Colossi Rambler Road

Colossi Rambler Road

With the myriad of options for frames, accessories and apparel out there, it can be very daunting for a new cyclist to know which is going to be a worthwhile investment — or a stash of cash and time down the drain. Sydney’s Chris Deal was fortunate enough to have a brother-in-law who knows his way around a bike and this dashing Colossi Rambler Road was the result. Read More »

FOLLY x BRYANT FaTRoB

FOLLY x BRYANT FaTRoB

One of the things I find most inspiring about cycling these days is the creative community it seems to be fostering. Whether it’s the filmmaking of Brian Vernor, the printmaking of Rebecca J Kaye, the leatherwork of Busyman Bicycles and Patebury, or the bag making of BOGear and Bike Bag Dude, it seems everyone’s got a story to tell through their craft, dedicated to enriching our cycling experience.

Take Matt Pittman and Kyle Steed. Two guys with a passion for cycling, photography, skating and design. They started something called Folly (I’m loath to call it a brand) in 2011, which is more an expression of art than enterprise. Their infectious enthusiasm is expressed through their website, their Follycross events, a range of cycling kit, accessories and skate decks, and the FaTRoB all-road frame. Read More »

Donhou Bicycles Signature Steel

Donhou Bicycles Signature Steel

It was a privilege to be able to visit Tom Donhou in his workshop earlier this year on a holiday that coincided with the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart. Tom allowed me to photograph a project that he’d been working on, but these official photos give a much more accurate representation of just how superb the Donhou Bicycles Signature Steel frame really is. Read More »

Insight: Bavabici

Insight: Bavabici

One of the great reasons to travel is to gain an insight into human interaction. Being a traveling cyclist means that you get to meet other cyclists, who happen to be some of the most interesting people. You’ll most likely wander into some bike shops, too. One of the most interesting and welcoming is Sweden’s Bavabici, which operates in the apartment of Simona Bava. Read More »

Review: Wheelworks Rail 52

Review: Wheelworks Rail 52 Wheelset

By guest writer Richard Gearing. The road bike wheel market is a veritable minefield at the moment — options range from below $300 to far beyond $3000; from box section aluminium to deep section carbon; from narrow, ‘old format’ widths to the current crop of rims as wide as 26mm; and now there’s disc brake alternatives thrown in for good measure — and that’s all without mention of the good old fashioned clincher Vs tubular argument. For most though, the second decision to make (the first decision of course being budget) is probably “do I buy factory wheels, or hand built?”.

The hand built wheel is still considered by many to be the ultimate finishing touch to any bike. Hand built wheels offer an opportunity to select the rims that suit your needs, to customise your hub choice and colour, to have the wheels built to suit your weight and even to fine-tune your spoke options and colours to get a wheel that is truly ‘yours’. As a good friend of mine once said, “I know a magician and he builds The Better Wheel”. One company doing all they can to be magicians in their own right is Wheelworks based in Wellington, NZ. They recently sent us a set of their ‘Rail 52’ wheels to review. Read More »

Vanilla Speedvagen Cyclocross

Vanilla Speedvagen Cyclocross

Spring has sprung in Sydney, after one of the wettest winters in memory. Muddy conditions, however, are favoured for cyclocross racing, which is becoming more popular in Australia with every passing season. This Vanilla Speedvagen is a recent import and will be making the rounds at ensuing races. Read More »

Wheeldan Basilisk

Wheeldan Basilisk

More and more cyclists and bike manufacturers are beginning to adopt belt drive technology. With good reason: a belt-powered drive train does not require grease, are more durable and last longer than chains, are lighter and deliver a smooth and quiet ride. An ideal candidate was this titanium commuter from Wheeldan, a custom frame builder from Berlin. Read More »