East Meets West: Vintage Luxury Bicycles Koinago

East Meets West: Vintage Luxury Bicycles Koinago

For some of us, the love of beautiful bicycles is a fixation akin to that of a heroin addict. Our friends, partners, and workmates can’t understand our obsession, but the latest creation of Spain’s Vintage Luxury Bicycles should provide an explanation.

East Meets West: Vintage Luxury Bicycles Koinago

Javier Jubete is the proprietor of Vintage Luxury Bicycles, an atelier that specialises in reworking exotic classics with extremely rare NOS components — mainly those by Campagnolo — and usually plated in gold.

East Meets West: Vintage Luxury Bicycles Koinago

These bikes inevitably turn out to be some of the year’s most popular on Cycle EXIF, and not without reason: they exemplify the pinnacle of the beautiful custom, classic and handmade bicycle, worthy of popes, kings, and wealthy or passionate collectors.

East Meets West: Vintage Luxury Bicycles Koinago

Javier’s latest celebrates the two cultures of Italy and Japan: a mint Colnago Master Krono time trial frame dressed with a Campagnolo C Record gruppo, intricately engraved with traditional Japanese motifs, like the ryū or tatsu dragon on the rear derailleur.

East Meets West: Vintage Luxury Bicycles Koinago

Interestingly, the work was completed by two non-Japanese craftsmen: Madrid’s Pedro Villarrubia and the UK’s Shaun Hughes, but both have extensive experience applying the wabori style to metal using traditional techniques.

East Meets West: Vintage Luxury Bicycles Koinago

A 700c and 650c Campagnolo Khamsin tubular wheelset were also emblazoned with nishikigoi brocaded carp — symbols of love and friendship in Japan, and it is with that spirit that the Japanese and Italian cultures were combined in this amazing machine.

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East Meets West: Vintage Luxury Bicycles Koinago