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Quirk Cycles and the Fine Art of Frame Building

20.08

Quirk Cycles and the Fine Art of Frame Building

“Carbon can feel like a one-way conversation, but steel wants to be playful; it encourages you to push on,” says Robert Quirk, waxing lyrical about his frame material of choice at Quirk cycles while phoning in on the eve of his flight to ride the Silk Road Mountain Race in a pair of Quoc Gran Tourer Gravel Bike Shoes
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Joshua Poertner - Silca

26.06

Joshua Poertner on Rebuilding SILCA

Joshua loves to get hate mail. “We print them out and hang them on a board,” he says. “I’m always so proud when we get hate mail. I tell the guys all the time, 'We're doing things that are so different that people will take time out of their day to open write to us. My God, that's amazing. I mean, that's passion, right?'”
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Bicycle Crumbs Quoc Shoes

30.05

Talking Art, Bikes & Brands With Bicycle Crumbs

Some days, you’re the eagle, whipping past your fellow cyclists with ease, style and a massive sense of superiority. Other times, you’re the dodo - awkward, shuffling; wrapped tighter than the lunchtime sandwiches you’re currently trying to stuff into your miniature seat bag (very stylish, very Italian).
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The Engineer: Rob English of English Cycles

14.05

The Engineer: Rob English of English Cycles

Rob English made his name at the 2013 NAHBS, winning the coveted  Best in Show award for the second version of his ‘extreme’ state-winning Time Trial Mk2 bike (the saddle to bar drop measurement is big, to say the least). Best Campagnolo Bike and Best Road Bike soon followed, and a deserved reputation for perfectionism was born.
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05.05

Jan Heine Interview: Allroad Origins, Randonneurs & Wider Tyres

Having first coined the phrase 'Allroad' back in 2007 to describe the bikes he and his Bicycle Quarterly Team were building for themselves, this softly spoken German has become the de-facto doyen of gravel cycling, reasserting lost truths in an effort to recover the spirit of the first randonneurs.
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Jan Heine Interview: Allroad Origins, Randonneurs & Wider Tyre
Sean Conway: Crossing Europe by Bicycle, at Speed

16.04

Sean Conway: Crossing Europe by Bicycle, at Speed

It was on day four that things fell apart for Sean Conway; what this endurance adventurer calls a hiccup on his refreshingly candid website. Averaging 200 miles a day, a leg problem forced the 37-year-old Zimbabwean to pull up on the side of the road, and out of his attempt to be the fastest individual to ride across Europe.
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From Russia, With Hubs | Brand, Bikes & Business With Raketa

08.04

From Russia, With Hubs

Someday. a product is going to land on Earth proudly labelled ‘Made on Mars’. Ignoring its little green man icon for a moment (you know it’ll have one of those - humans don’t change, even between planets), the idea of something arriving on Earth made on a faraway planet will no doubt have us Earthlings in a mini-uproar. But we’ll still buy it.
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Stanforth Cycles Adventure

26.03

Breadcrumbs on the Trail: In Conversation With Simon Stanforth

Sooner or later, perhaps we all experience a Del Monte moment. For Simon Stanforth, founder of Stanforth bikes, it was while listening to Richard & Nicholas Crane’s tales of bicycling up the Kilimanjaro that a feeling of wanderlust first awoke. "It showed me where bikes could go; that there's no limit,” explains Simon.
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Makeshifter Canvas Works

08.03

Reclaiming Artisan With Makeshifter Canvas Works

Before it got co-opted by big business, artisan-made used to stand for something. But after years of misdirection, its value is all but lost. Within the bike industry though, thanks to makers like Portland’s Makeshifter Canvas Works (and our very own UK-made Fixed England shoe, of course), artisan means as much today as it ever did.
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Talking True Grit with Lauf's Gudberg Björnsson

06.03

Talking True Grit with Lauf's Gudberg Björnsson

Eagle-eyed riders visiting the Quoc site and social pages in recent days may have sighted a custom Stanforth bicycle in a few photos from our Welsh bikepacking adventure. This beautiful bicycle is a story in itself, but after a cursory glance at its smooth lines and svelte tubes, your eyes are drawn back to the fork; yes, something unusual is happening there.
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Making & Breaking Traditions: Paul Budnitz on the ALPHA City Bike

25.02

Making & Breaking Traditions: Paul Budnitz on the ALPHA City Bike

It’s no real exaggeration to say that every bicycle sold today uses the same design. Then there's Budnitz, whose unashamedly premium, left-field approach has rewritten expectations of what a city bicycle should be. In a wide-ranging conversation, we spoke to Paul Budnitz about the brand's forthcoming ALPHA bike.
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Routes, Roads & Reinvention: In Conversation With Breadwinner Cycles

21.02

Routes, Roads & Reinvention: In Conversation With Breadwinner Cycles

Tony, one-half of Breadwinner Cycles bustles in from the adjoining workshop, taking a proffered espresso as he sits down to chat. “Damn good coffee, damn good”, he concedes, as John confirms, over the whoosh of piped steam and the gentle rattle of cups, how recently it was roasted.
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Victoire Cycles Interview with Quoc Shoes

14.02

In Search of Savoir-faire: In Conversation With Victoire Cycles

Despite rolling only since 2011, with their bold letter-spaced logo, clean lines and complementary colours, Victoire Cycles have not only reinvigorated French bicycle manufacturing but created a brand that speaks of craft, experience and authenticity.We sat down with Matthieu from Victoire Cycles one morning in early February to chat brand, bikes & the search for savoir-faire.

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