“The Stereo Cycles Of Sicily”: Palermo Teens Pump Up The Velo


Matteo de Mayda/Cosimo Bizzari/The Guardian

Bici Palermo Tuning – a group of teenagers from the Sicilian capital Palermo – spend anything up to €1,300 customising their bikes with car batteries and multiple speakers to develop thunderous sound systems. The police are not impressed. Continue reading »

“We Take Rusty Old Junk And We Put Love Into It” – Detroit’s Custom Cycles

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Photo by Jason Walker/Slow Roll Monday Nights

The old Motor City has a unique style in bicycles these days: from fat wheels and fake fuel tanks to stretched cycles with powerful sound systems – and even a family-sized BBQ. “Detroit’s custom bike scene developed alongside Slow Roll, a weekly cycle ride started in 2010 by Jason Hall and Mike MacKool. Now upwards of 2,000 people turn up each Monday to cruise a different part of the city. The week I go the crowd seems evenly split between black and white, male and female, city and suburbs. It’s the most inclusive cycle event I’ve ever witnessed”. Continue reading »

Beautiful Bicycle Monday: Scrap City Cycles

A bicycle designed and built by my brother, Kameron Klimes. His custom-built bicycle startup, Scrap City Cycles, is based in St. Louis, USA. He is also producing small-batch, handmade leather goods for bicycles using locally sourced vegetable-tanned leather from the oldest tannery in the midwest. For anyone interested in a custom bike of their own feel free to contact Kameron at kjklimes@gmail.com Continue reading »