Posts Tagged ‘80s’

Raleigh x Levis. Real vintage.

May 12, 2011

I’ve always been a huge fan of the Levi’s/Raleigh Pro Team bikes(as seen below!), love Levi’s and of course Raleigh is doing great things these days. So when I had the chance to swoop some of these NOS Pro Team Toques, worn by the team during the 80’s, of course I didn’t say no! Now if only someone would make a re-issue kit(hint, hint). Hopefully this Commuter Line will get Levi’s psyched on cycling again and maybe even get them in the mood to co-sponsor another pro team.

Man I need one of those knits, for real.

Via Tracko

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Early Eighties.

February 10, 2011

Peep the winter training on a brakeless fixed gear bike, tough guy! Seen over at Doug Siple’s super, awesome flickr spot.

I have posted on this guy’s photographs and scans before but honestly, he has so, so much good stuff, if you have the time, go trawl.

Alan Shorter R.I.P.

November 19, 2010

I have just learned that Alan Shorter, founder of Shorter-Rochford passed away on the evening of the 9th November at the tender age of 92.

I do not very much about this man, I am not going to front. What I do know however is that he was a very forward thinking man in respect to the production of his frames and the aero advantages that could be gained there, with configurations, joining methods and of course, the lightening process by way of Drillium. He was also instrumental in coaching ‘The King’ Alf Engers to the TT record of 25 miles in under 50 minutes back in 1978.

His name and legacy will live on. Alan Shorter. Legend.

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*

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.

Stunning Swift.

August 4, 2010

When cycling my 12 mile cycle path route to work on my BMX overtaken by mountain bike’s, racers and folding bikes, I dreamed of owning an old school Hutch pro racer cruiser with skinny wheels and hard set gearing. The opportunity never arose, but I did end up getting a Freeagent cruiser set-up with skinnys and good gearing it was a gorgeous fast, bike. But after trying a mix of old and new cruisers, every cruiser I rode felt wrong, the top tubes too short, the chainstays too long, the bikes felt stodgy, with thick unnecessarily clumpy dirt tyres, but worst of all, they were difficult to manual or slow.
So I designed the Swift and thanks to Mark Noble at Deluxe on help with tried and tested quality manufacturing, the frame became a reality.

The swift rides with modern BMX geometry. So your body retains the same agile body position, to the floor, to your bars, to your rear axle as a modern BMX. With the added benefits of larger faster sleeker wheels.

The Swift also comes with limited edition graphics designed by type design legend Seb Lester.
Seb’s type design can be found everywhere, Intel logo found inside your PC, the New YorkTimes, GQ magazine.
Sebs client list is a who’s who of dream clients, and he’s recent breakout into type illustration has instantly created waves. Each letter is custom drawn for the Swift graphics.

Sh*t looks tight. Wish I had room ( money ) for another bike and especially another bike that looks like this!

More info over at Emer Bicycles.
Shouts to Lee for the heads up.

Classic Aluminium.

July 8, 2010

Seen.

Roche jersey Hotness.

May 28, 2010

Lust.

April 29, 2010

Looks like Max at TFG has been busy. Busy tapping away into Ebay because he recently managed to snag this absolute stunner of a TT bike off of there. Just look at that rear mech… You gotta love a bit of drillium! Gosh, jealous I am.

Like it? See more here.

Kevin Keegan Corner Failure.

April 29, 2010

Mondrian for days.

April 13, 2010

Salford Park R.I.P.

February 15, 2010

Because I am entering this I thought it about time I joined some sort of real bona fide cycling club so I can get my regular ride on, plus some good experience of riding in a large pack. Anyway, looking around on the club website that has been recommended to me by several, Beacon Roads CC I came across these great photographs of them racing at Salford Park in the 1980s.

I can remember myself trying to cane it around these very banks on my illuminous green Raleigh Lizard. It is ashame because Salford park is now a 5’a’side football complex. That said I suppose it was outdoors, and concrete, and crumbling to pieces. Heck I am sure I even got a puncture on there!

Nice photographs though.

Source.

Ciclolinea Peltan Shade.

October 30, 2009

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I have been looking for this bar tape for months and google searches of ‘fade tape’, ‘faded bar tape’, and all other variations on the word ‘fade’ produced nothing!

‘Shade’ is the word I should have used folks and had I known that sooner it may have saved me a whole lot if time and heartache but anyway I have now found it.

It is called ‘Peltan Shade’ and it is made by Ciclolinea.

This ebay seller has a few NOS sets of them in various colours so if you have an eighties/nineties whip that you are looking to spruce up then look no further because this stuff really looks the business.

Ciclolinea Peltan Shade is also strangely reminding me of these: Nike Air ( Agassi ) Tech Challenge.
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Just do it.

October 15, 2009

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“Geared to Perfection,” originally from Arena Hommes Plus, no. 5, Sep-Oct 1987.

From the Orange20 Flickr.

Kashimax Hotness

January 11, 2009

Via the NJS parts and frames supermarket.
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I blatantly had a Kashimax on my Mongoose as a kid, or at least some sort of imitation.
I want one again… But I need purple, can anyone help me out with that?

The Future

January 7, 2009

Seen over at Road Bike Action magazine.
A real nice look at some killer bicycle ads of the eighties.

Peep the rest here

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