Bicycles

I dare you to spend some time at Cycle Chic and wonder why we all can’t step-up our cycling attire. I guess it doesn’t hurt that there must be a law against wearing a helmet in Denmark. Oh well, next on my shopping list…an ascot. And a plane ticket to Copenhagen.

Cycle Chic. Style Over Speed.

Cycle Chic. Style Over Speed.

Cycle Chic. Style Over Speed.

Cycle Chic. Style Over Speed.

Cycle Chic. Style Over Speed.

Cycle Chic. Style Over Speed.

Cycle Chic. Style Over Speed.

Cycle Chic. Style Over Speed.

“Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I have hope for the human race.”
– h.g. wells

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Clean single speed bike from Biascagne Cycles of Treviso, Italy.

Singlespeed "Wa-lah!" :: Biascagne Cycles

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Singlespeed "Wa-lah!" :: Biascagne Cycles

Singlespeed "Wa-lah!" :: Biascagne Cycles

Singlespeed "Wa-lah!" :: Biascagne Cycles

“This singlespeed was born after many days of rain. When it finally arrived the yellow that everything dries, I revealed to the world – Wa-lah! – And walked out with me for a ride to smell the earth.”
– biascagne cycles

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Last time I spoke with Paul he said he was coming up with a wrench/bottle opener. But out of titanium? Not bad.

Budnitz Titanium Beer Wrench

Budnitz Titanium Beer Wrench

“The 15mm wrench will remove rear axle bolts, Alfine internal hub bolts, and Pitlock keys, making it perfect for removing a wheel on the road. The opener opens… a beer. Or a bottle of San Pellegrino.”
– budnitz bicycles

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New York City through the vantage point of a bicycle. From graphic designer Tim Sklyarov.

New York through the eyes of a Road Bicycle :: Tim Sklyarov

New York through the eyes of a Road Bicycle :: Tim Sklyarov

New York through the eyes of a Road Bicycle :: Tim Sklyarov

“My transport of choice in NYC is definitely a road bike. When you cycle on the streets you see city and it’s habitants in a very different point of view.”
– tim sklyarov

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Stainless steel frame with wooden rims. The unique frame is really eye-catching. Wonder what the ride is about. I emailed Herman and he sent me back some more details about his bikes.

Vanhulsteijn Bicycle by Herman van Hulsteijn (1)

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Vanhulsteijn Bicycle by Herman van Hulsteijn (2)

Vanhulsteijn Bicycle by Herman van Hulsteijn (3)

Vanhulsteijn Bicycle by Herman van Hulsteijn (4)

Vanhulsteijn Bicycle by Herman van Hulsteijn (5)

Vanhulsteijn Bicycle by Herman van Hulsteijn (6)

From Herman van Hulsteijn:
All our frames are handmade in our own shop from stainless steel.

The idea began about 3 years ago when I made a working prototype for myself, out of boredom, I guess. Lots of people responded to the new design and I decided to make them available for the public.

We have been developing the model ever since, which now results in a bike that is elegant yet super-handling. Even some athletes began to ride them, like the guy in the photo, who uses them on 500km+ no-stop rides. The photo features him on one of the early models – he now has the latest make, and will do Arnhem to Paris(550km) non-stop next month…attempting his new record.

We sell the bikes directly to customers all over the world, prices start from around 1,495 Euro (1,895 US). We have single speed/fixed models as well as geared ones.

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Another bike from Budnitz Bicycles. This model is made of stainless steel. Also available in black steel. Compact and nimble, this bike was built specifically for the challenges of a big city.

Budnitz Bicycles No.4 Stainless Steel (1)

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Budnitz Bicycles No.4 Stainless Steel (2)
Budnitz Bicycles No.4 Stainless Steel (3)

“I focus on owning very few things that are top quality. I discovered a while back that it actually cost me less to invest in quality products that last a very long time, and I get to enjoy more because they function well or are beautiful.”
– paul budnitz

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Pat Dolan of Sportsman Flyer on the history of motordrome racing, how he came to build motorbikes, and why his vintage-looking saddles have leather flaps hanging off the sides. (Let’s just say the boys will be thankful).

Sportsman Flyer
Sportsman Flyer

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and Sportsman Flyer?
Well, I have a back-round in welding and fabrication and have been working around equipment most of my life. I’ve been building and restoring cars since high school. I also enjoy sports, not the traditional team sports like baseball or football, but other sports like surfing, bike riding, flying, hunting and fishing. The Sportsman Flyer idea combines my interest in bicycles and the motor sports. Sportsman comes from the sporty nature of the bikes I build and Flyer refers to my time spent in aviation as a glider pilot.

