Archive for November, 2009

Glove Goodness.

November 18, 2009

Blue lug always get it right.

Spotted at Pedal Consumption.

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Oh Sh*t.

November 18, 2009

I am not personally into trick riding myself but this fakie wheelie just killed it for me.

New Brooklyn.

November 18, 2009

“The Launchpad” is our new “trick specific/700cmx/fixed freestyle” frame. The first frames are nearing completion and should be trickling out to paint in the next week. All of the first batch is spoken for but some will be available in shops that have preordered them. Our friends in LA, Orange 20 are first on the list to have some in stock. The bros at WBASE ,Chari & Co. and Tokyo Fixed Gear are all on the list to have frames soon too. If you can’t get your hands on one from this first run, we will be taking orders for the next, hopefully to be completed in the very near future.

“The Launchpad” is going to be offered in long and short top-tube versions with the option of either a Mid or Euro bottom bracket shell with a 45×45 integrated headtube. Color options are black, red, and clear. The long version has a taller standover and slightly steeper HT angle than the short. Overall, the geometry of this frame isn’t a much of a departure from the “Gangsta”. This thing is more stout than it’s older brother and has ample tire clearance. We’re pretty stoked on it and the addition of our “Clusterfork” is going to make for a kickass frameset that sells for $850MSRP and is handmade here in Brooklyn.

Slowly beginning to feel the top tube that slopes the ‘wrong’ way!

More info here.

Erm.

November 18, 2009

Is it me or does this look a bit strange… I mean, like what size will the front wheel be?

Via Fixed Gear Blog.

Flu.

November 17, 2009

It had to happen sooner or later. I mean, I have gone at least 8 months without so much as a whisper of illness but now here I am practically a walking zomby.

So apologies folks but there will be no posts for the next day or so as I need to take myself off somewhere to have a one on one wrestle with this thing they call ‘man flu’.

Wish me luck!

Team Raleigh on Ebay.

November 13, 2009

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Professional lightweight road bike from Raleigh Bicycle Development, Ilkeston with Reynolds 753 framework #SB3116 finished in TI-Raleigh team coloures red, black, yellow. Selected equipment with Campagnolo Super Record, Huret Jubilee gear, CLB magnesium brakes, Pelissier 2002 hubs, Mavic SSC rims, Cinelli bar/stem, Premier SL220 suede saddle, etc.

This, another fine example of British craftmanship just recently sold on U.S Ebay for nigh on $2000.

Some lucky ( and flush ) fellow has just landed themselves with an absolute beauty of a specimen there!

But Club. Ahem!

November 13, 2009

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Via Guccilife.

For the love of the game.

November 13, 2009

Nike 6.0 sponsored BMX rider Nigel Sylvester is shown in this video ripping up the streets all day with some urban freestyle riding. Working with Hypebeast blogger and photographer 13thWitness, this video was made ‘for the love of the Game’ which I’m sure you’ll agree is the best and most authentic way to do it.

Via Hypebeast.

Gorilla Teaser.

November 13, 2009

TFG Store.

November 13, 2009

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So as most of you will know ( by now ) the Tokyo Fixed gear guys are opening a store and not only are they opening a store they opening a store in the west end man! Big things.

Expect to see two floors of goodness, from items of high grade ‘cycling streetwear’ to Japanese track frames. Tokyo Fixed Gear should have it all so get saving your pennies friends because on November 25th your going to need them.

Store Opens November 25th
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4 Peters Street
Soho, London,
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Gios Love.

November 12, 2009

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Birth of the Alleycat.

November 11, 2009

Really digging these photies found on my daily perusement of the interweb.

From what I gather they were all taken between the 1960 and 1963 at what the French quite fittingly called ‘Courier’ races. However at the source you will find photographic examples of the races from as early as 1890!

The photograph underneath is pure greatness. These guys must be the most stylish newspaper delivery boys I ever saw.

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The French in the 20s and 30s and beyond, it seems, had races for just about everything – from cars to bicycles to childrens pedal-cars and scooters, just about every means of transport was represented with its own “championship”. Bicycle couriers of various descriptions, common throughout Paris, were no exception. In the years prior to World War II, and even during the war (and perhaps even after), several events occurred annually which gave the couriers their chance to shine – and shine they did.

Source – You may also like this video from 1942 of one of the aforementioned ‘courier’ races.

