Posts Tagged ‘history’

Brooks float my boat.

May 3, 2011

Brooks. Growing old Gracefully.

March 30, 2011

In changing times, there is a certain art to aging well. One does not want to reflect too longingly at an overly romanticised past. Or rush headlong into the latest, ultimately passing, fad. Like most things in life, aging gracefully takes balance.

Quite possibly the best article on Birmingham’s own Brooks I have ever read, written by ‘wingnut’ of CDB, one of my favourite webspots to visit.

I mentioned this article last night to some of my fellow Midlanders while we talked about Zines and such, so for you guys… here you go.

Via Campagnolo Delta.

Kevin Sayles Snaps.

November 10, 2010

More great vintage cycling scans, but this time found on the flickr spot of Kevin Sayles, framebuilder for Woodrup and Thorn. As you can probably tell, I love a scan!

Fritz Fleck of Flema.

August 5, 2010

There is a great interview with Fritz Fleck over at Speedbicycles.

Fritz Fleck born in Germany in 1928. A technical designer and manufacturer who made ( probably ) the first titanium road and track bike frames, under the Flema brand (FLeck, MAnnheim).

Flema Campionissimo, Germany, 1972.

More photos of this magnicent beast… Here.

Cannibal Attack.

June 22, 2010

Bit of a wobble-cam fest later on but great viewing nevertheless.

Amsterdam in Black & White.

April 26, 2010

A little bit of an ‘off topic’ but here is a small selection of the photographs I shot whilst in Amsterdam, recently.

Drawings. Gilberto Colombo.

April 19, 2010

If you couldn’t tell from these drawings then you should know that Gilberto Colombo played a significant part in some of the most advancing bike frame designs in history.


100 Years of Bicycle posters.

April 1, 2010

This looks like one amazing book. Unfortunately it was pressed in 1973 so the chances of me getting my greasy mitts on one is like, well, slim to none.

Excerpt from this, the 1973 first edition.
This year marks the one hundredth anniversary of the two machines that have had a profound influence on us. It was roughly in 1872 that color lithography, which made colorful pictorial posters possible, came into popular use; it was also about 1872 that the modern bicycle evolved. It is the coincidence of these two inventions—the modern bicycle and the modern poster—converging and maturing at about the same time, that interested me. It is this founding and parallel growth, as evidenced by the bicycle posters, that this book illustrates.”

See more here and if you have $130 spare, holler.
Via sprinting for signs twitter spot.

Campagnolo Crush.

March 30, 2010

Seems that if you’d never heard of Apple Computer (let alone, seen the ‘1984’ commercial, had a PowerBook 100, first-edition iPod, spent thousands on iTunes, etc.) but happened to walk into one of their stores, put your hands on any of their products and started using it, you’d know that they were both different and, in my opinion anyway, better.

Seems like a lot of people feel exactly the same way about Campagnolo and stuff they’ve been making for 70-plus years. Surely Campy is no Apple. They generally deliver late, are rarely consistent in their marketing between their home country and foreign outposts, have made a lot of products that didn’t come anywhere near their mark (Syncro shifting? SGR clipless pedals?) and seem generally inefficient in their business practices. Yet their design, packaging, history of innovation, crispness of marketing, passion for their chosen subject matter, connection to riders and unrivaled race wins definitely inspires the same kind of dedication.

This is a short excerpt from a nice little written piece called ‘A Crush on Campagnolo explained’. Read the rest here.


Birmingham Small Arms.

February 17, 2010

I wish our humble city still had some good industry to speak of but alas it seems there is now nothing left. Quite saddening really.

Path racer goodness spotted here.
Originally seen at Prolly.

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.

Bianchi is 125.

January 12, 2010

One of the oldest cycle manufacturers Bianchi is 125 years old this year and The italian cycling journal has a great write up on the history of the brand so if you have a spare few minutes head over and check it out.

Printed Goodness.

January 11, 2010

Spotted these amazing scans of vintage cycle related prints while scouting through flickr last night.

All found on Stronglight’s flickr spot… and if you hit the link you will see for yourself that there is so much good stuff on there it is almost impossible to choose! Photographs, prints, scans, catalogues the lot. You will even find a bunch of racist cycling prints/advertisements from the 1900s. Great!

Hellyer good.

August 26, 2009

Continuing the theme of what seems like a weeks worth of historical images are these, taken in San Fransicso circa 1963.

My favourite photograph is the lowest one… that guy on the left in the Belmont cycling cap and what appear to be Ray Bans has got to be the coolest looking motherfu**er I ever saw. If he didn’t get victory that day then he must have been robbed of it.




These photos are from a day of races at the Polo Fields in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park in around 1963 or thereabouts. The morning started off at Shinn’s bike shop out near Ocean Beach where we met the Western Wanderers touring club. They took us on a liesurely tour of the Lake Merced area including a stop for a memorable breakfast at Joe’s of Westlake (which survives intact today). And then on to the Polo Fields in the Park for a day of bicycle racing. The Polo is a multi-use recreational facility consisting of a large grass playing field ringed by a slightly banked bicycle track a little over a kilometer in length. There was no functioning velodrome in the Bay Area at this time, so, the Polo was used for both road and track races. (Jim Manning informed me that the track was on the narrow side and that the chainlink fence could act like a cheese grater.) This was my first attempt to photograph bike racing with my fixed-lens Rollieflex in what turned out to be a less than photogenic site. Unfortunately, no program survives from the day’s mix of criterium and track events. I’m guessing that the host club was the San Francisco Wheelmen.

See more goodies like these over here.

Moser on Monday.

April 27, 2009


Pedals anyone?

April 8, 2009


Via Tracko.

A photographic history of the competition bicycle

December 14, 2008


Seen over at the Vintage bicycle press
176 pages, 9.5″ x 12″, hardcover.

Vintage Bicycle Press’ new large-format book explores the world of cycling competition through the actual bicycles ridden by champions and amateurs.

Their bicycles are shown in The Competition Bicycle, from a rare 1890s racing High Wheeler to Tony Rominger’s 1994 hour record bike. In between are 32 carefully selected bicycles. Most are the actual, unrestored machines ridden by the great champions like Fausto Coppi, Gino Bartali, Eddy Merckx, Greg LeMond, Andy Hampsten and many others.

These bikes tell their stories through sweat-stained handlebar tape and well-worn saddles. Each bicycle represents a milestone in the history of cycling competition, as well as in the development of cycling technology.

The Competition Bicycle is a celebration of beautiful bicycles lovingly crafted for one purpose only: to go as fast as possible.

Author : Jan Heine
Photographer : Jean-Pierre Pradères


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