Recently listed as “Best Ride” by Wallpaper Design Awards 2010, Japan’s Kinfolk is one of the rare few bicycle companies who are determined to stay abbreviated of hype, and even more resolute to not become a part of the fad known as fixed gear boom. Conceived by Akira, John, Maceo, Ryan and Salah, Kinfolk is about making bikes that these men wanted (and hoping that other people would want them too). Kinfolk is not only rooted in fulfilling a personal passion and desire, but also in the Japanese tradition of dedication to craft. Kinfolk bicycles are built by master bike maker, Kusaka, whose sturdy, storied, and leather hands have built bicycles for Keirin races for decades. These bicycles are not for show, they are not excessively adorned with physical and commercial appendages– the only sentiment conveyed is the joy of a smooth transition in getting from one place to another. For Nike Stadium Tokyo’s recent “Tied Together” exhibition, Kinfolk has worked with frantic studio to create a small documentary which tells the story of the journey of a Kinfolk bicycle, all the way from Kusaka’s workshop in Akashi, Japan, to Chari & Co. on the Lower East Side in New York City. Like the bicycle itself, the video is an easy and enjoyable ride, and a great look behind the scenes on how a good bicycle is made by hand.