In a little less than three years, Ricky Feather – otherwise recognized by his namesake bespoke bike building brand, “Feather Cycles” – has established an impressive reputation for his handcrafted bicycle frames. Having seemingly stumbled into the world of frame building via an apprenticeship working with metal welding, Feather started with little more than basic materials and rudimentary tools such as a file and torch when he initially set out to fabricate his first design. A byproduct of his own personal perfectionism, Feather’s hands-on approach and strict attention to detail is the cornerstone of the quality and identity that is attached to every frame that he individually creates. As he speaks on his concern surrounding the threats to the quality control from the potential expansion and mass production of his trade, it is evident that the same passion and conviction that guides Ricky Feather are yet another reminder of the importance of the remaining Modern Day Artisans.
Director: Chris Read
“I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent; curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism, have brought me to my ideas.” - Albert Einstein
In early February 2012 Humans Invent visited the ‘Flying Scotsman’ Graeme Obree at his home in Saltcoats, Scotland. The 46-year old maverick was embarking on hand-building a bicycle in his kitchen capable of breaking the human powered land speed record this September in America. A man with a history of being marginalised for his innovation, Obree had returned to once again challenge conventional engineering and bike design by using his unique investigative mind to create a blueprint for a hand-built bicycle that could reach speeds up to 100 mph.
Humans Invent returned to Obree’s flat in May to see what progress had been made and how his restless inquisitiveness and curious nature had impacted the design and build process. Still working from his kitchen table, with bags of nuts and bolts, dust filling up his flat and still with a solitary jar of coffee as his fellow engineer, Obree has finished the main frame of the bike and is a matter of weeks away from officially unveiling the design of the bike.
Read the article in full here - humansinvent.com/#!/7239/graeme-obree-hand-building-the-world%e2%80%99s-fastest-bicycle/
Or watch our first film with Graeme Obree - Return of the Flying Scotsman: Graeme Obree - humansinvent.com/#!/6131/return-of-the-flying-scotsman-inside-graeme-obree/
Introducing Cyclecide, an inventive band of Bay Area performance artists who make creations out of materials from the junkyard. These Makers create everything from amusement park rides to outrageous bicycle contraptions to found-object sculpture. Plus, we take a historical spin through the origins of the modern bicycle. Check out Cyclecide’s website at cyclecide.com.
Thought I'd try to get into the habit of sharing a little more process documentation.
Made some chopstick clamps (?) yesterday.
Long before the resurgence of "handmade everything" Stephen Bilenky started a career as a custom bicycle builder. 30 years later, Stephen is still creating works of art in his gritty north philadelphia workshop.
Produced for: Bicycling Magazine /// bicycling.com
Directed by: Andrew David Watson /// andrewdavidwatson.com
Edited by: Josh Camerote /// joshcamerote.com
Music by: Southern /// southernmusic.bandcamp.com