Archive for September, 2009

Hold Fast.

September 30, 2009


We are riders like you. We founded Hold Fast because we couldn’t find any toe clips that could stand up to the rigors of fixed gear freestyle riding. After breaking countless clips and straps, we decided to design and make some ourselves. Only after many months of street testing by some of the best and burliest trick riders on the scene, did we feel that we had a product worthy of the name Hold Fast.

We believe these to be the finest foot straps made.

Hand made in Brooklyn, Hold Fast FRS offer superior comfort and adjustability no matter what type of shoe you ride in. Whether you are a die-hard fixed gear rider seeking a long lasting alternative to toe-clips, a hardcore bicycle polo player who wants a more protective toe strap, a trick rider seeking greater confidence, a single-track MTB rider who wants to stay connected on drops and switchbacks, or a commuter seeking maximum adjustability and comfort…these are the straps for you.

I have never needed anything but clip and a double strap ( of the nylon variety ) but the more I hear of these the more I want to try them. One thing is for damn certain, they look heavy as hell and I am convinced that not another strap will be broken once these are installed.

Anyone tried them or anything similar? Please shed some light.

Words from Holdfast

All Day I Dream About Spinwell.

September 30, 2009


New Adidas cycling inspired jerseys just dropped over at Birmingham’s finest luxury garms outlet… Atoo.

Unfortunately this is the only image I got sent for these that worked so apologies there. I will endeavour to get better pics today!

Mo Massan.

September 30, 2009



Massan continues to post great photographs up on his blog… So if you have not yet peeped it and you like yourself a bit of lens action go check it.

Mirror Mirror.

September 29, 2009


Mirror polished 75s and Zen ring anyone? Yes please, I’ll take two.

Via SJF on Flickr.

EAI Goodness.

September 29, 2009

The Euro Asia Imports booth at Interbike 2009. Bling like whoa.




Via Loosenutswheels.

Mo Look.

September 29, 2009


See more of this beauty right here and you really should go peep it out as this whip is truly s t a c k e d !

Thanks Joe for the heads.

Mo Wilier.

September 29, 2009

I know I said I would be posting a De Rosa today but my mind has wandered, wandered specifically over to this:

Kind of a repost but it is all in the details!







Man that plating has me dazed like a rabbit in the headlights… someone please put me out of my misery!

Sir Vaylo.

September 29, 2009


Rapha Gentlemen.

September 28, 2009


A new interpretation of the classic cycling biretta, the Rapha Gentleman’s Cap is designed for the urban riding dandy. Available in three exclusive designs, each cap style boasts its own unique signature features. The Feather cap is made from grey Melton wool and finished with a black grosgrain ribbon stripe down the centre. The Waxed cap, meanwhile, is water resistant, comes with its own enamel pin and is finished with mesh eyelets. The polka dot cap is rendered in a pattern familiar to fans and riders alike and is finished with a satin ribbon. All the caps have fully bound seams and are lined with anti-bacterial tape to wick sweat and keep your head dry.

The Polka dot is the one here for me, call me a Dandy if you will but I love it… I guess you could say we all need a touch of ( like the good brother Al Pacino says in Scarface ) “Flash and Pzazz” in our lives!

Available from now.


September 28, 2009

This one is for Joe… The Look KG 196, France, Circa 1992.








Tomorrow I post another drool worthy geared bicycle from this period and I am currently thinking it is going to be a 1988 De Rosa 35th Anniversary museum piece, but for now we just drink this in…

You know that every last detail on this frame has been meticulously thought out and it has truly paid off, just look at the seat cluster – Could you possibly get it more spot on?

I think I have just found my new favourite brand.


September 28, 2009

20090924-BLACK 1

20090924-RED 1


Via Carnival Tokyo.
Thanks Hardy for the heads.

Profile Hotness.

September 28, 2009


These profiles look like they could signal the end of the loose chainring bolt… I am sure all those out there who run profiles with a BMX ring will know exactly what I am talking about.

Profile Racing has fully embraced fixed city riding, and is listening to the people out there using and abusing their products. They’re recently created their first 144mm chainrings, and more importantly the spider to allow riders to use their tubular cromoly BMX cranks on a fixed drivetrain. The usual single bolt on BMX cranks that attaches the ring to the arm tend to work loose and develop play on a fixed drivetrain, but not this splined spider that fits directly on the bottom bracket axle. Cranks are also now available in a 165mm length but such things dont come cheap—expect to pay about $275 for the full crank/bb/spider/ring combination.

Via Urban Velo.


September 24, 2009

duell 003

Got my B-Witch bars through today and after a rapid fitting session and a razz around the block I can say that for £35 these are exactly what the doctor ordered.

Not too high like some 5″ risers that are apparently “big in London” and not as low as your more traditional MTB riser, these are perfect for me and my ‘Low Pro’ and they also seem to do a good job at keeping the fatigue away from my shoulders too so win win.

B-Witch risers come with a 5cm rise, 25.4 diameter clamp size and an almost perfect width of 46cm so no need to reach for the hacksaw!

£35 from Tokyo Fixed Gear.

Carbontech 90.

September 24, 2009





Apparently this beast of a frame was “A high school design project” in 1990. Damn, all I got to do was make wind powered cars out of used shampoo bottles. How the other half live!

Good looking whip though and certainly wouldn’t look out of place today and also reminding me of these:


East German FES Carbon Fibre Track Bikes used for the 4000m Individual and Team Pursuit at the Seoul Olympics.

Araya Appreciation.

September 24, 2009




Fuji 2010.

September 23, 2009

I have always been a fan of Fuji bikes and the 2010 offerings do not dissapoint.

From ‘semi’ monocoque Carbon on the ‘Elite’ to pure cr-mo steel on the ‘classic’ Fuji have all bases covered. My personal favourite has to be the Track Pro ( second one down ) – Sh*t looks tight as hell and I would absolutely love to rip it!

I can’t really see too well in the pictures but what cranks do the ‘Pro’ and the ‘Comp’ have on? I quite like the look of them so… Answers on a postcard please.






Via HipsterNascar.

R I H.

September 23, 2009

Oh snap! I remember you. I chewed this guy’s ears off for over half an hour once… sorry!

He told me he had worked in that very store on Westerstraat for like 60 years so I had to come with at least a good handful of FAQs. Really nice guy though and very helpful, if you are ever in the ‘Dam’ you must go check out RIH.

Anyway peep the vids and props to Sam at FGL for putting them up.

Bianchi 2010.

September 21, 2009




September 21, 2009

On Velostuf.






Dia Compe Anniversary.

September 21, 2009

Kevin aka Veezy my work homie yesterday alerted me to these. He himself is on the lookout for a new wheelset although at three bills ( £300 ) these may just be a little out of his price range!

Sorry Kev.

A rare treat from Dia Compe; The 60th Anniversary Wheelset, only 200 sets built, each one individually numbered. Nice.




Tokyo Fixed Gear.

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