Handpicked by Soigneur
During the Berliner Fahrradschau, a three-day show celebrating cycling culture, Soigneur handpicks products, concepts or ideas and showcases them on our online channels. Excelling in design, usability, innovation, integrity and durability, these items should be expanding, challenging and changing the horizons of the way we experience cycling.
When Thomas and his girlfriend cycled from Berlin to the Oriental East a couple of years ago, it gave him the idea of starting to build bikes himself under the moniker of Meerglas. Now, his vision has come to fruition in a range of steel Randonneur bikes with plenty of racing pedigree. The aesthetics and workmanship pay tribute to the craftsmanship of the past, while the use of clever technological detailing and exquisite paintjobs keep these bikes firmly rooted in the present – and future – of cycling.
The attributes of Japanese design and aesthetics prominently show in the outlook of PedalEd on cycling attire. Since 2007, Hideto Suzuki has managed to express this Japanese frame of reference through a line of striking, highly functional products. Whether it be their understated merino winter jerseys, leather riding boots or this technical-yet-casual Narita carbon jersey, we feel that PedalEd is truly a leader in the field of exclusive cycling garments.
More than just another vintage saddle, a lot of thought has clearly gone into this range. Still handmade in France, the saddles of Gilles Berthoud are a showcase of elegance and sturdy durability. Hiding under the full grain leather – that they ‘tint’ in the workshop themselves – is a backplate constructed with shock absorbing ski-boot fixation material that has a higher resilience than steel. The rivets can be tuned by the rider to keep the saddle performing flawlessly in all conditions – a lifetime long.
As a perpetuation of Sheffield’s innovative steel working legacy, Field Cycles brings a ton of panache to the Fahrradschau. Handbuilt in the Steel City by a collaboration of mates, a shared ethos of beauty manifests itself in the care and attention that has been put into this. From the expertly crafted drop-outs and the bronze headbadge to the snazzy paintjob, we loved every bit of this frame.
It must be something in the waters of Denmark. Rasmus from Cykelmageren has gained a loyal following with his frames that have a knack for pushing the limits of bicycle engineering, but he also constructs all the accesoires that you could ever need as a cycling buff who appreciates lavish matériel. Danish design that displays heaps of aptitude and vogue.
If you’ve been to the Schwarzwald region of Germany, you know how good a place it is for cycling of any kind. Firmly rooted in the bountiful hills and forests that cover this expanse, Tune are committed to producing ultra-lightweight material for any bike – from adventurous gravel grinders to demanding roadies. These cats bring the hub (and saddle!) game to a new level, and look the part doing it.
A young company from Hungary, Ertz, manufactures this super tough looking workhorse of a bag in Budapest. Originally made for bike-polo players, this roll top bag has a maximum storage space of a massive 44L, and also boasts plenty of efficient pockets on the out- and inside for daily use. A well thought-out, and completely weatherproof companion that caught our eye with its tough look of durability.
Fingers Crossed is a German brand exclusively producing cycling socks of the highest order. Run by an enthousiastic young couple with a background in fashion design, they present a very consistent line of understated designs, characterized by a high degree of attention and care.
If you’re talking excellence, you just cannot get past Campagnolo’s Super Record grupetto. Now, born again as the electronic Super Record EPS, Campa is still as much of an inspiration (and an aspiration) to a multitude of cyclists all over the globe as it was decades ago.
When a range of 32 vintage Columbus SL(X) frames were found in Treviso (Italia), My Wild Love took it upon them to breathe new life into the dusty tubes. Handbuilt in the 80s, today these frames are resplendant in new chrome and daring paintjobs. A marriage of the best, past and present, in Italian framebuilding and -painting.
Setting new benchmarks in the world of urban cycling couture, British brand Vulpine are truly committed to enabling both women and men to enjoy every ride, on every kind of bike. While making use of modern waterproofing technologies in fabrics, the Harrington rain jacket is an homage to the classic heritage of British tailoring, and a treat for any discerning cyclist.
Panaracer is the last Japanese manufacturer still producing bicycle tires, and bicycle tires only, in Japan itself. This specialization allows them to offer supreme quality tires with distinction. The Gravel King series offers excellent grip and rolling resistance on those less-than-smooth surfaces, when the miles are long and the terrain is brutal.