Category Archives: road bike
Bishop Bikes: Ben Falcon Project Bikes – Number 01

Photos by Keith Trotta

Chris Bishop is in the process of making a series of project bikes. Each one with be a collaborative effort between various artists and painters, will be one-offs and best of all, for sale. This being the first, a collaboration between Ben Falcon, the New York-based painter. It’s a size 52cm and is built with Dura Ace, Ritchey and ENVE. Head to Bishop’s Flickr for more photos and holler at Chris if you’re interested in purchasing it.

Jul 20, 2016 5 comments
Seven Introduces the RedSky Medium-Reach Road Bike

Seven Cycles has released a new road bike, the RedSky, a medium-reach road bike, suitable for all road conditions and with enough clearance for a 32mm file tread tire, even dirt. The frame comes with optional, hidden fender mounts. The 5E road fork comes in 8 different rakes, which allows them to optimize handling for riders across the size spectrum, as well as addressing issues of toe overlap for smaller riders.

RedSky can be built with a choice of build kits from SRAM, Campagnolo or Shimano and is available now from Seven.

Jul 12, 2016 3 comments
Froome on Climbing

Gilette interviewed Chris Froome, the winner of Stage 08 of the TdF, while he was training in Mallorca, Spain with Team Sky about how he became such a good climber.

Jul 9, 2016 4 comments
On a Steel Horse I Ride: the Speedvagen OG1 Road Bike
the Speedvagen OG1 Road Bike

The Vanilla Workshop has multiple tiers in terms of frameset design and production. At the highest tier is a Vanilla. These are 100% custom, lugged beauties made entirely by Sacha White. Their wait list is so long, it’s not even worth mentioning. Then on the more readily-available tier is a Speedvagen frameset. These used to be only available as a 100% custom geometry with multiple options from paint, ranging from a simple, single color with detail hits to complex, “Surprise Me” paint jobs that are so wild, they’ve inspired how other builders tackle paint design.

Now, Speedvagen has a third option in its pricing catalog: the OG1 road frameset. These are stock frames, already painted and in stock now, ready to ship to you in days or weeks, not months. The OG1 also carries a pricetag that won’t make you choke on your morning breakfast, when it comes to a made in the USA frame anyway.

The OG1 is still made 100% by hand in the Vanilla Workshop and it’s painted in house with a custom Speedvagen design, usually two per year with the first year’s designs being limited to a matte lavender or a burly-looking matte olive drab! It’s obvious which color you’re seeing here.

These frames are a deal, but there’s a catch… (more…)

Jun 29, 2016 54 comments
Jeff Curtes for MAAP: Passes in Italy

Words and Photos by Jeff Curtes

My first big magazine assignment took me to Italy. Nearly the exact same spot that now, nearly 25 years later, we set off to basically do the same thing. Ride, explore, get lost, drink up the local everything, and have as much damn fun as possible. Back in 1994, it was a Transworld Snowboarding Magazine feature, and having never been to Europe before, I was wide eyed and so amping for just everything that Italy does so incredibly well. We were in Italy, riding, search for snow, and just loving every minute of it.

And when the next season’s Volume of Snowboarding dropped, our trip was front and center, my first TWS cover and a full feature of our debauchery and wanderlust in Italy. Thousand of images and memories which came back the second we set foot in the country again a few weeks ago with the Maap crew to shoot their new Winter 16 collection and mostly, to ride, get lost, and have as much fun as possible. We’d also eat and drink and love everything that makes Italy, well, Italy. Doppio espresso came easily back to the tip of my tongue. (more…)

Jun 29, 2016 4 comments
Firefly Bicycles: May the Wind Be At Your Back

Fūjin is the god of wind in Japan and this rendition can be found on traditional Japanese designs dating back to the 700’s. Perhaps these little wind bands are present on this Firefly road to ensure the presence of a tail wind at all times? See more of this beautiful work at the Firefly Flickr.

Jun 28, 2016 2 comments
Akiyoshi’s Hunter Cycles Road Bike
Akiyoshi's Hunter Cycles Road Bike

This bike is so Japanese. Well, it’s a Hunter Cycles frame, so technically it’s American but the build, the character, the colors and the size are very indicative of the scene at Circles. Sim Works parts, Chris King and that bag, which believe it or not, was the reason I wanted to shoot the bike.

Akiyoshi is an architect who makes bags in his spare time. Like the tensile structure from an Olympic stadium, this bag relies on a chord’s tension to maintain its stability. The most interesting detail for me however is the tie-down bottle boss bolt. When the bag is loaded and the chord is pulled tight, the bag doesn’t sway at all. It’s a pretty impressive design and it’s a bit of added character to an already beautiful frame.

Thanks for letting me shoot your bike!

Jun 9, 2016 17 comments
Circles Japan Personal Bike Show: Takayoshi and His Clever Dobbat’s Commuter
Takayoshi and His Clever Dobbat's Commuter

I’ve documented a lot of bicycles in my day and I’ll be honest here when I say, it’s been a long, long time since I’ve seen something as clever or unique as this bike.

At first glance, this Dobbat’s commuter looks like you’re run of the mill 1x road bike. Then you notice the flat, stand-off headbadge, which leads your eyes to the asymmetric brake routing in the top tube, which you then notice is actually quite confusing in terms of construction. Stepping back from that detail, you begin to notice the light support rack simply dies into the fork blades and it takes a moment to find the set screws.

Details like this are NAHBS-level in terms of concept and execution, yet Takayoshi has never been to NAHBS and he doesn’t spend time on the internet looking at other bikes. In fact, when we asked him what inspired these details, he said “it just popped into my head.”

If Japan keeps rolling out bikes like this, my shutter finger is going to get tired!

Jun 3, 2016 23 comments