Archive for April, 2009

Roy.

April 30, 2009

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In my desperation to find a nice pair of low profile 32 hole rims I remembered on Monday about a shop my pal Hardy took me too a while back. I am sure they had a pair of NOS Rigida red labels just sitting there collecting dust.

So after I had taken my washing down to the launderette off I went to see Roy at Roy’s bikes. Now I remember Roy being terribly grumpy the first time I met him, like all he wanted to do was be at home watching TV and that I or anyone in his shop was simply getting in his way, stopping him from doing what he wanted to be doing. That was Roy.

At the end of a short journey in my motorized vehicle I turned up outside his shop only to find he is closed on Mondays. I was so wounded as I now don’t have a day off until next week and I was itching, burning even to get some rims and I hoped that he still had these Rigidas that I remembered.

The sign read “If shop closed I am probably out in my van, call this number” so I tried my luck and called it. It must have been my lucky day because Roy picked up the phone and in turn arranged to be at his shop in 20 mins. Absolute result!

15 minutes later Roy arrives in his white Luton van, complete with his old Alsatian dog in the passenger seat that looked almost as old as Roy himself, Roy with his long grey beard dressed in a oil covered jumper, brown slacks and a red cap looked as wise as they come and full of information. However at this point ( remembering my last encounter ) I am ready for either abuse off him for calling his phone or maybe just some negative energy for upsetting his day but no, he opened up shop, went inside, rooted around a little and found me my goods, my rims – Rigida Red labels times two and he only requested a mere £10 each… Boom! My LBS were asking me for £25 for a single rim not dissimilar from these Rigidas, only one hour previous.

While I was there we had a really nice talk about things and he said he was thinking about calling it a day as he was “pi**ing knackered”, he told me he was 67 ( if my memory serves me right ) and that he had had ‘Roy’s Bikes’ for over 25 years. It looked like it too, there were Frames, partial bikes, wheels, tubes, stems, bars, tools, everything and everywhere with what to me looked like no order and with a complete lack of organization. However there was something real nice about the whole affair plus I guess it works for him so who really cares? Don’t get me wrong, this is not a secret emporium of fancy cycling equipment by any means, there are no more ‘NOS’ bits ( I am pretty sure those Rigidas were the last of it ), no fancy lugs and there are no track frames, not anymore anyway as he told me he had just sold his last track bike to someone for £150, a complete Chas Roberts track bike at that, but let’s not go there.

I heard tales from friends of the ‘Back Yard’ at Roy’s Bikes, apparently it was like the room that could have potentially contained the holy grail ( whatever that may be for you, for me it would perhaps be another DP 18 for the rear ) … Imagine a yard full of boxes and shelves that contained the world Campag cranks, rims, frames, forks the lot. Now I don’t know if it was that good but who knows? The fact is we will never know as unfortunately upon finding out of his ‘retail’ use of the back yard Roy’s local council demanded an extra £1000 ( per month / per year I don’t know ) for the continued use of it. Roy could not and did not want to pay the fees so the whole lot was scrapped. Yes. Scrapped. I never got to even lay my eyes on it never mind root through any of it, but Hardy does tell me it was like something you have never seen.

We spoke of Lands end to John O’groats and his completion of it several times on “Old Bessie” his 531 Dawes tourer, he also gave me some advice, “Don’t wear Yellow in Scotland”. Now I thought this was something to do with rival football teams or something but no, it was simply about the midges. “In Yellow they come at you like a curtain they do, they see you in that yellow jersey and to them you look like a pretty flower”. So basically folks if you wear garish jerseys up north be ready for a good bite. Good, so now we know! We also spoke of the benefits of joining the CTC, the fact that they hook you up with hostels all along the way, so you have a destination to aim for every day… “100 miles on average between em”. Just get up, eat and ride to the next hostel. I am joining and I am doing it!

After a fair natter and a quick root around in what’s left of his stash I ended up walking away from Roy’s with a smile on my face, a nice red Motobecane Columbus frameset, two rims and an old Sakae crankset. The frame is decent too if a tad shabby, unfortunately it has a bit of surface rust coming through so it is going to need some care applied. Apparently it was sitting in someones damp basement for years until rescue, now it is sitting opposite me dull chromed fork crown and all.

I will be seeing Roy again, maybe not for a purchasing but certainly for another chat and to perhaps perform some sort of cycle repair related issue that I cannot perform myself, like maybe removing the seized seatpin from a Columbus Motobecane and hopefully next time I might get a cup of tea!

Fignon’s Hour Record Attempt Bike.

April 29, 2009

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Hipster Shield.

