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DaCorsa.De – retro road bikes

October 14th, 2011

DaCorsa are a group of German enthusiasts who restore and ride retro road bikes part as hobby part as business. There are some top draw bikes and pictures on the site including some shots from L’Eroica 2011, well worth a look here > . Click here to discuss in the forum.

The Bicycle Academy

October 5th, 2011

The Bicycle Academy sounds like a great project happening here in Somerset, UK. Check full details in their press release below.

“A place to learn how to make bikes. You keep the skills, your first bike goes to someone who really needs it”

The Bicycle Academy is a new enterprise providing people with the skills and facilities to design and make their own bikes. Frame building will be taught by the legendary Brian Curtis as evening classes or short weekday courses from The Bicycle Academy workshop in Frome, Somerset. As part of the learning process each student will make a frame to be donated to people in Africa, then once graduated students will be able to use The Bicycle Academy workshop to hone their skills and build their own frames. (more…)

The Retrobike Rides Monthly Newsletter – September 2011

September 8th, 2011

So August draws to a close after a superb month of riding. The weather perhaps hasn’t been ideal for most of use but the local and national RetroBike rides scene has been in full flow. The national series crossed the border into Scotland for a memorable ride around Drumlanrig. The hospitality was amasing and with the Tunnocks weighing heavy we took on the slippery roots and rocks with smiles from ear to ear. A full aftermath more pictures than you shake a stick at, can be found here.

September is as always a Peaks month. On Saturday September 10th we will once more be tackling the stunning Peak District, starting out from Hope. Full details can found here. As always RetroRides are free to attend, leisurely paced and great banter is guaranteed.

Click here to read full retrobike rides September 2011 newsletter.


August 30th, 2011

There are fewer things more iconic in the world of retrobike than Klein factory paint – from Dolomite to Nightstorm the work of the skilled painters almost overshadows the undoubted technical innovation of the framesets themselves. Forum member Jonrock has been honing his skill repainting Kleins for several years now, he stands heads and shoulders above others as being the only real option for a factory look refinish. Jon has taken his hobby to the next step and started a website with full details of the services he offers, check it out here > and don’t forget to tell ‘em retrobike sent you!

Paul Brodie’s Brodie Rodie story

August 22nd, 2011

Brodie RodieSeeing there is a lot of interest (and appreciation) on retrobike for Brodies the man himself kindly emailed over the story of how his own personal Brodie Rodie has evolved. Check the forum out for the full Brodie Rodie story.

Best Ever Fat Chance paintjob – The Results

August 17th, 2011

Fat Chance Yo Eddy AquafadePoll results now in for the best ever Fat Chance paintjob. Official results as follows

1. Aquafade
2. Team Violet
3. Chameleon Metallica

Unsurprisingly the iconic Aquafade took the title. Click here to see the best ever fat chance paintjob poll and more importantly pictures.

MTB Hall of Fame Inductees 2011

July 31st, 2011

This just in from the MTB Hall of Fame (or mtbhof). Sadly it looks like Geoff Apps was over looked once again. Still some very deserving inductees nonetheless. Click here to discuss in the forum.

The 2011 inductees are:

Bob Allen, Journalism – whose photographic vision and advocacy have contributed to and continue to add to the collective memory and evolution of mountain biking.
Patrice Drouin & Chantal Lachance, Promotion – two Canadian promoters who have fueled much success and fun into mountain bike racing.
The Laguna Rads, Pioneers – 80 or so individuals who have taken the adventure and camaraderie of mountain biking to a new level, while preserving the original spirit of the sport.
Pete Webber, Advocacy – his influential work as IMBA’s membership and communications director led directly to the growth and professionalism that marks IMBA today.

To read full biographies about these deserving folk, visit our website and click on the 2011 Inductees link.

Elected by a vote of past Hall of Fame Inductees and current Hall of Fame members, these folks will be welcomed into the Hall on Wednesday, September 14th, 2011. The Induction Ceremony will take place at 6:00 p.m. during the Interbike Show in Las Vegas. The event is held at the Sand’s Expo and Convention Center, Rooms 206/207, immediately following the first day of the indoor show. All Interbike attendees as well as the public are welcome. Mark your calenders!

Privateer 4 on sale now

July 20th, 2011

Privateer Issue 4The fourth issue of the rather lovely (and impressively door-stopping) Privateer magazine is about to reach the shops – subscribers have had theirs for a couple of weeks and have been using words like “gorgeous”, “sweet”, “giant peach” and of course “smell” to describe it. Inside you’ll find columns from Charlie Kelly, Thomas Frischknecht and Will Longden alongside an array of expansive features from around the world. There’s the amazing story of Hope, a day with World Downhill Champion Tracy Moseley, the gently unhinged world of 24 hour soloing and more. Nick Larsen looks at the dark art of marketing and concludes that hype is a force for good. There are glorious pictures, interesting words and stickmen. What more could you need?

Privateer 4 goes on sale on 17 July, you can find a list of stockists at

For details of a special Retrobike subscription offer please click here.

