13 Jan 2018: ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE BOLIVIAN WEST
After spending a year riding the constantly undulating roads in the Cordilleras of Perú and Bolivia, it was time to switch it up just a bit and head out for the altiplano of Bolivia’s volcano-laden western region. This is the area where most cycle tourists head when passing through Bolivia and it’s also the place where the country really earns its reputation of vast open spaces with an endless array of sandy/corrugated roads, and other-worldly landscapes.
31 Oct 2017: THE HUB FOR CAPE TOWN’S CYCLING COMMUNITY
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03 Oct 2017: Riding high with Japan’s technicolor Keirin cyclists
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
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
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.