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Archive for May, 2009
I was looking for one of these in my size for quite some time and to my amazement just recently I managed to snag one and here it is, just completed, my 1974 Ilkeston Built, 531, Raleigh professional track bike. It wasn’t in the best of conditions to begin with but after a bit of tender love and care and a trip the the chromers for the forks it is back on the road and in full effect!
I need to grip an original Headbadge for it and a set of Campy cranks but apart from that I reckon it’s done. Boom, Here is to a great summer!
Keiran’s forks will be blessing his fully Dura Ace equipped vintage Peugeot racing bike and my forks as you will see finally get to be reunited with their partner.
Yup, my pal Keiran had his bike knicked on friday night outside a house in Kings Heath.
* 57cm Royal Blue Peugeot track bike ( frame is a slightly different blue to the fork ) with Fastback seatstays and no decals bar the 531 sticker on the seat tube.
* Riser bars with black foam grips.
* Campagnolo Strada cranks.
* Black Campagnolo Omega Strada rims.
Unfortunately no pic!
As it was left outside said house unlocked I am thinking some chancer has just gripped it and it is probably sitting in someone’s house right now ready to go on Ebay or down the local car boot sale. So people if you see this around or are perhaps offered it please get in-touch.
… On Broakland.
You guys have hit the nail on the head with these frames. Yes they look like Pulses but who cares?
I saw the bike featured here a while back in or on the cover of an old Supreme look book and since that time I firstly forgot about the bike and then upon remembering it I struggled to find a picture of it anywhere, until now.
Sometime back in 07 Supreme linked up with Brooklyn Machine Works to produce this one off ( ? ) 24″ wheel cruiser and just look at how sick it is. Forget the fact it has ‘Supreme’ written on the downtube this thing just oozes dopeness and it is exactly how I think a cruiser should look. Man those crispy amber wall Tiogas are the sh*t!
Big ups Mike G! For those not aware of Major Taylor go here to get schooled. Dude’s an absolute legend.
Boom! Bob Jackson now make and sell a 0 Rake fork perfect for “Barspins” ( their words not mine ) Yo I can see hipsters reaching for their wallets already.
The Alley Cat fork is built with Reynold’s thickest guage blades they offer(1.2/0.7 butt) to give extra strength and is supplied with no Rake or offset.
These look good and for £125 too, which is not a bad price at all although I much prefer the look of a fork with a touch of rake but thats just me.
Here is his hour record set in 1993 where he broke Moser’s previous record on a home made bike made out of bits of shed and washing machine.
Greame your a boss.
In an interview in Cycling Plus magazine reveals that Obree (43 ) says he is training to beat the current hour record but this time on a standard double triangle steel framed ‘safety’ bicycle. He says “I’m not saying that I will break the hour record, but I am aspiring to do it.”
Since the UCI banned anything other than standard bicycles with spoked wheels the distances and records have somewhat fell off but Obree plans to remedy that… on this:
As he did with his previous hour records, Obree has built his own bike for this attempt. It’s made out of Reynolds 653 tubing and weighs over the UCI limit of 6.8 kilos. “I’ve built it within the limiting factors of the regulations,” he said. “It’s deliberately long so my arms are stretched onto the drops for the best aero position. It’s also longer at the rear as this puts weight towards the front of the bike.”
The bike also features another Obree trademark, a huge gear: 138 inches (67×13) to be exact. He’s been pedaling this on his evening training sessions, which typically last between two and two-and-a-half hours.
The current record, using ‘modern’ UCI rules, is 49.7km, held by Czech Ondrej Sosenka. In the past, when the rules allowed for more aerodynamic bikes, Obree twice broke the record: 51.596km in 1993 and 52.713km in 1994.
Go on Graeme! I am rooting for you.
Via Bike Radar.
Now I could have attempted to write a piece on this original Birmingham based ‘master’ framebuilder but my effort would not have been nearly as good as it needed to be so I will let the pros ‘do the talking’.
By the way can I just mention how good it is to see the word Smethwick written so proudly on that crest. I love it and a ‘Major Nichols’ must surely go on my shopping list for the future.
Remember last week I mentioned plans to rebuild Perry Barr/Great Barr BMX track?
Well a visit yesterday to Ade at Sprocket revealed the news that the rebuild has begun.
Those pictures were taken last week so I am guessing they have gotten quite a bit further by now but anyway well done to all the guys involved, you have done a grand job!… I can’t wait to see it again, that track was sitting there unloved and rotting for far too long.
Want to go peep it?… here is the Address.
Apparently they are called Airwalk and are available via Airwalk for $38 each. $38??? Isn’t that like £30… Wow that is cheap! What are they made of, Coke cans?
BTW… Isn’t Airwalk that wack brand from the 90s that was like a fake version of Vans made for blonde haired surfer ‘dudes’?
I am really not sure about these… not one bit.
Yes! Last week I managed to find and grip one of these, an Ilkeston built SBDU Raleigh Track frame in my size!!! Not this exact one but this model and colourway and yes even in the flesh it is still one the best looking frames I ever clapped eyes on and I am super stoked.
I cannot wait to ride it, I just have to wait for my forks to be returned form the chrome shop and then I will be on it.
This ladies and gentlemen will be my summer whip of 2009 and hopefully for many summers to come.
…For mail reciept.
I was only expecting my Suzue Promax 32 hole track hubs but instead I also recieved an unexpected package from Rapha containing a back issue of Rouleur, a Musette, a Calender and a pair of ( needed ) Merino socks. Lovely.
Thanks Joe. No doubt your kindness will be repaid this weekend when your eyes finally meet the Marcarini!