You know me, I have a softspot for purple and for Speedvagens. Vanilla just posted up these photos from their 2012 Surprise Me cross bike paint scheme and it’s amazing. Head over to their Flickr for more!
Being from North Carolina, you don’t have to tell me about the Wright brothers’ legacy. First in Flight! Here’s a little-known factoid though: the Wright brothers actually owned a bike shop in their day. So seeing this homage to them coming from Shinola isn’t at all surprising. Back then, the bicycle was the way of life, before the auto took over…
“Shinola introduces The Wright Brothers™ Limited Edition Runwell bicycle, created to honor the Wrights’ incredible contribution to America’s history of innovation and industry. Few urban bikes are better looking, smoother riding and easier shifting than our classically-styled Runwell with its 11-speed internal hub and disc brakes. Our 25 Limited Edition The Wright Brothers™ Runwell marries the enduring style and predictable handling of our American-made lugged steel frame and fork with a gloss black finish, sleek bamboo fenders, and a Torpedo battery operated headlamp. The Wright Brothers™
Limited Edition Bicycle will be available for purchase on Shinola.com, and at the Shinola flagship stores in Detroit and New York City, on December 10th, 2013.”
Check out more photos below, including the Wright Brothers’ edition watches.
Having spent 48 hours with Mike Cherney on a bicycle, during Brovet #03, I can say without a doubt that he is one of the most unique individuals I’ve ever met and I mean that in the best way possible.
Mike is a true craftsman, so much so that Moots recently commissioned him to fabricate eight sterling silver headbadges. Each badge is made from 1 troy ounce of Sterling Silver.
“Christopher Igleheart is probably the nicest guy in the bicycle industry–but don’t hold that against him. He’s been making bikes longer than most folks have been riding them and he does it a deep sense of understanding and a gracious smile.
We got to know him when he relocated to Portland, Oregon about a year ago and started building custom frames in a shared shop space with Joseph Ahearne. His bikes are simple, but they’re beautiful and they’re strong. He should know a thing or two about making tough bikes as he had a big hand in the building of the iconic and coveted Fat Chance mountain bikes in the 80′s.
Sharing a conversation with Chris about bikes is like taking a history lesson from the coolest professor on campus, who also happened to have a hand in the making of the very history they are teaching that semester. He’s wise, he’s insightful, and he’s probably one of the best people to share a post-ride beer with that we’ve ever met.
Igleheart is the inspiration for the entire Movers and Makers Series and we figured it was right to start off Volume 1 with him. Enjoy!”
Photo by Eric Baumann
When I came across this bike on the Royal H Cycles Flickr, I found myself geeking out over it. This thing looks like a trail ripper! I love steel hardtails.
From the side profile, this bike looks merely red-kissed, but the rear of the bike washes your eyes with a vibrant splash of red. Check out more of this subtle beaut at the Firefly Flickr!
Since moving to Austin, Ian from Icarus has been making custom steel frames for my friends. Many of which have requested an all-arounder of sorts from him. Ross already has a pretty deep stable of frames. A Richard Sachs cross, a Speedvagen road and now this Icarus light tourer.
I say light tourer because Ross is a bit of a camping weight weenie. Usually a bivy sack will do the trick on top of his titanium Tubus rack. For the front end, Ross chose a Wound Up fork for its fender mounts and tire clearance. He didn’t want ‘cross clearances’, just room for a 28c and fenders. Right now, he’s got it set up for a few weekend outings and just the other day, he put over 300 miles on it.
Other highlights are the split-paintjob chevrons, precisely finished by Bryan Myers at Fresh Frame and full Campagnolo gruppo. Personally, this is one of my favorite Icarus frames, mostly because it’s so tailored to Ross’ idiosyncratic tastes. Check out more below!