Archive for January, 2011

World Track Champs. Lyon 1989.

January 31, 2011

Found at NZ Tony’s ridiculous flickr spot.

Look Scan.

January 31, 2011


Thank you LCS!

January 28, 2011

I had this limited edition jersey through the post this morning. Stoked to say the least. Fits well, good choice of fabric and roomy pockets at the rear… lovely.

Keep your eyes on Le Coq Sportif in 2011 – Their commitment to classic cycling continues.

White Turbo failings.

January 19, 2011

Don’t buy a White turbo. Simple. I mean, that is mine up there after being on the bike for no more than two weeks. As you can see ( or maybe not because of the poor attempt at an arty iphone shot gone wrong ) it is Borderline killed, creased to bits with the white dye or whatever it is completely worn away at the sides and on the tail. It’s not like I have been hammering it either, I have been pootling about to and from work. My thighs are hench, I am not going to lie but not so hench that they physically chafe the sides of the saddle like sandpaper to a block of cheese.

What is worse is that this particular white turbo was straight up out of the box NOS from 1992 and now look at it, positively NOS. What are these guys using to colour the pleather anyway… Tipp-ex? Chalk? Milk? Whatever it is, it’s crap.

Mind you, this saddle does have a lot of charm in it’s current state with it’s used look and I suppose it is also perched on top of something that is as far from a show bike as can be. It is also probably the comfiest saddle I have used ( sans bibs ) so I can forgive a little for that, that said I am used to a collapsed flite and also a Regal ( best looking saddle IMO but hard as Tyson, riding a Regal is like cycling with a brick between your legs ). I suppose I just wish this Turbo had lasted a little longer, so all I am saying is: if you want a white saddle that will remain white for longer than 2 weeks. Don’t buy a turbo.

That is all.

Look Mondrian 2011.

January 17, 2011

Jesus Christ. Why have I not got ( read saved ) enough £££ for a 586 yet. *Drools on keyboard*. I need a slap in the face right now followed by some hard liquor. Shit.


Fignon Flickr Grips.

January 17, 2011

Dang! Fignon’s Raleigh/Super-U TT bike is an absolute stunner.

Seen at Numerius’ photostream./

The Ride Journal V.

January 17, 2011

if you are down ‘that London’ next week be sure to get over to ‘look mum no hands’ for the launch of issue 5 of the brilliant Ride Journal.

Cannibal Bike specs.

January 16, 2011


Donhou Hotness.

January 16, 2011

Donnie has only just started building frames but already his work is looking amazing. If you are based anywhere near Norfolk and you are in the market for something, be sure to check this guy out.

Oh and Sparky, and you Tim, I want to see what he did for you when they are finished!

See more here.

Flying Scot.

January 11, 2011

Adding the final touches to a Flying Scot frame before painting. Behind the doors of the glittering front of their Murray Street shop, Rattray’s framebuilders worked their magic in these dark atmospheric surroundings.

Such an amazing photograph, for lovers of the Flying Scot.

Rapha Bicycle Collection.

January 11, 2011

Beginning January 2011 and for the next two years, Rapha has partnered with four masters of framebuilding to offer four distinct, hand-made bicycles. Each partner has been selected because of the mastery of their craft and passion for road cycling. With each partner we have created a model constructed uniquely for a particular style or purpose of riding.

I’ll take this, the ‘Continental’ please, sans guards.

In all seriousness, I love this bike. It’s pretty much my ideal whip, actually.

See more at Rapha.

Pinarello TT. 87.

January 10, 2011

My love for the classic TT bike continues.

87. TdF Team time trial.

January 10, 2011

Blue Peter. 1987.

January 10, 2011

I should remember this episode, but I don’t. Anyone know where I can watch?


The descent.

January 4, 2011

Gravity bikes. Nothing short of awesome!



January 3, 2011

For those who have been counting, and for those who have not, this happens to be SPINWELL’s 1000th post! Yes, we made it.

In the words of Rick James himself – “It’s a celebration!”

Mo Laser.

January 3, 2011



January 3, 2011

I havn’t ridden cross in years, and after a chat with my pal Doug over the weekend I am more eager than ever to get a canti equipped bicycle.

Love these photo’s grabbed from my Flickr friend – Ichico.

Masi TT Hotness.

January 3, 2011

My love for the TT bike continues with this 1987 Masi Prestige Crono Super.

Professional time trial bike from Masi with Excel (France) tubed framework #PA57-8711 with special chased main tubes. Equipped with Campagnolo C-Record/Chorus group, Regina Extra 7-speed freewheel, 3ttt Moscow/bio arms bar/stem, Flite Titanium saddle, Nitto 66 seat post, Ambrosio/Gipiemme 700/650 carbon disc rims, tubular tires

Lovely. Via./

I am Fatty.

January 3, 2011

I had substituted cycling for eating. Over the festive period I ate too much of everything and drank like a freed convict with a Wetherspoons voucher.

It’s fair to say that the weather round here got so bad and my work got so busy that I haven’t been on my bike at all in the past month, so as you can imagine, my belly has swelled and my muscles feel as supple as a piece of wood.

Neverthess, the show must go on and I am here to say that Spinwell is back. I am off the chocolates and bottles of sailor jerry’s and back on my bike. Rejoice!

So, I know it may be a bit late for a recap being 2011 and all but I really wanted to say thank you to everyone who came here in 2010 and read my drivel, here’s to more of the same in 2010!

Hold tight for more projects from the ‘Well’ Brand and a bunch of cycling trips too, back to my spiritual home of mainland Europe… can’t wait.

2011 – Let’s go.

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