Bicycles

This bicycle prototype from Flying Machine and owner/designer Matt Andrew features unique titanium tubing joined with 3D printed titanium lugs. Allowing, in Matt words, “For infinite flexibility and all bikes to have personal and tailored geometry.”

3D Printed Titanium: New F1 Prototype By Flying Machine

“Making this bicycle a reality became just a bit of an obsession. We are amongst the very first to embrace 3D Printing for bike building and firmly believe this amazing technology is the way of the future.”
– matt andrew :: owner and designer at flying machine

 

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Michael Kleeman of Motofication prefers steel frames for his singlespeed/fixed gear bikes. Produced by a framebuilder in Amsterdam, the frames are rusted or blackfinished, covered with a special wax.

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“I prefer classic 1” luged steel frames. You have the best few on the frame if there are no brakes, shifters, gears etc. So I was always excited on the singlespeed/fixed gear idea.”
– michael kleeman

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Argonaut Cycles are made entirely in the Pacific Northwest. Ben Farver is a master at carbon construction, “We use carbon not because it’s pretty, not because it makes a good story, but because it makes the best bicycles.”

Photos by John “Prolly” Watson

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“As I went through the process, and as I worked with people, I figured out that fit is important but it’s not the biggest value I can give a customer, but really what you’re getting out of a custom bike is something that performs to your riding style, to your body type, and to your power output. That’s the cool part.”
– ben farver

 
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On her blog, Cycles Lady, Alena Chendler captures the ultra-chic bike-riding ladies of Moscow. I just want to see what these stylish women wear in the harsh winter. Hat tip to Cycle Love.

Moscow's Bicycle Riding Fashionistas
Moscow's Bike Riding Fashionistas :: Alena Chendler

“There are more and more beautiful bicycles in Moscow, and the girls who ride them are more daring in their outfit. They’re not scared of wearing heels, skirts or dresses. The bicycle is a perfect, beautiful form of transport for the city.”
– alena chendler

 

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I’m calling this creation The Game Of Thrones Royale Bicicleta. First – because this bicycle by designer Ralf Holleis looks like it was built for royalty – but with a dash of evil. Secondly – Spring is Coming.

Bike frame with 3d printed Lugs :: by Ralf Holleis

Bike frame with 3d printed Lugs :: by Ralf Holleis

 
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From the Embacher Collection. Bicycle maker Umberto Dei has been building bikes since 1896. This steel framed bike is from 1996. I could spend hours at The Embacher Collection’s website.

UMBERTO DEI Giubileo :: Embacher Collection

UMBERTO DEI Giubileo :: Embacher Collection

UMBERTO DEI Giubileo :: Embacher Collection

“Umberto Dei has been involved in the bicycle market since 1896, so it has a wealth of experience. The company celebrated its centenary by launching a high-end city bike, the Giubileo. Made by hand, it had exquisite leather handles, a sprung leather seat, leather rear wheel cover and even little saddle bags.”
– embacher collection

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There’s nothing I can add to this story about the kindness of strangers. But Ezra, I can say this: your are one magnificent human being.

From our archives: Interview with Ezra Caldwell of Fast Boy Cycles

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Ezra Caldwell :: Kindness of Strangers

“Yesterday could have been a total loss, and not even a good story. It could have been the day that pushed me over the edge into a pretty depressed and listless state, instead I got in a great ride, met a new friend and riding partner, and have a good story to tell!”
– ezra

+ Source: Kindness of Strangers

 

I’ve been meaning to do a post about Ucycles and their fixies. Super clean bikes.

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“The feature that makes unique our frames is the particular welding ‘fillet brazed’ made ​​to perfection by craftsmen frame builders with 50 years of experience.”

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Started in 2007, the Almanzo100, is a bicycle race through 100 miles of Minnesota gravel roads. A punishing race that climbs to eight thousand feet by the race’s end.

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“We decided to put the race on gravel because it seemed like a more appropriate venue for racing…paved roads in Minnesota are typically heavier traveled…it seemed like a safer point of travel for the bicycles. It’s hilly for starters, and it climbs almost eight thousand feet in a hundred miles.
 
It’s just a different kind of ride than most people are used to. Combine that with wind, heat and whatever other thing that mother nature can throw at you.”
– chris skogen, the founder and organizer :: almanzo100

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Based out of Melbourne, Australia, Little Mule is a custom bicycle company that builds their own frames. Besides the bike business, they also run a small cafe. Owner Hugh McIntyre takes time out of his busy schedule to tell us about what’s it like to own a bicycle company in “Bike City.”

Photos by Nico Alary

Interview with Hugh McIntyre of Little Mule

“All our bikes use the frame as the starting point. But by using this we are not limited to how the finished product can look. Just by switching a couple of components out like the bars, or by putting some classic white wall tyres on can make the bike look so much different. So our frames are the foundation of the end product.”
– hugh mcintyre

 

Read the entire interview with Hugh McIntyre after the jump below…

 

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As a designer, I’m always fascinated by brands that reinvent and extend their product lines. Brooks England, the famous maker of cycling seats and leather goods, brought in designer Ben Wilson and his students from The Royal College of Art and gave them a design brief: “What would Mr. Brooks do next if he was alive today?”

Amos Field-Reid demonstrated the multiple functions of a range of moulded leather bags, designed and developed with the saddle in mind. 

Moulded Leather Bag

Moulded Leather Bag

“Brooks founder John Boultbee Brooks was a genuine inventor, innovator and businessman. After founding his company in 1866, he explored the manufacturing of hundreds of successful products, from the renowned leather saddles to bicycle and motorcycle bags, car trunks and suitcases, as well as shoes and oilskin clothing.”
– brooks england
Seula Choi showed the leather hand wrap, one of the many designs developed to protect the cyclist’s hands. 

Leather Handwrap

Leather Handwrap

“Brooks managers were presented with the product concepts and prototypes, and tasked with selecting those for further development…Selected products are being manufactured by Brooks and soon will be available in selected Brooks retailers worldwide.”

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I like coffee. I like bicycles. The Velopresso is just so perfect on so many levels.

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“Velopresso is a celebratory fusion of human power, sensory pleasures and technology – old tech with hi-tech, bicycles and coffee,their engineering and aesthetics.”
– velopresso

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