What’s Michael riding today?

Zanconato Road32

Mike Zanconato is a great builder, and a really personable guy, to boot. Of late, he’s become quite popular with the custom and boutique crowd, and his work is impeccable. I commissioned him to build this, a disc-braked road bike with electronic shifting and room for 32mm tires. The result is a truly-beautiful and truly-capable machine…truly the PERFECT BIKE.

She’s sporting a Shimano Ultegra Di2 11-speed group, Dura Ace pedals, Ritchey Classic cockpit, and White Industries/Velocity Dyad wheels with Challenge Strada Bianca tires. The paint is a metallic copper and I’ve yet to take a photo that accurately represents it.

And yes, she’s just as smooth an easy a ride as you’d expect.


Richard Sachs
Say “custom bicycle” in the United States and one name comes to mind, Richard Sachs. Richard has been building bicycles since the 70s, and I was lucky to become acquainted with him around 10 years ago. When he announced the end of his build list in 2008, I sent my down-payment and began the wait.

And, here she is! This is a Richard Sachs road bike in Eastwood’s Candeez Blue, with the current House Industries-designed Richard Sachs Cyclocross Team livery. She’s Columbus PeggoRichie steel with Richard’s own lugs and dropouts, painted by Joe Bell. While I upset some folks with my lack of regard for style-points, she’s built with Shimano Dura Ace 10-speed triple, White Industries Hubs/Ambrosio Nemesis gold-label rims, FMB Paris-Roubaix tubulars, Nitto seatpost and stem, Nitto bars, Shimano Dura Ace pedals, and a Chris King headset. A Brooks Swallow and Handlebra bar tape round out the ensemble.

I had some intention of going all Campy 11-speed, but decided that my investment in nice 10-speed wheels would be better put to use on a go-anywhere, do-anything build. And who needs a pile of Di2 and compact Dura Ace bikes? If the Italians would LISTEN to me and give me a nice, silver Super Record 11-speed, this wouldn’t be an issue.

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Dave Kirk Terraplane
In 2009, I received my Kirk Terraplane with a surprise paint job. When you tell Joe Bell to “go for it,” sometimes you end up with polka dots. I did. And for a time, I loved it, but there was always something itching in the back of my mind…something that kept me from truly appreciating it. I guess it didn’t go FAR ENOUGH. When I was a student of architecture, I received a criticism from a design teacher that a particular project didn’t “go far enough.” To be a truly great design, you have to commit to it, you have to embrace it, you have to complete it. The polka dots were an almost-design to me. Great idea, but really not ENOUGH to pull off the idea.

So, I sent the bike to Noah Rosen at Velocolour. Noah, Suzanne, and I talked about Mondrian, Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, and other designers of the early 20th century. This is their interpretation.

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1985 Pogliaghi Strada
When you find a Pogliaghi that fits you, you keep it. Oddly, this is my SECOND Pog, probably built around 1983-1985 by Basso, rechromed and refinished by the EXCELLENT CyclArt in San Diego. The November 1986 Bicycle Guide magazine had a wonderful article about a Pogliaghi in this very paint scheme. When sent photos and a query, they replied, “No problem!” This is the bike that made me want to get into cycling. This is the bike that I always wanted.


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