Signal Cycles ‘Cross Grinder

Signal Cycles Cross Grinder

Is it a cyclocrosser? Is it a commuter? An all-roader? A ‘gravel grinder’? Come to think of it, the only things missing from the latest Signal Cycle are S&S couplers, which would turn it into the ultimate travel bike — for the discerning touring-adventuring-’cross racer. Read More »

Jim Bundy #racklyf

Jim Bundy #racklyf

The 2014 Sydney Classic Bicycle Show was held in March which, including the customary sticky heat that accompanies that date, seems like a lifetime ago, especially now, in August, when Sydney is in the middle of a month-long thunderstorm. One of the bikes that graced the concourse was this vintage track frame, converted to an around-towner, built by an iconic Aussie builder: Jim Bundy. Read More »

Richard Sachs at Rapha NYC

Richard Sachs at Rapha NYC

Any New York cyclist interested in the custom bike scene should make a special point of dropping by the Rapha Cycle Club over the next month. Tomorrow, the 23rd of August, their doors will open on an exhibition celebrating the life and career (thus far) of Richard Sachs — curated by House Industries, the design house responsible for the branding of his cyclocross team, bikes, and kit. Read More »

Olympia Carlo Borghi

Olympia Borghi Carlo

Olympia, while one of the less famous Italian marques, has just as an interesting history as Bianchi or Colnago. Indeed, it’s the oldest family-owned Italian brand and is the oldest Italian bicycle brand, after Bianchi. To its credit, it still has an equally impressive range of modern carbon fibre, race-oriented models, including a full series of mountain bikes. Read More »

Donhou Bicycles XCR Road

Donhou Bicycles XCR Road

By now, you should have a fair idea of the advantages of a custom frame over an off-the-peg model: tailored geometry, purpose-built to your particular riding style and an individual selection of components… Not to mention a bike that resonates with the spirit of the builder. But really, it’s the details like those exhibited on the latest from Tom Donhou that make it all worthwhile. Read More »

Breadwinner Cycles Arbor Lodge

Breadwinner Cycles Arbor Lodge

Tony Pereira celebrated his birthday a few days ago, heralding another year of creating beautiful Breadwinner bicycles, alongside his good mate and business partner, Ira Ryan. Both NAHBS award winners, they share between them over nineteen years experience in the custom bike fabrication field, culminating in the multi-talented Breadwinner brand. The Arbor Lodge is the porteur-styled commuter of the range, and this one is Tony’s own. Read More »

Ciöcc San Cristobal Gold

Ciöcc San Cristobal Gold

Giovanni Pelizzoli‘s Ciöcc marque is an exceptionally enigmatic Italian brand, typical of many from that period and location. Accurate information on the history, timeline and genealogy is mercurial — indeed, the one person who knows the true story may well be Giovanni himself. Although I’d like to hear what Mr Ciöcc would say about this stupendous 24 kt gold-plated San Cristobal. Read More »