While we’re on the subject of Australia, why not head over to the new Busyman Bicycles Facebook Page and “Like” it? It’ll make Mick’s Friday!
Mick from Busyman converted this Fizik Arione to a kangaroo leather piece of art, complete with a Northside Wheelers Swift logo. Mick’s really an artist when it comes to this sort of thing. Check out more at Busyman.
Mick recently completed a custom bar tape order for Chris’ LOOK road bike. He’ll make custom tape for any project, so if you’re interested, hit him up! I’d love to get some for my NAHBS bike this year. Hrmm….
Yesterday, as I was going through all my posts from this year, I thought to myself that I haven’t posted anything from Busyman in a while. Then, last night, I caught this sweet project on his blog. Check out more here!
I was there when Mick from Busyman Bicycles first got his red leather and RS-embossing plates and now, weeks later, it’s for sale on the Richard Sachs site. I can’t imagine how many man hours went into this stuff! While the $80 price tag may seem steep, this is hand made and let me emphasize that: hand made by one talented individual! Grab a pair of brown, white or red right here. They even come with RS bar ends!
MEL Shop Visit: Busyman Bicycles
MEL Shop Visit: Busyman Bicycles
God is in the detail.
Mick Peel’s work has been showcased here on the blog many times and it wasn’t until I met Mick and saw his operations at Busyman Bicycles that I realized how much work goes into each of his commissioned works. If you’re wondering why I’m referring to Mick’s work as an art piece, it’s because it is. His hand-embroidered and perforated bar tape is only matched in beauty by his hand-embossed leather saddles. Mick’s work is stunning and watching him work in his home studio was a wonderful way to spend a sunny Melbourne morning.
Check out more photos from my Shop Visit to Busyman Bicycles below!
This is actually really sick:
“Just finished this custom order bar tape for Richard in London. Destined as the finishing detail on his soon to be completed Baum. Custom Aussie frame, custom Aussie bar tape. Black full grain leather tape split through the centre and then double stitched with purple thread and backing.”
Busyman Cycles, there to add the small details to your custom builds. Solid.
I agree with Andy, put it on a tshirt:
Steel over aluminium, Coke over Pepsi, Leather over Vinyl.
Also, big ups on the BMW and Mishka plug!
Swap this Jolly Roger with a Baphomet and I’m sold!
Busyman Bicycles specializes in retrofitting your classic saddles with embossed designs and intricate stitching. Really rad and the perfect present for the cyclist you know! They also make grips and bar wraps.
Our friends down in Fairfield, Australia at Bastion Cycles pulled together a real treat for us. This “Fall Forest” themed Crossroad frame has been hand-painted to resemble an autumn forest, filled with leaves, flashing colors across the carbon and titanium frame. Read on for all the details and photos below.
2018 Handmade Bicycle Show Australia
Photos by Andy White, words by John Watson
Today we’re continuing our coverage of the Handmade Bicycle Show Australia, with six builders, many of which might be completely new names to you, as they were to me. Photographer and owner of FYXO, Andy White was at the show, documenting each of the maker’s bikes, under the spotlight, and on the stage at the event. We’ll have a few big galleries up over the next few days from each of the builders present at the show. Let’s continue the coverage with…
Photos by Andy White
There are many, talented framebuilders in Australia and the Handmade Bicycle Show Australia looks to expose their best work to the masses. The show returns this year, on April 27th-29th, showcasing the builders and products born in Australia. As an example, FYXO recently showcased this Prova Cycles Molti all-road bike, which in itself, has many details, but I can’t get over how good King Cages look in black and that Busyman saddle treatment! See the full gallery at FYXO and more details on the show at HBSA.
With Rapha Travel heading to OZ for the Tour Down Under, they contacted one of Australia’s finest framebuilders to create a commemorative road bike. This black, yellow and green Corretto just screams Baum, with Busyman bar tape and Rapha insignia, it’s bound to be someone’s dream bike.
See more at the Baum Flickr!
You gotta hand it to Mosaic Cycles out of Boulder, Colorado. They really do love their dealer shops. In fact, this year, each of their bikes were designed specifically for a different shop, around the world. My favorite happened to be for Crankstar in Brisbane, Australia.
Painted in a navy and baby blue rings, this road racer has an intimidating stance. Built with Dura Ace (yes! calipers!), Chris King Turquoise, ENVE wheels, custom painted Shimano Pro Stealth Evo bars, custom Busyman saddle and bartape, this bike caught my eye before the show even opened on Thursday night.
I had a lot of fun photographing this one. See for yourself in the Gallery!
At NAHBS, themed bikes are usually hit or miss and by that I mean, people usually get it or they don’t. If you can’t see the theme in this bike, then you probably didn’t grow up on the 80’s watching reruns of Smokey and the Bandit… Or… You just don’t get it.
Josh from Avery County Cycles went way over the top with this homage bike. Built for himself, as his new touring rig, everything was thought out and executed with precision. Down to the choice in tire: Michelin’s Country Rock. The stem is custom and Josh even got Coors-themed water bottles for the show.
For the saddle, Mick Peel from Busyman hand-embossed the firebird logo from Bo Darville’s Trans Am. Other details include PAUL Racers, hand-made carbon fiber racks – with Paragon ends (Josh isn’t 100% sure the front rack is structurally sound, these were mostly for show) and the exquisite Trans Am-inspired wet paint by Jordan Low.
I can almost hear the theme song playing as I’m typing this! See more in the Gallery!