The hypothetically remedial benefits of riding a bicycle have been well documented over the years. But whenever my spirits are low or my day seems monotonous, I like to go for a ride and then, afterwards, have a look at the portfolio of Ezra Caldwell’s Fast Boy Cycles. Every one of his steel creations exude a warm depth of character, while the colors and textures incorporated into his builds are as reassuring as a Chesterfield lounge and a single malt Scotch whiskey.
This randonneur is one of Ezra’s later builds from 2010, and, as usual, feature a selection of the highest quality components slung together with what always seems to be a stylish nonchalance: the handlebars are those made by Nitto for Bicycle Quarterly, Tune cranks and rings, saddle and portage by Gilles Berthould, brake calipers by Paul and Schmidt dynamo hubs and lights. The vanilla paint is like ice cream, but it’s that plain love heart head badge that gets me. That’s the only detail one needs.