Kinfolk bikes are known for their breathtaking classic looks. The trouble with them is that they're made so very far away, in Japan. Thanks to a couple guys with cameras, you can make the trip to Kinfolk's incredible workshop right from your computer, and see what it takes to hand-make some of the best bikes money can buy.
Framebuilder Osamu Fukuda has been building bikes for 35 years. He comes from a family of bike builders and is the third generation to practise the craft for a living; his grandfather was building bicycles before World War II. In the video, Fukuda gets into the process of welding: he explains that he chooses lugless welds — for example, when the frame's pieces are welded together, then polished down to remove any excess material, for both style and comfort.
Kinfolk is famous for its beautiful made-to-order bikes. It's a treat to see what it's like inside the shop of an artisan such as Fukuda, and to observe the differences in style across the world. [Hypebeast]