Archive for May, 2010

Trek Speed Concept.

May 28, 2010

I spotted this Trek, this morning and after reading some Trek written spiel it’s advantages I promptly gave up reading anymore. It was all a little bit too much “wind tunnel” talk for me. I then saw this great comment on Bike radar from one Mr Igamogam, which read:

Personally, I think the UCI should take a new tack and abandon the TT bike. All the recent efforts to make bikes more “marketable and rideadable” are silly if you continue to allow TT specific bikes. To ordinary cyclists the development of TT bikes has reached a stage where there is very little useful benefit. The whole concept of the specialised TT rig encourages a technological arms race which is to say the least a little bizarre. It’s no longer about the rider but the bike…

If riders had to ride their normal RR bikes with no aero helmets or tri-bars it would make very little difference to who would win the TTs (it would still be the best “testers” – but slower times) but at least the machines would have some similarity to normal bikes.

The setting of the “athlete”s record for the hour was an opportunity to mark a return to normal bikes for TTs but it was frittered away by the UCI. Perhaps it’s time to step back and let riders race on bikes not cut down formula one cars?

Such a great point.
Read more on the Trek.

Page 38.

May 28, 2010

Brummagem.

May 28, 2010

Birmingham fixed heads got a new website. So, if you are local, sign up and get posting.

Birmingham Fixed Gear.

7-Eleven Huffy.

May 28, 2010

“I asked John to build it light for the mountains but it needed to put up with some bad roads,” Hampsten said. “It was light but I know John was fairly conservative about going too light. His geometry is perfect; I never felt it wouldn’t get me out of the way when I was going around or through a crash, yet on the bad road conditions we experienced it was never unstable.”

“The year after ’88 we had Eddy Merckx as our bike supplier,” he continued. “He is the master at fitting bikes to riders and taught us not to get hung up on light bikes. Why save seconds on a climb and lose minutes on a descent? Slawta certainly has an old world style of making bikes that go up and downhill properly.”

Real nice read this one. Read the rest here.
Big up Hardysan for the heads.

Tonight.

May 28, 2010

In Birmingham tonight?
Got a bicycle?
Fancy a little race?
Get yourself involved!

Roche jersey Hotness.

May 28, 2010

Hench Harris.

May 25, 2010

Seen.

Another one…

May 25, 2010

of the vintage Puma Giro photographs that feature my cat, Banton.

Print.

May 25, 2010

Seen.

Chainless.

May 25, 2010

This is new to me. I had heard of freecoaster hubs before for the use of freewheeling backwards but never this. Either way, Rad.

Thanks Mattyboy for the heads.

Mash got a new jersey.

May 24, 2010

Yeah, it’s lovely isn’t it? 90s inspired neon hotness! But continuing on with today’s sun induced self indulgence here is a selection of my personal favourite Neon jerseys and for the record, the following jersey that I like to call the ‘Gavatron’ ( because of how it makes me feel when wearing ) is the jersey I like to wear most.

The Gavatron. The best.

Disgusting. Cheap Ebay purchase that is thankfully, too small.

Ace. Another Ebay purchase to go with my Raleigh stash but this one, to my disappointment, was also too small.

Like a Glove.

May 24, 2010

Over Birmingham the sun shines hotter than Hawaii and it’s time once again to do away with the full finger and for the first time this year, don the mitts.

Some folks prefer not to wear anything on their hands, they like to go bare back. For me, I must cover up. Should I fall off my bike I want to keep at least my knuckles and palms intact if nothing else, so mitts are in my top five necessary items you need come summertime, plus with the right pair you really are on your way to looking like your cycling hero, if only from the elbow down in my case. Heck I’m still winter training!

Anyway, here are my ultimate mitts, there are none better and they can never be replaced.

Rapha Grand Tour gloves. Look at them, ruined. Bewteen these mitts and I we have many great memories shared. In fact they still have the dried sweat contained from what I like to call my ‘worst hour’ but we won’t go into that.

The Crochet mitt. An out and out classic. Again, many memories shared between me and these but with the condition they are in I should really consider some replacements but I can’t bring myself to do it.

NOS Santini suede mitts. Bought as a birthday present for me by my great pal Jon. These are so luxurious I am not sure if I can even put them on because I know the first sign of sweat will reduce these beauties to a pile of leathery mush.

Sitting on.

May 20, 2010

Seen.

De Rosa TT Hotness.

May 20, 2010

DeRosa professional time trial bike: Columbus steel tubes, TIG welded for low weight and maximum stability, aerodynamic geometry and design, short headtube for a more aerodynamic body position. Hidden cable routing for the lowest possible air drag. Matching extra-light steel fork included. Made for a professional cycling team in 1997.

It’s suddenly all about Silva bartape.
New in at MatuzMaster Hungary.

Birmingham, stand up!

May 20, 2010

Specialized take it back.

May 19, 2010

The Giro d’Italia is well underway and the Tour of California started yesterday, so naturally I have been checking the tech sections of VeloNews, CyclingNews, Road Bike Action, and other cycling sites to see which race bikes they are featuring. The majority of the featured bikes are pretty predictable, but the bright red Specialized Tarmac SL3s that the Saxo Bank riders are racing in the ToC immediately caught my attention. I mean…how often do you see pro team bikes these days with a single color frameset and understated graphics?

It turns out that the bikes have that paint and retro graphic scheme to commemorate the original Specialized Allez bikes used in the 1985 movie American Flyers. Road Bike Action’s tech feature explains that Bobby Julich, now a directeur sportif for Saxo Bank, came up with the idea of creating these commemorative edition American Flyers bikes for the team to ride in the race. See more pictures of the new and old Allez bikes at RBA. Personally, I really like the clean looks of these bikes. If Saxo Bank wants to get back to their regular team bikes immediately after the ToC, I would be happy to take one of these red bikes off their hands… I’d even pretend to be a fan of American Flyers if that is what it takes.

Always been a fan of Specialized and their S-Works bikes, especially, as above, the Red ones.

Words from Bicycle design.
Thanks Lee for the heads.

Roberts Split TT Hotness.

May 17, 2010

Lightning, no doubt.
Seen.

Time for a new jersey?

May 17, 2010

This one looks good.

AURORA collective teamed up with MONOW, a one-man design studio based in Stuttgart/Germany. Together we designed 3 unique Bike Jerseys / Riding Jackets.

The Jerseys are made of high quality materials by Champion System. They will move and breath with you, so that you can concentrate on riding your bike.

Scoop.

Spotlight on…

May 17, 2010

Femme Pédale.

Femme Pédale is a blog for cyclists in Birmingham, with the aim of encouraging more women to ride. We are members of the Birmingham Bike Foundry which is working to make cycling around the city safer, easier and funner (!) for everybody. We post anecdotes, maintenance tips and pictures from our adventures.

A super blog and as they say they are from sunny Birmingham too. Double bonus.

Check it out here. Oh, and Birmingham folk! Have a root around and look out for some real exciting news on some future happenings for our city.

Oddities.

May 14, 2010

A weird example of a Japanese bicycle of the 1970’s. At that time, many Japanese bikes were imported into the U.S. Most Japanese companies had a line of bikes for the U.S. market and a line for the Japanese market. Sekine tried to sell one of their “Japan” models here, but it just didn’t sell. It has tons of accessories including brake lights, sequential blinkers, a radio, racks and a rear mounted kickstand. The Japanese were very interested in the U.S. “muscle cars,” and this bike has a bit of that flavor.

Via. And they have some serious racing bikes too.
Peep this from their collection.
And this De Rosa is too much!


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