Posts Tagged ‘london’

Brooks Penny farthing race!

May 9, 2011

In 2011 Nocturne and Brooks England will bring Penny Farthing racing (properly called ‘Ordinaries’) back to the streets of the City of London. Competitors from across the globe will descend on the historic Smithfield Market to battle it our across two action packed races:

RACE 1: The Brooks Penny Farthing Sprint
The sprint is all about speed and quite simply the fastest gent or lady to race the 1 mile distance will be the winner. Fast and furious, this will be the perfect build up to the main event.

RACE 2: The Brooks Ordinary Trophy
With an illustrious history the Grand Old Ordinary Trophy will once again be decided on the streets of the City of London. Our daring riders will race for 30 minutes and 5 laps across the challenging London circuit as they bid for glory and the coveted trophy.

Well this looks like fun!

More.

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Spinwell for Rapha’s HOTN.

April 12, 2011

Rapha’s 2nd running of the North London ride event celebrating the famous Paris–Roubaix road race held on the same day in Northern France. 100km through darkest Hertfordshire including 20 gravé sectors. All finishers were treated to free beer and frites and big screen Eurosport to watch Johan van Summeren become king of the cobbles.

The full flickr set is now up!
Go peep.

Rapha’s Hell of the North 2011. Done.

April 11, 2011

There they were, blasting along gravel roads, the odd bit of pavé and what were meant to be ‘mud tracks’ and not a grimace in sight, not even the hint of one. To be honest hell looked pretty good to me. Even a fellow who had encountered 4 punctures in his first 50km was as chipper as Gene Kelly underneath an umbrella. Hellish? Hmm, *looks left to right* not round here.

Hold tight for a full report and a stash of photographs over at Rapha later this the week.

Big thanks go out to Joe and Kieran.

The Ride Journal V.

January 17, 2011

if you are down ‘that London’ next week be sure to get over to ‘look mum no hands’ for the launch of issue 5 of the brilliant Ride Journal.

Want!

November 10, 2010

NC Cycle mag from 1985 spotted at the TFG flickrspot.

Beautiful Machines.

July 7, 2010

Photos sent in to me by my good pal and London correspondent, Kieran Young.

From what I gather this is the Rapha Cycling Club’s latest exhibition of ‘beautiful machines’ that were at some point ridden in the grand tour. Anyone want to correct me on that, feel free.

Either way, lovely bikes and that Raliegh has me salivating no-end.

Cheers for the link up K.

Rapha Pops up.

May 4, 2010

On the 8th May Rapha Cycle Club will open in London. A combination of gallery, shop and café, the Cycle Club is a meeting place and hub for road riders. Unlike most ‘pop up’ stores, the Rapha Cycle Club will be more than just a retail space. With live screenings of road races and a full calendar of exhibitions and events, the Rapha Cycle Club will be a home for the sport and culture of road racing. This is the ultimate Rapha experience.

An extensive range of Rapha products including a limited edition collection of Cycle Club items, as well as food and drink. Various screenings and exhibitions will take place including every stage of the Giro and the Tour, and exhibitions celebrating Fausto Coppi and the centenary of the Col du Tourmalet.

Definitely need to check this out.
More info.

I fancy this.

February 1, 2010

Rapha Top 10.

January 11, 2010

Read all about the great things that Rapha plans to do this coming year… Here.

BMX Design.

January 8, 2010

Music, a design studio in Manchester got BMX as their nominated sport and created posters by getting BMX riders to ride around in paint in a warehouse. Each bike used started off completely white.

“Music were one of the 30 agencies invited by Grafik to design a poster celebrating an Olympic sport for their exhibition that was part of London Design Festival,” explains Music’s Ali Johnson.

“We were asked to design a poster for BMX, which was a stroke of genius/fate because Manchester is the home of British Cycling and Team GB. We enlisted the help of 3 young members of Manchester BMX Club and their coach Sam Foakes (former World No.1 Flatland BMX Champion) who helped us ‘make the posters’. It’s them on the bikes in the film…not us…we’d have fallen off!

