Photo by Brian Vernor
Design Within Reach is the a sponsor of the Richard Sachs Cyclocross Team this year and on their blog, they’ve pulled together a piece on what it means to race ‘cross.
What’s special about Richard Sachs’ bikes?
“Richard is what’s most special about the bikes. Riding a Sachs isn’t just riding a bike, it’s being part of a group that appreciates doing things differently.” – BrittLee Bowman, CX racer
Check out the whole feature at DWR’s blog!
Richard Sachs first uttered this phrase in 2012 and ever since he’s been mulling it over in his mind. Drawn in MS Paint and unedited, its now made its way onto a cotton t-shirt, which is for sale now in his web shop.
2017 Philly Bike Expo: Richard Sachs Candy Red Road Bike
Words and photos by Jarrod Bunk
I remember this first time I had heard about Richard Sachs and his work. I was 16, flipping through some cycling magazines and a co-worker of mine at the time, Em ( a much older and wiser person with over 30 years experience in the industry) told me to put them down and learn about Richard Sachs, stating that a Richard Sachs would be the only bike she could love.
This romanticised bikes in a way for me and I began to appreciate bikes with a bit more panache than the mountain bikes I grew up riding. Fast forward a few years, and I’ve seen many bikes, but this candy red Richard Sachs caught my eye from across the PBE show floor. From the symmetric headtube logo to the dropouts, to one of the most beautiful seat-tube clusters. I am blown away by just how beautiful each detail is up close. The bike as a whole is a work of art and elegance, from a builder that we are lucky enough to experience in this lifetime. ATMO
Details matter. Especially on a bicycle. From the cable stops to even the seat binder bolt. If anyone knows about this, it’s Richard Sachs:
“The RS Seat Lug Bolt and Nut are precision machined from aerospace grade stainless steel solid bar stock. The pitch diameter of the bolt was held to a super precise tolerance prior to cold forming on dedicated thread rolling equipment. Rolled threads result in a part that is 30% stronger and has a superior surface finish. The care put into this one component demonstrates that whether you are making parts for airplanes, or for bicycles, the details matter.”
… I found this gem on Richard’s Flickr and had to share it. I love what you’re wearing on your feet, ATMO!
Richard Sachs is one of the most unique frame builders of all time. His approach to everything from frame design to branding has withstood time in terms of relevance and his opinions of the cycling industry are always worth the read, ATMO. Being a maker, he is drawn to other makers inside this little world we’ve carved a niche in, resulting in a collaboration with New York’s Search and State. Available now are three items: a jersey and two t-shirts, both complete with SAS / Sachs branding.
Head to House Industries for more.
Back in 2012, photographer Nick Czerula visited frame builder Richard Sachs and photographed him and his work space. It wasn’t until recently that his work was reformated to fit a long-form narrative. Head over to see all of Nick’s words and photos!
Photos by Carlos Alejandro
For 2015, Team Richard Sachs got together with House Industries once again to design the palette for their bikes. This year’s colors are more subdued, hitting notes of silver, yellows, green and black. Along with their newly-designed team skinsuits, these bikes will continue to rip courses apart throughout the Northeast this season. Check out detailed photos below and be sure to stay in tune with all things ATMO at Richard Sachs Cyclocross.
This one’s too good to not give some love:
“A couple of years ago, Padraig, over at Red Kite Prayer, wrote a great paean to the cotton cycling cap. People have been asking if there would ever be a Richard Sachs cycling cap about as long as I’ve been building bicycles frames. It took me nearly 4 decades, but I finally am bringing a cycling cap to the market. And now I’m bringing another one.”
Pick one up for $22 at Richard Sachs.
For those über fans of the Richard Sachs House Industries ‘Cross Team, you can now pick up a limited edition Silca Custom Artist Edition floor pump. Yes, they’re expensive, but we already knew that coming into this, right? Personally, I just like looking at the detail that goes into these paint jobs. See for yourself at Silca.
… thanks for the reminder, Richard.
“I’m heading to the pits now, do you want me to clean it off?”
The way I look at it, a perfectly-assembled, brand new bike always looks a bit weird being shot outside of a studio. While I prefer to document bicycles outside, using mostly natural light, there’s something eerie about a pristine example of a velocipede not at least a little dusty.
At ‘Cross Nats, it wasn’t hard to find dirty bikes, but once the races were postponed, the sea of custom steel bikes dwindled to a handful, the most recognizable being Dan Timmerman’s Team Richard Sachs cross bike.
As Dan exited the course during a pre-ride, I went over and asked if I could shoot some photos of it, caked with our particularly sticky, clay-ridden, Texas mud. Once I was done shooting photos, even the pit crew shouted “we haven’t had mud like this before” over the loud pressure washers…
The fact that Dan still cleans people’s clocks on a 20lb steel bike, while they’re on 16lb race bikes is a testament to the rider’s fitness, yet, you have to consider the mojo boost from a handmade bike, right? At any rate, this one’s not to be missed…
Just in time for Nationals, the Athletic dropped their collaboration with the Richard Sachs Cyclocross Team. Available in four colors, designed after each of the team’s bikes and in stock now at the Athletic.
I love when Richard Sachs goes on a photo binge on his Flickr, because in every batch he uploads is a gem like this. Head over to the Richard Sachs Flickr and check out all-sizes for use on your desktop and laptop.
Melbourne’s own Mick Peel and his saddle restoration / bar tape company Busyman Bicycles makes saddles for some of the world’s top frame builders. Take one of his latest creations as example. This Specialized Romin saddle and matching tape were designed to finish off a House Industries Richard Sachs frame. Which one? I have no idea but it’s going to look so good.
Holler at Mick for some custom work of your own.
This is too good! The one and only Richard Sachs went down a list of 15 points in his latest blog post. You’ve gotta head over to read them, for gems like:
“Serial number accidentally banged in askew. Shit. It will look stupid. Fuck it. It’s a handmade bicycle frame that now has extra humanity. Note to self: add an Imperfection Is Perfection DVD to client’s parcel when bicycle is delivered.”
“Dang. The cat wanted to use this on gravel and a 25mm is the largest tire that will fit. I need to pay more attention. I’ll tell him I always use 25mm tires on gravel.” – “I can’t believe folks wait in line for this.” – “I can’t believe people pay me for this.” – “I
hope know the next one will be better.”
“I can’t believe folks wait in line and pay me for this.”