Posts Tagged ‘criterium’

Rapha x Burfields & Co.

June 4, 2010

Established in 1944, Burfields & Co. is one of only two surviving glove manufacturers in an area that once boasted 38. The hand-painted sign welcoming visitors is a relic of that bygone age. It reads: “This is where gloves of quality and superlative design are manufactured by Burfields and the Martock Glove Co.” In a rabbit warren of buildings at the end of a small lane, the main factory sits beside the old fire station which now acts as the Burfields warehouse.

Richard unwraps a piece of black goatskin from inside a wet cloth; the leather is dampened for a few hours, making it easier to work and stretch. This piece is destined to become a pair of black Rapha Grand Tour Gloves. He moves the skin one way and then the next, with the urgency and agility of a pizza chef stretching dough. The degree of stretch within the leather is very important. It is the cutter’s job to ensure every piece of a glove has, within the leather’s grain, the same stretch. To allow the glove to bend around the hand, the leather must have something extra, a quality Richard refers to as “hidden stretch”, something not necessarily apparent when the leather is relaxed. A size large glove, for example, may have as much as 2 ¼ inches of this ‘hidden leather’, which is needed to transform a flat, 2D pattern, into a working 3D glove.

Great post and great gloves too.
Read the entire article here.
Praises be to tracko for pointing it out.

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Cinelli Bars be the best.

April 15, 2010

Model 65: The Criterium is my ultimate fave.
Seen.

Mike Giant x Cannondale x Bahati

March 16, 2010

This, a one off hand painted Cannondale super six, touched by the fair hands of one of the best illustrators/tattoo artists the earth has ever seen is in support of the Bahati foundation.

If you like the look of this and fancy bagging a remake then on April 23rd get yourself on Ebay and get bidding. Top bid wins and all of the proceeds go to the foundation.

Charity aside, this bike looks awesome, well done Sir Giant!

Spotted.

Tyres.

July 13, 2009

Ade down at Sprocket cycles just got these in.

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Really nice folding tan wall ‘Criterium’ joints that will bless any vintage build. I am not entirely sure of the cost but I know they are cheap so go grip yourself a pair… Even if it just for the packaging!

Available in 700 x 19c and 700 x 23c.

Sprocket Cycles
54-57 Allison Street
Birmingham, B5 5TH
0121 633 0730
Open Wed to sat.

Selle Italia Criterium

March 27, 2009

Just landed from Ebay.

Looks good, I’m looking forward to attaching it to the beater later on tonight as that plastic BMX saddle cannot be ridden on for longer than five minutes. Hardy I don’t know how you managed it!

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