THE LORD OF TWO WHEELS

WHAT HE COLLECTS SPECIF­I­CALLY Hand­made steel bikes CRAZIEST COL­LEC­TOR MO­MENT “Well, I trans­formed this barn into a per­sonal bike gallery for my per­sonal view­ing leisure.”

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for­mer pro cy­clist an­thony bal­a­guer has a barn on his prop­erty that he has trans­formed into his per­sonal bike gallery, all steel and hand­made.

there is an eddy Mer­ckx MX leader from bel­gium; vi­tus 979 and look kg196 from france; and col­nago el­e­gant and col­nago Mas­ter piu from italy. there are bal­a­guer’s fa­vorite Ja­panese hand­made steel bikes, in­clud­ing the Makino njs track, yamaguchi aero road, and the cheru­bim cus­tom or­der tour­ing bike, among oth­ers. over­all, he has 95 steel bikes in his collection.

each bike has a framed brief de­scrip­tion, as though it were re­ally in a museum. to off­set the deco­rum of the barn, he set up a cof­fee bar, a wooden ta­ble, and chairs. hip-hop mu­sic plays in the back­ground. nice!

the bike that bal­a­guer, 40, con­sid­ers prob­a­bly the rarest and one of his most spe­cial is the richard sachs team time trial model. sachs, a famed rac­ing cy­clist and frame­builder, built 10 of the bikes, all for his en­tire team of 10. and the price is no joke-bal­a­guer had to shell out $5,400 (about p273,000 at cur­rent ex­change rates) for this prized pos­ses­sion.

bal­a­guer collects hand­made steel bikes, an ob­ses­sion he be­gan in 2006, specif­i­cally be­cause he be­lieves it is how “real bikes” were orig­i­nally made, un­like most of to­day’s bikes that are of lighter ma­te­ri­als such as alu­minum or car­bon fiber. “for me

kasi, i col­lect bikes not for speed or things like that. i buy a bike be­cause it’s made by hand, by one per­son only. ganoon ka-spe­cial

ang bawat hand­made steel bike that i col­lect.”

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