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 »

The Ascari Royale

The Ascari Royale

The wall of Helio Ascari‘s apartment wall is filled with framed black and white detail photographs of constructeur-style touring bicycles. An ex-fashion model whose face graced the pages of numerous magazines, these days he is a bearded brute of a man and an artist of the bicycle. Read More »

Cannondale Trail 24

Cannondale Trail 24

It may seem like a bit of an April Fools’ Day joke to you, but if you’re a hardcore mountainbiking dad and your son says he’s interested in racing off road… well, it’s time to get serious. The Cannondale Trail 24 is built and spec’d for kids, although you won’t see one with a parts list this. Read More »

Bilenky Signature Tourer

Bilenky Signature Randonneur

The beard of Stephen Bilenky is an institution in itself, just as much as his Cycle Works, which has been turning out fine steel frames since 1983. Currently employing a staff of 7 (8, including Ferdinand, the shop cat), Bilenky is not known for a particular speciality, but is known for connecting the customer with the bike they have always wanted. Read More »