Tour de France is in The Air

On a recent flight from Osaka to Paris I got delighted by the selection of the Video On Demand aboard the plane.

The Flight AF0291 from Air France had the Tour de France 2018 3 weeks highlights video available on board. Read more

DMCX Spartacus: All Roads in Comfort

26 inches ain’t dead!

Today I will introduce you to my favorite bike: The Spartacus

It is a 26 inches “All Roads” Full titanium bike I envisioned first while riding Japan Alpine roads around Takayama (高山市), Gifu Prefecture when living in that area more than 10 years ago.

I wanted to build a totally versatile bike that is equally at ease on roads and off roads, able to be climb up Alpine roads and enjoying the snaking, hair pin cornering exhilarating down hill roads in total comfort.

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26 inches Spartacus

I started the concept of designing 26″ wheeled road bikes in 2009 by building a first Beta version. Back then Disc brakes where not yet in full bloom for drop bar bikes so the 1st version was equipped with V-Brakes.

Now a decade passed since my first 26″ All Road bike iteration and along with some frame geometry fine tuning and the emergence of various standard helping me to create the perfect all mighty 26″ road bike. Read more

Robert’s Ti Bike, from dream to reality

Few months ago Robert took the wise decision to hire my services to design his new bike.

Robert is a local rider member of the DMCX Cafe Racer crew and we have been cycling together for a couple of years so I already knew his riding style.

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Robert’s Dream Bike at Dream stage

Knowing the person riding style is helpful in the process of designing a frame that will correspond to the futur owner’s expectation and style.

The style refer to the looking of the frame and by extension the complete bike, but also the bike riding feels.

Robert wanted a “Do it all” bike that is equally comfortable for daily commuting in all weather condition but also performant in long sportive week end rides.

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You are what you ride

There are so many type of bicycles right now compared than few decades ago.

When I was a kid, there was basically only one type of bicycle in France, they were all handmade with steel frame, Balloon tires, fenders, rack and “moustache” handlebar.

The wheel sizes started from 300 up to 650B/C or A, then if you were an adult into sport of cycle racing you could pick 700c bicycles with drop handlebars and without fenders and rack. Read more