The biggest inspiration behind Stanforth Bikes was the Cranes’ conquest of Kilimanjaro by bike.
It was 1985, and 12 year old Simon Stanforth, son of former Saracen Cycles owner, was captivated by the inspirational talks of the Crane cousins’ taming of Africa’s highest mountain. The Cranes took touring to a new level, to true expedition cycling.
Thirty years on in 2014, Stanforth Bikes launched the Kibo, named after the summit of Kilimanjaro. The Kibo is a no compromise all-terrain expedition bike designed to go around the world fully loaded.
"I gazed out across the cotton-wool clouds below, then slowly swung round to bring the Kibo summit into focus up above. Stupendous."
Richard Crane & Nicholas Crane, Bicycles up Kilimanjaro, 1985
There's been some great around-the world bike expeditionists since then who have been a real inspiration - some photos below
Original Kilimanjaro photography courtesy of Peter Inglis: www.peteringlisphotography.com