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handmade steel bikes, an obsession he began in 2006, specifically because he believes it is how “real bikes” were originally made, unlike most of today’s bikes that are of lighter materials such as aluminum or carbon fiber.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