Archive for March, 2009

Inside Stories.

March 31, 2009


A collection of Rapha labels.

“Now available as a book, the labels discreetly stitched inside Rapha products provide a treasure trove of insights into some of the many facets of road riding. Whether celebrating the derring-do of the great legends, or simply reflecting on the humble joy of discovering rare parts in a yard sale, each label features exclusive artwork by designer Ben Aquilina”.

I have bought and paid for mine suckers!

Get on the site and grip yours before they run out, they only cost £10… that is the same as say… two and a bit McDonalds meals, which are no good for you anyway.

Nova 1971.

March 31, 2009


I love old print! Check this magazine from 1971 with a wicked Bicycle fashion feature inside, by Harri Peccinotti.

More Merckx.

March 31, 2009

His hour record attempt… on film yo!

Birmingham Stand Up!

March 31, 2009

A good friend of mine Matt recently alerted me to this movie he had just completed and screened at ‘Flatpack Festival’, Tacit.

In short it is a movie of his world famous partner Lucy McLauchlan painting for the opening of an exhibition at the Walsall museum and art gallery.

Beautifully shot in HiDef B+W stop motion this movie is serious and what is more is that the whole thing was done ‘in house’. All of the film production, music scoring ( a circuit bent broken radio and a ‘prepared’ piano in the reception of Birmingham’s Custard Factory ), title sequencing, end crediting, and jiggerypokering was all done by Matt and Lucy… with a little help from their friends!

D.I.Y is most certainly where it is at.

Via Matt @ Beat13

Giro d’Italia 1974.

March 31, 2009

You gotta peep this clip… at 2m 11s I laughed my ass off!

In print.

March 30, 2009


Via Wooljersey.

Ale, Cobs, Shims, and Sun.

March 30, 2009


She got another one.

March 30, 2009

I recently bought this frameset back after the friend who I initially sold it to had literally just taken it home and looked at it.

“Perfect” I thought… A nice lightweight frameset for Amy to replace the slightly heavy “Team Pro”, the thing is I was going to paint the Team Pro for Amy anyway but thanks to Kevin this has saved me a job.

Complete with Wine box retro-fitted to the front by me this is the perfect picnic and grocery getting bike and Amy is over the moon. Result.


Spotlight on…

March 27, 2009


Gnargore is a collective of bad skateboarders with vivid imaginations from the Black Country, England.

Formed in Summer 2003, Gnargore has gone on to have many name drops, and also produce three successful skateboard films, reviewed in Sidewalk Magazine and other cool stuff.

Yes Tom! Good looking out… keep it urp.

Ideal got a new site.

March 27, 2009

Birmingham’s finest got a new website.
Go check it out.


Selle Italia Criterium

March 27, 2009

Just landed from Ebay.

Looks good, I’m looking forward to attaching it to the beater later on tonight as that plastic BMX saddle cannot be ridden on for longer than five minutes. Hardy I don’t know how you managed it!


One for the weekend

March 27, 2009

Some brilliant footage here from the birth of the Mountain Bike when folks were still riding single speed beachesque cruisers down sandy hills with barely functioning brakes and a complete lack of suspension.

Nowadays downhill mountain bikes look more like motocross bikes than their human powered brothers. Anyone who has seen the G-Honda bike ridden by the likes of Greg Minaar would agree. The thing has an internal gear box!

Cheers Matt for the linkage.
for the

Where the Wild things are.

March 26, 2009

Muchos, Muchos Gracias to my main man Nick from Wolves for sending in this link… A great quality HD trailer for the aforementioned movie Where the Wild things are.

WordPress will not allow me to embed the clip here so tap the link above and go crazy!



March 26, 2009


Massan your Leader looks tight as hell but that chain ring you got there is crazy large.

You be careful now.

Critical Thrash part deux.

March 26, 2009


Right – this time let’s meet round the side of the library, by the bike racks at, erm, let’s say 4pm, but that’s subject to change. Feel free to bring a bit of booze if you wish, but remember street drinking is banned in Brum, and it’s better to leave the drinking until after the ride…

This one will be a points race. You do not have to visit all of the checkpoints but there will be a time limit. Some checkpoints will be worth more points than others. Penalty for being late, extra points for coming back first, second and third.

The race is also a race for points in teh Brum alleycat league. The points you earn in the race will also count as your points on the league table. Hence, you don’t have to come in the top three to get on the table.

Since there is no prize there is no entry fee, however, entrants may pay an optional pound towards a mystery prize. Obviously, only those who have paid will be eligible to win the prize…

Via Birmingham Fixed Gear Formerly Fix Up Look Sharp.

Regarding the picture: Lee what is wrong with the dudes head? Is it the dayglo nature of the flyer that is giving the poor chap a headache?

You go girl!

March 26, 2009


The stylish new women’s cycling specific clothing and accessories company, Cyclodelic, is launching at Oxford Street’s Topshop flagship store on Thursday 9 April 2009. Designed and handmade by two female cyclists in their East London studio, Cyclodelic believes that girls who cycle don’t have to forfeit fashion over function.

With prices starting from £10, Cyclodelic products are filled with functional features, from waterproofing Cordura to reflective seams, and are more colourful than a box of smarties – proof that ladies don’t have to reach for the unflattering fluorescent when hitting the road.

Via Cyclodelic

Edit: At this point in the original post I said some negative things aimed at Topshop. In hindsight these comments I made were foolish, hasty and hypocritical so two fine Spinwell readers let me know about it.

To RHB and especially Late Adopter… Infinite thanks you for your input.

Spike Jonze Wildness.

March 25, 2009

I don’t really remember seeing this as a youth, did we actually get this in the U.K?
Anyway, regardless I love Spike Jonze so forgive my posting of none bicycle related business but I cannot wait to see this.

Where the wild things are.

An adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s story, where Max, a disobedient little boy sent to bed without his supper, creates his own world–a forest inhabited by ferocious wild creatures that crown Max as their ruler.

Here is a very poor quality trailer…

Apparently you can see a decent 3 minute trailer at the beginning of Monsters vs Aliens… or is that Aliens vs Monsters?

Long on Road.

March 25, 2009

Guest blogger Kevin Kafesu.

Blacksmile edit: Holy crap! Imagine cornering on this beast? Forget pedal strike I would be more worried about actually making it around the corner without spanking someone or something on the way.

Conventional Vs Non-Conventional

March 25, 2009

Welcome guest blogger Kevin Kafesu.

Hand built, Forkless, chopper

Completely impractical and yet utterly beautiful, Forkless is a completely scratch-built custom chopper with, you’ve guessed it, no forks. The steering is done via a series of linked rods running around the frame from the handlebars to the front hub (reclaimed from a wheelchair).

Chopperolli, the artist/engineer behind Forkless, has posted a Making Of photo essay on the Ratrod Bikes forums. The highlights: The rims came from a moped and had to be drilled to take more spokes, the rear hub is a modified-coaster brake hub which now only rest on a single fork (what is a single fork called? A tine?) and to keep the whole bike pure white, Chopperolli even hand carved new rubber inserts for the pedals.

Apparently the bike rides pretty well. The steering is probably a little fluffy, but this isn’t a road racer. It’s a pimped-out cruiser.

Via Wired Magazine


March 24, 2009

I used to ride trails, sure I did but in the mid to late nineties trails were never this good!

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