Bicycles

I just love anything with a Penny Farthing Bike on it. Just perfect.

Old School Penny Farthing Bike :: Bare Tree Apparel
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Paul Budnitz, of Kidrobot, can now add bike builder to his resume. When does the man ever sleep? All Budnitz bicycles feature only top-end components, most developed for bike racing and made by hand by small boutique fabricators in the U.S. and Europe.

Budnitz Bicycles :: No. 2 (1)
Budnitz Bicycles :: No. 2 (2)

I wanted to make a bike that would last forever and used the very best cutting edge materials and components. And I wanted that bicycle to be beautiful, and something I could use day to day.

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I like the bikes. Like the man even better after I asked Jon a few questions about him and Sabrosa Bikes.

Jon Hanson :: Sabrosa Bikes

What’s your background?
I am a civil engineer by day and a frame builder by night. I grew up tinkering with bicycles and working in bike shops. I enjoy fabricating, welding, and problem solving. I am an art appreciator. I strive to make things that are beautiful, and functional.

Jon Hanson :: Sabrosa Bikes

How did you come to design and build bikes? What was the spark?
The owner of the first bike shop were I was employed instilled in my young, tender brain the value of handcrafted bicycles. Our shop was filled with Serrottas and Salsas that were all made by hand. They were gorgeous. I purchased my first custom steel frame while working there, a Salsa Ala Carte, and I still have it. The 29’er craze was just ramping up in 2000 when I placed an order in with a predominant builder. He got a little flaky on me, and so I ended up spending the money that I had saved for a custom frame on an oxy/acetylene torch and some tooling. I taught myself how to braze and made all sorts of jigs and fixtures to help me build frames. A lot of good friends supported me through the learning phase and helped to get me to where I am now.

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Sir Isaac Newton Cycles. The Building and Testing of the S1.

S1 Gravity Bike :: S.I.N. Cycles (1)
S1 Gravity Bike :: S.I.N. Cycles (2)
S1 Gravity Bike :: S.I.N. Cycles (3)
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Fixed Gear London

“On a fixed gear bike you have to think all the time otherwise you die. Most people who ride fixed gear bikes, they like the fact that they have to think about riding the bike full time.”
– andy ellis

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Detroit, MI : The Calvert Litho. Co., c1895.

+ Source: Bicycle Race Scene :: Detroit, MI : The Calvert Litho. Co., c1895 :: Library Of Congress
 

Riding the Long White Cloud Part 1 from predatory bird on Vimeo.

The Riding the Long White Cloud post
Film of a muscle-powered tour that a group of skateboard enthusiasts undertook in New Zealand one summer. My idea was to use the trip as a speculative platform from which to investigate what life might be like in a post-industrial society. That is to say a society whose main fuel source has been depleted to the point of being scarce and expensive.

+ Source: The Riding the Long White Cloud
 

Inspirational story about Darren Baum – master bicycle maker and owner of Baum Cycles. Brilliant-looking bikes as well.



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Two Nuns Bike by Ron Arad from Dezeen on Vimeo.

Incredible looking bike from Ron Arad. It’s going to be auctioned off for a fundraising project.

From Dezeen:
Arad designed the bike for a fundraising project called WOW bikes, organised by the Elton John AIDS Foundation and W Hotels, where six designers were asked to alter bikes from London’s bicycle hire scheme. The bikes are being auctioned on the W Hotels Facebook page until 31 October.

 

Cicli Maestro :: Milan
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Wooden bicycle from Jan Gunneweg. One of the most unique bikes I’ve seen in quite awhile. Thanks John!

Wooden Bicycles By Jan Gunneweg

Wooden Bicycles By Jan Gunneweg
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