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 »

Gear: The Wheel Dishing Tool

Gear: The Wheel Dishing Tool

Wheelbuilding, believe it or not, isn’t a dark art. It’s as much a matter of physics as any aspect of engineering. It takes dedication, the correct parts, and a bit of practice, and there’s little more satisfying than riding around on a pair of wheels you’ve built yourself.

If you’re inclined, there’s an array of tools available to make the job easy and enjoyable. Centring the wheel on its axle is called dishing, and to assist you with this, Washington’s Fred Lomax of Bicyclestarz gives you his handmade Wheel Dishing Tool. Read More »

Chapman Cycles Tourer

Chapman Cycles Tourer

While the slogan of Chapman Cycles reads as ‘Modern Bikes for Vintage Souls’, it’s interesting to make note of the flatland BMX frame that Brian Chapman recently built for himself — executed with the same meticulous care and craftsmanship that he pays to his touring frames.

The BMX is a tight little ship of a bike, which Brian whips around with utter grace and speed, but a complete juxtaposition to the cyclotouring frame shown here, which is as elaborate and considered as any of the bikes built by the French constructeurs. Read More »