Insight: Geekhouse x Cuppow CX

Insight: Geekhouse x Cuppow CX

Marty Walsh’s Geekhouse Bikes may very well be the funnest custom bike brand out there. Instantly recognisable by their eye-searing paint schemes, they can be spotted on terrains all over the world but they are perhaps most prolific on the cyclocross circuits.

Geekhouse are based in Boston, MA, which is also home to Cuppow, an innovative lid that turns a canning jar into a travel mug. Dedicated to promoting a low-impact life, Cuppow were drawn to Geekhouse through similar values and have since developed the Geekhouse x Cuppow CX team. Read More »

Klein Quantum Race

Klein Quantum Race

Tonight, I attended the 40th anniversary celebrations of Clarence Street Cyclery. While my earliest memories of the shop — one of Sydney’s oldest — was when I was working as a bike messenger and being asked to leave because it was pouring rain outside and I was dripping water all over their floor.

While I sought refuge under their roof, I also remember ogling the Rastafarian-coloured Bontrager MTBs and fat-tubed Kleins, two brands that were stocked before they were swallowed up by Trek. I’m sure there was a Quantum Race on the floor, and it would’ve looked very similar to this one. Read More »

Craddock Cycles R1.7

Craddock Cycles R1.7

There’s not too many carbon fibre bikes on Cycle EXIF — or maybe that be rephrased. There’s not enough carbon fibre bikes on Cycle EXIF. Richard Craddock, of the UK’s Craddock Cycles, is changing our perception of carbon frames, offering a completely custom, British-made product. Read More »

Insight: An afternoon at Cicli Spirito

Insight: An afternoon at Cicli Spirito

On Saturday afternoon I dropped by Cicli Spirito, the workshop of Ben ‘The Maestro’ Kamenjas. Ben is a well-known personality around Sydney’s classic bike scene, and I remember first meeting him at Deus Cycleworks many years ago.

Cicli Spirito is an oasis of authenticity and integrity in the corporate wasteland that is North Sydney, and it’s always a pleasure and an honour to enjoy his hospitality — and have him service your bike at the same time. Read More »

Festka Asphalt LT

Festka Asphalt LT

It wasn’t all that long ago that local cycling clubs were highly populated and were integral cogs in the community machinery. Of course, for every ten smaller clubs that have disappeared to the sands of time there is one larger club that is thriving, and a lot of them have benefited from an updated identity.

Take Finland’s Lahden Pyöräilijät club, for example. Established in 1928, it’s one of the country’s oldest but in 2013, was in danger of disappearing. Luckily, one of the younger members is a graphic designer named Antti Peltonen who had a clear vision of how to keep membership strong. Read More »

Matter Cycles Adventure Shred Benefat

Matter Cycles Adventure Shred Benefat

For those of us in the southern hemisphere, Winter is really beginning to dig its heels in. And while the mercury doesn’t plunge to the depths that it does in Boulder, Colorado, where Collin Schaafsma and Matter Cycles is based, it’s enough to make us appreciate his ‘Adventure Shred’ edition Benefat bike. Read More »

August Wheelworks Adventure Road

August Wheelworks Adventure Road

Wheel building is often referred to as a ‘dark art’, although everyone who has built a pair themselves will tell you otherwise. It is a measurable and exacting work of engineering, although there’s something quietly zen about a master wheel builder who can lace a perfectly trued set without a tensiometer.

Gavin Buxton is one of those wheel building wizards, but he also presented the first official August Wheelworks frame at the 2015 Bespoked Bristol show: this stylishly utilitarian all-road rider. Read More »