Mark Nobilette Spidey Bike

Mark Nobilette Spidey Bike

Hallowe’en is here again, and behind all the costumes and trick or treatin’ is a counter of the yearly cycle completing another revolution. Coincidentally, today’s bike, built by the legendary frame builder, Colorado’s Mark Nobilette, came together in time for the holiday bearing a resemblance to a certain arachnid-themed superhero. Read More »

Baum Coretto by Above Category

Baum Coretto by Above Category

As far as beautiful bicycles go, Baum Cycles are one of Australia’s greatest exports. The quality of workmanship and the spirit that Darren Baum imbues within each custom frame is beginning to garner an international reputation, to the extent that California’s Above Category Cycling are proud to distribute them amongst North America’s cycling cognoscenti. Read More »

Munin Bikeworks All Seasons

Munin Bikeworks All Seasons

This year, during the 2014 Tour de France, I had the pleasure of visiting Mike Pearson of London’s Munin Bikeworks. Mike is a recent graduate of The Bicycle Academy, England’s centre of learning for aspiring framebuilders. With only a few frames under his belt, Mike is one of a number dedicated to upholding the great British tradition of the handmade bicycle. Read More »

Jamie’s own Firefly All-Roader

Jamie's own Fireflys All-Roader

Disc brakes on road bikes. What’re your thoughts? When it comes to new technology, there will always be room for conjecture about what should be the standard. That is, of course, until everyone has the opportunity to try them out and make their own judgement.

Aesthetes argue that disc brakes clutter with the traditional mechanics of the bike, until someone like Peter Verdone arrives, bridging the gap between old and new. The dropouts he designed for Firefly Bicycles has streamlined the issues involved with the evolution of road bikes to disc brakes. Read More »

Formigli Classic

Formigli Classic

Renzo Formigli is one of the few Italian frame builders who has managed to provide a custom product at the highest level of quality and still utilise the latest materials. Born in 1969, he was apprenticed to Cino Cinelli at the age of twenty-one and built the first Formigli racing bike at twenty-two years old.

Twenty-three years later, Formigli now supplies over 40 Italian shops and five racing teams, and offers not only the Columbus-tubed Classic frame seen here, but also completely custom aluminium and carbon racing frames — all made in-house from the design to finishing stage. Read More »

Saffron Frameworks Welsh Road

Saffron Frameworks Welsh Road

When it comes to bicycle design and fabrication, Matthew Sowter of London’s Saffron Frameworks is definitely a free thinker. He produces some of the most elegant bikes to come out of the United Kingdom, yet he’s also not afraid of bending the rules. Or, for that matter, the top tube.

The latest release from his workshop is this tight Welsh-themed roadie, a mixture of traditional and modern — all in the one package. Read More »

Lino Messori – At the Speed of Heart

Lino Messori – At the Speed of Heart

The name of Lino Messori may not be as familiar as Ernesto Colnago or Edoardo Bianchi, for during his generation, Lino was one of many Italian frame builders with a little shop, creating elegant bicycles. Lino’s story is no less than wonderful, however.

Born in 1926, he has been a racer, a boxer, he has sung with Pavarotti, and made some of the most beautiful Italian bikes, the likes of which you’d be hard-pressed to find today. Luca Campanale today releases his short film about Lino’s life — thankfully subtitled for us non-Italians. Read More »