Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Tidying Up Cables: Why Bother?

During a ride a while back a friend approached me and asked about the cable routing on my Pias Peregrine. "Why do you have to make it so symmetrical? What's the fuss about it?" My answer at the time was, "Why not?"
Not a great answer, that is. But tidying up your cable routing, why bother?

Friday, September 25, 2015

Townies > Hybrids

About ten years or so ago saw the rise of hybrid bicycles. No, unlike the automotive variety, this classification refers to bicycles that was intended for asphalt/very light off-road use, but with upright riding position and geometry that almost similar to the mountain bikes. Often equipped with short travel suspension fork and disc brakes, these hybrids caters the need of a utilitarian ride that's comfortable and handles easily, yet fast enough for the urban environment.
What these hybrids are lacking of, is flair.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

One to Piss Off Purists

There are times when we stumbled upon a bicycle, or frame for that matter, that was the technological leading age of its era. Naturally you'll want to maintain the purity, rebuilding the frame with period-correct parts to recreate the superbike of its age. But since not all of us are blessed with wealth and time in our disposals, what if you want to build a superbike within a budget? What if you want to get the taste of decades-old frame technology combined with modern amenities such as wide-range-but-close-ratio gearing or integrated brake and shifter levers?

Friday, September 4, 2015

The Bicycle That Grows

Dear Reyhan,
First of all Dad would like to tell you and your little sister how lucky we are to have both of you.
You know, the moment where I finally able to balance myself is the second most exciting moment I've ever have involving bicycles. The first, was watching you finally able to master the ability to propel yourself forward and defy gravity with two wheels.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Tsunoda Grand Prix: The Japanese Randonneur

One of the pleasures of working with old bicycles is that you can't stop wondering what the two wheeled machine was going through. The miles it was collecting, the conversations it overheard, and many a self revelation achieved after a long, meditative hours on the saddle. There are bicycles that needs a thorough make over after going through a lot of things over the decades, and then there are the ones that you simply glanced over and immediately thought, "Nope. Let's leave it this way."

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Babah Bikes x Pancalen Cycles Songolikur Project

You've heard so many stories about custom built frames. A common practice for people who basically knows what they're looking after from a bicycle, the process is basically like getting yourself a tailor-made suit: done correctly, it will be a one-of-a-kind creation that will perfectly fulfill all your needs, be it mainly looks or just plain function.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

From St. Etienne to Jakarta, via London

At Pancalen Cycles, we believe that bicycles have their own personalities. The large number of people who named their bicycles rest us assured that we're not the only ones who personifies these two-wheeled, human powered machines. When we talk about aged bicycles, they didn't only have their own personalities; they have their own life stories. And this is where things got interesting.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Pias Cycles Peregrine Prototype

On Pias Cycles, we have a thing for steel. It's our material of choice to make our frames: let's face it, it's been with us way longer than any other bicycle-making materials available. I can wax on nostalgic thoughts about it's riding characteristics and stuffs, but to make things short: we just love to ride properly designed steel frames.
Because people are making steel frames for as long as we can remember, a couple things comes to mind. For instance, how can we improve it? Can we incorporate modern features using the humble steel that we all know and love? Can we do that while retaining the proven classic design lines that we all adore?
Enter our fun little project, the Pias Peregrine.