“This is a story of the pilgrimage to create what I hoped to be The Perfect Object. The final bike (FF-193) is crucial to this story but it is the process of getting it built that is relevant to any potential customer. Having a custom bike made for you is akin to going on a journey. There is so much enjoyment in the planning, the discussion, the decisions and finally the anticipation waiting for the delivery to arrive…”
– Read all of Toby Shingleton’s appraisal in RIDE Cycling Review #61 (on sale from 12/09/2013).
RIDE Build Night…
Watch this beautiful bike being put together.
Each issue of RIDE Cycling Review features six bike tests and each product is put through a series of protocols that have evolved over the years. We now subject the review bikes to…
• A ‘Build Report’ written by a mechanic after his fully disassembles the bike (and weighs each component) to get a closer look inside the frame and then see how it all comes back together.
• ‘Flex test jig‘ – which measures frame deflection when a 40kg weight is applied to the right crank.
• ‘Wheel test’ – when we measure flex of a rim.
• Weight list of every component… the actual weight, not just what the manufacturers want to promote.
• Full specification listing…
The review itself relates to the ride quality and characteristics of each bike as observed by someone who gets to use it for several weeks (or, at times, months). The captioning is done by our in-house mechanic, Greg Chalberg, who also takes the photos.
Round Table Observations
Since RIDE #54, we have also published a two-page spread dubbed ‘Round Table Observations’. The concept is to get everyone in the office to ride all six review bikes one after the other and offer a brief appraisal of what they feel the highlight or lowlights are. Here are the unedited voice files from each tester’s first impression of the Firefly:
There are now 16 issues of RIDE available in a digital format via Zinio, with reviews of 96 bikes.
RIDE Media publishes RIDE Cycling Review, a quarterly magazine all about cycling.