My love for the track bike continues.
Posts Tagged ‘track’
No tricks, no spins, no bullshit. He just rides likes to ride his bike real fast and I like that.
Colnago Pista Mexico
Professional track bike from Colnago with extralight Columbus framework, with fully chromed “cromato” finish. Campagnolo Record Pista group, Cinelli bar/stem and Arius plastik track saddle. Martano Turbo rims with Clement Seta tubulars.
Zing! What a beaut… and a perfect winter hacker too!
Seen at Speedbicycles.
Whatever doubt that I had in my mind as to whether I should stump for that modern group for my steel frame was quickly dispatched upon sight of this fluoro Tommasini.
Spotted at Fame & Spear.
The ‘essential items’ series, if you haven’t already guessed is about cycling related objects and items that I can’t live without and these shoes by Adidas are exactly that.
I’v ruined countless pairs of Vulcanized soled Vans whilst riding bikes so I needed a tougher shoe. For a shoe to be harder wearing it will no doubt be a bit chunkier than a flimsy pair of Vans and yes, these are certainly chunkier but I must say they fit into my double clips like a glove.
Unlike Vans’ waffle soles the soles on these Adidas Busenitz are somewhat stiff, not carbon stiff by any means but stiff enough to transfer some power to the pedals. With Vans I felt like my foot would turn into a lower-case letter N, wrapping around the cages of my pedals like a hand around an ice-cream cone. Not good.
Now me, being a sucker for tradition and aesthetics I have to point out that these shoes, originally designed for football and reinterpreted for skating, look the biz in their O.G Cobalt blue colour option and I rock them with a happy face every single day. This colour please me.
What more can I say about these? Mad comfortable, stiffer than Vans, old school ‘hip’ factor 10, reasonably priced and very well made. Damn! I love these shoes and I have to give shouts out to Kris at Ideal for the recommendation. If you’re in the market for a casual shoe to wear on your daily ride, look no further. Toss your Vans and don’t look back.
Swoop and go a size up.
3 years ago I saw an ad for a steel track frameset, my size, within my budget and looking good. So off I went to Bristol to pick it up. I arrived, checked the frame and agreed to make the transaction. It was a mid 70s silver enamelled Carlton, badged as a Marcarini, lovely it was, Fischer crown and everything. Yes please. But before I swapped my cash for the merchandise he offered to show me another frameset. “OK” I said. He then brought this out: A 1976 Team Raleigh track SB969 in ‘the’ colourway.
Dilemma. I’d always wanted one of these and this was again my size. It looked a bit tatty and the fork was rusted to within an inch of it’s life but then it’s not everyday someone presents you with one of these in your size. Even though the Raleigh was in much poorer condition to the Carlton he wanted more money for it. More than my budget. I got him to put wheels in both, stand them up side by side and I stared at them for a bit. The mental tussle went on for half an hour and then Bang! it finally happened. I saw the potential in that Red, yellow and black, I had chosen to burn the budget and I had bought the Raleigh.
Three years later and I still use it daily, rain or shine. It is scratched, battered and bruised but continuing to work like a beautifully oiled machine, hell it is a beautifully oiled machine! I love it and I can’t see it leaving my hands anytime soon. I’v had many bikes since this has been around but they’ve all gone to new homes, all except one.
I want to live in southern France one day and when I do I want this in the lounge.
Broke down bikes, Beaters, rat bikes, franken-bikes whatever you want to call them, I am a huge fan and this thread over at LFGSS has a bunch of great stuff. Some may make you shriek, laugh, or even vomit but the fact remains that these bikes are ridden every-single-day so a few chips and scrapes are inevitable!
I love well used track bikes so much that I am going to try and make this a regular post, so if you are the proud owner of a Lamb dressed as Mutton… send it my way!!!
Spotted on my flickr stream this morning and I couldn’t resist having a further look. All I can say is: Clean!
Thanks to the OP for uploading this film, straight from VHS!
This is just part one, out of eight in total and if you get the time you really must watch the rest of them, you will not be dissapointed… well maybe just a little as I was due to the shaky/jerky frames. Mind you, it could have been my dying computer.
Watch right here.
Believe it or not, this Rossin pursuit actually started out as a road frame. It came into possession of the talented and dedicated designer/artist/fabricator named Olli Erkkila, and he was inspired to recreate it as a lo-pro… read more
Whether or not this bike is a hack-job, it looks absolutely rad as f***ing hell and I have to give big shouts to Oli, the brain behind such a killer machine.
I wonder how hard it is too web the joints like this? *reaches for fibreglass and hacksaw* No seriously, I am going to try this… my TT frame cost me very little so a bit of R&D won’t hurt too much.
Super, smashing, great… This film is all of these things. It’s shot extremely well with some real amazing photography and the commentary is good too, two thumbs up!
Before fixed-gear bikes became de rigueur for urban aesthetes, they were the weapon of choice for Japan’s fearless Keirin cyclists. A gladiatorial incarnation of track cycling that dates back to 1948, the Japanese sporting phenomenon operates by an intricate set of rules that sees competitors jostling for position on steeply banked tracks at lightning fast speeds, all but encouraging spectacular crashes. In today’s film for NOWNESS, Jonathan de Villiers (whose fashion photography and portraiture has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Wallpaper* and Fantastic Man) traveled to the national Keirin school in Tokyo and the Tachikawa and Yokkaichi velodromes to decode the strategy that governs the racing phenomenon. “I knew next to nothing about it when I went,” says de Villiers, “but I’m a big admirer of the anthropological documentary where you get taken into a whole different world. And what a strange, special and complex universe it turned out to be.” The state-run industry amasses tens of billions of dollars in gambling revenue each year.