There's still something nice about handmade, even in the world of bicycle tires. In races that are 1 day in length such as the Paris-Roubaix and other spring classics it is of supreme importance that one's tires be dependable to a fault. One man, Francois Marie, based in his garage in France, makes certain through an old world approach that this is the case beyond a doubt. Using materials such as silk and his own weave of cotton cloth, much as someone during the renaissance might have done, he manufactures in limited amounts tires for the world's top cyclists. His tires were on the bikes of the winners of both this year's Paris-Roubaix and Tour of Flanders without a single failure, the difference between winning and utter failure. It seems in this case at least that when excellence is demanded, nothing but personal passion and handmade creation will suffice.