It would be interesting to hear what Shuichi Kusaka has to say about the current resurgence in cycling, which is in no part thanks to his skills of those of his contemporaries. 73 year-old Kusaka-san is the builder responsible for the Kinfolk Bicycle Company frames, a band of creatives who have bridged the cultural and cyclical divide between America and Japan.
A Kinfolk is not just a bicycle, it’s a culture and a tradition — the same that extends through Kusaka-san back to the master sword-makers of feudal Japan. The aesthetic is summarized on the Kinfolk website: ‘Beautiful in its simplicity, a simplicity that has taken a lifetime to perfect’. This Cobalt Blue frame is of the finest pedigree, assembled with top-shelf components deserved of its bearing. For the complete spec sheet and more detail photos, head to the eBay auction — it’s currently for sale.