I was living in La Jolla, California, while attending UCSD in the early 1990s. I enjoyed motocross racing and I stayed fit by road cycling. I’ve always been in the habit of choosing the best sports equipment and, in those days, the best came from Nottinghamshire, England, where Raleigh bicycles have been produced since 1885. Put simply, John Tomac – one of my heroes, an American road racing, mountain bike and BMX champion during the late 1980s and early ’90s – raced on a Raleigh. Over the years, I’ve customised three different Technium Prestige bikes for friends who wanted a bike like mine. This is the fourth one and it was customised to become a designer item. Stefano Tarticchio, the founder of the Desgenà workshop in Turin, helped me out (a guarantee in itself). As well as fitting genuine Shimano RX100 gears, we added a three-lever Desgenà break system, BLB bullhorn handlebars with anodised aluminium bolts, BLB Track pedals, BLB Notorious wheels with white spokes, Vittoria Rubino Pro tyres, a Selle Italia saddle and carbon fibre mudguards to the Technium Prestige frame. The result was a bike that looks as good as it rides. – by Stefano.