Posts Tagged ‘white’

Paris – Brest – Paris. Photographs by In the saddle.

August 31, 2011

Seen at the In the saddle flickrspot.

I have been taking a bunch of B+W shots recently too and I’m enjoying it… peep my tumblr.

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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.

SF in B&W.

March 30, 2011

Lovely shots. 35mm Rules everytime and I really need to get out to SF, too. New York first though!

Jake Ricker via Tracko.

White Turbo failings.

January 19, 2011

Don’t buy a White turbo. Simple. I mean, that is mine up there after being on the bike for no more than two weeks. As you can see ( or maybe not because of the poor attempt at an arty iphone shot gone wrong ) it is Borderline killed, creased to bits with the white dye or whatever it is completely worn away at the sides and on the tail. It’s not like I have been hammering it either, I have been pootling about to and from work. My thighs are hench, I am not going to lie but not so hench that they physically chafe the sides of the saddle like sandpaper to a block of cheese.

What is worse is that this particular white turbo was straight up out of the box NOS from 1992 and now look at it, positively NOS. What are these guys using to colour the pleather anyway… Tipp-ex? Chalk? Milk? Whatever it is, it’s crap.

Mind you, this saddle does have a lot of charm in it’s current state with it’s used look and I suppose it is also perched on top of something that is as far from a show bike as can be. It is also probably the comfiest saddle I have used ( sans bibs ) so I can forgive a little for that, that said I am used to a collapsed flite and also a Regal ( best looking saddle IMO but hard as Tyson, riding a Regal is like cycling with a brick between your legs ). I suppose I just wish this Turbo had lasted a little longer, so all I am saying is: if you want a white saddle that will remain white for longer than 2 weeks. Don’t buy a turbo.

That is all.

Spinwell for Road.cc.

October 18, 2010

I wrote some words about my recent trip to L’Eroica for road.cc and the piece has just gone live! So if you fancy a read about the perils of riding along wet chalk, go take a peep.

L’Eroica, meaning ‘The Heroic’ is a race held every year in Tuscany, giving up to 3000 like minded, fanatical individuals the chance to ride and race on the ‘Strada Bianche’, the famous white gravel roads of Chianti and to spend two days wallowing in pure cycling nostalgia. In true heroic style only pre-87 bikes are allowed. So there are no auto-indexing gears – this is golden era cycling where shifters are mounted on the down tube, where tubular tyres are also favoured, alongside chrome, cloth bar tape, solid colour paintwork and water bottle holders that attach at the front and where the woolen jersey reigns. Any man interested in the traditions of the Italian cycle race can certainly get his fill here.

Read the rest.

L’Eroica 2010. Spinwell for Le Coq Sportif.

October 5, 2010

What a weekend. Unbelievable, awesome, rad, mega, ace!

Having never been to L’Eroica and only having seen pictures on the internet I didn’t fully know what to expect but what came was among the best all-round cycling experience I have ever encountered. The atmosphere the whole weekend was electric, where 3000 like minded, fanatical individuals descend upon Gaiole in Chianti for two days of pure cycling nostalgia. Woolen jerseys and steel bikes aplenty, any man interested in the traditions of the cycle race can certainly find his fill here.

Day one on Saturday sees the flea market come into town, I say flea market it is a great big cycle jumble in English terms. Stretched out either side of Gaiole’s main road this jumble is big and not only is it big, it is good, very good. Everything you ever needed for your period build and all the accompaniments to go with it can be found here. Even the rarest of the rare is on the tables, it seems that the cream of Italy’s cycle merchandise dealers have landed in Chianti for the day to bless all of the hungry with their wares. You simply do not get a selection this good in the U.K.

If you are unhappy to ogle pantographed cranks and embroidered jerseys all day then you can visit the museum, where books, posters, videos and actual race bikes will greet you. Maybe taste and buy some local meat, fresh pasta, wine made in these hills, the food here is, well it’s just the absolute epitome of rustic goodness. This is, after all a cycling ‘holiday’ so it must be approached as such, take your time, see the sights, chat to the locals and the not so locals. Sometimes trying to speak to someone about your passion for cycles and cycling can be tiresome, remember though that every one here, each of the 3000 are more than happy to exchange verses on the virtue of the spoked wheel and tubed frame for they too are here for the exact reason you are.

The evenings see most people go off to their hotels or chalets to eat food and wine bought that day but we saw Le Coq’s Citroen HY van, looking fabulous in red, white and blue crank up the soundsystem for a grappa fuelled ipod party, but not after food with the stars. A sit down dinner with speeches from Italy’s cycling greats, it was like come dine with me with Fausto Coppi, yes, these were very old men.

Day two sees the cycle race along the fabled white gravel roads and Le Coq Sportif, my hosts, did a perfect job of organising cycles for everyone ( I rode a Campagnolo equipped 1977 Paletti ) and the registration procedure was just seamless. You need a number on your back, one on your bike and a stamp card and you are good to go, good to enter ‘race mode’ or ‘sportif mode’ for a day jam packed full of excitement and surprise. Depending on how your legs feel you can choose to ride either 38km, 75km, 135km or 205km but every one will be as pleasurable an experience as the next. Should you have any technical difficutlies someone will be along to help you out soon enough, such is the kinship on the road.

The roads ridden upon are made up of mainly white gravel paths called the Strade Bianche, fairly narrow in width and rutted like an ice ravaged mountain pass these roads are not to be taken softly. I have never ridden them but I can only imagine it to be like the cobbled straights of the paris-roubaix. Hang on tight, it’s going to get bumpy!