April 29, 2009

I am Loving these pics of the early days of NYC messengers. Taken in NYC by David Perez Shadi between 87 and 90.

“We used to hang out in Washington Square Park when things were slow or after work. Most of us had shitty fixed gear bikes but they worked for up to 60 miles a day. I used to ride a Matsuri Fix. It was painted Bronze and it cost around $300. My buddy Ross rode a Colnago Fix it cost around $1200 and he wrapped it in Rubber tires but you couldnt hide the Campy C-Record Hubs and Cranks.”

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Found here.

Kalavinka for 2012.

April 29, 2009

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BCD Measuring device.

April 28, 2009

Peeped this over at Fixed Gear Leeds.

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“just knocked this up to help anyone out who needs to find out the bcd of any obscure/unknown chainset. Should work out exactly A4 but I’ve included a scale to double check. Hope someone finds this useful!”
I sure will.

To use it just enlarge the image by clicking on it with your mouse then hit print. It should then print out perfectly on a sheet of A4.

Thanks Sam, good job.

If you are in London

April 28, 2009

… on thursday get yourself to this.
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Micro-scooter Radness.

April 28, 2009

Before this if I had been told that kids were actually using their micro-scooters for flips and tricks I would have replied “Dude seriously, how rad can you be on a micro-scooter?”

Peep this vid to see just how wrong I would have been.

Word up Hardy for the heads.

Moser on Monday.

April 27, 2009

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Something for the weekend.

April 24, 2009

Suntour Superbe.

April 24, 2009

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Yeah Tom, You the man!

April 23, 2009

Where is that park dude? It looks lush as hell ( obviously not the real Hell because that wouldn’t be lush at all but you know what I mean ).

Via Gnargore.

10 Deep do cycling gear now?

April 23, 2009

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More info here.

Rapha Continental – The Builders.

April 23, 2009

Rapha did it again… They are always on point with their clothing, their writing and their photography and this piece on a bunch of selected Continental bike builders does not dissapoint either.

“While cycling and bicycle manufacturing is overfast and obsessed with efficiency these builders and their process are not. In fact it’s their individual experiences and character, and their attitudes and preferences, that shape and inform their product.”

Go peep.

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Merckx pages.

April 22, 2009

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Via Tears for Gears.

Retro di Corsa.

April 22, 2009

On my quest to find a nice new steel track frame my eyes were directed to this web site.

The guys over at Retro di Corsa seem to have a an absolute gang of lovely Italian steel road frames and one or two track frames for sale… A friend just bought a killer of a Pinarello from them, he beat me to it the jammy so and so!

Unfortunately folks, the website because of it’s html encryption ( ? ) limits me from posting any pics of the goodness, so you are just going to have to go see for yourself.

GTB Hotness!

April 21, 2009

For sale. Straight from Hong Kong.

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Damn! I love these and the Pulses… At 58cm they are a bit too big for me plus the fact I don’t know how much they are. Listen to me, I am talking like I am in the market for actually purchasing one of these. Not the case, if I were though I would be looking for a Black GT Pulse. Now there is a seriously hot frame!

Kinfolk Goodness.

April 21, 2009

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Kinfolk got a new website and what seems to be a batch of new frames.

“After a lot of work, a few flights to Japan and back, many ginger mint mojitos, weeks of jetlag, 43 freshness burgers, and 8 inches of beard, we’re happy to officially launch the Kinfolk Bicycle co. We are deeply honored and very grateful to work with Kusaka ( Vivalo ) in bringing these frames to the world. For someone of his caliber to trust us with his handiwork is an honor.”

“Containing decades of frame building experience, and made to the exacting specifications of Keirin track racing, these bikes are functional and built to last. In addition, we wanted these bikes to be beautiful as well. From the brass headbadges designed by Marco Hernandez, paint by Coat and Colorworks, to the graphics by Way&Means, no expense was spared in making them look as good as possible.”

Good on you Kinfolk… Your frames are looking super mighty and I am feeling them. I’ll take two please!

Cycle Awareness.

April 21, 2009

Cheers Army for the heads on this one.

I seriously had to watch it twice before I got it so it really does make you think.

I knew it was special but…

April 21, 2009

I didn’t know it was £1371.51p worth of special.

This Algurn track frame just sold on ebay for the previously mentioned amount. Wow! Someone must have wanted it real bad.
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Happy Birthday…

April 20, 2009

To me!
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Weather is good too so no doubt my 2*th birthday will mostly be spent cycling and larking.

To everyone else who shares their birthday with me… Happy Birthday! But not you Hitler, your a wanker.


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