Archive for September, 2010

L’Eroica 2010.

September 30, 2010

Yup. That’s it. Tonight I leave for L’Eroica 2010 and I am now at a level of almost hysteric frenzy.

Expect plenty of words and photographs this weekend as I blog and tweet ‘live’ from La Caravan do Coq in Chianti and also a full report upon my return.

Have a great weekend folks and good luck to ‘our boys’ in this weekend’s world road champs.

The Hemingway Way.

September 28, 2010

I just got back from a fishing trip in Snowdonia and while the car journey through the Welsh valleys was beautiful and at times spellbinding, I simply wanted to be on my bike because as Hemingway rightly wrote:

It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.

Modolo Hotness.

September 28, 2010



Hot-T.

September 28, 2010

This looks very good, slick! I believe I also have one in the post. Thanks Sam and big up.

L’Eroica.

September 27, 2010

I am going to L’Eroica next weekend to do some work for Le Coq Sportif. I am riding the 74km route mostly on white gravel roads and I have a bike there waiting for me. I wonder what it will be? The De Rosa above should suffice.

My excitement is becoming almost unbearable. More info on my travels to this weekend’s L’Eroica to come.

Cinelli x Mash.

September 27, 2010

Sure, it’s pretty nice and there is no doubt that kids everywhere want one of these 2011 Cinelli x Mash track framesets, but considering the amount of geared road and cross riding the Mash fellas’ do these days isn’t it about time that Cinelli introduced a Mash road frameset?

Mash! Cinelli! If you are reading this, get it done… The following will do, matte black, thanks.

Trench Foot.

September 27, 2010

It took a few more strides before the realisation hit my frozen brain that I was now running without a left shoe. Attempting to retrieve it involved submerging in filthy, icy water, my neck craning to avoid drowning while hands aimlessly groped in the gloop. The prospect of Wiltshire County’s coronor having to hold an inquest into some damn fool kid dying because he so badly wanted a dog-eared leather shoe back was a distinct possibility at this point. I retired from cyclo-cross racing there and then.

Nice bit of writing to be found over at the Rapha blog about the pain and perils of cyclo-cross. Only Hard men need apply. Guess that’s me then.

Hills and Trenches. Go peep.
Scans from Blackbird.

The Giro.

September 27, 2010

A serious amount of scanning must have been done by Vuelta Italia for their Flickr spot and I must thank him/her a thousand times, as these photographs of various stages of the Giro throughout the years are like Gold.

Vuelta Italia flickr spot via GDB.

Rapha Cross Gear.

September 27, 2010

The start of the cyclocross season is upon us and Rapha have refined and developed cross products to help you charge through the field quickly and comfortably. The Cross Jersey and 3/4 Bibs use performance fabrics and rider-specific features and sport the tricolour of the Rapha-Focus cyclocross team, who will do battle in North America this coming season.

Awesome cyclo cross collection here from Rapha and I must say I am completely loving the colour palette. If only I had the Umbrella today.

Ever since attending the National Cyclo cross Championships early this year in a windy, sodden Sutton Park I have been intrigued. That said, spending more money on yet another bike will not be permitted by the other half so I should stop thinking about it.

Seek.

Winner.

September 24, 2010

That’s it folks. There were many, many entries to win the luxury taste the difference Red Spinwell musette but there could always be only one winner. That winner is Raymond Hanstein of Philadelphia. Congratulations Raymond, it’s on it’s way to you. Commiserations to the rest of you but fear not however, there will be more comps!

Le Coq Sportif and the Maillot Jaune.

September 24, 2010

The above shot of Eddy Merckx with his wave of trailing riders is incredible.

Le Coq Sportif.

In it to Win it.

September 20, 2010

The lines are now closed so to speak. I have had hundreds of entries but there can be only one winner… Will it be you?

As soon as I have pulled the name from the proverbial hat you will all be put out of your misery. Check back later this week to find out who the lucky boy,or girl is.

Good luck everyone!

Pete Boydell. Smashing it.

September 20, 2010

No idea where this image is from nor who Pete Boydell is but it’s quite obvious from the determined and somewhat ungodly look on his face that whoever Pete Boydell is, he is absolutely smashing it.

Noir.

September 20, 2010

I have said it before but I’ll say it again. You simply cannot beat the look of a murdered out race bike. That’s perfection in Carbon right there.

Black and White

September 20, 2010

Some great shots of the six day races in America just after WWII found over at bikeraceinfo. I especially like the top one here, braces and side slicked barnets are a great look.

Cardboard Cutouts.

September 20, 2010

Wow! I am bot sure I’d like to have a cardboard cutout of Mario Cipollini and Magnus Backstedt in my gaff but should you then feel free to cop yours right here.

And lean.

September 20, 2010

Great photograph of the Badger up front. *Note to self, must get some vintage Brikos.

L’Eroica x Le Coq.

September 20, 2010

It’s coming… Another year of the great L’Eroica and as I said this time last year… One day I’ll make it!

See more of Le Coq’s 2010 involvement right here.

Usage.

September 16, 2010

Nice work Sam!
Anyone who draws for the Red stripe is a friend of mine.

Do remember, you can all be in with a chance of winning the super lovely Spinwell Musette in limited edition Red canvas if you go here and enter the COMP!!!

Cinelli x Elley Kishimoto

September 16, 2010

Cinelli is very proud to announce it’s involvement in Eley Kishimoto’s FLASH ON project. The project began with the designers Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto interest in our classic Supercorsa Model..

This starting point grounded the project: the Cinelli Supercorsa is a very concrete piece of cycling’s cultural heritage, the longest running production model in the history of road cycling. It is a product by now more akin to a Carlo Barbera yarn than a bicycle simply for the elaborate cycle, and rarity of the techniques, used in its construction.
Knowing this, Eley Kishimoto, with typical playful antagonism, decided to paint “over” the original design, disguising the elaborate details (chromed lugs, pinstripe graphics, proprietary fastback stays)in their signature “Flash” pattern, producing a sort of visual double-take: you-see-it-you-don’t-see-it.

Wow, this looks awesome… a decent side on photograph would be nice though.

More info here.


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