Cyclops Bicycles: Mike Was CVLT Before It Was Cool Jan 3, 2011


To everyone who wears runes, sacred geometries and other occult symbols on your shirts (myself included), Mike Mulholland was way ahead of the curve and if you ever get a road bike, this is what you need to hunt for. Mike first started making bicycles under the Cyclops name when in 1983 he purchased Lovell Bikes in Toronto. From there, he lead a life that many would call OCD, racing cross and road, making custom bicycles for clients and toying with various paint job and exquisite detailing. Since Mike’s death in 2005, these bikes have achieved a cult-like following.

Wanna see more from Cyclops? Well, it’s not an easy find. You can scour the web and turn up a few results:

Bike Cult
My Ten Speeds

Coincidentally, the bike featured in the My Ten Speeds article is now up on eBay. This one is legit, but be wary of eBay auctions that lack detailed photos of lugwork. Mike often painted bicycles that were not actually Cyclops to look like a Cyclops. The only signifier was a small decal that would state “Paint by Cyclops”.

Every time I pass up one on eBay I kick myself later!

  • beaver

    afew weeks ago, there was a matching track and road bike on ebay in my size.

  • prolly

    Yep. 58cm right? I almost bought the road bike.

  • newforker

    Theres a shop here in Toronto, run by a OCD/hoarding owner with a few very nice Cyclops’. There’s a yellow one with traingular tubing and a blue one with a recessed top-tube. I can get some pics next time im there, if anyone is interested.

    P.S. He also has ~75 NOS 80’s Road frames..think Benotto, Rossin, Fiori, Colnago, Bianchi, Moser, etc..

    email me.

  • velo Cult Bike Shop

    Hell yeah. We at Velo Cult have been fan’s of his for a long time. He was way ahead of his time. He was the inspiration for our design back when nobody was doing this stuff. Myself and two of my employee’s ride Cyclops frames. I’m surprised his stuff hasn’t been more popular than it is.

  • Ryan

    These bikes are rad! im actually about to buy a Cyclops.

  • Morgan Taylor
  • Sambots

    @newforker which shop is this? Does the owner sell any of the frames?

  • Matthew Oliver

    found a cyclops painted frame in a dumpster. The frame is actually colnago but painted by Mike. paint and some decals are in pretty rough shape though.

  • mjlang

    Very nice to see some of these still kicking around. I married Mike’s niece and was happy to have known him when he was alive. He definitely had a passion for creating and rebuilding things that is rare to find. Thanks for keeping the memories alive.