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BoTM September 2012 is Uno-speedo’s Formula 1

October 3rd, 2012

Uno-speedo's Formula 1The September 2012 Bike of The Month contest was taken by Uno-speedo’s Formula 1, a debut win for the UK carbon brand.

The full results is as follows

1. Uno-speedo’s Formula 1 Cycles
2. Woody’s Funk Pro Comp
3. adri.75′s Mantis Flying V HT

The October 2012 “Red Special” BoTM contest is now up, get your nominations in now.

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

3 Peaks Cyclocross 2012 AKA The Life Aquatic with Ed Zissou

October 2nd, 2012

I blame Pervy Bob. Or his dad. Or possibly even his beautiful, unobtainable, older sister (she was two years older which meant that at the time she was pretty much Mrs. Robinson. Oh, and she spoke fluent French which only added to the unobtainable mystique). Actually, most of all I blame Pervy Bob, and not only for the effect the following had on me.

Back in 1986 I was at college and Pervy Bob invited me for a weekend in Nelson; despite his name this was in no way sinister. Having enjoyed a pleasantly boozy Saturday night I was a bit put out to be raised from my slumber in the attic at some unearthly hour the next morning to go and watch Pervy Bob’s dad perform unspeakable acts in public. I must admit that I was a little unnerved to be standing on a desolate and godforsaken hillside with no idea what to come – and then men appeared racing down the grass on bikes. Very fragile looking bikes heading at top speed down a gradient that would have given me pause for thought about walking down. Occassionally one rider would decide to leave his bike behind while performming acrobatic feats rarely seen outside of Billy Smart’s Big Top – I swear to this day that one bearded fellow exited over the bars, performed a perfect forward roll to standing and proceeded to run down the hill (no mean acomplishment when the bike was fitted with toeclips and straps pulled tight and he was wearing studded Walsh fell running shoes), although the effect was slightly spoiled when he had to return up the slope to retrieve his bike. Memory may be betraying me (again) but the fact that it was a grassy slope indicates that I was spectating on the descent off Ingleborough near Cold Cotes but I was awestruck by what I was seeing – this was well before the days that mountainbikes were ubiquitous and I wasn’t one of those kids who went scrambling around the local woods on a hopped up Raleigh Arena – and there was no way that I would ever achieve the levels of fitness never mind skill to match these wiry men of iron. But I was intrigued and an itch started that wouldn’t even be mentioned, let alone scratched, until 21 years later in 2007.

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PoTM August 2012 is Mr Panda’s ‘This is Why’

September 26th, 2012

The August 2012 Photo of The Month (PoTM) contest was won by Mr Panda’s ‘This is Why’.

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

30 Years of Fat City

September 24th, 2012

Iconic East Coast framebuilders Fat City are celebrating 30 years by holding a gathering in Vermont this weekend.

“We are celebrating all the fun, joy and excitement folks have had riding their Fats all over the world. We’re gathering the last weekend in September in Morrisville, VT, to ride, eat, drink, share our stories and exploits…and more! All are welcome, especially if you have a good story, love Fats or have an old Fat to bring and ride. Share your Fat story with founder Chris Chance. He will love to hear it!”

Check the webpage or the post on FatCOGs for more details.

PoTM July 2012 is sinnerman’s ‘Tricolore’

September 24th, 2012

The July 2012 Photo of The Month (PoTM) contest was won by sinnerman’s ‘Tricolore’. Sorry for the slightly late announcement ;)

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

Ed and My Mate Dave vs the Italian Alps

September 24th, 2012

6 years ago I was on the cusp of 40 and in time honoured fashion wanted to celebrate in a suitable manner (no, not that way, hookers appear chronologically much later in this tale). My Mate Dave had always talked about his Raid Pyrenean adventure, so, with his able logistical support, I decided to take on the major climbs in the Pyrennes, the Tormalet, Aspin, Aubisque etc. I was pretty fit from running and thought that would see me through. After 96 miles in 38C on the first days it was clear that this approach was fundamentally flawed. Over the next week climbs followed, descents were avoided (what’s the point in a hire car unless you’re prepared to use it?) and My Mate Dave’s smiling face, as he leaned out of the window to offer what he maintains to this day were ‘words of encouragement’, was seared into my mind.

Moving on three years, the expensive counseling had stitched my fragile psyche back together and I was ready for the French Alps, Alpe d’Huez, Galibier, Croix de Fer and the rest. But this time My Mate Dave was riding – payback time! An enjoyable week was had cycling squares up Alpe d’Huez while looking down (metaphorically, literally and in every other way) on My Mate Dave several hairpins below. Somehow, despite sneering and gloating on my part (for which I am still proud), our friendship endured.

Fast forward to early 2012 (fast forward into the past? Does that scan?), and My Mate Dave mooted a trip to the Italian Alps to take on some of the legendary Giro climbs – the likes of the Stelvio, Gavia and the reportedly fearsome Mortirolo. I wasn’t really going to say no, was I?

Being both steeped in cycling folk lore and undeniably pretentions, I knew that the key to the whole trip was le metier. Having booked the trip 6 months previously I had plenty of time to organise equipment, body, mind. I thus timed it like a space mission as those never go wrong (apart from Apollo 13 and then Tom Hanks saved the day. Or was it Kevin Bacon?) and before I knew what had happened I emerged from a space/time vortex and was looking down the barrel of T -60 hours with a bike in pieces, skinned knuckles and a barked shin…..

