Curating custom bikes for people is something I’ve done, dare I say, “since forever.” For nearly 20 years the most common way a custom project lands on my plate is someone desiring a build akin to my current ride. In the early years, it was track bikes, singespeeds, and classic road bikes. More recently, popular interest seems to have shifted to e-bike conversions capable of carrying small humans, bulky gear, or a combination of both.
Editing the photos from my visit to Baum Cycles this February, an eerie feeling came over me. I knew it’d been some time since I last took photos with the ‘big camera’ at 7 Seabright St, North Shore. For some reason, it felt like a precise period of time. My suspicion was confirmed. 10 years.
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When I was a kid, there was a poster of a white Lamborghini Countach SL5000 on my bedroom wall. An object of unobtainable desire. Thirty laps of the sun later, the poster now hangs in my Dad’s garage, and I’m no closer to owning one.
The fires in Australia have decimated this ecologically diverse country and with them, 500 million animals have perished. A few more brands are working to raise money to help support the relief aid.
– Kumo Cycles and Simon Riviere have teamed up on these great Purist bottles. You can pre-order these at Kumo Cycles. If he sells 50, he’ll be able to set up a water station behind his house.
-Want to win a Crust frame? Head over to @wireswildliferescue, @redcrossau or any other Australian fire relief, donate $25usd or more, screenshot your donation and email it to Crust at email@example.com with fire relief in the subject line. Crust will draw a name out of a hat this coming Friday. Free shipping worldwide.
I love a sunburnt hardtail.
Influences come from many a place. A flicker, chirp or whiff that conveys a feeling and experience. Singlespeed’s have influenced my riding since the turn of the millennium. I knew I’d be forever broke as a bike messenger if it involved maintaining a geared drivetrain year-round through London’s woefully wet winters.
Our mate FYXO down in Melbourne, Australia embarked on a bikepacking trip to the High Country and made this video. If you’re looking for more information and photos, head to FYXO!
FYXO is our mate down in Straya and he just posted a route with photos from a mixed terrain ride in the Victorian Alps. This zone is one of my favorite places to ride a drop bar bike with exceptional views, lush rain forests, fauna galore, and punishing climbs. Head to FYXO to check out the story and head to the FYXO Web Shop to see the new Distract kits in Verde and Arancia.
2018 Handmade Bicycle Show Australia
Photos by Andy White, words by John Watson
One show that has been on my radar over the years is the Handmade Bicycle Show Australia. This year’s showcase was located in Melbourne, Australia, and featured a mix of makers and companies, who bring a selection of custom bicycles and components to display. 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. Beginning with…
FYXO’s Melburn Roobaix has hit the lucky 13th year and to commemorate this annual fun ride, these limited edition snapback hats were made, featuring a Black Flag flip with the upside down 13 on the bill. Head to FYXO to pick one up and if you’re attending the Roobaix, have fun out there!
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.
Photo by Andy White
If you have an appetite for absurdly aesthetic cycling apparatus, do not miss this black and gold Speedvagen road, documented by FYXO.
Photos by Andy White
Mick Peel of Busyman Bicycles does some incredible custom leather work, applying his art to saddles, bar tape, saddle bags, and a whole lot more. Working with Australian builder KUMO Cycles, where Keith Marshall does some incredible work of his own, Mick put together this beauty for himself. See more at FYXO!
Photo by Bob Huff
It seems like the Vanilla Workshop might bring back the Speedvagen Track bikes in their Ready Made program. I know the track bike’s heyday might be waning but surely people would race these at events like the Red Hook Crit or their local velodrome. See more at Vanilla and if you’re interested in a Ready Made track frame, email them with the subject line “track machine.”
Photos by Andy White
“Made in Australia” is not something you see on many of the bikes here on the Radavist, but when that slogan does pop-up, It’s always worth it. Mark from Prova Cycles and Andy White from FYXO met after Andy lurked on the #29+ hashtag on Instagram, landing him on Mark’s own MTB, from there, the two began chatting and Andy began documenting some of his bikes, the latest being this Razzo Road… See more at FYXO!
If you like Baum’s creations, which how can you not? Then you should check out the latest gallery over at FYXO.