Posts Tagged ‘cycling’

Essential Item No.5. Dynamo works print.

October 30, 2011

Here it is, my daily kick up the arse, thanks to Chris Sleath of Dynamo works.

When it’s raining or blowing a gale outside and I really don’t fancy it, this print beautifully made by hand and letter press that is hung proudly above my mantle let’s me know that if I want to keep this healthy heart of mine ticking, then I should just get on with it… And get on with I do.

For more amazing print work just like this go peep Dynamo.

SF 79.

October 25, 2011

For the manual two wheeled enthusiasts we’ve got our classic race inspired designs for Giro di Lombardia / Paris / Zurich / San Francisco. All four Giro di series are a 16″ x 20″ silkscreen print by Caleb Kozlowski.

Clean!

Super7 via Tracko.

L’Eroica 2011 and a Canonet 28.

October 9, 2011

First, let me explain:

I bought a camera, a Canonet 28 rangefinder 12 months ago from a market in Oswestry and instantly I fell in love with it’s small size and ease of use. That week I ran a film through it and the results were O.K but something was very wrong, I had horrible vertical lines and what looked like half frames over 90% of my negatives and consequently my prints too:

I only paid £3 for it but I was still quite unhappy as I knew what this little beast of a camera was capable of, unfortunately for me those capabilities did not translate through to my pictures.

I thought maybe it was the film, so I tried another. The same results. I thought perhaps it was the lab I was using, so I tried another and yet again, the same results.

At this point I’m gutted and beginning to type ‘canonet’ into Ebay every week to try and find a replacement. There were a few of them listed, but none of them £3. I’m about ready to quit.

I grab my DSLR again and begin using that, but in my opinion nothing can compare to the look and feel of film and also being able to fix a moment in time onto something physical is something that pleases me so once again I grab the Canonet and I proceed to open the back of it. I figure either the shutter is sticking or the rollers have filth in them so I use a small brush and some compressed air and I probe and hope that I can somehow accidentally fix the problem.

It’s 11 months now since I got my mitts on this camera and it’s still acting up but I had just messed with it so I cross my fingers and hope that this time my prints will be crystal clear and free from all unwanted lines and blemishes. I run a test film and low and behold, the results are exactly the same! I still have lines and I still have strange shadows and what look like half frames. A ghost in the camera maybe? I doubt it.

I’m now ready to take this heap of junk and toss it into a fire but I was desperate to take it with me to L’Eroica. The problem is it doesn’t work properly and time is running out for me to find a replacement.

I decide to finally take it to two camera stores with a selection of the dodgy prints to see if they can shed any light on my problem. I got nothing but the web address for a man who could “look at it” for me.

Three days now until L’Eroica and it’s not looking good so I have one last blast at fixing this piece of crap and then, after what seemed like hours of me staring into that back of the camera with a torch and a magnifying glass, like an apple falling onto the head it came to me *rolls drum* all along I’v been shooting rolls of film through this thing and it has no light seals, not anywhere, none!

A quick trip to my local haberdashery and I return with black felt and double sided tape for the DIY repair job. An hour later and I think I’ve solved my problem and just in the nick of time as in two days I fly to Italy for Le Coq Sportif’s L’Eroica. I have just enough time to shoot a roll and have it developed to see the results. These next prints will dictate whether this beauty of a rangefinder ends up either in the fire and burned to death or strapped proudly around my neck in Chianti.

It worked! I win! It’s now fixed and I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am, it’s such an amazing little thing, it really is and all for £3 too. If you are ever after a compact, robust rangefinder and you can’t afford a Leica, go for one of these, seriously, they are that good.

And now some shots from my trip to L’Eroica last week with Le Coq Sportif. All of the following photographs were taken using my repaired Canonet 28;

See the rest of the Canonet group here.
Peep the Le Coq Sportif L’Eroica photopool here.
For more of my black and white photo work peep my Tumblr.

Spinwell Projects No.4. The Beanie [+].

October 7, 2011

Due to popular demand the Spinwell Projects beanie has been repeated, but this time in a much nicer choice of material; Thick, soft Cotton mix.

Spinwell Projects always endeavors to manufacture locally using materials produced on these shores and this piece of headwear is no exception; Spinwell Projects No.4 has been lovingly handcrafted by one man and his machine in Wales.

Perfect for those early morning cycling journeys.

