Posts Tagged ‘steel’

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.

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.

Donhou Hotness.

March 18, 2011

I know Sparky wanted something special so he got an integrated seat post with custom expanding seat post stub to allow some adjustment should he change his seat or such things. Being a fair weather bike his bottom bracket got pretty heavily drilled and I carried this through to other areas such as the seat tube sleeve and modified Columbus Max crown. Yep couldn’t leave it alone, so I filled the window and drilled the tangs to make sure it tied in perfect with the frame.

The other main feature of this bike is the internal cable routing, with the rear brake cable exiting the rear of the seat tube, the rear derailleur cable exiting the bottom of the seat stay and the front derailleur cable coming straight out the back of the bottom bracket shell. Finished with a mix of Campagnolo parts this is one awesome road machine.

Yes it is, it’s a beaut. Donhou, it’s fair to say that you are currently ‘smashing it’. That’ll be street slang for ‘doing really well’. I think a trip to the workshop is on the cards. Congrats also to Sparkes, this is one lovely piece of kit you have, pal.

Donhou.

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.

Watch this.

March 9, 2011

Super, smashing, great… This film is all of these things. It’s shot extremely well with some real amazing photography and the commentary is good too, two thumbs up!

Before fixed-gear bikes became de rigueur for urban aesthetes, they were the weapon of choice for Japan’s fearless Keirin cyclists. A gladiatorial incarnation of track cycling that dates back to 1948, the Japanese sporting phenomenon operates by an intricate set of rules that sees competitors jostling for position on steeply banked tracks at lightning fast speeds, all but encouraging spectacular crashes. In today’s film for NOWNESS, Jonathan de Villiers (whose fashion photography and portraiture has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Wallpaper* and Fantastic Man) traveled to the national Keirin school in Tokyo and the Tachikawa and Yokkaichi velodromes to decode the strategy that governs the racing phenomenon. “I knew next to nothing about it when I went,” says de Villiers, “but I’m a big admirer of the anthropological documentary where you get taken into a whole different world. And what a strange, special and complex universe it turned out to be.” The state-run industry amasses tens of billions of dollars in gambling revenue each year.

Nowness.

Boss Obree.

February 18, 2011

I can’t get enough of this bike. Everything has been considered in terms of making it as light as possible, look at it! It’s pretty darn ugly with it’s imperfections but in ways also quite beautiful.

I read that the aero bars attached to the front of this machine are completely custom and they took Obree himself three months to whittle down from a solid piece of aluminium. Now that’s what I am talking about. Simply brilliant.

Thanks Hardysan for the linkage.

Bespoked Bristol.

February 18, 2011

A lot of you may already know this but:

Bespoked Bristol is the UK’s first handmade & boutique bicycle show celebrating the craft of beautiful bicycles. The event will showcase the talents of independent makers and designers of bicycles, small-scale makers of premium products, components, clothing, bicycle accessories, and media.

Bristol is the UK’s first Cycle City so is the ideal place to host the show which will be a focal point for makers and customers to come together and discuss and share ideas. Awards will be up for grabs, including the most beautiful bicycle and product of the show.

Above you will see a lovely piece of craftmanship by Tom Donhou who will be exhibiting at the show and it’s actually my pal Sparky’s BB too… Nice work chaps.

Bespoked takes place on 10th-12th June at Paintworks, Bristol and I will most certainly be attending.

For a full list of exhibitors go peep. You won’t be dissapointed!

Lee Cooper and a bling Porteur.

February 2, 2011

Badda Bing!

Well, would you look at this… this is one super blinged out bespoke chrome porteur bike handbuilt by none other than Lee Cooper of Coventry.

He’s now making specialist porteur racks for bikes such as this, too so if you are in the market, make sure you get in-touch with him.

Nice work, Lee. I remember you talking about this but I never imagined it would be this good. Double thumbs up!

World Track Champs. Lyon 1989.

January 31, 2011

Found at NZ Tony’s ridiculous flickr spot.

Look Scan.

January 31, 2011

Found./

Donhou Hotness.

January 16, 2011

Donnie has only just started building frames but already his work is looking amazing. If you are based anywhere near Norfolk and you are in the market for something, be sure to check this guy out.

Oh and Sparky, and you Tim, I want to see what he did for you when they are finished!

See more here.

Rapha Bicycle Collection.

January 11, 2011

Beginning January 2011 and for the next two years, Rapha has partnered with four masters of framebuilding to offer four distinct, hand-made bicycles. Each partner has been selected because of the mastery of their craft and passion for road cycling. With each partner we have created a model constructed uniquely for a particular style or purpose of riding.

I’ll take this, the ‘Continental’ please, sans guards.

In all seriousness, I love this bike. It’s pretty much my ideal whip, actually.

See more at Rapha.

Pinarello TT. 87.

January 10, 2011

My love for the classic TT bike continues.

Mo Laser.

January 3, 2011

Via./

Muuuuuuuud!

January 3, 2011

I havn’t ridden cross in years, and after a chat with my pal Doug over the weekend I am more eager than ever to get a canti equipped bicycle.

Love these photo’s grabbed from my Flickr friend – Ichico.

RIH Track Hotness.

December 19, 2010

Mr. Wim van der Kaaij told that this unconventional track bike was built after Graeme Obree broke Francesco Mosers hour record on a home built bike in 1993. Mr. van der Kaaij keeps it in his shop for historical reasons although he calls it “ugly and heavy”.

Is that a fork crown? Nice.
More here.

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.

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!


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