The Bike of The Month December 2009 poll is now up here.
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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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.
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!
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 Black Beanie
->A couple of individual retrobike logo stickers
Just 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!
Please note last order date for Xmas delivery is the 17th Dec for the UK.
The 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.
The 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.
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.
Nov 2009 BotM winner – 24pouces 1988 Cannondale SM600
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.
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 according to the recently updated website.
Look forward to seeing what they come out with.
Good to see the Cunningham Bikes website back up, an outstanding resource for all things ‘ham.
The 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
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.