Ezra Caldwell of Fast Boy Cycles is the unsung hero of the bespoke bicycle kingdom, for reasons other than his subtly tasteful frames. I won’t go into details here, you can read about his battle with illness on his blog, Teaching Cancer To Cry. He hasn’t even let cancer get in the way of his process of creation, whether it’s his exceptional photography, his cooking or his bikes. He completed this light tourer for his wife Hillary over a year ago, but it’s recently been updated with some Ortlieb panniers.
Ezra designed the frame around the more universal wheel size of 26″, rather than the more fashionable 650b, and he’s right—there’s more chance of finding rims, spokes, tubes and tires in that size the world over. The hue was likened by one of Ezra’s many flickr followers to “a pretty slab of butter”, and I think it’s just as slick. I often wonder where my next frame will come from, the answer is always Fast Boy Cycles, the reason for which is summed up by that big heart on the head tube.