Ricoh hotness.

November 11, 2009

Slightly off topic I know but I just couldn’t help it!

This is the thing… I love to take photographs and I especially love to take my camera out on the road with me but I find a DSLR much too heavy and cumbersome. I also find that a compact just doesn’t do what I want it to so here we are, at the crossroads. Bridge cameras as they call them at Jessops are the way forward, I just need to find the right one for me. Sigma DP-1? Ricoh GR-II? Canon G11? Sheesh… I better get deciding as Xmas isn’t too far away!

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Shaking up the camera world, Ricoh has just unveiled the GXR model into its line of point & shoot cameras. The GXR’s new claim to fame is not so much its interchangeable lens format but how this process works. The camera’s lens comes complete with its very own sensor meaning that the body is essentially sensor-less. This enables sensors to be paired accordingly with the task at hand and the lens itself.

Hmmmm ( scratches head ) very interesting. I am not a fan of ‘new fangled’ items but if this enables a better photograph who am I to complain. We will see.

Words from Hypebeast.

Affinity x CMWC.

November 11, 2009

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We’re helping raise money for CMWC Japan by donating the first production Kissena frame set, and four Lo Pro frame sets custom powder coated candy clear red with white CMWC and Affinity graphics. The Kissena is size small 52cm and we have two small and two medium Lo Pros available.

The Kissena frame set is $899.00, and the Lo Pro’s are $500.00 f/f. All money raised will go to the CMWC fund. This is a great chance to help support CMWC, and for doing so you’ll be sporting the first Kissena or a custom Lo Pro.

Prolly via Affinity.

Xmas list starts here.

November 11, 2009

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Rapha’s latest collaboration with Paul Smith sees the classic Grand Tour Gloves given a sartorial twist. Featuring the English designer’s signature stripe, the multi-coloured pattern is used on the piping of these black leather race mitts. This limited edition piece was designed for the Favourite Shirts exhibition, a celebration of cycling jerseys featuring Rapha and Rouleur photography, held at the Paul Smith shop in Tokyo.

Please note the gloves are an extremely limited edition and only 20 pairs are available

Rapha via Tracko.

Points of View.

November 10, 2009

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Cycling is sport and transportation and transformation. And cycling is vantage. A position and condition that when combined, offer a Point of View. The position, seated on a bike, slightly bent and pointed forward, is engaged. Moving through time and space at an average speed of 18 miles an hour, engaging the world at just the right speed, the rider experiences great vision, hearing and feeling. Part “zone”, part metaphysical and part synchronicity, the cyclist experiences a powerful Point of View. In the same family as suffering and freedom, this Point of View is one of the fundamental reasons we ride. Riding is fun.

Read more and see more… Rapha.

British Pathe.

November 10, 2009

I am terribly annoyed.

The big steaming dog poo that is WordPress has this morning prevented me from embedding a multitude of the most amazing and fantastic videos of British cycling history from a website that was previously unknown to me. British Pathe.

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I would have loved to have shown you the movie of the 1951 Tour de Britain but no, it won’t let me, I would also have liked to post about a 1956 Dunlop T.V advertisement but alas Worpress says no so unfortunately friends you will all have to go see for yourself by going here.

If you like your movies black and white and you are partial to a spot of nostalgia then it really is a must!

Thanks LS of B’ham cyclist for the linky.

Pure slams.

November 9, 2009

Yamaguchi Hotness.

November 9, 2009

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Europe.

November 9, 2009

If you love cycling, you love Europe, even if you don’t understand it.

It’s interesting because I know there’s a global audience likely reading this, and for many it might be so obvious that it seems hardly worth writing about. Still, growing up on the west coast of the U.S., the monuments, riders and traditions of this sport that I love seemed as foreign as the languages that are spoken.

Separated by the Atlantic, there are still countless numbers of cyclists who may never make it to Arenberg, Galibier, the Mortirolo, or the infamous Alpe d’Huez, but that doesn’t make it any less inspirational. In fact, it seems that the draw is almost more powerful because of the distance. The places and heroes of cycling predominantly still have names that many of can’t completely pronounce properly.

We are proud when “our guys” succeed “over there”—Lance, Andy, George, Greg—but I’d venture to say we might be more enthralled by video like these of Boonen and the Six Day because we can’t fully understand it. We just know it’s beautiful.

Lovely words from Slate Olson at Rapha.


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