Archive for November, 2010

Detail Feather.

November 10, 2010

See this bike in full effect right here at Feather. Peep the curvy tubes and high polished lugset… Hetchins eat your heart out!

Nice work Ricky.

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Three Amazing Photographs.

November 8, 2010

This guy has some fantastic bits up on his Flickr spot and I especially like his shots from Goodwood in 82.

Man, doesn’t film look great? *reaches for the recently acquired canonet 28*

Spinwell Projects No.4 – Coming soon.

November 8, 2010

Here is a photograph of my man Hardy, of Macchina beginning a prototype of what will soon become Spinwell Projects No.4.

It’s a long way off but we are on our way. Hold tight.

Heritage in Cyclo.

November 8, 2010

The French Cyclo company was the creation of Albert Raimond, one of the giants of derailleur history. Raimond developed the ‘Le Cyclo’ derailleur in 1923 (the design which became the Cyclo Standard in Britain). These derailleurs were imported into Britain from 1926. In 1932 the Great Depression had caused widespread protectionism, and Britain imposed high import duties on derailleurs imported from France. Raimond and his British Agent, Louis Camillis, responded by going into partnership and forming The Cyclo Gear Company to manufacture derailleurs and freewheels in Birmingham. By the end of the 1930’s the Cyclo Gear Company was clearly the leading player in the British derailleur market, while the French company was rapidly losing ground to Simplex.

It’s amazing what you can find out about Birmingham cycle product manufacture when you have a good look.

Seen here at the amazing Disraeli Gears.

3Rensho Scanathon.

November 5, 2010

Fond of a scan, me, and there’s plenty more where these came from… right here on Flickuh’s Flickr spot.

Tour of Britain 1990 ( Birmingham stand up ).

November 5, 2010

Well now look at this, Phil Liggett standing tall in front of the town hall of my home town. Can’t get enough of this footage… more, more, more!

If you liked this you may want to take a peep at this and this too.

Ras.

November 4, 2010

Bit sparse on the posts of late friends, sorry about that. I have been pulling what’s left of my hair out at my day job… But I can now report that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

In the meantime, while I get myself back together, get your chops around this fantastic footage.

King Engers.

November 1, 2010

At exactly 9:00 am the great guru of speed sport launched into ride to define a career, astride a purpose built TT machine this aging fighter with the rock star persona strained every sinew as he pushed forward from the start line. Ahead lay 25 miles of testing… Schooled by two decades of competition Alf would have quickly fallen into his race stride, not a gentle roll, or even a head down hard effort, the very nature of a 25 mile TT demands nothing short of maximum performance at every level, mental, physical, mechanical…never has the old saying ‘when the flag drops the bullshit stops’ been so appropriate.
Words by Gordon Hayes.

A seriously good read, about Alf Engers and his record breaking 49:24 twenty five mile TT.

Go check it out here.

Gazzetta goes from Strength to Strength.

November 1, 2010

With his new website, new online forum, newly formed cycling club; GS Gazzetta ( with a killer team strip! ) and his acclaimed pre and post ride muscle oils, Simon Lamb of La Gazzetta Della Bici is absolutely smashing it.

Big, monsterous shouts to Simon Lamb! Go check out his blog right here.

Nagocrono.

November 1, 2010

Now, folks that know me will know that I am no stranger to building vintage bikes, in fact I can’t think of anything I enjoy more, however when my pal Len said he had a project for me to undertake I had no idea what was in store.

Knowing my love for and knowledge of the vintage bicycle he has asked me to build this, his recently acquired ebay purchase of a Colnago Master Crono.

He wanted me to build him a ‘fixie’ out of it. I, of course, said no, no way. The only way I would get involved was if he would agree to me building it up the way it was intended… A super fast geared time trial machine. So, after much banter and a phone call to the bank manager he said “OK”.

I have no idea how much it will cost ( not that it’s my hard earned that I’ll be spending ) or how long it will take, I am just happy he asked me because now I can’t wait to get started, but wait… Dude, where are the god damned forks?

Anyway, hold tight the disc wheel and full super record. Happy days.


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