03 Oct 2017: Riding high with Japan’s technicolor Keirin cyclists

Riding high with Japan’s technicolor Keirin cyclists

Inside the high-octane and lucrative world of Japan’s cycling spectacle

Before fixed-gear bikes became de rigueur for urban aesthetes, they were the weapon of choice for Japan’s fearless Keirin cyclists. A gladiatorial incarnation of track cycling that dates back to 1948, the Japanese sporting phenomenon operates by an intricate set of rules that sees competitors jostling for position on steeply banked tracks at lightning fast speeds, all but encouraging spectacular crashes. In today's film for NOWNESS, Jonathan de Villiers (whose fashion photography and portraiture has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Wallpaper* and Fantastic Man) traveled to the national Keirin school in Tokyo and the Tachikawa and Yokkaichi velodromes to decode the strategy that governs the racing phenomenon. “I knew next to nothing about it when I went,” says de Villiers, “but I'm a big admirer of the anthropological documentary where you get taken into a whole different world. And what a strange, special and complex universe it turned out to be.” The state-run industry amasses tens of billions of dollars in gambling revenue each year. To read about the Tokyo-based bicycle design company that has won the affections of cyclists around the world click here.

01 Sep 2017: East Meets West

East Meets West

Celebrating the two cultures of Italy and Japan: a mint Colnago Master Krono time trial frame dressed with a Campagnolo C Record gruppo, intricately engraved with traditional Japanese motifs, like the ryū or tatsu dragon on the rear derailleur. Interestingly, the work was completed by two non-Japanese craftsmen: Madrid’s Pedro Villarrubia and the UK’s Shaun Hughes, but both have extensive experience applying the wabori style to metal using traditional techniques. A 700c and 650c Campagnolo Khamsin tubular wheelset were also emblazoned with nishikigoi brocaded carp — symbols of love and friendship in Japan, and it is with that spirit that the Japanese and Italian cultures were combined in this amazing machine. via Cycleexif

16 Aug 2017: “Mad Max” Super E-Bike

“Mad Max” Super E-Bike

A one-off, custom e-bike powered by a 5000W Cromotor hub motor, dubbed “HUBZILLA.” Yes, the motor is rated at 5000W at 72 volts and weighs 27 lbs with a top-speed somewhere between 50 and 60 MPH. With speeds like that, the dual-disc brake front end is definitely warranted. This massive beast uses a Raspberry Pi controller allowing for custom settings and modes. Risse Racing is designing and fabricating the "Mad Max" completely in-house, and will also be making a custom rear shock that will handle the load while still offering 6-inches of travel to match the front end.

11 Aug 2017: The infographic book of cycling | Velopedia by Robert Dineen

The infographic book of cycling | Velopedia by Robert Dineen

From detailed portraits of the icons of the sport, to statistical breakdowns of the greatest road races and potted histories of its most enduring records, this collection of superbly entertaining infographics includes everything you need to know about professional cycling.

Whether it is the tallest and shortest champions, oldest and youngest Tour riders, or the richest in the peloton, Velopedia has it covered. Examining nearly all of the sport’s most intriguing stories, it also includes the most memorable rivalries, heroic losers, most controversial stars and biggest scandals, not to mention the best punch-ups and mid-race mishaps. The eccentric side of the sport is here too, with kitsch kits, the strangest superstitions and most elaborate facial hair.

Charting every generation from the Victorian age to the present day, Velopedia is the perfect book for both the most devoted amateur cyclist and the armchair fan.