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Trimble is Cool. Next up on the Cool Wall vote is Spinergy.

December 17th, 2009

trimble cool wallThe cool wall vote on Trimble has been closed. Retrobike has judged Trimble cool :D.

Next up on the vote is Spinergy.

BoTM Dec 2009 – Poll now up

December 16th, 2009

The Bike of The Month December 2009 poll is now up here.

An Afternoon With U.S.E.

December 14th, 2009

Rory Hitchens U.S.E.Pulling up at U.S.E HQ it dawns on me, over the years we’ve known each other, I had never taken up Rory Hitchens’ offer of popping by anytime for a tour round (they’re only 5 miles down the road). Right, better turn round and pick up some cakes then hadn’t I? Pulling up at U.S.E HQ for the second time in half an hour, I am greeted by a flurry of bike business activity. “We’re moving into the unit opposite” a huge pile of Exposure Lights boxes said as it crossed the road on the small industrial estate that is so often the type of place you find an industry legend like U.S.E.

Am I going to be met with an air of confused derision at my longing to unearth a pile of anodised purple loveliness gathering dust in the loft?
Probably. This place has after all ridden (pardon the pun) the waves of varying bike trends over the years, from the early days when you could “make something new a whacky colour and people would buy it” through first the ti, then carbon explosions and onto the successes of the growing night riding/ racing market and cordless light set ups. U.S.E may well have a fair few of the old faves still in production, but they are also firmly ‘up there’ with products as innovative and lovely (in a CNC’d kind of a way) as the Olympic winning TT bars and the Exposure Lights LED light range.

As it turns out, I am met by an ever enthusiastic Rory wearing an even more enthusiastic flouro green and pink race jersey from back in the day. Good start I think to myself. He still gets it.

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Retrobike UK National Events Calendar 2010

December 14th, 2009

Ladies and Gentleman of Retrobike,

We are pleased to be able to take the wraps off your essential guide to Retrobike riding in 2010! Break out those new diaries and insert these key riding retro dates and get that precious bike out of the shed and onto the trail!

As part of the process to ensure that all events are of the highest standard, we have recruited Area Events Coordinators and Deputies who, with good knowledge of their riding areas, are best placed to organise these activities. The AECs also manage their Area Sub Forums - here you will find regionally-focused chat and latest information on all rides and activities. Please make sure you check your area sub forum regularly!

Please note that the events on the National Calendar include several non-Retrobike organised events that we highly recommend and support.

Retrobike 2010 Calendar

30th Dunkeld – MacRetro

13th Thetford – Lincs and East Anglia
27th Trough of Bowland – NWest

7th Haldon – South West
14th TBA – East Midlands
27th Ffestiniog – NWales

11th HONC - S&W Mids

1st Three Tribes, Peaks – NE&YORKS/E Mids
8th Lake District – NWest
15th 10 Under the Ben – MacRetro
29th Set2Rise – South West

5th Moel Famua – NWales
18-20th Mountain Mayhem – National
28th TBA – Lincs and East Anglia

11th IOW Ride/Camping – South West.
18th Forest of Dean. S&W Mids.

6,7,8th Big Dirty Weekender II – NE&YORKS
15th TBA – Lincs and East Anglia

4,5,6th OWMTB 2010 – National
18th Mr K’s Day in the Peaks – NWest

23/24th Glentress – MacRetro

TBA Real Ale Wobble -
21st Appetite Seminar UK – NE&YORKS

27th Turkey Twizzler – S& WMids

We at Retrobike Towers are all looking forward to seeing more of you out riding retro in 2010 and believe that we have the diversity of events to tempt you onto the trail – hope to see you there!

Mr K

XMAS Special. Mug + Hat + Stickers only £20

December 9th, 2009

By popular demand we’ll be running another special offer this year. A little late but better late than never.

Anyhow for the bargain price of £20 you can get

->Retrobike Mug
->Retrobike Black Beanie
->A couple of individual retrobike logo stickers

Click here to take advantage of this offer!

RB Xmas special

Mugs back in stock!

December 7th, 2009

Retrobike MugJust taken delivery of a fresh batch of mugs ready for Christmas delivery. Imagine the look of joy on your Wife’s / Husband’s / Boyfriend’s / Girlfriend’s / Mother’s (delete as appropriate) face on the morning of the 25th December when they open a retrobike mug instead of another boring blu-ray player or bottle of perfume. Don’t dissapoint them!

The mugs can be purchased from the retrobike shop, click here to order. Will even chuck in a couple of retrobike stickers for every order recieved between now and the 25th.

