This Caletti Cycles Adventure Road Bike is fresh off the stand and here for you all to see. The growing trend for more adventurous road going bikes is not stopping. This can only be viewed as a good thing, roads don’t have to be paved but, the ride must go on and adventures must be found – something along those lines…
Anyway, you probably want to know a little more about the bike? Yes. Ok. I think to most the parts are obvious but what is hidden under that cool grey and hot orange veneer is; Oversize Columbus Life tubing, including a tear drop shaped downtube and triple butted oversized seat tube. Custom S bend Columbus Zona seat stays and a machined down true temper head tube with a 44mm ID to fit the Chris King Inset 7 headset and an Enve Tapered steerer CX fork. Paragon threaded BB and Breezer dropouts. That my friends is a dam fine way to build a robust, decent and fun bike. Many thanks to Peter Thomsen for the photography (he is also responsible for the graphics on the bike) and John Caletti.
We caught up with Matt from Temple Cycles recently to discover more about the Temple range of bikes now on offer. Temple Cycles was started in 2014 by Matt who studied as an engineer in Bristol. With a love of riding bikes he set about designing two steel based frames that could provide a variety builds for customers. The result is the production of simple bikes with a classic aesthetic that can handle geared hubs, derailleur, mudguard and racks.
Three Classic models starting at £485 are the staple of the range, a drop bar adventure build, a flat bar hybrid and a ladies bike. All can be customised with Temple Cycles own components and leather accessories. The geometry for the frames is relaxed for an enjoyable ride about town or into the countryside.
Matt brought along one of his limited edition builds, a 9-gear hybrid he designed for getting about the hills of bristol which retails for £690. The design of the frame is great, Matt’s done a very good job designing in the versatility required and selecting components that suit the style. Head to the Temple Cycles website for full details.
Deux North have just released the fifth video in the Hunt series. #hunt5 takes the riders to Spain for the Rally de Catalunya and to meet World Rally Championship driver, Kris Meeke. Kris’ story inspired the Deux North’s hunters over their four day trip, riding from Barcelona to Valencia. They witnessed some fantastic landscape, explored all sorts of roads and terrains, all aboard the new Specialized Diverge. See more from imagery from #Hunt5 and check out Deux North’s brand spanking new website.
Victory Chimp & Galibier.cc have collaborated to produce this excellent print, ‘Up!Up!Up!’ I think we all want to think we can do this, only today I dreamt of being a KoM star, sadly didn’t happen. So I can only look at this ace print and shout ‘Up!Up!Up!’ at myself in shame. This is Victory Chimp’s first print collaboration with cycling clothing company Galibier.cc and is available as a limited print; edition of 100 (50 from Victory Chimp, 50 from Galibier), each print is individually signed and numbered, printed on fine art Giclee 300gsm recycled stock, 40cm x 50cm, sold unframed and designed to fit IKEA frames.
Victory Chimp and Galiber.cc have this to say about the collaboration;
‘Up! Up! Up!’is inspired by the pivotal moment in a bittersweet love of climbing. When one final effort is made before enjoying the spoils of your labour; the feeling of deep satisfaction and quiet as you crest the summit and roads unknown are laid out for exploration. A feeling that’s only achieved under your own steam and one that has us seeking out more of those roads twisting into the sky while we can still feel the last in our legs.
On sale now at victorychimp.com & galibier.cc
“We are delighted to partner with the talent and passion of Victory Chimp in this print. The print captures a moment in every ride of freedom, where the choice of direction is open and the rider is smoothly balanced with his machine. Ryan’s work, like our garments is driven by love of the sport.
Our inspiration is our customers arriving back home, stylish, with warm hands and dry shoulders. Viewing Victory Chimp’s work in your home, will rebuild these glorious memories, of time spent behind the handlebars of this wonderful sport.”
To celebrate the second year of Das Rad Klub, we are happy to present with you this vibrant collaboration from Engineered Bicycles and Das Rad Klub. These lovely Donders and Zondags in Das Rad colours will be issued to riders of the newly formed Das Rad Klub Race Team (#DRKRT).
“For 2015 the DRK Race Team has British Cycling affiliation, and will see a handful of riders competing on & off road in the unmistakable DRK colours. Progressing the race programme further will be a big part of our 2015 & 2016, riding in higher level road & cyclocross races as well as cross country mountain bike events, whilst sticking firmly to our ‘having fun on bikes’ mentality.”
If you are in Bristol for the Bespoked weekend in April, Das Rad Klub are hosting one of their Rad Weekender events, take a look here for more info.
One of our first ever features was on the brilliant work of Kosuke Masuda, since then we have kept in touch and regularly enjoy his paintings, he sneaked me an image of a top secret collaboration project involving Saffron Frameworks, Campagnolo and himself. Well the project is now public knowledge and I can show you some of the amazing work Kosuke Masuda has done to some 11 speed Athena! You have to be confident to start engraving these pieces to say the least. I’ve not seen the frame that will adorn these parts but it will be at the Bespoked 2015 show in Bristol very soon (more reason to go). Super cool stuff.
Deux North and Sommerville Sports team up for the limited edition Hunting Jacket this spring. Constructed from Italian fabrics that aren’t too heavy to make you hot but substantial enough to keep you warm throughout the changing season, this jacket is meant to be the light, fast, and packable. Plus, reflective piping keeps moms happy and you flashy.
To show off the Hunting Jacket, photographer Aaron Vazquez went along with some of his favorite riders on the streets of NYC. Here’s what happened next: The Hunting Jacket. The Hunting Jacket is available from the Deux North website, take a look at previous Hunts for some great ride inspiration.
This bike, created by Saffron Frameworks for Robert, is designed to be ridden in Wales. That means a good deal of rain and muck mixed in with stunning hills and scenery. Stainless steel was decided on and Columbus XCR and Reynolds 953 were the steels of choice. Fitted with an Enve/Chris King wheelbuild and Campagnolo Super Record it oozes high end dream build. More details on the Saffron Frameworks website.
- Frame – Columbus XCR & Reynolds 953
- Construction method – Fillet Brazed
- Fork – Reynolds 953
- Wheels – Enve & Chris King
- Stem – Saffron Custom
- Groupset – Campagnolo Super Record
- Brakes – EEbrake 2015
- Handlebar & Seatpost – 3T Stealth
- Saddle – Arione 00
- Headset – Chrisking
Have a watch of this film created by WLKR Creative about Field Cycles, makers of some of the best hand made bicycles this country has to offer. Lovely workshop.
‘Bicycles are about the best thing we’ve made between us all. I’ve thought about it a lot and I can’t think of a single problem with them.’ – Harry Harrison, founder of Field Cycles and frame builder talking about the bicycle.
Founded 5 years ago, Field Cycles are based in Sheffield, the home of steel, making handmade and bespoke bicycle frames out of steel. This short film presents their work, their ethos and passion for the bicycle.