Braun Cycling ‘Beauty’

Braun Cycling

A Classics season in full swing is a vibrant reminder of how cycling is a big part of European sporting life. Well, after football. Having said that, who can name a Dutch custom framebuilder? Not many will come to mind. But here’s one: Herman Braun — who has been supplying frames for professional racers, riders, and daily commuters in The Netherlands since 1983. Read More »

Victoire Cycles CX

Victoire Cycles CX

Clermont-Ferrand in France is home to the Michelin rubber concern and, more interestingly for us, the fiercely independent and highly innovative Victoire Cycles, a custom workshop who has recently ventured into the cyclocross market. Read More »

De Marchi Kübler and Koblet Jerseys

De Marchi Koblet and Kubler Jersey

One of the world’s oldest cycling apparel brands, family-owned De Marchi, continue the tradition they established in the 40s by dressing professional cyclists during their most stylish era. The De Marchi Heritage Store have just released limited edition jerseys of Ferdi Kübler and Hugo Koblet, Swiss winners of the 1950 and 1951 Tour de France. Read More »

Saffron Frameworks Stainless Road

Saffron Frameworks Stainless Road

By the looks of things, the 2014 Bespoked show is going to be the best yet. Lee Valley Velodrome will play host to the best custom framebuilders and purveyors of British cycling culture the United Kingdom has to offer. One of those is Matthew Sowter of Saffron Frameworks, who created this stainless steel road bike for the United Kingdom’s premier ergonomists, Cyclefit. Read More »

Brooklyn Machine Works Park Bike

Brooklyn Machine Works Park Bike

New York’s enigmatic Brooklyn Machine Works was founded from a larger-than-life punk aesthetic. Established in 1997 by Joe Avedisian and Chris ‘Doc’ Bourdreaux, their frames confused a lot of riders by being built from steel in an aluminum age — even their 67lb Super Trucker downhill bike. The dual-wheel-sized Park Bike is another prime example of BMW’s gargantuan innovation. Read More »

August Wheelworks 29er

August Wheelworks 29er

This Friday heralds the weekend of 2014′s Bespoked Bristol — the UK Handmade Bicycle Show. It’s a grand event, not just for its recent stratospheric rise in popularity, but because it’s a celebration of the craft from a country steeped in a tradition of bicycle engineering. Gavin Buxton will be exhibiting there under August Wheelworks, the banner of which he is most recognised… for now. Read More »

CICLICO SunnyLee

CICLICO Sunnylee

Padua is a city in the north of Italy. Founded in 1183 BC, it claims to be Italy’s oldest city and is the setting for most of the action in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. It is also home to Leonardo Ragusa de Vargas Macciucca and Ciclico, his workshop that specialises in restoring classic Italian racing bicycles into single speed commuters. Read More »