Please note last order date for Xmas delivery is the 17th Dec for the UK.

Raleigh is Uncool. Next up on the coolwall vote is Trimble.

December 4th, 2009

trimble cool wallThe cool wall vote on Raleigh has been closed. The heron has been beaten :( .
Despite over 100 years of history, Tour de France victories, National & World Mountain Bike Champions along with countless other wins Raleigh of Nottingham, England has been voted UNCOOL. That’s right the company that brought you the Burner, Grifter, Chopper, Lizard, Mustang, Dynatech, 753 Team Professional and countless other classics has been consigned to the wrong side of the coolwall by the good people of retrobike. Raleigh has failed where Proflex succeeded.

Ah well, nevermind. Next up on the vote is Trimble.

Google Map now back online

December 3rd, 2009

Retrobike google mapThe retrobike google map for registered forum users is now back online here.

If you’ve not added yourself to the map and you’d like to you can do so by updating your profile, just click ‘search my coordinate’ and get your pin on the map.

GoatSurfer Retro MTB website now up!

December 3rd, 2009

This just in from Neill, the man behind the GoatSurfer Retro MTB website.

Planet Earth, November 2009 – GoatSurfer Retro MTB officially launches online.

GoatSurfer Retro MTB has been started primarily to put something back into the RetroBike Community and that ‘something’ is the Pace Forks Timeline.

The object of this is to have a chronological timeline with high quality pictures, model numbers and product info for all the Pace forks. This took a while to get together and is still missing some info so if you can help with any corrections, photo’s or tech specs please PM me.

Also located at GoatSurfer Retro MTB is a small vintage catalogue collection, a bunch of random MTB info that you might find interesting and links to the ‘GoatSurfer Retro MTB and other ramblings’ Blogsite where blow by blow posts on some of my retro build projects can be found.

I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank Justbackdated, Jerky and Adamgent for supplying some of the photos used on the Pace Forks Timeline.

B.o.T.M. November 2009 is 24pouces’ 1988 Cannondale SM600

December 2nd, 2009

The November 2009 “Mid Range Special” Bike of The Month was one of our more controversial contests. A well deserved win went to 24pouces’ 1988 Cannondale SM600.

1988 Cannondale SM600 November 2009 BoTM winner
Nov 2009 BotM winner – 24pouces 1988 Cannondale SM600

The second spot was taken by Easy Rider’s Dawes SE and third spot was shared between ElCani’s Muddy Fox Seeker & Oneschnark’s Progear STX 1995.

Dawes SE Muddy Fox Seeker  Progear STX 1995
Nov 2009 BotM 2nd and joint 3rd – Easy Rider’s Dawes SE, ElCani’s Muddy Fox Seeker & Oneschnark’s Progear STX 1995

Don’t forget to check out the December 2009 BoTM.

BoTM December 2009 – nominations if you please

December 1st, 2009

Now taking nominations for December 2009 BoTM contest here. This is a ‘normal’ month so anything goes. Hopefully this one will be straight forward ;)

Cook Bros is alive

November 30th, 2009

Cook Bros Racing cranks

Cook Bros is alive according to the recently updated website.

Look forward to seeing what they come out with.

CunninghamBikes website back up.

November 30th, 2009

Good to see the Cunningham Bikes website back up, an outstanding resource for all things ‘ham.

GT is ‘OK’. Next up is Raleigh on the Cool Wall.

November 26th, 2009

GT cool wallThe cool wall vote on GT has been closed. Following some complex statistical analysis it was decided GT would be ‘OK’.

Next up on the vote is Raleigh. Do David Baker, John Tomac, Andy Ruffell & Joop Zoetemelk make up for the Activator, Max and Lizard? From this vote onwards we have removed the ‘OK’ option. No more fence sitting ;-)

Brodie sells up on Craigslist

November 26th, 2009

Paul Brodie Frame building jigsJust been sent a link (thanks to @cdnprairiedog on twitter) to a very interesting advert on craigslist. The advert reads as follows

bicycle framebuilding jigs – $8000

I’m selling all my framebuilding jigs / fixtures / tubing / brazons. These are all the jigs and fixtures used to make the 4000+ handbuilt brodie frames over a 15 year period… a liitle bit of history you might say! I haven’t built a bicycle frame in about 5 years, so it is time to move them on, hopefully to a good home where they will be used. The price is $8000 firm. Call Paul @ 604 xxx xxxx

Could be a chance to own a piece of history or at least setup your own frame shop. More pictures and discussion in the forum here.

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