Archive for March, 2010

Do not shift!

March 31, 2010

Super funny. 1m 30s had me in bits for real.

Straight outta Burntwood.

March 30, 2010

This is my pal Simon’s most recent build and I think you’ll agree that it’s a fine one. Simon, what’s the deal with your next level penchant for TT/Pusuit bikes man!? What’s this one, number four? five?

Spot more here.

Campagnolo Crush.

March 30, 2010



Seems that if you’d never heard of Apple Computer (let alone, seen the ‘1984’ commercial, had a PowerBook 100, first-edition iPod, spent thousands on iTunes, etc.) but happened to walk into one of their stores, put your hands on any of their products and started using it, you’d know that they were both different and, in my opinion anyway, better.

Seems like a lot of people feel exactly the same way about Campagnolo and stuff they’ve been making for 70-plus years. Surely Campy is no Apple. They generally deliver late, are rarely consistent in their marketing between their home country and foreign outposts, have made a lot of products that didn’t come anywhere near their mark (Syncro shifting? SGR clipless pedals?) and seem generally inefficient in their business practices. Yet their design, packaging, history of innovation, crispness of marketing, passion for their chosen subject matter, connection to riders and unrivaled race wins definitely inspires the same kind of dedication.

This is a short excerpt from a nice little written piece called ‘A Crush on Campagnolo explained’. Read the rest here.

Via.

Pain of Flanders.

March 30, 2010

Track Champ Flicks.

March 30, 2010

Photos courtesy of Paul Sloper
Via GDB where you will find much, much more of the same..

Look!

March 30, 2010

Look AL P 464 on sale now at Chari & Co.

Hench!

March 26, 2010

Chain ring disk brake?

March 26, 2010

Gosh, I don’t know about this me. I am sure it works but if it fails it could be somewhat catastrophic, to the ring, the brake mechanism and maybe the rider too. Ouch!

Thanks Hardy for the heads. Via.

Anquetil – The Double.

March 25, 2010

Alexi Grewal.

March 25, 2010

Spotted.

Cinelli Scans.

March 25, 2010

Vans Supercorsa Italian Cycles.

March 24, 2010

A model which saw an introduction into the Vans Vault roster last season, the Supercorsa makes an appearance yet again, this time as part of the Vans California Collection. Presented within Vans’ “Italian Cycles” Collection, this new pack showcases the Supercorsa in an all-canvas motif, with each colorway representing specific honors per Italian cyclists. Featured is the white jersey (Best Young Rider), Rose (Leader-Champion), Green (King of the Mountains), Pink (Best Sprinter), and black (Last Place). Look for these to drop in July of 2010.

Looking good. Via Hypebeast.

Porteur in Black and White.

March 24, 2010

Great work. Seen.

Featuring in Embrocation.

March 24, 2010

So, thanks to my good friend Joseph I managed to get some of my work into issue 5 of the fantastic magazine called Embrocation. Page 26 features two of my photographs which serve to enlighten the words of Joe himself.

It’s a short piece, on the strangeness of driving ( yes driving, not cycling ) over two of southern France’s monster Cols: the Galibier and the Telegraphe. We drove over these beasts last year on our way from Annecy ( our spiritual home ) to do our final climb – Alpe D’Huez. One word on the Galibier – Baron. That said we had nothing but good times and this year we don’t drive them, we ride.

Nice work Joe and infinite big ups.

See more at Embrocation.

Vanni Pettenella for Ovamaltina.

March 23, 2010

I am guessing Ovamaltina is what we now call Ovaltine right? Still, a great bit of footage of the recently passed Vanni Pettenella – RIP.

Nice find gucci life.

Raleigh got a new Fork.

March 23, 2010

Yup, after over a year of looking I managed to find what I was looking for: An undrilled fischer crown track fork with a long enough steerer that was good enough to chrome.

Result.

Bomb Ambassador.

March 23, 2010

Loving the “ghetto stop”. Reminds me of being a kid riding my nail of a mongoose with no brakes. Man I ruined many a sneaker ( usually the left one ) stopping like this. Mother Campbell was not impressed.

Great vid.
Spotted at LSF who also right now have a real nice vid of ricky from Feather cycles up, go seek.

Handsworth Park circa 60.

March 22, 2010

For folks in Birmingham you may be interested to know that this is the north Birmingham CTC racing around Handsworth park circa 1960. I wish there were more photographs of this day as it looks like they had a fantastic turnout but alas, no more pics!

Thanks John G for sending this over.

Colnago 1988.

March 22, 2010

This is the Colnago Carbon Volo from 1988. Yes 1988. Amazing technology for the time me thinks.

Seen.

Recollections of Ilkeston.

March 19, 2010

I remembered this, as I glanced at it on my desktop this morning so I thought, lengthy as it is, I should post it. So anyone interested in the ins and outs of working for Raleigh Ilkeston’s SBDU should read on.

Words by Mike Mullet.

30 years ago, but here goes.

In the closing years of my Army career (1969 to 1976) I managed and mechaniced for the Combined Service cycling teams which led me to doing the same tasks for the British Cycling Federation at National and International events. This led to an invite from the Raleigh UK team to mechanic for the team on a freelance basis. This I was very happy to do, particularly for such a famous team.
On leaving the service I started framebuilding under my own name but still freelancing for Raleigh and writing a technical column for the UK magazine “Cycling”. The editor at that time was Ken Evans, sadly deceased at an early age.

In 1978 I rang Gerald and asked to visit Ilkeston, the base for the UK team which was managed by George Shaw an ex Raleigh UK based pro. The upshot of the visit was Gerald asked if I would like to work at Ilkeston with a view to taking over from him when he retired.
Would I. Why me? Evidently my freelance work for the team and my weekly column in Cycling had paid off.
Gerald told me I would have to have a formal job interview with his boss, the Design Director of Raleigh – Alan Oakley. Raleigh Chopper fans will be aware of Alan, a revered figure having designed the Chopper on the back of an envelope on a fight to the USA. What a gentleman. The job interview took place one lunch time (and well into the afternoon) at one of the most elite dining establishments in Nottingham with Gerald present. It was one of the most civilised job interviews I have ever had. Happy to say I was offered the appointment of Workshop Manager.

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