We then persuaded Olympic 2010 BMX hopeful (and Manchester based) Shanaze Reade to sign 100 of them. All proceeds going to the British Paralympic Fund and the charity Right To Play.”

See more here.

Tokyo Fixed Gear Open…

November 26, 2009

… Well it will be this Saturday.

See here some sneaky pics I stole from the interweb from what I believe to be last night’s preview launch.

Looking good Max, congrats!

Apologies for the size of the images… Arkitipintel would not let me increase them.

Tokyo Fixed
4 Peters Street
Soho, London,
W1F ODR

London to Paris

October 12, 2009

Massan at 1m 45s – I hate using these abbreviations but I LMFAO!

Starts Today.

August 21, 2009

Wish I could make it… there will some great bargains to be had.

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Rapha’s annual end-of-summer sample sale begins this Friday the 21st August. Taking place at Condor Cycles in London, there will be end of line stock, unique samples and other goodies available at heavily discounted prices. These sales usually see cyclists queueing up down the street before a mad dash into the shop, so get there early to bag yourself some bargains.

SAMPLE SALE TIMES:
Friday 21st August 5pm – 8pm
Saturday 22nd August 9am – 5pm

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Nike rides out.

July 31, 2009

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Fixed gear bikes. English countryside. Hills. Lots of hills. Unexpected hills. Flat tires. Wrong turns. Fish and chips. Cows.

Starting in London, the crew mounted their bikes en route to Dieppe, France. The first challenge was first to get out of the cramped downtown city, with threatening cars and unknown traffic signals. With London superboy, Superted leading the pack, they navigated their way out easily and soon found themselves breathing fresher air and seeing greener pastures.

Read more of the road trip here on Nike Sportswear.

Tour de Ville.

June 18, 2009

“Die a thousand and deaths and s*ck a thousand c*cks” were the exact words that exited my mouth in the direction of a London underground signpost yesterday after having the most horrific two days worth of traveling on London’s poor underground service.

One journey from Heathrow to Oxford circus I estimated at a little over an hour to complete, people it took the best part of four hours and that was after countless service cancellations and numerous tube hops. The other journey took three hours to get ( again ) from Heathrow but this time traveling to Bethnal Green Road, three hours! I estimated no more than half of that and furthermore this particular three hour tube journey not only put me at the end of my tether where London’s tube service is concerned but it also took me way past my estimated time of arrival at quite possible the finest vintage cycle outlet in London. Tour de Ville.

At 7.15pm which for your information is beyond the closing time of TDV I finally arrived and to my pleasant surprise a pre-made phonecall half an hour earlier secured my entry into the store.

I was greeted at the gate by Jos one of the proprietors and I was lead in. I must add at this point that I was still utterly fuming from the ordeal that is traveling on London’s public transport, I say “Traveling on” it was more like ‘Battling with’ than “traveling on” but soon after my anger was quickly calmed and my sunny disposition restored.

I entered TDV and upon first glance I noticed the place looked quite a bit smaller than it does on photographs I have seen but that in no way detracts from the sheer goodness contained therein.

My eyes quickly wondered and whilst doing so I noticed such marques as Gazelle, Bianchi, Duell, this particular Duell would sit just lovely in my possession, the paint job is completely something else and I gazed longingly at it contemplating the thought of… but it is too small so no! I saw Moser, Rossin, Chesini and Plum to name but a few. All perfectly beautiful vintage steel road and track, frames and bikes in an assortment of colours and sizes.

Now I was once wholly guilty of getting into the colourcoding, neon, ‘fixie’, ‘hipster’ thing and it was fun to express myself that way and there is still nothing wrong with that but these days I pretty much just like old fashioned track and racing bikes and it just so happens that TDV specialize in just that. I said to my girl upon arriving home last night “Tour de Ville is much like the best cycle jumble I have ever been to minus the junk and with ten times more hotness”

Procured dark wooden glass cabinets were graced with all types of pristine Campagnolo and Dura Ace components, hubs, cranks, shifters, derailleurs, rings all very lovely and all clearly labeled and priced using my favourite method – the small brown cardboard tag hung by a piece of string. Simple effective and very classy.