Along your way you will find a handful of food stops fully stocked up with local edible delights and alcohol too should you have the stomach.

Is it a race? Is is a ride? Who knows? But there are all levels out on the road, from the locals who hurtle past you and the vintage service car in front like a roller coaster coach direct and unrelenting to 90 year old men in full woolen suits being pushed up hills by boys half their age. This ‘race’ is legendary and I now know what the fuss is about. The moment tickets go on sale next year, I am buying one, or two.

Big thanks go to:
L’Eroica.
All the team at Le Coq Sportif. Check out their blog.
Matthew Sparkes of the Guardian
Andrew and Phillip Diprose the brothers of The Ride Journal.
The lovely gents from Hanon shop
And everyone else involved. Thank you!

Find many, many more L’Eroica images on the S P I N W E L L Flickr spot.

The Real Deal.

April 27, 2010

Gios Torino Aerodynamic

Torino, Italy early 80’s. Rare NOS Aerodynamic. Unique Gios with triangular profile rear stays. Shifters on top of down tube. Columbus Air tubing. In pristine shape and in original Gios box. Sold.

Damn. The one that got away.
Seen.

Banks in Black & White.

March 4, 2010

Seen at the brilliant la Gazetta della Bici.

Spinwell Projects.2 – Done.

March 2, 2010

Thank you to all the lovely people who bought a tee.

Orders placed and paid for before 10am this morning have now been processed and your items have been shipped. All others will be shipped this afternoon.

To folks residing in the U.K: I have used recorded delivery so you might want to make sure there is someone in tomorrow/Thursday morning to recieve the items! To folks outside Europe: Air mail has been used so your items will be with you within a few days.

Spinwell projects 2 the ‘Very Well’ tee is now sold out but London people, should they wish can still get one from our friends at Tokyo Fixed Gear.

Thanks again and keep em peeled for project number 3.

Spinwell Projects No.2

March 1, 2010

Spinwell Projects No.2: The ‘Very Well’ T-shirt has landed and friends now it is here I can tell you that I am more than stoked at the outcome. My Birmingham buddy has done me proud, thank you so much D you are a true pro.

Red ink on 100% cotton all white Gildan shirts and limited to 25 pieces.

Designed by myself and printing by the local hands of a friend.

Anyone interested in purchasing one of these fine tees should head over to THE STORE now to find out how.

A small quantity also available at the Tokyo Fixed Gear store for the London heads.

Available Monday.

February 26, 2010

That’s right my friends. Spinwell Projects No.2: The ‘Very Well’ Tee will be available from Monday – the 1st of March.

Keep em peeled on here for details on how you can get your mitts on this fine piece of attire and just in time for spring too.

Almost here.

February 24, 2010

Olympic Rossin.

February 1, 2010

Seen.

Trophy Wife.

January 22, 2010

Nice Guchi this one with some real nice hardware but the fave has to be that fork… oooooweeeee!

Thanks Lil Nicky.

Unicanitor.

December 11, 2009



The first saddle with a plastic shell in the history of cycling. The legendary Unicanitor is back and improved with the satin steel rail and the ultimate calibrated techno polymer base. The dimensions are identical to the ones of the most famous model.

I’ll take a Red one please.

Spotted.

Dia Compe Anniversary.

September 21, 2009

Kevin aka Veezy my work homie yesterday alerted me to these. He himself is on the lookout for a new wheelset although at three bills ( £300 ) these may just be a little out of his price range!

Sorry Kev.

A rare treat from Dia Compe; The 60th Anniversary Wheelset, only 200 sets built, each one individually numbered. Nice.

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Tokyo Fixed Gear.

B + W Goodness.

June 3, 2009

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A friend of mine alerted me to these cripsy shots of a day cycling in the sun. What I love most about them is the fact that you can actually feel the heat despite the absolute lack of colour.

Kevin Kafesu, my 20 year old work colleague is the man responsible for these and I must say that he has definitely got an eye for a good shot. More to the point since he copped his Bianchi pista a few months back via our work’s cycle incentive scheme he has been on his ride almost daily and although I am not condoning him for it he has taken to brakeless fixed riding like a duck to water.

Well done sir… these pics are the biz.

Check out more of Kevin’s work on his own blogspace – Propperganda

Kashimaximum Hotness.

February 11, 2009

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日本の歴史あるサドルメーカー、カシマサドル製の名作、”KASHIMAX AERO/カシマックスエアロ”の復刻バージョンです。
尻上がりのシャープなシルエットと適度なクッション入りがお尻に優しい、完成度の高い逸品です。
上品で高級感のあるレザー仕様で、永きに渡って愛用頂ける普遍的なサドルです。
本当に良いサドルです。
カラー : ホワイトレザー

Damn! if only I could understand Japanese AND had the money to spend.

Seen at Bluelug

Stussy x Brooks

December 5, 2008

Stussy x Brooks Swallow saddle
styled by the Wilson brothers

Founded in 1866, renowned English bike saddle-maker Brooks has teamed up with The Wilson Brothers to produce an exclusive 125 piece limited run of their Swallow Saddle for Stussy. The all-white leather is a first for Brooks, Studio Oscar’s unique graphics on the packaging reflect the swallow-back frame, and contribute to making this saddle a true work of art.


Found at Stussy Japan… released in Japan in November, here? we can only wait.


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