Posts Tagged ‘lightweight’

Donhou. Swan white.

June 10, 2011

Odin gave me a great mood board for his project and we worked closely on the paint firing plenty of drawings back and forth ’till we got it just right. Swan white with jet black interior panels. Big hi-5 as we’re both really stoked on it.

Built using oversized Reynolds 631 into a semi compact design and using a carbon fork to keep the weight down, this will be a fun little everyday bike.

Looking forward to meeting the man behind these frames tomorrow at the Bristol’s Bespoked… The countdown has begun!

Donhou.

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Boss Obree.

February 18, 2011

I can’t get enough of this bike. Everything has been considered in terms of making it as light as possible, look at it! It’s pretty darn ugly with it’s imperfections but in ways also quite beautiful.

I read that the aero bars attached to the front of this machine are completely custom and they took Obree himself three months to whittle down from a solid piece of aluminium. Now that’s what I am talking about. Simply brilliant.

Thanks Hardysan for the linkage.

Noir.

September 20, 2010

I have said it before but I’ll say it again. You simply cannot beat the look of a murdered out race bike. That’s perfection in Carbon right there.

Langdale Lightweights.

July 29, 2010

I had never heard of Langdale until my pal Jon told me about them, and after a quick peruse around the ‘history’ section of their website I can safely say that the name will now stay logged in the hard drive, aka my memory banks.

Some more great pics to be found here.

7-Eleven Huffy.

May 28, 2010

“I asked John to build it light for the mountains but it needed to put up with some bad roads,” Hampsten said. “It was light but I know John was fairly conservative about going too light. His geometry is perfect; I never felt it wouldn’t get me out of the way when I was going around or through a crash, yet on the bad road conditions we experienced it was never unstable.”

“The year after ’88 we had Eddy Merckx as our bike supplier,” he continued. “He is the master at fitting bikes to riders and taught us not to get hung up on light bikes. Why save seconds on a climb and lose minutes on a descent? Slawta certainly has an old world style of making bikes that go up and downhill properly.”

Real nice read this one. Read the rest here.
Big up Hardysan for the heads.

Pegoretti Hotness.

April 1, 2010

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.

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.

Drillium.

September 16, 2009

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Drillium – Put simply is the ‘art’ of drilling out your hardware to make it lighter ( Hardy and Alex take note ).

There are some great scans on the Tears for Gears blogsite of the do’s and dont’s of Drillium for those who would like to make their whip ‘as light as air’.

Tap the above link and go there for an interesting read… You know you can’t beat a scan or two!


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