Where is your favourite place to ride? Is it careening through lanes of traffic on your daily commute? Traversing fire roads outside the city in which you live? Deserted B-roads on the way to your tour’s next destination, or a bunch ride with your mates as dawn curls its fingers over the horizon?
Rebecca J Kaye is a designer and illustrator whose favourite riding is located in and around Scotland. Her work is sharp, bold, big and iconic — and mainly draws inspiration from her cycling adventures. Her latest project is called Middle of Nowhere, a stark travelogue of photography, stories and products as beautiful and sparse as the Scottish Highlands they are drawn from.
Rebecca’s personal Instagram feed, and the new Middle of Nowhere stream, is a constant revelation of rugged roads and mountainous trails straight out of Middle Earth. It looks cold and hard, and she recently assigned Tom Donhou to build her the ultimate vehicle to explore those routes.
The frame is fillet brazed from Reynolds 853 tubes, finished with a matte grey overcoat. A peek up the sleeves, however, reveals the diagonal stripes that form the Middle of Nowhere branding, which Rebecca has incorporated into a delectable selection of jerseys, Tshirts, totes and other products available in her online store.
The slender geometry is based around a 26″ wheelbase with enough clearance to accommodate mountain bike tyres, if required. Mechanical disc brakes will help haul Rebecca up, even under the wettest or frostiest conditions.
It’s built up with a mixture of SRAM Force and Rival finishing kits, topped off with a brilliant flash of colour, thanks to Chris King’s limited edition turquoise hubs and headset.
In these photos, taken by George Marshall, it looks fresh and clean but rest assured, it won’t be long before Rebecca and the Scottish Highlands decorate it with miles of adventures.