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BoTM & rBoTM polls for December 2010 now up

December 26th, 2010

The Bike of The Month (BoTM) poll for December 2010 is now up, click here to get your votes in now! .
Ensure you use your vote wisely this month, the winning bike will be featured in MBR magazine and the winner will receive a years subscription to the magazine.

Road Bike of The Month (rBoTM) poll for December 2010 is also now up. Click here to get your votes in now! .

The Retrobike Rides Monthly Newsletter – December 2010

December 24th, 2010

EdEdwards downhillHello and welcome to the very first Retrobike Rides Newsletter.

Each month we aim to enlighten you of all the goings on around the country that have occurred in the previous month and let you know what’s going on in the coming month.

Ridebike Rides have now been going strong for many years. At first these involved a couple of dodgy looking characters in lurid lycra meeting up in the woods to ride their retro pride and joys.
But now meetings have evolved to groups of up to 40 enthusiasts meeting up to enjoy their bikes, company and trails.
In doing so a friendly atmosphere has been created and good riding manners developed, giving Retrobike Rides their unique qualities and infectious banter.

Everyone is welcome to join Retrobike Rides and everyone is made to feel welcome when they do. All abilities are catered for with the rule being we only get round as fast as the slowest person, with short cuts and chicken runs being planned into the routes.
Retrobike Rides are non competitive with the emphasis on socialising, having fun and exploring the best new trails with people who know them well.
And of course doing it all riding old bikes.

If this appeals to you, please come and join in at one of our National or Local events.

The Retrobike National Events Calendar 2010/11

With support from

Rd 1 – Cannock Turkey Twizzler – Dec 27th (BH Monday) – POSTPONED
Rd 2 – Thetford – Jan 23rd (Sunday)
Rd 3 – Forest of Dean – 14th May (Saturday)
Rd 4 – BDW – July 22-24 (Weekend, main ride Saturday)
Rd 5 – Drumlanrig – August 14th (Sunday)
Rd 6 – Mr. K’s Day in the Peaks – Sept 10th (Saturday)
Rd 7 – Final Round (TBC) – Oct/Nov*

With the usual annual Retrobike attendance at:

- The Hell of North Cotswolds (Sunday April 10th 2011)
- Mountain Mayhem (Weekend of June 17th-19th 2011)

*The final round has been opened up for all regions to submit a bid to organise and host it. We’ll then post up their plans and every Retrobike member will have the opportunity to vote on the most popular idea. The event with the most votes will become the season finale for 2011.

Bikefood have been hugely generous in supporting our series, the opening round will be at Cannock this month. All Retrobike rides are free so get yourselves along, you’ll along be able to sample a few freebies courtesy of Bikefood.

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Cannock Turkey Twizzler POSTPONED

December 24th, 2010

Following discussion, we’ve very reluctantly taken the decision to POSTPONE the ride next Monday and give as much notice as possible so that people could alter their plans.

This was not an easy decision to arrive at as the Turkey Twizzler is a very well established and attended event. Although we recognise that weather forecasts are often unreliable, Cannock is supposed to have 4 inches of snow on Monday and never be above freezing between now and then so the riding could be a challenge but it was the getting there and back, with some people travelling vast distances, that was the key concern.

We’re hoping to arrange a slightly surreal festive Turkey Twizzler in February, date to be confirmed.

Ok, off to cancel the caterers.

Click here for more discussion.

Morvélo / Retrobike Fat Tire Flyer Collaboration T-shirt

December 13th, 2010

Fat Tyre Flyer T-shirtEveryone likes Old School and none more so than Retrobike and Morvélo Bicycle Apparel. Fat Tire Flyer was the original mountainbike magazine co-founded in 1980 by one of the pioneers of Mountain Biking Charlie Kelly. It’s pages contain classic imagery of early off-road action and this cover from May/June 1984, a bike pile after one of the customary early April “Derby’s” in Marin County, sums up the care free and fun loving attitude of the time.

Retrobike and Morvélo liked it some much they got in contact with Charlie Kelly to see if they could run a limited edition t-shirt of it. Not only did he say yes, but he also re-scanned in the cover of the original for them to use. His fee? “Just make sure you send me one of the t-shirts!” he said. Still a legend.

Just 100 of the t-shirts have been hand-printed onto Morvélo’s customary high quality soft cotton tees, only a handful remain in stock. The shirts are exclusively avilable from the Morvélo online store. For more images of the shirt please see this post on the forum.

P.o.T.M. November 2010 is LGF’s ‘Winter Is Coming’

December 13th, 2010

P.o.T.M.The November 2010 Photo of The Month (P.o.T.M.) contest was won by LGF’s ‘Winter Is Coming’

Now taking nominations for the December contest entitled ‘Sum Up 2010 in a photo’here.

Click here to see LGF’s shot in all it’s glory (more…)

r.B.o.T.M. November 2010 is Spokesmann’s 1975 Carlton Criterium

December 10th, 2010

Carlton Criterium The November 2010 road Bike of The Month contest was taken by Spokesmann’s 1975 Carlton Criterium.
The full results are as follows
1. Spokesmann’s 1975 Carlton Criterium
2. toomski’s Peugeot PR10
3. Citoyen du monde’s Mrs Cinelli custom

Now taking nominations for the December 2010 rBoTM here.

