WINGEDSTORE.COM traveled to the home of the legendary illustrator and friend of Cinelli Mike Giant in Boulder, CO. We spoke with Mike about the RAM carbon fiber handlebar collaboration, as well as his relationship with Cinelli and its President Antonio Colombo.
In the late 2000s, with increasing excitement over the fixed-gear movement, and in particular over Cinelli’s collaborations and friendship’s with MASH and RVCA, Cinelli President Antonio Colombo found himself traveling to California more and more frequently and socializing in the new scene created around these bicycles. On one of these trips in 2008 he met Mike Giant, already a world-renowned tattoo artist working more and more in illustration. As well as being an avid everyday rider, Mike had an extremely strong interest in fixed gear bikes, their subversive politics, and the kids riding them.
In Antonio Colombo he found not only and eager and willing patron for his art (Giant would have a show at Colombo’s Milanese gallery in February 2010), but also a vehicle for bringing his drawings into explicit contact with the fixed-gear movement, and the world of cycling, on a global level. The numerous Mike Giant x Cinelli projects that would follow are among the most exciting Cinelli product collaborations to date.
Seven riders, a year-long season, two wheels, one gear ratio and an unique great passion!
Add a few thousands of hours of training, tons of new friends, excitement and fun and the mix will be complete!
Team Cinelli Chrome would specially thank all the people who made this Team possible,
all the riders and all the sponsors who put heart, legs and passion in this adventure.
Stay Tuned on Team Cinelli Chrome socials and see you in 2015 for the launch of
another new and exciting adventure together!
Team Cinelli Chrome riders:
Neil Bezdek – Alfred Bobé Jr. – Giovanni Bocchi – Paolo Bravini – Alessandro Bruzza – Kelli Samuelson Giorgio Vianini
Team Cinelli Chrome supporters:
#Cinelli #ChromeIndustries #SantiniSMS #SelleSanMarco #ChallengeTires #FSA
Special rider's thanks:
-Thanks Federico for doing all of the hard work behind the scenes while we have fun on our bikes!
-Thanks to all my teammates!
-Cinelli and Chrome and all the sponsors who made this possible!
Alfred Bobé Jr.
-My parents Alfredo & Victoria.
-My lovely wife Laura and our beautiful kids Rio, SebZo, LOLO & lil Lucien Merckx aka.TeamBobé
-Last but not least, Cinelli and all its beautiful people who make the magic happen.
-Silvia Galliani who supports me everyday
-My teammates for the great time spent together
-Federico Stanzani for the tarantellas faced in this last adventurous year
-My daughter Eirene
-Antonio and the entire Cnelli family
-My husband Ty
-Chrome and all the sponsors who make it possible!
-My very special mum
-Antonio Colombo, Cinelli and my friends from LambroCrit
-All the women of my life
2013 HoBootleg @ Tour d'Afrique
2014 HoBootleg GEO @ Darien Gap
A new chapter begins with GEO, the ultimate adventure-bike for the offroad travel, which will take you where no one has before. Tested and refined crossing the incredible Darien Gap, the most secluded jungle on the earth, between Colombia and Panama, where the Pan-American road stops.
Ridden by Lucas Brunelle and Chas Christiansen, the GEO is the latest evolution of the Cinelli Bootleg adventure bikes line, expanding the travel-experience also to the off-road lands.
Lucas Brunelle is the world-famous filmmaker who introduced the first-person point-of-view shooting technique in cycling races thanks to his great riding skills and the innovative helmet-integrated cameras-system with which is filming and reporting the most extreme race contests all over the globe since more than ten years.
Chas Christiansen, 100% pure San Francisco, is one of the top riders of the Cinelli Mash Team, iconic figure of the fixed-gear culture, always on the highest steps of Criteriums, Alleycats and Cyclo-Cross Single-Speed races and podiums.
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