Category Archives: Beautiful Bicycles
Farewell Review: The Cielo Road Racer Di2
The Cielo Road Racer Di2

Reviewing bikes like the Cielo Road Racer is easy. Well, sort of. Isn’t the whole idea about a bike review to critically assess its potential for the market? That means looking and discussing honestly the strengths and the weaknesses.

Luckily, for Cielo, these were apparent after the first ride and continued to hold strong throughout the several weeks that the Road Racer Di2 was in my possession. Some of my critiques are merely aesthetic or tied in with the build kit on this particular bike.

Whatever my thoughts are, I can tell you, it’s gonna be tough to send her home.

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Oct 2, 2014 29 comments
The Festka ONE Road
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Czech builders Festka recently completed the development of their newest frame project, simply titled, ONE. Boasting a 60% stiffer layup process than previous Zero models, these custom road frames will be available shortly, with custom geometry and paint, at Festka.

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Oct 2, 2014 5 comments
Majaco Singlespeed Cross Bike with White Industries
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What I said yesterday about Austin seeping with cross bikes stands true and I haven’t even begun to cover them. Mark from Majaco recently built up this sick singlespeed cross bike from True Temper OX Plat, specifically for the forthcoming Philly Bike Expo. His component choice is well thought out, putting the extra money where it counts and maintaining the aesthetics throughout.

Case in point: White Industries cranks and freewheel with Surly hubs. He then went with Paul and Thomson, resulting in a frame that by my judgement, weighs in around 16 or 17 lbs. It’s incredibly light!

I love the classic red to white livery and stainless head badge. For those interested in a similar frame, expect a pricepoint around $1400 for standard geometry or $1750 for fully custom.

Sep 30, 2014 10 comments
Peter’s Richard Sachs Team Bike with Campagnolo Chorus 11
Peter's Richard Sachs Team Cross Bike with Campagnolo 11

It’s almost cross season here in Austin, with the first race of the season coming this weekend, everyone’s dialing in their race rigs. So it goes without saying that everywhere you ride these days, you’re being bombarded with balleur bike builds. Take for example, Peter from Mellow Johnny’s new (to him) Richard Sachs team cross bike.

While I’m not sure of the exact year, knowing Richard’s internet presence, I’m sure he’ll be able to chime in – especially with that fork crown detail.

Peter went with Campagnolo Chorus 11 speed on this bike, with matching Zipp bar, stem and post, topping it off with Chris King R45 hubs, laced to HED Belgiums. When you photograph a Richard Sachs, you end up just hitting all of his logos and lug work, both of which were given meticulous presence by none other than Joe Bell himself.

I gotta say, riding bikes to shoot them is fun, but this was a pleasure…

Sep 29, 2014 24 comments
Firefly Bicycles: Columbus Stainless
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People have all kinds of ways for showing their admiration of Columbus’ tubesets. Of course, you could always just put a decal on one of your bikes, noting the tube but that’s not the case with the latest from Firefly

Sep 26, 2014 6 comments
Majaco True Temper Road
Majaco True Temper Road

It’s been a while since I’ve shot a bike from Mark Majaco‘s shop here in Austin. Four years if I count correctly. In that time, we’ve both finely tuned our art. Well, I can speak for Mark anyway. This True Temper road bike is heading to the Philly Bike Expo and is a prime example of what Mark describes as a straight-forward, fillet brazed road frameset.

Built, painted and assembled in Austin, TX, these frames run under $2,000. Paired with Ultegra and you’ve got one solid machine…

Sep 25, 2014 13 comments
Many Miles
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Three things can make all the difference on your ride: tires, bar tape and your saddle. This bike in particular is about as dialed as they get, both in aesthetics and comfort. Out of all my bikes, I gotta say, the Woodville has the most character and I’ve been enjoying each of the three aforementioned choices so far.

Easton’s bar tape, Bruce Gordon Rock n Road tires and the Brooks Cambium C15.

As a side note, I’m not sure what spawned this, other than I’m trying out a makeshift studio in my office. If anyone has experiences mixing a B1 500 TTL strobe with speedlights, I’d love to hear from you! I’m using the Air remote.

Once I get these photos dialed in, maybe I’ll post a photoset. For now, here are three detailed shots I’m stoked on.

Sep 24, 2014 23 comments
Jeremiah Kille’s Chevron Caletti Ti Road
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Jeremiah Kille is an artist in Santa Cruz, California and like John Caletti, he creates vibrant pieces of work, relying on geometry and color. This new titanium road was built to Jeremiah’s specifications, utilizing a plethora of chevrons, inspired both by the sunsets of Santa Cruz and classic surf culture of the 70’s.

Photographer Peter Thomsen took his time documenting this one. See a few more below and the full set at Peter’s portfolio site

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Sep 24, 2014 8 comments
Gevenalle-Equipped Rock Lobster Cross
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Photos by Brenton Salo

When you own a company like Gevenalle, you’ve got to practice what you preach. How else do you expect to obtain valuable PR&D and new product ideas? Adam recently laced out his Rock Lobster cross bike with all things USA and Gevenalle. Check out more photos below, along with a parts list…

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Sep 23, 2014 25 comments