2015 Sydney Classic Bicycle Show

2015 Sydney Classic Bicycle Show

The 3rd edition of the Sydney Classic Bicycle Show occurred last Saturday, the 28th March 2015. After three years, it’s a given that it will be a hot and humid day in the bowl of the Canterbury Velodrome, but one that brings together the largest congregation of bicycle aficionados and the most varied collection of beautiful bikes to be found in New South Wales. Read More »

Field Cycles: Made of Steel

Field Cycles: Made of Steel

Without ever meeting the guys from Sheffield’s Field Cycles in person, it’s always been a mystery as to who they really are. The custom, fillet brazed frames have captivated our attention over the last few years with their individual features and vivid geometric paint schemes.

Their mates at Walker Creative, a digital production agency specialising in film, just released this short video that gives a wonderful insight into Field’s history, team and work ethos, and Harry Harrison’s thoughts on bicycles in general. Read More »

MFS: Reach for the Dream Bikes

Manual for Speed Presents: Reach for the Dream

We first had an inkling of the Reach For The Dream project, presented by Manual For Speed, back in June 2014. Since then we’ve been flabbergasted by their Surprise Me! Space Panda jerseys and bib shorts, and further dumbfounded by the equally outrageous Kasual Klub merchandise.

Well, the Reach For The Dream masterstroke has now been revealed. Consistent with the MFS brand, the RFTD bikes are an eye-searing collaboration between Argonaut and Speedvagen Cycles that is going to knock your lilli-white socks off. Better take a seat. Read More »

Pias x Pancalen Cycles Scarab

Pias x Pancalen Cycles Scarab

If we’ve got our international date times correct, you should be reading this as one of the first emails in your inbox for the day. That means, according to pharaonic mythology, the sacred scarab, or dung beetle (Scarabaeus sacer), has adhered to his daily routine of pushing the sun god Ra across the sky.

The pain of pedalling against gravity, whether it’s across town or up an Alp, often feels like we’re pushing a big ball of dung up a hill. But what a sense of satisfaction we feel when that sphere comes to rest. It’s a sense of accomplishment and relief that we have created something new.

On that note, we present the Scarab, which may well be the ultimate vehicle for daily pushing. Read More »

Alan Minna

ALAN Minna

It’s a sad sight to see a bicycle on top of a scrap heap, no matter what the condition. Unfortunately, a lot of the bikes on top of those heaps deserve to be there, as a result of our disposable society.

But an occasional few are tossed away as a result of pure ignorance… of the fact that well made frames — this Alan Super Record CX from 1984, for example — can be made usable once again. Read More »

Salsa Beargrease

Salsa Beargrease

From Cycle EXIF’s technical correspondent, Richard Gearing.

I’d been looking to get back into mountain biking for a while, but the options were becoming overwhelming — do I make use of the fact that they’re a slowly dying breed and go for a cheap 26″ build, step up to the new-but-old 650b format (I still refuse to refer to them as 27.5″ wheels), or go with a comparatively tried and true 29er; and that’s before I’ve even attempted a decision regarding hardtail or full-suspension, 2×10 or 1×11 drivetrain and which material the frame should be made of.

It seemed to me the MTB world has become too complex. Then I began investigating fat bikes. Read More »

Victoire Cycles Tandem

Victoire Cycles Tandem

There’s always something new happening around the Victoire Cycles workshop. It’s located in the Auvergne region of France, in Clermont-Ferrand, home also to Bibendum and the famous tyre manufacturer of Michelin.

Victoire and Michelin are well connected, as well as being neighbours: an employee at the factory was one of the first Victoire customers and now he’s returned with another order, this ruby-red tandem. Read More »