A few years ago, the GT Zaskar was, for me, the absolute pinnacle of bicycle beauty. Then one day I stumbled across photographs of Darrell Llewellyn McCulloch’s frames — all ornate lugs covered with stainless steel lightning flashes, raindrops and hand-cut, heart-shaped bridges. It was the first time my eyes had seen a real custom bike and from thereafter, the Zaskar was relegated to the second shelf.
When he was 16, Darrell was hired as a mechanic for Eric Hendren’s ‘Hoffy Cycles’ in Brisbane and shortly after, had set himself a 10-year goal to start his own marque. It has now been 23 years since Darrell started Llewellyn Custom Bicycles. Those 23 years include 15 seasons of track and road racing and many years as a national Australian team mechanic.
The Cadenzia is available as a road or fixed/SS configuration, constructed from Columbus Spirit and Darrell’s proprietary lug set. While producing some of Australia’s finest custom frames, he discovered a lack of lug designs available for XL and OS sloping top tubes. So he set about creating his own and now offers four sets, as well as a stem lug set, dropouts and various other frame building supplies.
With his experience on the track, it’s no wonder Darrell loves riding fixed gear bikes and this Cadenzia is one of his personal favorites. If you’re coming to the inaugural Australian Custom Bicycle Show on the 1st and 2nd of December, you can meet Darrell and see his work up close. Darrell and Darren Baum will also be speaking at the ‘Meet The Maker’ dinner the night before, hosted by FYXO.