Archive for April, 2011

Abstract Rapha.

April 19, 2011

At the ride in, Birmingham.

April 19, 2011

‘At The Ride-In, Birmingham’

Inspired by the Drive-In movies that we attended in …America and in collaboration with friends and colleagues, Nimble would like to present an afternoon of picnics, discussions and bike polo followed by an evening of film screenings.

The site is open from 4.30pm for picnics, information stalls and goodies. Inside screenings will begin to loop at 6pm, outdoor screening starts at 7.30pm. Secret screenings and further timings to be announced, films include:

Two Arrows, D’Acciaio (of steel), A Throw of the Dice, Copenhagen Cycles, Red Light Divide, Bike Kill, Vive Le Tour, Bike Polo Manual, We’ve Got It On Tape, Cuts from Red Light Go, Cuts from Ride the Divide

Super, rad and awesome! Tomorrow is my Birthday and so long as I am not buried under a mountain of cake I’ll be going…

More.

Flickr grips.

April 18, 2011

Still hooked on scans!
Via Windy’s amazing photoset.

Kinfolk Killer.

April 15, 2011

Spotted on my flickr stream this morning and I couldn’t resist having a further look. All I can say is: Clean!

Kinfolk.

Mavic Roubaix.

April 15, 2011

Spinwell for Rapha’s HOTN.

April 12, 2011

Rapha’s 2nd running of the North London ride event celebrating the famous Paris–Roubaix road race held on the same day in Northern France. 100km through darkest Hertfordshire including 20 gravé sectors. All finishers were treated to free beer and frites and big screen Eurosport to watch Johan van Summeren become king of the cobbles.

The full flickr set is now up!
Go peep.

Obree/Boardman Documentary straight from VHS.

April 12, 2011

Thanks to the OP for uploading this film, straight from VHS!

This is just part one, out of eight in total and if you get the time you really must watch the rest of them, you will not be dissapointed… well maybe just a little as I was due to the shaky/jerky frames. Mind you, it could have been my dying computer.

Watch right here.

Rapha’s Hell of the North 2011. Done.

April 11, 2011

There they were, blasting along gravel roads, the odd bit of pavé and what were meant to be ‘mud tracks’ and not a grimace in sight, not even the hint of one. To be honest hell looked pretty good to me. Even a fellow who had encountered 4 punctures in his first 50km was as chipper as Gene Kelly underneath an umbrella. Hellish? Hmm, *looks left to right* not round here.

Hold tight for a full report and a stash of photographs over at Rapha later this the week.

Big thanks go out to Joe and Kieran.

Rollapaluza Midlands is coming!

April 6, 2011

Yes indeed. The time has come for all midlanders to show what they are made of.

Rollapaluza was in town last summer but it was in a: the afternoon and b: in a shopping centre so it doesn’t count… but this time, being in a boozer and in the evening we are on for a right showdown so all you folks from Birmingham and surrounding areas – Prepare your legs!

Details:
ROLLAPALUZA NATIONAL SERIES – BIRMINGHAM
THURSDAY 28TH APRIL 2011
THE RAINBOW COURTYARD, HIGH STREET DIGBETH

Qualifiers from 6 – 9pm with prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd men’s and women’s.

Yikes!

Nooooooooooooooo!

April 4, 2011

Rapha stowaway meet drivetrain, drivetrain, this is Rapha stowaway.

I spent most of yesterday ( an hour ) spraying my beloved jacket with degreaser as my chain, jockey wheels and freewheel had made a right mess of it. It’s ok now, mind, bar a few holes in the arms.

I really don’t have much luck with these, I hit the deck in the ice last winter and ripped the shoulder out of another stowaway. Rapha curses.

Note to self – Do not strap your wind jacket underneath your saddle.

Ronson TT Hardness.

April 4, 2011

This is Brigand Doom’s latest acquisition and it’s a mighty fine one.

He says: “The steerer tube is extensively drilled inside the headtube, the fork crown race is ‘golfballed’, the headtube is relieved either side and the lugs extensively ‘Bikini’d’ with hearts and windows. The brakes have to be built onto integral anchor bolts, brazed into the fork crown/rear bridge, to save weight, as far as i can tell no standard brake fits without being modified and i had to scratch make spring anchor washers and re-source thinner washers throughout! The fork crown has drillium all around and the steerer tube has been factory cut so that it wont accept a locking nut, i suppose the philosophy being that the bugger would come loose anyway, so get rid and save the weight, the BB shell has a massive heart cutout and lastly the short rear Campag’ ends are factory drilled”.

As you can see BD loves drilling stuff too and he’s done a grand job on this… DIY drillium – it’s the future!

Doom, you’re a boss.

Grit.

April 4, 2011

Now I’m not a fan of folders but…

April 1, 2011

This is awesome.

BMW Zoombike Prototype. Germany, 1989

Commuter folder bike study from BMW with alumiunum framework. All integrated systems like 3-speed drive train, front and rear light with rechargeable battery. Carbon disc wheels.

Designed by Richard Sapper for BMW car company. Only some prototypes had been made, no serial production. Very original except upgraded Flite titanium saddle and brake levers.

Via.

Three videos from the sixties.

April 1, 2011

the footage is great but they’d be nothing without the MUSIC… I’m tapping my foot as I type!

Rapha for the Nodder.

April 1, 2011

Even though I am 12st and have a paunch the size of 12 krispy kremes I don’t need this… but some might.

Some of you may have had the experience where your svelte cycling partners are able to whip up the climbs like marmottes on a mountain way faster than you can. I personally don’t know what that feels like, but if you do, you might need this.

Developed in the field by riders of the Rapha Continental in North America, the Rapha Climbing Lead is Rapha’s first training product. A discreet, lightweight and highly effective training tool, the lead is designed to help less able climbers ride with more accomplished ones.

The Rapha Climbing Lead is made from an advanced blend of silk and kevlar fibres, to create a fabric that has minimal stretch and a translucent finish. It can withstand up to 200kg of load and is connected between the lead rider’s seatpost and the following rider’s handlebars using a patented hook-and-mount system. Both couplings are made from a transparent carbon, making them less visible to the naked eye, and both are lined with double-density tricot fleece to prevent damage to either bike.

Rapha.


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