Archive for February, 2009

Keith Haring x Cinelli

February 11, 2009

One of my favourite artists to come out of the 80s, Keith Haring on a collab with Cinelli.

Peep those god damn wheels son!

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Ghostbikes

February 10, 2009

A nice article on Ghost bikes in The Sun ( ? ) newspaper today.

At a distance they are unremarkable — simple bike frames bolted to lampposts, gates or railings. But up close, their ghostly white hue hints at a different dimension.
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Completely nothing to do with cycles but…

February 10, 2009

Highgate has suddenly become Lowgate.

I rode through what was formally knows as ‘Highgate’ today and discovered most of the high-rise flats were either gone or going.

What ashame it is to see parts of Birmingham deteriorate like this.

Lets hope they build more ‘apartments’ in the void because that is just what we Birmingham folk need.

I think they call it ‘Regeneration’.

Regeneration my foot, it seems our council either overlook prime spots for development or bulldoze them.
Look at what is going on over at the ‘Lower east side’ aka Digbeth.
Amazing buildings raised to the ground leaving nothing but rubble, all for the sake of apartments that may be built…
Years of Birmingham history, erased.

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This makes me want a Steel frame again.

February 10, 2009

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Via HKFixed

Shop Fourteen.

February 9, 2009

I am wounded…
If I want to buy something rather fancy for my bike I either go online which ( as we all know ) does the independent retailer no favours,
or pay £20 on a train ticket to London to go visit the selection of stores down there that can actually cater for what I like and need.

Now you can add Shop Fourteen to that list of retailers as another fixed / track store opens in London.

Just check out some of the brands they have lined up… Profile, Sugino, Chris king, Halo, Salsa, HED, Royce, Campagnolo, Catlike, Gussett, Rigida, Miche, Dolan, Proper, Cinelli, Deda, Thomson, Continental, San Marco,Pro logo, Odyssey, Lifeact & FGLDN shoes, Dia Compe, Gran Compe, Goldtec, Gipiemme, Brand X, Ns bikes, Tree, FBM, Milwaukee Bikes, Power Grips, KMC, Casati Helmets, CCP, PEDAL.E.D, OW leather accessories, Nari Furi, FGLDN stuff, MASH, BNDR, Cantgoslo, Alpina and many many more.

Damn! I can see some serious cash getting dropped in there at the grand opening.
I wonder if the lady would like a profile track hub for her valentines gift?

Scheduled to open on the 14th February at an address still unknown to most.

Hit up the Shop Fourteen blogspace for more details.

Via Fixed Gear London

Skating in Afghanistan.

February 9, 2009

Check this great New York Times article of skateboarding alive and well in Kabul, Afghanistan.

KABUL, Afghanistan — It looked like an ordinary neighborhood playground: six children tumbling off their skateboards to the tune of laughter. But only hours before, just 20 yards away, the body of a suicide car bomber was sprawled beside a glistening pool of blood

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Spinning well.

February 7, 2009

If she truly loved me she would buy me this.

February 7, 2009

Thats right, I would like a one thousand seven hundred dollar track frame please.

Seen at NJS Export blogspace.

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Custom Built NJS Track frames by builder Makita-San of Georama.
Turnaround time is about a month.

BASE PRICE: $1680

EXTRA PAINT OPTIONS:
Sparkle paint: +usd80.
Silver, gold or rainbow sparkle.
Small or large flakes
Many or not so many.
More than one color: +80usd per additional color.
Any color is okay!!!
Chrome plating under paint: +150usd.

TUBING OPTIONS:
Kasei 019
Kasei 022
Kasei 8630R (+150usd)
Tange no.1
Tange no.2

DECALS/ HEAD BADGE COLOR:
White, Red, Yellow, or White w/Black dots (almost a grey)
Other decal options also available.

SEAT STAY:
Traditional or Fastback.

HEADSET:
Hatta Swan Super Deluxe NJS; or,
Shimano HP-7410

BOTTOM BRACKET:
Hatta R9400 NJS; or,
Shimano BB-7710

FORK CROWN:
Evolution fork crown in upper right corner, extra thin and light: +80usd
The rest are available at no additional cost.

Critical Mass Birmingham

February 5, 2009

Just a quick reminder that Birmingham’s Critical Mass meet is tomorrow evening ( 5th Feb ).
Meet at St. Philip’s Cathedral aka Pigeon Park, between 5.30pm and 6.30pm.

I will be there and hopefully too will a few others…

For more info on Critical Mass go here

Vintage Cycle Jersey Collection

February 5, 2009

I have been looking for a nice woolen jersey to go underneath my jacket for a while, as wearing a cotton t-shirt was becoming insufficient.

I find the problem with jerseys is they fit too damn tight… and yes I know they are meant to but I come from the school of Hip Hop so when it comes to t-shirts and jumpers I am reaching for the XL.
Little did I know that a good quality vintage cycle shirt in an XL is quite rare.

After scouring Ebay and various shops looking for the ‘right one’ I got a call off Frank from Urban Village ( Birmingham’s finest dealer in all things vintage ) saying he had just had a big delivery of jerseys in from Belgium… so I went over last week and took a peep.

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I have been after one of those Brooklyn chewing gum jerseys for a while and I thought I had got my mitts on one until I tried it on, too small.
I am not even that big!

I did manage to get one in the end and I love it.
The problem is now I have found one, I need another.

Peep more like these at his stall at the Custard Factory flea market every Sunday.

Back to the future.

February 4, 2009

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Seen over at the blog of Taj Mihelich.
The actual future of BMX.

Who ate all the pies?

February 4, 2009

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I first saw an image of one of these big boys built up over at the
ATX Fixed blogspace and I was intrigued.
Jesus! How big are those flanges?… excuse me.

Chub hubs feature a unique oversized carbon centre hub body, combined with huge aluminium flanges that reduce wind up in the hub shell as well as reducing peak spoke tension on the drive side by up to 70 per cent.

It also has the advantage of creating a very lightweight, yet super rigid structure that increases torsional stiffness and fatigue life. Hubs come with 6Al/4V titanium hardware, and 15mm rear bolt through axles.

Chub hubs are currently available in both 24h and 32h track (120 and 130mm rear spacing) and 32h MTB singlespeed pairs, the latter with ISO six-bolt disc mounts

Weights are 426g per pair (track) and 434g per pair (MTB).

Retail prices are as follows:
Track front £74.99
Track rear £165.99

These are being imported by Jungle products so if you want to grip one, hit them up.

Mo Snow.

February 3, 2009

Last night me and the lady took a slow and slippy ride over to Cannon Hill park.
Armed with a flask of Hot Toddy ( which had way too much Courvoisier in it ) and a camera ( complete with gaffer taped fish eye ) I set about snapping.

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I have come to the conclusion that I really must bite the bullet and start thinking about getting a ‘proper’ DSLR.

If I have to wrestle with my current camera again I will surely have to drop kick it into a pond or maybe smash it with a hammer, or better still a bat so as not to kill it too quick.

My Champs are here!

February 3, 2009

Ordered these last week from planet-x warehouse and after a short wait they have finally arrived.

Cheers Craig Nasty for speeding up the process.

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Hilarious.

February 2, 2009

Snow!

February 2, 2009

It was all fun up until the point I started to lose the feeling in my toes.
Vans? I must be a complete idiot, honestly. 60s skate shoes and snow
do not mix and I really should know better.

Next time perhaps I will opt for something a little more ‘practical’.

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