My Wild Love is an outfit from Amsterdam that makes raucous steel frames in Treviso, Italy. While they started as a project to complete NOS 80s Columbus frames from a defunct builder, they’re now a legit bike company that turns out rock-and-roll frames in classic and oversized Italian steel. This is their latest, an all-roader built for traveling.
Everything is fabricated in Treviso by a small group of local artisans that like to do things the Italian way – slowly. In-between drinking espresso and eating pasta, the crew at My Wild Love have been busy building some gnarly end-of-year customs, one of which is this swanky orange and blue number for Ross Chapman, AKA @skysoclear.
Ross is a UX designer who works with big bike retailers and brands. Because his bike is his calling card, Ross wanted something with a memorable design that could travel easily and would take him over all kinds of terrain. To meet this brief, MWL built him a full-custom frame with a one-off paint scheme, ENVE gravel fork, buffed S&S couplers and plenty of space for rubber.
The natural break in the frame created by the couplers was the starting point for the paint. To emphasize the fact that the frame separates in two, the deep blue shade of the rear unravels wildly into the violent orange of the front.
A small detail that would only be noticeable to those in the Dutch bike scene is the custom brazed stem by Lester Cycles in Amsterdam. The triple drill holes are the telltale mark of this local builder who is most well known for his work with RIH Cycles.
The full bike is due to be completed soon. Keep an eye on Cycle EXIF for a review of the fully built travelgrinder, or you can order your own via their website — see below.