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The Peaks Meet 14th Sept 2012 Aftermath – with support from Bikefood

September 21st, 2012

Another year, another excellent Peaks meet. For 2012 the meet was part of the Retrobike 2012 National Events series and was kindly supported by Bikefood. Once again the meet proved to be one of the most well attended of the season with almost forty riders out. Plenty of quality old school metal was on display, everything from a 80s Dawes to a box fresh Klein. The full Retrobike Peaks Ride aftermath thread can be found here

BoTM August 2012 ‘British Special’ is Sinnnerman’s Hardisty JMC Replica

September 10th, 2012

Sinnnerman's Hardisty JMC ReplicaThe August 2012 ‘British Special’ Bike of The Month contest was taken by Sinnnerman’s Hardisty JMC Replica. Another fine vicotry for sinnerman with yet another iconic ride.

The full result is as follows

1. Sinnnerman’s Hardisty JMC Replica
2. JeRky’s Chas Roberts D.O.G.S.B.O.L.X
3. makster’s 1990 Overbury’s Pioneer

Now taking nominations for the September 2012 BoTM here.

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20 Questions with Demon Frameworks

September 7th, 2012

Tom Warmerdam is the man behind the uber small scale frameworks that is Demon Frameworks. Making custom designs and now a signature series available at Mosquito Bikes in London, Tom’s tiny workshop in Southampton, England has never known it so busy. Winning the ‘Best Road Bike’ category at the 2012 NAHMBS earlier this year has just gone to put Demon on the radar of the bike world globally and so I went down to sunny Hampshire to catch up with Tom and get to the heart of what he’s all about. For more on the subject, this month’s Peloton Magazine no 14 (out now) has a feature on the workshop tour I received when we hooked up recently.

Retrobike: Hi Tom, tell us, how’s business in 2012?

Tom Warmerdam: Hello Retrobike. It’s picking up speed. The future’s bright, the hook up with Mosquito Bikes is awesome.

RB: Tel me, who are your heroes? Biking or otherwise…

TW: My grandfather the cabinet maker. He made things with his hands and it always stuck with me from an early age, watching him, he was amazing. His copper plate etchings were beautiful. My dad, he’s probably the greatest supporter of the things I have chosen to do. Bike wise, I always liked Hetchens- intense, awesome. Gary Woodhouse, Brian Curtis, Cliff at Royce. There are so many more though.

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rBoTM July 2012 ‘Tour de France Special’ is Bushpig’s Team Z Calfee Lemond

September 6th, 2012

Bushpig's Team Z Calfee LemondThe July 2012 road Bike of The Month ‘Tour de France Special’ contest was taken by Bushpig’s Team Z Calfee Lemond, Miguel Arroyo’s ex-team bike. Second was taken by Ian Raleigh’s Motobecane La Redoute and third was taken by between Pondlife’s Merckx Titane GAN :D

The full result is as follows

1. Bushpig’s Team Z Calfee Lemond
2. Ian Raleigh’s Motobecane La Redoute
3. Pondlife’s Merckx Titane GAN

Now taking nominations for the August / September 2012 rBoTM contest.

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BoTM July 2012 is wtb_rider’s Brodie Catalyst

August 29th, 2012

wtb_rider's Brodie CatalystThe July 2012 Bike of The Month contest was taken by wtb_rider’s Brodie Catalyst. Yet another win for wtb_rider and Brodie :)

The full results is as follows

1. wtb_rider’s Brodie Catalyst
2. Def’s 1993 Kona Hei Hei
3. elite504′s Yeti ARC AS/ LT prototype

The August 2012 “Brisitsh Special” Poll is now up, get your votes in here.

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

Innerleithen Ride 2012 Aftermath – with support from Bikefood

August 21st, 2012

Round 5 of the Retrobike National Event Series with support from Bikefood took place North of the Border at Innerleithen. Another great day out, click here for full aftermath.

PoTM June 2012 is zigzag’s ‘Water, Water, Everywhere’

July 20th, 2012

The June 2012 Photo of The Month (PoTM) contest was won by zigzag’s ‘Water, Water, Everywhere’.

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

rBoTM June 2012 is 531 pro’s 1988 Peugeot Aravis 531 Professional

July 18th, 2012

531 pro's 1988 Peugeot Aravis 531 ProfessionalThe June 2012 road Bike of The Month contest was taken by 531 pro’s 1988 Peugeot Aravis 531 Professional – another great month. Second was taken by Huggie’s 1978 Gitane Olympic Record 531 and third was taken by between cipolinni’s 1963 Falcon San-Remo Equipe :D

The full result is as follows

1. 531 pro’s 1988 Peugeot Aravis 531 Professional
2. Huggie’s 1978 Gitane Olympic Record 531
3. cipolinni’s 1963 Falcon San-Remo Equipe

Now taking nominations for the July 2012 rBoTM “Tour de France Special” contest.

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BoTM June 2012 ‘Dead End Special’ is Stumpjumper1990′s 1990 Laïti

July 13th, 2012

Stumpjumper1990's 1990 Laïti The June 2012 ‘Dead End Special’ Bike of The Month contest was taken by Stumpjumper1990′s 1990 Laïti .

The unusual machine will be featured in next month’s mbr magazine and Stumpjumper1990 will receive a years subscription to the magazine.

The full result is as follows

1. Stumpjumper1990′s 1990 Laïti
2. oneschnark’s 1995 Progear
3. felixdelrio’s Action Tec F-16

Now taking nominations for the July 2012 BoTM here.

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

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