Posts Tagged ‘british’

Ronson TT Hardness.

April 4, 2011

This is Brigand Doom’s latest acquisition and it’s a mighty fine one.

He says: “The steerer tube is extensively drilled inside the headtube, the fork crown race is ‘golfballed’, the headtube is relieved either side and the lugs extensively ‘Bikini’d’ with hearts and windows. The brakes have to be built onto integral anchor bolts, brazed into the fork crown/rear bridge, to save weight, as far as i can tell no standard brake fits without being modified and i had to scratch make spring anchor washers and re-source thinner washers throughout! The fork crown has drillium all around and the steerer tube has been factory cut so that it wont accept a locking nut, i suppose the philosophy being that the bugger would come loose anyway, so get rid and save the weight, the BB shell has a massive heart cutout and lastly the short rear Campag’ ends are factory drilled”.

As you can see BD loves drilling stuff too and he’s done a grand job on this… DIY drillium – it’s the future!

Doom, you’re a boss.

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Tommy Simpson.

October 12, 2010

The late, great Tommy Simpson seen here in the most luscious jersey. I love this jersey, wouldn’t it be great if someone could reproduce it? Go on Le Coq, go for it.
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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.

Speedwell Birmingham.

January 5, 2010

Looking at the base of the poster adorned with Luis Ocana you will see that he is riding a Titalite Speedwell bicycle. I did not know this but Speedwell bicycles were made here in Birmingham and more specifically Witton, only paces from where I spent my early years.

Does anyone have more info on Speedwell? As the scale of this find is massive for me! I would love to find out more on this Birmingham based manufacturer but the trusty net does not yeild great information on this occasion.

The bicycle seen here is:
1977 Speedwell Titanium

Lightweight professional road bike (8.2kg). Titanium framework #67706 equipped with Campagnolo Record/Super Record plus some tuning parts. Early lightweight aero tubular rims from Assos, Switzerland, rear wheel with Campagnolo HiLo hub.

Spotted here.
Big up Joe for the heads.

Also kind of weird don’t you think – Speedwell / Spinwell both from Birmingham. Hmmmm.

Condor Sickness.

January 5, 2010

Oh my god! I can only imagine ( fantasize ) what this would look like built…. jeeez!

British Pathe.

November 10, 2009

I am terribly annoyed.

The big steaming dog poo that is WordPress has this morning prevented me from embedding a multitude of the most amazing and fantastic videos of British cycling history from a website that was previously unknown to me. British Pathe.

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I would have loved to have shown you the movie of the 1951 Tour de Britain but no, it won’t let me, I would also have liked to post about a 1956 Dunlop T.V advertisement but alas Worpress says no so unfortunately friends you will all have to go see for yourself by going here.

If you like your movies black and white and you are partial to a spot of nostalgia then it really is a must!

Thanks LS of B’ham cyclist for the linky.

Hetchins Appreciation.

October 26, 2009

Kris… this one is for you.

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And there are plenty more where these came from so if you like your tubes steel, curly and British get your mouse over to here and click that button.

Raleigh Low Pro.

June 22, 2009

For sale on Ebay.

Jeez just look at it! The seller is looking for just under £1200 and I have no doubt that it is worth every penny… Hit the above link and check the specs.

It has 25 days to go so if anyone wants to grip this absolute beauty, get saving and hit that button!

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