Review: Sparse Lights

Review: Sparse Lights

By guest writer Richard Gearing: As winter descended here in Australia I found myself going through my seemingly-annual ritual of checking out the latest crop of bike lights available on the market. As a fussy buyer who often applies as much focus to the appearance of bike components as to function, lights are a constant bug-bear – usually consisting of bulbous units which sit proud for the world to see, and mostly using ugly clamps and awkward positioning to force-fit a reasonable solution. Ugh… Read More »

Donhou Cycles Totem Tourer

Donhou Cycles Totem Tourer

If you decide to go touring through the wilds of northwest America and Canada, one of the dangers that must be accounted for is puma concolor. The cougar is the second heaviest cat in the New World after the jaguar and lurks in branches and rocks above trails that are common to both four-legged beasts and two-wheeled adventurers.

When Ollie Blackmore approached Tom Donhou for a gravel-grinding tourer to carry him on his Cycle Challenge Canada, a cancer charity fund-raising-loop around Vancouver Island, Tom responded — not only with a custom frame, but a totemic paint scheme to ward off a potentially hungry big cat. Read More »

Rusby Cycles 953 Road

Rusby Cycles 953 Road

Holdsworth, the esteemed British bicycle manufacturer — founded in 1933, has just relaunched their catalogue of Reynolds-tubed frames. Comparing them with today’s road weapon, also built from Reynolds tubes and brazed together by London’s Jake Rusby, reveals just how much the English custom bicycle has grown up. Read More »

Ruckus Composites x PBLRB

Ruckus Composites x PBLRB

From the press release: Ruckus Composites is a Portland Oregon based Carbon Fiber repair business, repairing thousands of bikes a year for customers, bike shops and frame manufacturers. Every so often a bike never gets picked up, and ends up in the dead pile. For several years we have been wondering what to do with these lost souls, this year we cracked the code.

Working with local and national non profit organizations as well as grass roots cycling teams, Ruckus will repair and custom paint these bikes and raffle/auction them off to raise money and awareness for causes that we believe in. The proceeds from these frames will go directly to organizations in need, the bikes will go to the lucky winners of the raffles. Read More »

Death Spray Custom x Morvélo

Death Spray Custom x Morvelo

It’s a little known fact that Brush Script, a font designed in 1942 by Robert E. Smith for the American Type Founders, was used for the original logo of the Australian soap opera Neighbours from 1985 until 2007. It also features prominently behind the new collaboration between cycling kit manufacturer Morvélo and British artist Death Spray Custom and, although named a least favourite font by many discerning typographers, doesn’t look out of place at all. Read More »

Ferriveloci modello B

Ferriveloci modello B

Mountain bikers may disagree, but Italy is the spiritual home of cycling: the land of Masi, Colnago, Bianchi, Coppi, Pegoretti, the Giro d’Italia and the Madonna del Ghisallo. The culture is not an obsolete church, there are new frame builders eager to carry the torch. Naturally, with such an esteemed culture, the new crew has a high bar to reach, but Paolo and Gianmaria of Milan’s Ferriveloci, look set to raise it even higher. Read More »

Kumo Cycles All-Roader

Kumo Cycles Gravel Roadie

Keith Marshall of Kumo Cycles has, for the last couple of weeks, been cruising around his spiritual homeland of Japan. Kumo means ‘cloud’ in Japanese — the flowing quality of water and critical aspects of air are qualities that are infused within his frames. The last of his that was delivered before he left was a perfect summation of both. Read More »