Posts Tagged ‘america’

Rapha 2011 Gentlemans race. The “sufferfest”.

July 20, 2011

There are great juxtapositions in cycling: the tougher the ride, the greater the rewards; the further you go, the more unknown places you will discover. Combine these and you have the 2011 North East Rapha Gentlemen’s Race. A 134 mile chain of beautiful scenery, grueling climbs, and challenging surfaces through little known areas of Eastern Pennsylvania.

At 7:30AM on May 21st, the first of 20 teams, each comprised of six riders, departed on a journey. Starting and ending at the iconic Lehigh Valley Velodrome, this could only become a memorable day. Of these 20 teams, only nine completed the entire racecourse with all six riders. Some teams finishing a man down, while others had to take a short cut to finish before sunset.

All 120 riders shared the feeling that this was the most grueling and, at the same time, beautiful ride they had ever done.

More at Rapha.

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American Flyers. 85.

June 14, 2011

Not sure if I have posted this previously but what the hell, J of Hoops cycles reminded me of it. Thanks J! This film looks absolutely shit but I’d still like to have a gander.

Rapha Continental inspires.

May 31, 2011

Man, this is truly awesome. Not this movie per se, but the idea of what’s in it. Priceless.

The Rapha continental.

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.

AITA & Bilenky.

November 29, 2010

Bilenky Cycle Works was founded in Northeastern Philadelphia in 1983 with the goal of meeting the specific needs of the individual cyclist. Stephen Bilenky recognized the need for specially proportioned frames and components for riders of all shapes and sizes, and began creating a range of custom products to answer the outfitting needs of recreational, fitness and utility cyclists from all over the world.

BCW’s philosophy of perfectionism shines through in every bike they build. Their frames can be compared to a bespoke suit, tailored to fit both the rider’s aesthetic and physical needs. Whether it’s waiting four weeks for a retro-fit to come back, or four months for that super-customized nit-picked-over-every-detail dream bike, one ride on a Bilenky bike will prove that it is in a league of its own.

For the month of November, Art in the Age and Bilenky Cycle Works will demonstrate the craft of custom framebuilding. By creating a miniature version of the Bilenky shop within AITA, Stephen Bilenky and his crew will highlight the specific build qualities and artistry that set a Bilenky bicycle apart from the rest. Join us at AITA for a unique behind the scenes look at this rare craft.

Thanks to Dan at AITA for pointing these vids out, they are ace and Stephen Bilenky comes across as such a lovely man!

Via Art in the Age.

Ohio.

November 16, 2010

I am so grateful of the people who take the time out to upload their photograph collections to the web. Was it not for these people we would not have the great variety of goodness that we do today, and these from xsallyx are no exception.

All taken during the 1970’s in Ohio during what looks like a long and fruitful amateur racing career.

See more here.

Utah.

November 16, 2010

Lovely images of the early Utah track scene.
Spotted at Tracko.

Bicycle Quarterly.

October 21, 2010

What? How do I not know of this?

I clicked on the webpage and instantly thought I was looking at someone’s paper-magazine collection from decades ago. Mistaken. This is a modern magazine. Like, made now, today. Awesome. I want a read.

They say:Bicycle Quarterly is a magazine for discerning cyclists, who enjoy their bikes, whether on a weekend ride, commuting, randonneuring, racing or touring the countryside. In Bicycle Quarterly, you find professionally written articles about a variety of topics rarely covered in the “mainstream” cycling press.

Go seek.
Image taken from TFG where you can also purchase BQ magazine.

Black and White

September 20, 2010

Some great shots of the six day races in America just after WWII found over at bikeraceinfo. I especially like the top one here, braces and side slicked barnets are a great look.

Duell in NYC.

August 18, 2010

Yes, Jeremy* you did it! Can’t believe you smashed out a five hour ride on it though, you must be Loco!

The Duell still looking good and might I say I am glad (although it is not mine anymore) that you did it this way and not that way…. am I Jealous? Of course not. Well maybe a little bit.

Kinfolk goodness.

July 21, 2010

Love this shot, bet that frame looks absolutely delish! Props out to Kyle, fantastic job done there sir.

Seen here and here.

Blackdale Badness.

July 6, 2010

I think this Cannondale is quite possibly the raddest I ever saw.

Lugtastic.

June 10, 2010

Peter Johnson goodness. Seen.

Black Steel.

June 1, 2010

Our approach to building bicycles for the Rapha Continental Riders is a reflection of our environment both in terms of riding and in terms of the people, builders and brands local to the Pacific Northwest; Portland in particular. Inspired by the style of riding we’ve come to affectionately, if not with tongue-in-cheek, refer to as Gentlemen’s Racing or Epic’ing. It calls for steel and timeless classics to be lovingly, and with great deliberation, paired with lightweight nano-technology – on these bikes leather and carbon play well, ride heroically and look stunning together.

So good. More here.

Photos. Rapha x Battenkill.

April 19, 2010

Great shots, as always.
Via.

Look!

March 30, 2010

Look AL P 464 on sale now at Chari & Co.

Club Racer Hotness.

March 12, 2010



The build: Stainless steel King cages, EDGE bars, seatpost, rims and stem, Campagnolo super record gruppo, White Industries hubs, White Brooks saddle, Paul Racer brakes, Challenge Roubaix tubular tires, Honjo stainless steel fenders, Chris King headset, Nitto M-18 rack, and a custom BaileyWorks rack bag, all mounted on a titanium lugged frame with carbon fiber tubes…. and of course a custom IF Club Racer fork.

Absolutely lugtastic! What a beaut this is. The more I see Independent fabrication’s work the more I want to be involved and when I say involved I mean… I want.

Seen.

Chris Milliman.

February 19, 2010

The photographer, who specializes in endurance sports and outdoor pursuits, was born and raised in Falmouth, Massachusetts. After completing a duel Master’s in creative writing and history at Dartmouth, Milliman has remained in Hanover, where he lives with his wife and two daughters. Despite his associations with his home region, Milliman rarely points his lens toward local subject. An exception to this rule, a series of stills capturing an afternoon of ice fishing posted on the Freeman Transport site, opened my eyes to Milliman’s work. Traveling the world, Milliman has built an impressive portfolio of commercial and editorial work related to the cycling industry. His clients include Cannondale, Craft, Gary Fisher, Giant, and Ibex. Impressive, in part, because photography is something of a new venture for Milliman.

Via Selectism.
Chris Milliman website.

Detroit Pro-Am 1983.

February 2, 2010

The second one has to be my fave. Like a sea of black shorts, different today, of course where riders look like super heroes in skin-suits of top to toe colour and logo emblazonment. I have nothing against sponsor’s logos or colour may I add, I myself have several jerseys in what I might call a ‘dayglo’ colour-way. My shorts however must always be black, always.

Spotted here.

And this photo gallery from the same photograper entitled “The Summer of 79” is also must see.

Dovima 1954.

January 25, 2010


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