Posts Tagged ‘cc’

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.

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Rapha x Ridley Scott Films.

August 5, 2010

Rapha and RSA Films present three short films inspired by the people, places and stories of road racing. Johan Museeuw, Sean Kelly and Dario Pegoretti are celebrated in three cinematic portraits exploring the passion, history and drama of the sport.

Based on a trio of story-labels originally found inside the Rapha Club Jerseys, each film brings a new translation: The intense dreamscape of Nick Livesey’s ode to Johan Museeuw, Adrian Moat’s tale of discovery inspired by Sean Kelly and Ben Ingham’s intimate view of Dario Pegoretti in his workshop, all powerful representations of three distinct icons of road racing.

On consecutive Fridays (starting next Friday 13 August) Rapha will be presenting ONE-TIME ONLY screenings of the full-length versions of the films right here on the Rapha website in HD. Do not miss them. Trailers for the features are now online.

Truly awesome and inspiring work. Go peep.

Mountain.

January 13, 2010

What I wouldn’t do for one of these right now.

This is the Killer San Andreas Mountain Cycle from the early 90s. Everyone I knew back then either wanted one of these or a Foes Fab in red.

I love how Downhill bikes back then still had long ass stems and bar ends. It was all about the multi discipline I guess. What we would call today ‘Freeriding’, go everywhere, do everything riding. The difference being a full suspension bike of old would climb hills like a fat person on a space hopper… Nowadays you could have 5″ of travel all around and still climb effortlessly with absolutely no hinderance from the bike whatsoever.

Just mentioning this subject makes me want to build something. A hardtail SS for sure but watch this space!

In and around the Weatheroak.

June 1, 2009

Took a ride out to Wythall yesterday with some of my pals, namely Hardy, Keiran, Joe and Kris. The weather was so so good and I cannot even remember a time where I rode so fast and for so long. No doubt that’s what comes from riding with dudes as strong and stronger than you are!

I am now Looking forward to next Sunday when the maiden voyage of the geared road bike will take place with the Heathens CC and I hope we get to take the route Kris mentioned, if so we have at least 10 minutes of descending ahead of us. 10 minutes of fast descending on a freewheel is something I have been longing for since I sold my downhill rig a few years back. Bosh! I cannot wait.

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