Archive for November, 2010

AITA & Bilenky.

November 29, 2010

Bilenky Cycle Works was founded in Northeastern Philadelphia in 1983 with the goal of meeting the specific needs of the individual cyclist. Stephen Bilenky recognized the need for specially proportioned frames and components for riders of all shapes and sizes, and began creating a range of custom products to answer the outfitting needs of recreational, fitness and utility cyclists from all over the world.

BCW’s philosophy of perfectionism shines through in every bike they build. Their frames can be compared to a bespoke suit, tailored to fit both the rider’s aesthetic and physical needs. Whether it’s waiting four weeks for a retro-fit to come back, or four months for that super-customized nit-picked-over-every-detail dream bike, one ride on a Bilenky bike will prove that it is in a league of its own.

For the month of November, Art in the Age and Bilenky Cycle Works will demonstrate the craft of custom framebuilding. By creating a miniature version of the Bilenky shop within AITA, Stephen Bilenky and his crew will highlight the specific build qualities and artistry that set a Bilenky bicycle apart from the rest. Join us at AITA for a unique behind the scenes look at this rare craft.

Thanks to Dan at AITA for pointing these vids out, they are ace and Stephen Bilenky comes across as such a lovely man!

Via Art in the Age.

Legends of TT in Photographs.

November 25, 2010

So, I have not long gotten my grubby mitts on the TT frame I have been seeking for a good few months, and while hunting around this massive web of goodness, for inspiration on a somewhat ‘period correct’ build, I came across this super and smashing forum thread of pure appreciation for the golden era of British Time Trialling.

As many black and white and colour photograph scans that one could ever wish for. Seriously, page after page of sloping top tubes, drilled out brake levers, skin suits, 24″ front wheels, the lot.

A big thanks to all the contributors of said thread, your photographs are nothing short of amazing!

Found.

Pour un Maillot Jaune.

November 25, 2010

A cinematic tribute to the Tour by Oscar winning director Claude Lelouch.

This wonderful film of the 1965 Tour brings the hunt for the Yellow Jersey alive. Made three years after Louis Malle’s vintage “Vive Le Tour”, Lelouch’s film was made with the big screen in mind and is more cinematic in its scale than Malle’s. Without the restriction of narration, Lelouch lets the beautiful images of the Tour tell the story, which he sets against a brilliant and quite absorbing soundtrack.

There is no speech, no commentary and the quality could be better, however the three parts to this movie ‘For a Yellow jersey’ are an absolute must see.

A Pair of Gios Torinos.

November 25, 2010

Next year’s L’Eroica I’ll be on one of these for damn sure. Oh, and obviously not the track version!

Spotted.

The Cannibal, Crushing.

November 25, 2010

A great bit of Cannibal footage. Now then, a question… Does anyone know where I can get/watch Eddy Merckx ‘in the vicinity of a cup of coffee’ from 73? I have only read of it and would love to peep it… so if you know, please get in touch!

Gintautas Umaras. Laser.

November 23, 2010

What an amazing shot. Seen here.

Cavendish for Nike.

November 23, 2010

Alan Shorter R.I.P.

November 19, 2010

I have just learned that Alan Shorter, founder of Shorter-Rochford passed away on the evening of the 9th November at the tender age of 92.

I do not very much about this man, I am not going to front. What I do know however is that he was a very forward thinking man in respect to the production of his frames and the aero advantages that could be gained there, with configurations, joining methods and of course, the lightening process by way of Drillium. He was also instrumental in coaching ‘The King’ Alf Engers to the TT record of 25 miles in under 50 minutes back in 1978.

His name and legacy will live on. Alan Shorter. Legend.

F Moser Snaps.

November 19, 2010

A couple snaps I had laying about on my desktop that I thought I should show you.

I especially like the gentleman’s hand perched atop the saddle, it really puts into perspective the size of that rear wheel. HUGE!

Jean-Claude Labrecque. 60 Cycles.

November 19, 2010

Awesome. Makes a change watching classic footage in colour!
Thank you to LS for sending me the linky, you know me only too well.

Henri Cartier-Bresson.

November 18, 2010

Ever since university I have been a fan of Cartier-Bresson’s work. Only the other day I was speaking with my partner about my seldom used Moleskine notepad… The only words it contains from my time in higer learning, among illegible ramblings are “Look at works by Henri Cartier-Bresson”. Aah, bless.

Another one: France. 1932.

Via.

Beefstays.

November 18, 2010

Who needs seatstays when you have chain stays like these? Seriously, I have never seen a hencher set of legs.

The Pegoretti ‘Big Leg Emma’. Tonk!

Seen.

Ohio.

November 16, 2010

I am so grateful of the people who take the time out to upload their photograph collections to the web. Was it not for these people we would not have the great variety of goodness that we do today, and these from xsallyx are no exception.

All taken during the 1970’s in Ohio during what looks like a long and fruitful amateur racing career.

See more here.

Is this guy for real?

November 16, 2010

Damn, son. That’s some collection you have there…. I’d say you need to cool off and think about letting some of your hotness go!

Utah.

November 16, 2010

Lovely images of the early Utah track scene.
Spotted at Tracko.

Beanie Spotting.

November 12, 2010

Kieran Young looking lovely in the Spinwell Beanie. Great work young man!

Spotted on the Rapha blog.

Dream Team.

November 10, 2010

Our friend and artist Riccardo Guasco just sent us some samples of his latest work titled, “The Dream Team” of cyclists. Beautifully captured characters, and you have to love that mustache. See more of the illustrations here in Riccardo’ s gallery.

Via Elcyclista who also wrote the above words and yes, quite a magnificent moustache… just wait until I reveal mine. EEK!

Kevin Sayles Snaps.

November 10, 2010

More great vintage cycling scans, but this time found on the flickr spot of Kevin Sayles, framebuilder for Woodrup and Thorn. As you can probably tell, I love a scan!

Legor Asymmetry.

November 10, 2010

God, this is georgeous. Look at those rear stays… beautiful.

Via. Originally spotted at Tracko.

Want!

November 10, 2010

NC Cycle mag from 1985 spotted at the TFG flickrspot.


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