydney cycling. Read More »