Archive for June, 2009

I want one!

June 23, 2009


Seen here.

Raleigh Low Pro.

June 22, 2009

For sale on Ebay.

Jeez just look at it! The seller is looking for just under £1200 and I have no doubt that it is worth every penny… Hit the above link and check the specs.

It has 25 days to go so if anyone wants to grip this absolute beauty, get saving and hit that button!


Not for sale…

June 22, 2009

… But if it was I would definitely buy one. Kris where you at!?


Seen at Arkitip.


June 22, 2009


Le Cyclisme.

June 19, 2009


Oh my gosh this book looks amazing!

“From what I can gleam, it’s all about racing strategy including attacking, riding position, equipment and so on. There is also a nice little section that lists “Les Grandes E´preuves Du Sprint” or Major Sprint Races. The records stop at 1928, so I’m guessing this is booklet is from 1929 or 1930.”

More images here.


June 19, 2009


Tour de Ville.

June 18, 2009

“Die a thousand and deaths and s*ck a thousand c*cks” were the exact words that exited my mouth in the direction of a London underground signpost yesterday after having the most horrific two days worth of traveling on London’s poor underground service.

One journey from Heathrow to Oxford circus I estimated at a little over an hour to complete, people it took the best part of four hours and that was after countless service cancellations and numerous tube hops. The other journey took three hours to get ( again ) from Heathrow but this time traveling to Bethnal Green Road, three hours! I estimated no more than half of that and furthermore this particular three hour tube journey not only put me at the end of my tether where London’s tube service is concerned but it also took me way past my estimated time of arrival at quite possible the finest vintage cycle outlet in London. Tour de Ville.

At 7.15pm which for your information is beyond the closing time of TDV I finally arrived and to my pleasant surprise a pre-made phonecall half an hour earlier secured my entry into the store.

I was greeted at the gate by Jos one of the proprietors and I was lead in. I must add at this point that I was still utterly fuming from the ordeal that is traveling on London’s public transport, I say “Traveling on” it was more like ‘Battling with’ than “traveling on” but soon after my anger was quickly calmed and my sunny disposition restored.

I entered TDV and upon first glance I noticed the place looked quite a bit smaller than it does on photographs I have seen but that in no way detracts from the sheer goodness contained therein.

My eyes quickly wondered and whilst doing so I noticed such marques as Gazelle, Bianchi, Duell, this particular Duell would sit just lovely in my possession, the paint job is completely something else and I gazed longingly at it contemplating the thought of… but it is too small so no! I saw Moser, Rossin, Chesini and Plum to name but a few. All perfectly beautiful vintage steel road and track, frames and bikes in an assortment of colours and sizes.

Now I was once wholly guilty of getting into the colourcoding, neon, ‘fixie’, ‘hipster’ thing and it was fun to express myself that way and there is still nothing wrong with that but these days I pretty much just like old fashioned track and racing bikes and it just so happens that TDV specialize in just that. I said to my girl upon arriving home last night “Tour de Ville is much like the best cycle jumble I have ever been to minus the junk and with ten times more hotness”

Procured dark wooden glass cabinets were graced with all types of pristine Campagnolo and Dura Ace components, hubs, cranks, shifters, derailleurs, rings all very lovely and all clearly labeled and priced using my favourite method – the small brown cardboard tag hung by a piece of string. Simple effective and very classy.

I saw a plethora of rims while perusing, Mavic, Campagnolo, Rigida, FIR, Ambrosio, everything, all brand new unused and all absolutely ready to bless some lucky fellows cherished hubset.

I saw tyres, I especially had my eye on some real nice NOS Red / Tan wall Vredestein Ricorso’s that would look totally at home on my Raleigh but I am saving! Saddles old and new, jerseys, shoes and even a healthy selection of cycling publications for the keen readers among us.

My time spent in TDV was quite short as I had to catch my 8.23 back to the Ham but it was definitely the best time I had spent in a London bike store to date. I usually come out feeling abused or spoken down to, you guys know what I am talking about right? but anyway. The hospitality extended to me by Keith and Jos was an absolute breath of fresh air especially after my day of hell on London’s public toilet, ahem! I mean transport. Most store owners and staff would not even let you through the door out of hours never mind cups of coffee and cycle related chatter.

Keith, Jos it was a pleasure to meet you yesterday and to see your store you are doing a grand job and may you continue to do so and to anyone planning a trip to London you must go down to the store and check it out, it is the exact way a store of this nature should look and run. Perfect. Next time when I am sans luggage I am leaving with a frame!

Few days off.

June 15, 2009

Yes that’s right, I have work commitments out of the city so I have to go away for a few days. Fear not however as Spinwell will be back before the week is out with more of the goodness that you lot love so much.

