Britain’s leading hand-built bike show, Bespoked 2015, is just a few days away and we’re really excited to be taking part again. Long-time Cloud 9 fans will remember we launched our awesome Street Racer at last year’s event, so you know you can expect something awesome at Stand 37 in Bristol on 17 – 19 April.
Cloud 9’s Kris has been hard at work on our builds for weeks now and while we don’t want to give too much away, what we can say is we are building the best city bike the world has ever seen!
Here’s a few snaps of the build in process to whet your appetites!
You must Be-spoking!
For those not familiar with Bespoked, it started as an opportunity for the best British frame builders to show off their wares, but it has quickly expanded into one of the leading shows for premium bike brands and frame builders from from all over the world. In fact, we’re as excited about seeing what the other exhibitors, like our pals at Feather Cycles and Ted James Design, will bring as we are about showing off our own work.
There’s really something for everyone at Bespoked, with awards categories as diverse as ‘Best Utility’, ‘Best Road’, ‘Spirit of Cycling’ and of course, the much-coveted Constructors Challenge – which sees teams made up of builders, designers and customers exhibiting a custom-built bicycle created for a real-life task. As the Bespoked website puts it, “The [Constructor’s Challenge] will demonstrate the diversity of possible uses for this simple and adaptable machine – and that they form a viable alternative to the car for everyday work and daily life.”
If you’re interested in buying a handbuilt bike, love design and innovation, or you’re just passionate about cycling then you need to come join us at Bespoked. Get your tickets here.Read More
We like to think every custom-built bike that leaves our workshop is a work of art. We put in the time to understand what each rider wants, we work hard to get it done and we even apply a little bit of creative flair to each build, so why shouldn’t every one be a masterpiece?
One brand that takes this approach another step further is Cinelli, the classic Italian bike brand that pretty much invented the street bike as we know it now. Since birth Cinelli has been producing amazing designs that blur the line between art and bicycles.
It all started with Cino Cinelli, the father of the brand, who took his keen eye for design and applied it to bike-making. He took inspiration from all over the place, blending cutting-edge technologies and construction techniques with sharp styling and flashy paint jobs.
Everything about the Cinelli approach went against the grain. Most Italian bikes then were built to the same basic requirements as they had been before world war two, and as such there wasn’t a lot of variation. Cino blew that all up by innovating constantly in the field of componentry.
Even the badge for the brand (introduced in the ’70s and still used today) pretty much threw out every rule about logo design there was back then. Instead of an intricate heraldic symbol he chose the bold ‘winged C’ inspired by British ’50s artwork. Instead of a fancy font he went with a clear, simple text for the brand name. An icon was instantly born.
Since then the Italian company has gone from maverick outsider doing things its own way to a trend-setting, era-defining legend – with the help of a few artists and illustrators along the way.
A couple of years back Cinelli teamed up with artist / illustrator Mike Giant to work on some pretty fearsome RAM bars (pictured above) as well as some matching bar tape.
Before Giant, Barry McGee turned his street artist’s eye to bike design creating a super-select range of Supercorsa Pista track bikes.
Then, of course, there’s that Cinelli Lazer designed by artist and activist Keith Haring, featuring disc wheels with a beautiful illustrated print. Almost thirty years old and still looking devastatingly fresh! Here’s our very own Kris posing with the fabled machine alongside current Cinelli owner Antonio Colombo at his art gallery in Milan.
No matter the era, a Cinelli bike is the ultimate stylish choice for city riding. We stock the full range of frames, clothing and accessories in our stores and you can find out more info on getting your own custom Cinelli built here.Read More