Insight: An afternoon at Cicli Spirito

Insight: An afternoon at Cicli Spirito

On Saturday afternoon I dropped by Cicli Spirito, the workshop of Ben ‘The Maestro’ Kamenjas. Ben is a well-known personality around Sydney’s classic bike scene, and I remember first meeting him at Deus Cycleworks many years ago.

Cicli Spirito is an oasis of authenticity and integrity in the corporate wasteland that is North Sydney, and it’s always a pleasure and an honour to enjoy his hospitality — and have him service your bike at the same time. Read More »

Festka Asphalt LT

Festka Asphalt LT

It wasn’t all that long ago that local cycling clubs were highly populated and were integral cogs in the community machinery. Of course, for every ten smaller clubs that have disappeared to the sands of time there is one larger club that is thriving, and a lot of them have benefited from an updated identity.

Take Finland’s Lahden Pyöräilijät club, for example. Established in 1928, it’s one of the country’s oldest but in 2013, was in danger of disappearing. Luckily, one of the younger members is a graphic designer named Antti Peltonen who had a clear vision of how to keep membership strong. Read More »

Matter Cycles Adventure Shred Benefat

Matter Cycles Adventure Shred Benefat

For those of us in the southern hemisphere, Winter is really beginning to dig its heels in. And while the mercury doesn’t plunge to the depths that it does in Boulder, Colorado, where Collin Schaafsma and Matter Cycles is based, it’s enough to make us appreciate his ‘Adventure Shred’ edition Benefat bike. Read More »

August Wheelworks Adventure Road

August Wheelworks Adventure Road

Wheel building is often referred to as a ‘dark art’, although everyone who has built a pair themselves will tell you otherwise. It is a measurable and exacting work of engineering, although there’s something quietly zen about a master wheel builder who can lace a perfectly trued set without a tensiometer.

Gavin Buxton is one of those wheel building wizards, but he also presented the first official August Wheelworks frame at the 2015 Bespoked Bristol show: this stylishly utilitarian all-road rider. Read More »

Royal H Cycles Old Man Sweater Rando

Royal H Cycles Old Man Sweater Rando

Sure, it’s a funny name. And the geometry might not be what you’re used to seeing either. But the story behind the latest build from Massachusetts’s Royal H Cycles is one of a very tall customer who needed a bike that only a custom frame builder could supply.

The paint? That was, indeed, inspired by an old man’s sweater. Read More »

Gear: Gevenalle Brake Pads

Gevenalle Brake Pads

It’s a fundamental truth that life moves in cycles. To quote MCA: “Season’s change when it comes their time, Falls brings the Winter and on back to Springtime”. At a base level, it wasn’t that long ago that we were decorating our mountain bikes out with as many anodised bits and pieces as we could. Well, it looks like it’s time to bring back the bling.

Makers of very excellent components for cyclocross racing and riding, Gevenalle, have introduced a series of coloured brake shoes to match your other Paul or Chris King units. Read More »

Blitz Machines Mt Arthur

Blitz Machines Mt Arthur

The traditional name for New Zealand’s Mount Arthur is Tuao Wharepapa. To the chagrin of most New Zealanders, it can best be described as a place straight out of Middle Earth: an ancient chunk of hard, crystalline marble, that hides dwarfish cave systems that are the deepest in the southern hemisphere.

Mount Arthur is a long way from Mexico City, but there’s a connection. The peak was the inspiration for this mountain bike, built back in 1991, by the former team of Blitz Machines, which was originally based in the capital of Mexico, and has just been restored to its former glory. Read More »