“This is a short film based on the photography and writings of Rob Lutter.
His project, The LifeCycle, is a global cycling tour from London to London and has so far taken him 2 years and 15,000km to Hong Kong – his half way point.
Struggling with OCD and failing to find creativity at home, Rob left his home in England in 2011 alone by bicycle to find new life and meaning out on the open road.”
Nice find Tracko!
Check out this series that Muc-Off did with Rapha Condor Sharp JLT during the Tour of Britain. It’s a bit long of a watch, but worth it. Besides, I know you’re not actually working on a Friday afternoon…
… at least as far as I’m concerned. If you’re like me, then you’ve probably seen the work from the UK artist before. After a reader forwarded me Dawn Painter’s portfolio site, I spent a good amount of time poking around at the various illustrations. Naturally, the Campy jersey and bidon were my favorite but there’s too much good stuff in there to not share.
Do yourself a favor and check out Dawn Painter’s site!
It seems that the first batch of the Brother 725 Track frames from Brother Cycles just landed at Kinoko. Head on over to check them out!
Here’s the full edit of Donhou Bicycles‘ Experiments in Speed. Don’t forget to check out the Tristan Holden’s Guest Gallery of photos from this shoot.
Such a rad project. Congrats to all parties involved.
Morvélo spent some time with Jon from Chickens Frame Emporium:
“The best things in life are often simple. Riding a bike for example. Grabbing your wheels at the end of a day’s work and heading out for a quick rip, the good old fashioned way. There are times to push your limits but more importantly there are times where all you need is that simple joy of just getting out there.
We had the pleasure of filming this with Jon from Chickens Frame Emporium. As well as making beautiful steel frames from his shipping container workshop, his own bike tells a hundred stories. The worn grips and ripped saddle show that this bike has seen more action than most. Using the first frame he ever made, it’s still going strong. He’s too busy making everyone else’s dream bike to tend to his own but it still takes him on those all important blasts to clear his mind and focus on his next frame building project.”
Photos by Tristan Holden
The Tom Donhou ‘Experiments in Speed’ was one of the more unique frame builder projects I’ve seen. Local photographer Tristan Holden was present during the launch, documenting this endeavor. He sent along a series of photos which were on display at Look Mum No Hands last week. Here’s a little background:
“I’ve known Tom for quite a while, and I can remember bumping into him when he moved back to Norwich from working in London. He told me he’d quit his job and was going to set up shop building bicycle frames. I didn’t figure that a few years later I’d be hanging out the back of a car, shooting him riding faster than my old VW can drive. Then again, I shouldn’t have figured any less.
The project continues the time-honoured tradition of men in sheds, building stuff. The guys that pushed the envelope of what speeds were achievable at Bonneville in the 1960’s all started in the same way, with an idea and the desire to go faster. Like a lot of those men, Tom didn’t have huge financial backing, just the raw materials and the know how to put the bike together. Not to mention the guts to ride it.
These images document the initial building of the spoiler that would be fixed to the 1960’s Ford Zephyr that Tom would draft in, the shakedown run on the public roads around the outskirts of Norwich and the top speed run up at Bruntingthrope proving ground.
There’s a documentary following the project too, premiering on the 11th of July at Look Mum No Hands in London.”
See more in the Gallery!
I can’t wait to see more from this project with Donhou.
Anyone that’s pushing local fabrication in their country is a good thing. Check out the new Feather Cycles site here.
I’ve really enjoyed every issue of the Ride Journal and Issue VII looks to be worth the scoop as well. If you’re in London, don’t miss out on the release party next Thursday, February 7th. See more details at the Ride Journal’s Facebook. If you can’t make it, pick up a copy here.