Vote for Geoff Apps – Mountain Bike Hall of Fame 2011

July 5th, 2011

Geoff AppsGeoffrey Cleland Apps, the UK mountain bike pioneer has been once again nominated for the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame - hopefully this year he will be voted in and a glaring omission corrected. Mr Apps was riding bicycles off road in the mid 60s and his unique take on the ‘mountain bike’ pre dates the Marin County pioneers by several years. If you don’t know about Geoff Apps I suggest you read up about him and his bicycles here on retrobike, here on wikipedia or here and here in the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame.

Graham Wallace, long time Apps aficionado has made the nomination once again. What can you do? Simple. Click here to register for the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame and vote for Geoff Apps! I know votes are closing soon so please be quick.

Land’s End to John O’Groats charity ride

June 9th, 2011

Retrobike member breezerfatty is completing the Lands End to John O’Groats ride for a good cause, Great Ormond Street Hospital. Here is what breezerfatty has to say (or read more in the forum).

We are three cyclists (Graham Reeve, Graham Jackson, and Shane Taylor) taking on a huge challenge for a great cause.
Four years ago the surgeons at Great Ormond Street removed a tumour the size of a tennis ball from the heart of Graham Reeve’s daughter Beth. It was clear that if untreated Beth only had days to live. Now that she is well again, it’s time to repay them by raising money to help them with their work. There are people all over this country who know what it’s like to have their children returned to them by the work done at Great Ormond Street.
We are going to ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats, using a 920 mile route starting on 4th July. Please help us to raise money so that Great Ormond Street can carry on their great work saving children’s lives. You can follow our progress on our Blog.

To sponsor the trio visit their JustGiving page.

Bespoked Bristol – 11->12th June

June 8th, 2011

This weekend sees the first running of Bespoked Bristol – the UK’s first handmade bicycle show. The event is running on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June at the Paintworks, Bristol, click here for full details > The show includes numerous frame builders, bike designers and small scale manufacturers of premium components, clothing and accessories. Retrobike will be there over the weekend, look in here for a report and pictures next week.

15,000 Users

May 31st, 2011

As the site approaches it’s sixth anniversary we’ve reached another major milestone – 15,000 users! Click here to discuss in the forum.

Retrobike – original and best since 2005 :D

An interview with Off Road Toad

May 18th, 2011

Off Road ToadPlenty has been written on this and other internet forums about the re-emergence of cult Canadian brand Off Road Toad. Michael Golinski, the Managing Director of Off Road Toad Bikes has agreed to speak exclusively to Retrobike about their current and future plans.

1) Retrobike: So, welcome back Off Road Toad. First things first, what sort of bikes will you be making? And perhaps more importantly can we see some pictures?

Off Road Toad: Thanks! We are glad to be bringing the brand back. Like the original Off Road Toad frames, we will be building hardtail chromoly frames. These will be available for both 26″ and 29er tires and no, at this point there is no plan to built Horny Toads (the elevated chain stay Off Road Toads)!

2) RB: There’s been a lot of discussion on the forum about who’ll be making the frames – here’s your chance to put the record straight. Who’ll be making your frames and what tube sets will they be using?

ORT: The first thing that we want to point out is that the reason somebody should be buying one of these frames is because they want an Off Road Toad. Each and every Toad is designed and built to our specs and we back up the quality and finish 100%. If you want a frame built by a certain welder, you should definitely support that frame builder by buying one of their frames. If you have always want a Toad, here is your chance.

When Rod originally started Off Road Toad back in ’86, he used a number of different builders to make the frames depending on who had capacity and the right price. We are using a similar approach. At the present time, we are using a contract welder who has built frames for Yeti, Strong, Ibis, Titus, Spot Brand, Control Tech amongst others. If you need to know exactly who it is, drop us an email.

Every Off Road Toad frame is built to our specifications, using our custom designed and machined dropouts, Reynolds 725 tubing and then powder coated for a high quality, durable finish. We inspect the frames once they are welded to ensure that they meet our quality standards and then once again, we inspect them after powder coat.


Forest of Dean Saturday 14th May 2011 – with support from Bikefood

May 11th, 2011

:: Date: Saturday 14th May 2011
:: Time: 10am for a 1030 start.
:: Meeting at: Pedalabikeaway Cycle Centre, near Coleford, United Kingdom. There is a Pay and Display carpark, £3 for the day.
:: Directions: Postcode: OS Grid Reference: SO 624 114. Post Code for Sat Nav is GL16 7EH but check the map as this may put you in the centre of Coleford or at the cottages down the road! Cycle centre telephone: 01594 860065.
:: Terrain: Forest trails, mainly sweet fireroad singletrack, the vast majority of it natural. While not flat, the route planned is not super up or down. Although parts of the Forest are extremely well drained, conditions can be a little muddy in places if it has been raining hard. So, tyre choice? Doesn’t really matter as long as amber walled.

Click here to sign up now!

The Retrobike Rides Monthly Newsletter – May 2011

May 11th, 2011

Retrobike Rides have now been going strong for many years. They have evolved from a couple of dodgy looking characters meeting in the woods to ride their retro pride and joys 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 unique qualities and banter. As always with Retrobike Rides, everyone is welcome and made to feel welcome.
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.

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

Click here to read full retrobike rides May 2011 newsletter.

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