Deah-zed and Confused!
Rapha’s 2013 NorthEast Gentlemen’s Ride
"The Collector" courtesy of Rapha
PHOTOS: Christopher Chen
WORDS: Adam Taylor-Campbell
For quite some time I had heard murmurings about ‘The Collector’, an intriguing Singapore character with a magnificent bicycle collection to match. The first time I saw Ah Joo I was out riding with friends; as we rolled up to a small group of cyclists, he immediately stood out, riding a traditional steel frame and carrying a small bag over his shoulder. We greeted the group and carried on but mentions of ‘The Collector’ peppered the conversation thereafter.
The next time I saw Ah Joo was at six o’clock in the morning, at the start of a Rapha Gentlemen’s Race; again in Singapore, this time astride a beautiful Richard Sachs. I immediately went over and introduced myself; it’s not often that you see someone riding a Sachs in Asia. I started to talk to him about his bike and he then described several more of his bikes and my eyes lit up. It was then Ah Joo kindly invited me to “the space upstairs”, his car-restoration workshop, to view his collection of bicycles.
Nothing could prepare me for what I found; it was like discovering a lost city. For suspended in the rafters, was row upon row of gorgeous road bikes, paintwork immaculate, chrome parts catching rays of light, casting reflections on the walls and ceiling. Every kind of classic marque, tube and component, all lovingly preserved in this humble workshop.
Amazing bmx dirt line and I love that there isn’t any music; just the whirr of cogs & the chirping crickets. Makes me want to go back and ride again. (but I know I’d probably just hurt myself too much)
Great video and story of BMX legend Mike Aitken and his come back from a traumatic brain injury. The accompanying website is well done too.
"Experiments in Speed" - setting land speed records on a bicycle. This is such a great story about drive, passion, and doing.
Some very cool bicycle illustrations… According to these, i’m a grandpa and ex-freestyler.