Richard Sachs at Rapha NYC

Richard Sachs at Rapha NYC

Any New York cyclist interested in the custom bike scene should make a special point of dropping by the Rapha Cycle Club over the next month. Tomorrow, the 23rd of August, their doors will open on an exhibition celebrating the life and career (thus far) of Richard Sachs — curated by House Industries, the design house responsible for the branding of his cyclocross team, bikes, and kit.

If you’ve even encountered a little of Sachs and his work, or read his commentary on the Velocipede Salon forum, you will be aware of his vociferous and passionate opinion on all things cycling. It is, however, the voice of authority that speak from a vast well of experience. That, and his insistence on “actual quality, rather than perceived quality”.

The exhibition traces his career from an apprenticeship in England with Witcomb Cycles at 18, the establishment of his own workshop, and his Dylan-esque influence upon today’s bicycle culture. House Industries, who designed and re-designed the livery and kit of the Richard Sachs Cyclocross team, will present the show, which promises to be as vibrant as Richard Sachs himself.

The show runs from August 23 to September 21, 2014 at the Rapha Cycle Club, 64 Gansevoort St, New York, NY.

Richard Sachs at Rapha NYC
Richard Sachs at Rapha NYC
Richard Sachs at Rapha NYC
Richard Sachs at Rapha NYC
Richard Sachs at Rapha NYC
Richard Sachs at Rapha NYC
Richard Sachs at Rapha NYC

  • Sweet mother of god. And take note: not a disk brake in sight.

  • geoff.tewierik

    So Richard and Dario have their own branded Columbus tubing?

  • Also: genuinely nice to see that even Joe Bell occasionally finishes a bike and leaves a bit of orange-peel (see the BB).

    • j44ke

      These are RS team race bikes, not to be confused with the bikes he makes for clients. Sachs himself has said the finish on these is not the same as his customer bikes, since they are race bikes only.

  • fourthandvine

    Don’t get me wrong, they’re beautiful bikes and RS’s talents are one in a billion but part of me does wish were a little more… adventurous? Creative? ATMO…

    • Sean Curran

      I don’t really know how one could scroll through those photos and not see there is a creative person behind the making of the RS brand.

  • Yoyo

    fourthandvine – these are the platonic ideal of bicycles, honed for 40 years at the bench. If you want something “creative” look elsewhere. If it’s perfection of form and function, look no further.

    • fourthandvine

      Oh absolutely – I don’t deny I’m bringing my personal preferences and bias to the table. My favourite bikes or not the guy’s aces insofar as sharing his experience.

  • some1s_lucky

    if there were two bikes I could have one would be a RS, the other would be an inferior imitation made with my own hands. To add House Industry graphics to the RS would be icing on the cake

  • geoff

    Interesting. I have never seen a Richard Sachs with a sloping top tube.

    • David Krevs

      I suppose that’s because of the frame height? The BB drop is also very small…