Head over to the store to find out more on how you can get your mitts one of these beauties, while stocks last.

The Collarbone.

September 14, 2011

Yesterday I was introduced to a man named Camille McMillan. I had heard his name before but, honestly, I wasn’t 100% certain on what this man was known for but I was soon schooled. Camille happens to be serious hot-property in world of cycling photography and I should slap myself for not finding this out sooner.

Without knowing I have been looking and admiring his work for some time, in newspapers, magazines and on countless websites and blogs. Now it seems I can put a face to a name and a name to a photograph.

Camille, along with one of Rapha’s original co-founders; Luke Scheybeler has recently set up ‘The Collarbone’ … A ipad/iphone based app featuring Pro-peloton Photo-reportage. I don’t entirely know what it’s going to be, or look like but after googling and finding their Tumblr it’s quite obviously going to be something of exceptional goodness.

Peep the Collarbone tumblr and hold tight for the release of the official Collarbone App coming very soon.

Regent Cycling Club.

August 8, 2011

These guys clearly meant business.

Seen here.

Rapha Continental. Prologue.

August 4, 2011

Here we go again is the phrase that ran through my mind as we drove south through Oregon and into the state of Idaho. After riding some of the toughest stages of theTour of California earlier in the year, another stage race reconnaissance was in the offing. Darkness covered our way as we entered Wyoming and, lucky for us, it was still there when the sun came up. Here we go again. Bouncing along the straights of Highway 80 through Wyoming, a road that seems to run the 1,200 miles directly from Portland to the Denver International Airport, we finally took a quick right hand turn in Cheyenne (stopping at the illustrious diner The Egg and I) and entered the great state of Colorado….

Read more at Rapha Continental.

Essential item No.1. The Rapha+Paul Smith shirt.

July 27, 2011

I love this shirt, It’s fantastic. Since I first laid my hands on my Rapha+Paul Smith windproof shirt I have been using it nonestop, bar the washing.

This smart, highly technical jacket/shirt hybrid is made from the same fabric as the Rapha Wind Jacket. It has a water-resistant treatment to repel sudden showers and when paired with a Rapha base layer, is all you need for fast summer riding in town.

Seriously, it’s all of that and then some. The versatility of this shirt is second to none and that, my friends pleases me. I have it on right now, back from a short cycle ride to my local store, complete with a sweet potato and a packet of couscous in the rear pockets. I love it. I can now leave the bag at home.

Rapha.

American Flyers. 85.

June 14, 2011

Not sure if I have posted this previously but what the hell, J of Hoops cycles reminded me of it. Thanks J! This film looks absolutely shit but I’d still like to have a gander.

Fiddy.

May 24, 2011


Go, go, go, go
Go, go, go shorty
It’s the Olympics
We gon’ party like it’s the Olympics
We gon’ sip Bacardi like it’s the Olympics…..

Seen.

Lomo for iPhone. Travellin’.

May 3, 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.

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.

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!

Paris-Roubaix challenge.

March 21, 2011

Five of Rapha’s hard men recently went out to Recce the Paris-Roubaix challenge route:

When riding a col, one has time to reflect, to assess and pace oneself, to assert some technique, some control over the demands of the climb. Occasionally the art of cycling is reduced to desperate digging, but the goal is to dance, to fly even, up these lofty, twisting roads towards the summit. When riding the cobbles there is no time for such dreaming. You are in a boxing ring and when that first bell rings, you’re instantly the boxer. Sometimes you’re just the punchbag. Rounds can last for anything from three to fifteen minutes, your feet must be quick. You float, numbed, on the smooth tarmac for a couple of minutes, then try to recover before the next round. Unless you know the course, you often have no warning before the bell rings again… read more

The Rapha Paris-Roubaix challenge takes place on the 9th April, the day before the pro event and also don’t forget Rapha’s HOTN part deux on the 10th… I’ll be there, armed with cameras and a chauffeur. Bostin’.

The Milk Race. 1982.

March 10, 2011


I cannot stress enough how good this film is!

Twenty-five minutes of great, well shot british cycling footage. The soundtrack is awful but I suppose it makes a nice change from dubstep or eurotrance. The narration is pretty good too.

Enjoy.

Memories.

February 10, 2011

Thanks for reminding me Woody.

Blue Peter. 1987.

January 10, 2011

I should remember this episode, but I don’t. Anyone know where I can watch?

Spotted./

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!


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