In the meantime check this beauty out. Pure hotness from Cicli Polito.



I can only imagine…

June 12, 2009

… What riding this curve would feel like.


Anyone for a trip to Helsinki?

Mo Superfluo.

June 11, 2009





After selling a bunch of stuff on Ebay and to pals I myself have been contemplating another Alu frame as you really cannot beat the power transfer of Aluminium. So these Superfluo’s look right up my street but I wouldn’t mind seeing one in my size built up before I make my mind up on appearance.

At 550 euros plus postage these don’t seem too badly priced, that is roughly the same price as a Dolan Track Champ which is one of the nicest Alu track frames in that price bracket ( IMHO ). Obviously the Dolan comes with a big bag of pedigree but the superfluo comes with spots!

Cheers to Fixed Gear Leeds for the images.

Postcards from Birmingham.

June 11, 2009


Fin dropped by the store yesterday to pass me a handful of these. A bunch of really nice postcards to promote the cycling scene in Birmingham. As you may be able to see on the front there, they have a picture of Birmingham’s most handsome bike and quite rightfully so! On the rear the cards contain web addresses for the three most relevant sites for Brum cyclists and fixed heads, namely Birmingham Fixed Gear, Spinwell and the LFGSS Birmingham forum.

Thanks Fin, from all of us. You have done a fine job.


June 11, 2009


Undefeated La Brea is now holding a contest to win a UNDFTD/CTRS fixed gear bike. The bike was built in Japan by UNDFTD and a Master kierin race bike builder, and is a fully functional 54cm, left side drive bicycle. To enter to win is easy. Just cruise down to the shop on La Brea, buy a Livestrong band for 1 buck, receive a form to enter and win. Of course, all proceeds go toward the research for the cure of cancer. All other UNDFTD locations will have bands and forms in the very near future.


Via Highsnob and UNDFTD.

Keirin in Black and White.

June 10, 2009

I am not sure of you had noticed but of late I seem to have gained a certain penchant for vintage cycling photographs. You gotta love old photos right?

So to keep everyone happy and also to keep the vintage theme going here are a selection of amazing pictures of some Keirin happenings.









June 10, 2009


Simon Peplow.

June 10, 2009


Perusing the web this morning led me to these illustrations done for a childrens book and what do I see beside them but a name: Simon Peplow. A mild mannered kid I went to Uni with and who is also something of an awesome skateboarder. So to you again Simon, infinite props, these are bad!

Birmingham Summer of Rage.

June 9, 2009

Big up Fin!

This looks like it is going to be a biggun.


16:00 meet outside ideal skate shop.
16:30-18:00 bike polo mash-up. Bring your shin-pads. 3v3 – 3 goals wins or high score after 5 mins.

18:00 Points Race – 10 Check-points across the city centre.
From the start point you will be given a map and one location to go to.
Once you arrive at the first location collect a token. On the back of the token the location of the next checkpoint will be marked.
This continues until you return with all tokens to the start point.
There will be tasks to complete at checkpoint 5 and 10.

19:00 Footdown – Using any means at your disposal, be the last one pedalling.

[Break For drinking etc]

19:30 Grand Prix – Lap race not for the faint of heart.
Start Digbeth high street (just before Milk street) race all the way up and around Camp Hill circus, then bomb it down back to the finish line – Rea street junction.

19:45 Car Park Climb – Moat Lane car park. HTFU. Groups of 4 race to the top. 2 qualify from each stage.

20:15 Pub/Park drinking

Boom! Good looking out for the Points race and the Grand Prix.

Keep up to date with the happenings of Bikezilla… here.


June 9, 2009


Recently KNOG documented the lives of four remarkable people – Wendy, Violet, Graham and Charlie.
Funny, sad and poignant, these short films portray the honesty and pain of love.

Watch the trailer plus all the shorts… here.

Kulture Vultures…

June 9, 2009

… In Arena Homme Plus.


H plus Carbon.

June 9, 2009


H Plus Son has made a mark for themselves over the past year with their 42mm deep aluminum rims, one of the deepest section rims available until Velocity released the B43 just a few weeks back, which is just killer millimeter deeper. Shown here is a prototype H Plus Son Formation Face rim with a carbon overlay applied to an aluminum shell. The aluminum versions are lighter than the B43 by 150-200g, there is no word however on actual weight, price or if the carbon version will ever be available for retail purchase. hplussoncarbon2There is no doubt that the H Plus Son rims are lookers, attracting attention no matter what with the carbon version upping the ante as far as exotic rims go. Time will tell if there will ever be more than a handful of this version out in the world.

Via UrbanVelo.


June 8, 2009

These look the biz, especially the white ones… I am totally digging on the spots!


Via Lockedcog.

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