How did you first get interested in building motorized bikes?
I have wanted a Whizzer, which is a vintage motorized bicycle, for years. Seems I could never find a decent deal on the right bike. A few years back my wife and I had been over surfing in Santa Cruz and we saw some guy ride by on a motorized bicycle. It wasn’t a Whizzer, but it was still pretty cool. That finally gave me the idea that I just needed the right bike and engine. I could combine the two and have my own motorized bicycle.

For someone who has never ridden a Sportsman Flyer, what do your customers say about the experience of riding their Sportsman?
They all say they find the experience pretty exhilarating. Especially the current bikes were building. It’s one thing to run around at over 50 mph on a motorcycle, but going that fast on a motorized bicycle is quite exciting.

Sportsman Flyer

How did you first find out about the motorbikes and motordromes of the 1920s?
I had seen a few vintage motorcycles and then the race bikes of the same era, the board track racers, at a couple vintage motorcycle shows and auctions in Monterey California. To me board track racers are just the coolest of the vintage motorcycles. Monterey has some of the best vintage motor sport events in the country and it’s a half hour from my house so I go every year.

It was a popular, and dangerous sport back then…
Yes, quite popular and very dangerous. The board tracks had huge banked corners. Speeds slowly crept up past 100 mph as engine designs advanced. Any sort of mechanical failure or collision could send the bikes flying off the track and into the crowds watching the race. Riders wore little in the way of safety gear. Crashing onto a wooden surface guaranteed at a minimum a serious case of splinters.

“I find sometimes that after all my hard work I try to convince myself that something looks good, then my brother or some friends will drop by and say ‘that looks lame.’ These guys are my harshest critics and I respect them for it.”

What’s your process for building bikes – strict pre-planning or making it up as you go?
I would say a bit of both. Because of my engineering background and drafting skills I prefer to hammer out the complicated details, off-sets, wheel base, rake and trail, on the computer first. Once I have a sound platform I build out the chassis and various components. From there I finish out the bike and stand back and take a good look. Does it look right? Are the proportions correct? How does it feel when I sit on it? Once I am comfortable with the overall look and feel I dress it out. Tires, grips, leather color on the seat, paint, etc.

As time goes on I continue to fine tune all my cad drawings. Some parts I manufacture have not changed in awhile, other parts, well I change every time I make another production run. You can have a perfectly engineered bike, but if it doesn’t look and feel right, what have you accomplished? I find sometimes that after all my hard work I try to convince myself that something looks good, then my brother or some friends will drop by and say ‘that looks lame.’ These guys are my harshest critics and I respect them for it.

Sportsman Flyer

“Our top of the line model, will cruise comfortably at 50 mph. Geared for top speed? Maybe past 65. You can go a long way on a gallon of gas. 50 – 60 miles.”
– pat dolan

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João Paulo is on a mission to travel the world and show, “…classic bikes in poses that show the context of the city in the background.” He plans on releasing a book of these worldly bikes.

@marrakesh, morroco 

@Marrakesh, Morroco.

@firenze, italy 

@Firenze, Italy.

@bath, england 

@Bath, England

@géneve, switzerland 

@Géneve, Switzerland

@amsterdan, netherlands 

@Amsterdan, Netherlands.
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Fine looking bikes from tokyobike.

Tokyo Bike SS :: Tokyo Bike (1)
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A spectacular ode to a time when board track racing was one of the most popular sports in America during the early 20th century.

Sportsman Flyer :: Handcrafted Board Track Motorbikes (1)

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Sportsman Flyer :: Handcrafted Board Track Motorbikes (2)

Sportsman Flyer :: Handcrafted Board Track Motorbikes (3)

“A Sportsman Flyer is a motorized bicycle. It can be pedaled like a bicycle, or once the engine is started it can be driven like a motorcycle. It is very similar in look and feel to motorcycles made just after the turn of the century.”

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Another brilliant-looking bike from Budnitz Bicycles. This one is a take on vintage Dutch bikes. Also looks a bit like the GUV’NOR from Pashley Cycles.

Budnitz Bicycles No.3 Honey Edition (1)

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Budnitz Bicycles No.3 Honey Edition (2)

Budnitz Bicycles No.3 Honey Edition (3)

“I focus on owning very few things that are top quality. I discovered a while back that it actually cost me less to invest in quality products that last a very long time, and I get to enjoy more because they function well or are beautiful. And having less clutter around just feels good.”
– paul budnitz

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Visually-tasty bike from Schindelhauer Bikes. The carbon drive belt makes the Viktor nearly maintenance free.

Schindelhauer Bikes :: Viktor (1)

Schindelhauer Bikes :: Viktor (2)

Schindelhauer Bikes :: Viktor (5)

“From Belt DR, ‘Bikes to conquer urban space.‘ With a motto like that, these guys must be from Detroit or Philly…right? Check that…they’re from Vancouver Canada. The most polite city I’ve ever visited. So, they’re going conquer urban space with manners? Good luck with that.”
– megadeluxe

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