Posts Tagged ‘belgium’

Essential item No.2. 1976 SBDU Team Raleigh Track.

August 3, 2011

3 years ago I saw an ad for a steel track frameset, my size, within my budget and looking good. So off I went to Bristol to pick it up. I arrived, checked the frame and agreed to make the transaction. It was a mid 70s silver enamelled Carlton, badged as a Marcarini, lovely it was, Fischer crown and everything. Yes please. But before I swapped my cash for the merchandise he offered to show me another frameset. “OK” I said. He then brought this out: A 1976 Team Raleigh track SB969 in ‘the’ colourway.

Dilemma. I’d always wanted one of these and this was again my size. It looked a bit tatty and the fork was rusted to within an inch of it’s life but then it’s not everyday someone presents you with one of these in your size. Even though the Raleigh was in much poorer condition to the Carlton he wanted more money for it. More than my budget. I got him to put wheels in both, stand them up side by side and I stared at them for a bit. The mental tussle went on for half an hour and then Bang! it finally happened. I saw the potential in that Red, yellow and black, I had chosen to burn the budget and I had bought the Raleigh.

Three years later and I still use it daily, rain or shine. It is scratched, battered and bruised but continuing to work like a beautifully oiled machine, hell it is a beautifully oiled machine! I love it and I can’t see it leaving my hands anytime soon. I’v had many bikes since this has been around but they’ve all gone to new homes, all except one.

I want to live in southern France one day and when I do I want this in the lounge.

Previous Raleigh posts.
The awesome Recollections of Ilkeston.
Classic lightweights on Raleigh SBDU.

Still loving Raleigh.

October 13, 2010

Concorde PDM Appreciation.

June 23, 2010

Bolstering my love of Concorde to the fullest.
More info on team Concorde / PDM here.

Raleigh Greatness.

April 19, 2010

Aaaah, the warm feeling I get when I spot the livery of a Professional Raleigh… Magnificent!

Cancellara Merkage.

April 5, 2010

Cyclocross.

February 9, 2010

Apologies for the lack of posts of late my friends. Technical difficulties at home prevented me from posting anything but anyway. I am now back in the game, so here goes.

Last Sunday I popped along to the National Cyclocross Championships in Sutton Park and here are some images of what I saw.

See more cyclocross goodness here at my flickr spot.

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.

Belgium 1967.

August 25, 2009

Fantastic images here found on Flickr of a race that took place in Kermesse, Belgium 1967.

Actual photographs win over digital every single time… Is it time to burn the ‘megapixel’ perhaps?

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See more here.

1989 Duell Track Pursuit.

July 20, 2009

Here it is, my most recent acquisition, a full columbus SLX 1989 Duell track pursuit frame in fantastic condition.

Built with what parts I had lying around it is now absolutely and perfectly rideable but I am still on the lookout for a few ‘choice’ parts… Namely a Steel, 65 degree drop variation of the Nitto ‘Jaguar’ stem, somesort of chrome aero seatpost and a set of decent cranks, oh and that white tyre has got to go! But for now I marinade and simply enjoy it.

It is a bit like riding permanently on the drops but the fact it takes a 700c up front makes it a little more forgiving on your wrists, thank goodness! The sheer tightness of the frame makes toe overlap a bit of an issue but not too much of a big deal, I mean it is not like I plan on doing barspins or anything! This thing is made to go fast in a straight line and that is what will continue to be done.

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