Cycle EXIF is an online collection of the world’s most beautiful bicycles, updated six days a week. That means new and classic road bikes, mountain bikes, BMX, track and fixed, handmade masterpieces and custom commuters. The first bike went live in August 2010 and there’s now over a thousand bikes in the Archives.
I love all bicycles and I’m passionate about writing, design and photography, and Cycle EXIF is a way to combine all three — and connect with other people who share the same interests. I also get lots of questions about this site: here are the answers to the most common ones.
THE CYCLE EXIF FAQ
Who are you and where are you based?
My name is Adam Leddin and I live in Cronulla, a beachside suburb an hour ride south of Sydney, Australia. I was born and raised in Orange NSW, and I’m still a country boy at heart. I left for the big smoke when I was 18 and I’ve been living in Sydney for 22 years.
What bike do you ride?
My current ride is a murdered-out Cannondale CAAD10 with Thomson bits and a HED/White Industries set of wheels from Skunkworks Bikes. Alongside that is my beloved Ricardo Nuovo, decked out in Patebury leather and a Brooks B17. My first roadie was a Ricardo so it’s got a lot of sentimental value. It’s the Holden Torana of bicycles. My daily rider is an On-One il Pompino single speed which I rode from Sydney to Melbourne in 2009 with Scooter and Andy ‘FYXO’ White — but that’s another story. There’s also a various assortment of project bikes in the garage: A Specialized Fatboy BMX, old school MTB and an Ortre cargo bike. N+1 and all of that…
What does ‘EXIF’ mean?
It stands for ‘Exchangeable Image File format’. This is the data captured by a digital camera when a photo is taken, and often stored within an image file. Basically, Cycle EXIF means photos of bicycles. It’s also the ‘baby bro’ site of Bike EXIF, one of the world’s most-read motorcycle culture blogs, which is edited by a good mate of mine, Chris Hunter.
Is Cycle EXIF your full-time job?
Nope. Hopefully one day. There’s so many stories to be told! I work full time during the day in a graphic design agency. Cycle EXIF is my hobby, my passion and my current creative release.
Can I submit my own bike?
Of course! That’s what Cycle EXIF is here for. Whether you’re a frame builder, photographer, rider or owner, I’d love to hear from you. Email me
Have a look through the archives for examples, and keep in mind the Rules of Bicycle Photography: Chain in big ring, valves at 6 o’clock, cranks at 3 o’clock. Get a drive-side profile shot, then several details that make the bike special — components, lugs, patina etc. Use a DSLR or find a friend with one. Make sure the background complements the bike but please, no garage doors! Then I just need a few details about the build and the history, whatever you feel comfortable sharing with us.
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Photo by Matt Leasegang.