I saw a plethora of rims while perusing, Mavic, Campagnolo, Rigida, FIR, Ambrosio, everything, all brand new unused and all absolutely ready to bless some lucky fellows cherished hubset.

I saw tyres, I especially had my eye on some real nice NOS Red / Tan wall Vredestein Ricorso’s that would look totally at home on my Raleigh but I am saving! Saddles old and new, jerseys, shoes and even a healthy selection of cycling publications for the keen readers among us.

My time spent in TDV was quite short as I had to catch my 8.23 back to the Ham but it was definitely the best time I had spent in a London bike store to date. I usually come out feeling abused or spoken down to, you guys know what I am talking about right? but anyway. The hospitality extended to me by Keith and Jos was an absolute breath of fresh air especially after my day of hell on London’s public toilet, ahem! I mean transport. Most store owners and staff would not even let you through the door out of hours never mind cups of coffee and cycle related chatter.

Keith, Jos it was a pleasure to meet you yesterday and to see your store you are doing a grand job and may you continue to do so and to anyone planning a trip to London you must go down to the store and check it out, it is the exact way a store of this nature should look and run. Perfect. Next time when I am sans luggage I am leaving with a frame!

Love this flyer.

June 5, 2009

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“The first annual European Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship takes place on the 1st and 2nd of August. The championship includes 40 teams battling it out to be crowned the best bike polo team in Europe. These teams are the best of Europe, representing Barcelona, Catania, Glasgow, Stockholm, three cities from France, three cities from Germany, and four cities from England. There are currently 6 spots left if you would like to enter a team. We cordially invite everyone to come and watch the world-class play and see who takes the glory. For more details… ehbpc.

Goldtec ceramics at 14.

May 8, 2009

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Swoop at 14 Bike co.

You go girl!

March 26, 2009

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The stylish new women’s cycling specific clothing and accessories company, Cyclodelic, is launching at Oxford Street’s Topshop flagship store on Thursday 9 April 2009. Designed and handmade by two female cyclists in their East London studio, Cyclodelic believes that girls who cycle don’t have to forfeit fashion over function.

With prices starting from £10, Cyclodelic products are filled with functional features, from waterproofing Cordura to reflective seams, and are more colourful than a box of smarties – proof that ladies don’t have to reach for the unflattering fluorescent when hitting the road.

Via Cyclodelic

Edit: At this point in the original post I said some negative things aimed at Topshop. In hindsight these comments I made were foolish, hasty and hypocritical so two fine Spinwell readers let me know about it.

To RHB and especially Late Adopter… Infinite thanks you for your input.

Shop Fourteen.

February 9, 2009

I am wounded…
If I want to buy something rather fancy for my bike I either go online which ( as we all know ) does the independent retailer no favours,
or pay £20 on a train ticket to London to go visit the selection of stores down there that can actually cater for what I like and need.

Now you can add Shop Fourteen to that list of retailers as another fixed / track store opens in London.

Just check out some of the brands they have lined up… Profile, Sugino, Chris king, Halo, Salsa, HED, Royce, Campagnolo, Catlike, Gussett, Rigida, Miche, Dolan, Proper, Cinelli, Deda, Thomson, Continental, San Marco,Pro logo, Odyssey, Lifeact & FGLDN shoes, Dia Compe, Gran Compe, Goldtec, Gipiemme, Brand X, Ns bikes, Tree, FBM, Milwaukee Bikes, Power Grips, KMC, Casati Helmets, CCP, PEDAL.E.D, OW leather accessories, Nari Furi, FGLDN stuff, MASH, BNDR, Cantgoslo, Alpina and many many more.

Damn! I can see some serious cash getting dropped in there at the grand opening.
I wonder if the lady would like a profile track hub for her valentines gift?

Scheduled to open on the 14th February at an address still unknown to most.

Hit up the Shop Fourteen blogspace for more details.

Via Fixed Gear London


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