Gear: Showers Pass Baselayers

Gear: Showers Pass Baselayers

The Pacific Northwest is well-known for its long periods of precipitation and temperature range which naturally creates a test of endurance for the cyclist. Showers Pass is a Portland-based company that has been making it easier to brave the elements, producing a range of waterproof and breathable outerwear specifically tailored for the all-weather cyclist. Read More »

Festka XCr Modern Batak

Festka XCr Modern Batak

Some of the world’s most visually arresting bikes are coming out of one country these days, and it’s not the USA or the UK. Each new release from the Czech house of Festka is more spectacular than the last — from their pink-chromed track bike at the 2013 NAHBS to the recent Dazzle road bikes.

Festka’s most recent build is a little bit more subtle. Designed for an Indonesian customer, the rolling masterpiece is a blend of ancient and modern, inspired by the intricate artwork of the Batak culture native to the peoples of North Sumatra. Read More »

Argonaut Cycles and Above Category

Argonaut Cycles and Above Category

There’s a quantum difference between carbon and steel frames, and while you’ll always see more of the latter on Cycle EXIF, it takes a builder like Ben Farver to include the former. Ben’s carbon fibre Argonaut Cycles are completely custom, entirely made in the USA, and are now included in the roster of offerings at California’s premier bicycle boutique: Above Category in Sausalito. Read More »

Donhou Bicycles Fireflies Ride

Donhou Bicycles Fireflies Ride

Back when I was studying graphic design, I told myself I’d never work in advertising. I got a job as a bike courier in Sydney to avoid it but after seven years of riding, destiny pulled me into the ad world. Today, I feel the same about both career paths: it was hell, but I’m extremely grateful for the experience of both.

One regret I do have about my time in ad land, however, is never having participated in The Fireflies Tour. Each year since 2001, a group of amateur riders from the advertising and film industry ride over a thousand kilometers in eight days, across the Alps from Lake Geneva to Cannes to raise money for Leukaemia research. Today’s striking road bike was built by Tom Donhou specifically for that journey. Read More »

Brodie Bikes 69er

Brodie Bikes 69er

Regular readers of Cycle EXIF will immediately recognise the name of Paul Brodie, an engineering wunderkind and pioneer of modern mountain bike culture. He has astounded us for the past few years with his creations for the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, the recreation of an 1888 Whippet bicycle and the stupendous eBee.

His story continues with the unearthing of his 69er full suspension mountain bike from 1997: Read More »

Gear: Patebury Leather Tool Roll

Gear: Patebury Leather Tool Roll

The Patebury brand is formed from the names of Joram Salisbury and Cameron Paterson, two young Australian men who manufacture leather cycling accessories of the highest quality. They have just released their latest product, which is possibly the most beautiful tool roll you have ever seen. Read More »

Kumo Cycles Moustache Ride

Kumo Cycles Moustache Ride

During November, thousands of men all around the world stop shaving their upper lip for 30 days as part of the Movember campaign. Millions of dollars are raised for various charities and an incalculable amount of awareness is brought to many men’s health issues.

Movember is, then, a perfect time for Keith Marshall of Australia’s Kumo Cycles to reveal his latest custom cycle, which, like its new owner, is sporting a wonderful ‘stache up front. Read More »