Ciöcc San Cristobal Gold

Ciöcc San Cristobal Gold

Giovanni Pelizzoli‘s Ciöcc marque is an exceptionally enigmatic Italian brand, typical of many from that period and location. Accurate information on the history, timeline and genealogy is mercurial — indeed, the one person who knows the true story may well be Giovanni himself. Although I’d like to hear what Mr Ciöcc would say about this stupendous 24 kt gold-plated San Cristobal. Read More »

Royal H Cycles Constructeur

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Even Bryan Hollingsworth of Royal H Cycles admits this was a BIG PROJECT. For any framebuilder, attempting to replicate the work of masters such as Alex Singer and René Herse entails a dedication and perseverance that instills a deep respect for their craft. Read More »

Flint Custom Cycles Road

Flint Custom Cycles Road

The dust from the 2014 Tour de France has just settled, and most Australian followers of the World’s Greatest Bicycle Race have managed to get back to a normal sleep routine, but the next grand tour that I’m looking forward to is the 2015 Tour Down Under. Not just for the visiting racers, but to reconvene with Adelaide’s burgeoning custom scene. A new builder that I’m hoping to catch up with is Lachlan Flint; of his self-named Flint Custom Cycles. Read More »

Big Forest Frameworks XL3

Big Forest Frameworks XL3

If you’re struck by the individual nature of the lugs on this green road machine, Robert Piontek of Potsdam’s Big Forest Frameworks broke the process down to an easy-to-digest mouthful on YouTube for your edification. The smiley face is a necessary decoration, for it shows off Robert’s contagious enthusiasm for frame building and riding. Read More »

Sven Cycles x Carradice

Sven Cycles x Carradice

The workshop of Darron Sven Coppin is located in the bustling seaside town of Weymouth Dorset on the southern English coast, eight kilometres north of the original Portland. The region, like any in the British Isles, renowned for excellent cycle touring, and Darron has established a reputation for building excellent tourers. A recent collaboration with Carradice resulted in this marvellous example. Read More »

VANDEYK VDX

VANDEYK VDX

For a country that’s famed for excellent engineering, we only see the work of a handful of German custom frame builders. That’s all right, though: one of them is the VANDEYK collective. A network of metalworkers, designers, artists and photographers, VANDEYK keep impressing and surprising us with their sculptural road bikes. Their latest creation, however, is destined to get a little dirty. Read More »

Titchmarsh Cycles 29er

Titchmarsh Cycles 29er

2014 has been an exciting year for Yorkshire, what with staging one of the grandest Grand Départs the Tour de France has ever seen. More importantly, the Northern county has again become a hotspot of English engineering, with numerous new custom frame builders breathing life into what was a great tradition. Dan Titchmarsh is one of those new builders. Read More »