Click here for more details and full results (more…)

B.o.T.M. November 2010 is Brad’s Specialized Epic Ultimate

December 8th, 2010

Specialized Epic UltimateThe November 2010 Bike of The Month ‘Carbon Special’ contest was taken by Brad’s Specialized Epic Ultimate . The Epic Ultimate will be featured in next month’s mbr magazine and Brad will receive a year’s subscription to the magazine. Yet another select month with numerous potential winners, it’s well worth checking the thread out here.

The full results are as follows

1. Brad’s Specialized Epic Ultimate
2. uno-speedo’s Formula One
3. Archangel’s 1991 Specialized Epic Ultimate

Now taking nominations for the December 2010 BoTM here. Don’t forget winner will receive a years mbr magazine subscription so get polishing those bikes!

Click here for more details and full results (more…)

Retrobike Xmas Special Offers

December 6th, 2010

Retrobike courier bagTwo festive special offers this year. Both are available in the online shop > http://www.retrobike.co.uk/store/#xmas2010

Hat and Mug – £21
One retrobike mug, one retrobike beanie or baseball hat and a couple of logo stickers for the bargain price of £21.

Courier Bag and Hat – £35
One brown retrobike Lowe Pro courier / laptop bag, one retrobike beanie or baseball hat and a couple of logo stickers for the bargain price of £35.

Retrobike Hoodies – Pre-Order.

December 3rd, 2010

Retrobike HoodieDue to popular demand we are getting a batch of hoodies printed up ready for Christmas delivery. Numbers are strictly limited in the first batch so if you’d like to order one or wish to see more details please check the thread here.

Hoodies are now available in the shop, click here to order. Very limited stock available for pre-Christmas delivery.

National Event Series 2011 – with support from bikefood

December 1st, 2010

Retrobike EventsLadies and gentleman, 2011 promises to be an amazing year for Retrobike riding. Not only are your regional area groups in great shape with rides regularly being organised, but we’ve also put together a cracking National Series to entice you.

The National Series is the cream of the Retrobike rides squeezed into a seven round series. We’ve done our very best to spread them around the United Kingdom, offer some of the very best trails and also make the series completely free to enter. So get your new diaries out, here is the Retrobike National Event Series with support from BikeFood Calendar for 2010/11:

• Rd 1 – Cannock Turkey Twizzler – Dec 27th (BH Monday)
• Rd 2 – Thetford – Jan 23rd (Sunday)
• Rd 3 – Forest of Dean – 14th May (Saturday)
• Rd 4 – BDW – July 22-24 (Weekend, main ride Saturday)
• Rd 5 – Drumlanrig – August 14th (Sunday)
• Rd 6 – Mr. K’s Day in the Peaks – Sept 10th (Saturday)
• Rd 7 – Final Round (TBC) – Oct/Nov*

With special events at:

• The Hell of North Cotswolds (Sunday April 10th 2011)
• Mountain Mayhem (Weekend of June 17th-19th 2011)

With Retrobike rides proving ever more popular we are delighted to announce that bikefood have decided to support our series, they will be supplying us with complimentary drink supplements, water bottles and energy bars at all our national events.

Click for more details (more…)

Cold head? Why not buy a retrobike hat !

November 30th, 2010

Retrobike FezFor those suffering with cold heads due to the recent cold snap here in the UK why not buy a retrobike hat. Click here to buy one :D All our hats are high quality Beechfield items embroidered here in the UK. The new styles are as follows

-> Black beanie with gray/silver retrobike logo
-> Brown beanie with white retrobike logo
-> Black peaked beanie (or knitted army cap) with white logo
-> Blue peruvian beanie with white logo

‘Soup of the Week – p3tester’s Kona Hot

November 29th, 2010

kona hotp3tester’s Kona Hot is last week’s Retrobike / Bikesoup ‘soup of the Week’. p3tester wins an exclusive bikesoup t-shirt. Nice one!

To win a Bikesoup t-shirt simply get your bike listed on the site using the free retrobike voucher code retrobike17dec. Click here for full details .

BoTM & rBoTM polls for November 2010 now up

November 24th, 2010

The Carbon Special Bike of The Month (BoTM) poll for November 2010 is now up, click here to get your votes in now! .
Ensure you use your vote wisely this month, the winning bike will be featured in MBR magazine and the winner will receive a years subscription to the magazine.

Road Bike of The Month (rBoTM) poll for November 2010 is also now up. Click here to get your votes in now! .

‘Soup of the Week – Somerled’s Highpath

November 23rd, 2010

highpathSomerled’s Highpath is last week’s Retrobike / Bikesoup ‘soup of the Week’. Somerled wins an exclusive bikesoup t-shirt. Nice one!

To win a Bikesoup t-shirt simply get your bike listed on the site using the free retrobike voucher code retrobike17dec. Click here for full details .

Saracen Is Uncool – next up is Campagnolo

November 19th, 2010

saracen uncoolThe latest Coolwall vote has been declared! Saracen is UNCOOL. Fillet brazing, U-brakes and snazzy 80s graphics couldn’t make up for the latter sins it would seem.

Next up on the vote is Campagnolo’s MTB Groupset. Italian chic or misguided foray. You decide!

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