Just loading up the retrobike fun bus and will be over to Eastnor for Mountain Mayhem 2010 later this afternoon. Feel free to pop over and see us at the retrobike camp, just look for the big banner. Full details of this years plans can be found here > http://bit.ly/970pl4. If you can't make Mayhem don't forget you can follow the action (or lack of action) on the retrobike twitter feed @retrobike.
The latest in our series of 20 questions with...features ace UK lens man Seb Rogers.
With more than 12 years experience and over 100 covers to his name, Seb is one of the world's best regarded pro bike photographers. He's been there pretty much from the beginning of the UK bike publication scene and you've probably not only stared in awe at his biking pictures in your fave mags over the years but also read his articles and tests as well, in publications such as MBUK, Mountain Bike World and...
The May 2010 Photo of The Month (P.o.T.M.) contest was won by Easy Rier's 'The Wheel'.
Now taking nominations for the June 2010 P.o.T.M. contest entitled 'Anything Retro Goes' here.
Click here to see Easy Rider's shot in all it's glory
1. Easy Rider's 'The Wheel'
Everyone 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...
For those wanting a little more, this is the second in an increasingly egocentric set of ride reports (next up is my visit to the corner shop for a newspaper. And possibly a loaf of bread) so.....
Long winded version
Outside of the Grand Tours, the One Day Classics hold centre stage. And of those, the five 'Monuments' (Milan-San Remo, the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Giro di Lombardia) are king. And separating out further are the...
Geoffrey Cleland Apps, the UK mountain bike pioneer has been 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...
The May 2010 'Anodized Special' Bike of The Month was taken by Nutallabrot's exceedingly clean Manitou FS. The Manitou will be featured in next month's mbr magazine and Nutallabrot will receive a year’s subscription to the magazine.
The full results are as follows
1. Nutallabrot's Manitou FS
2. Stefan9113's Manitou FS
3. Racer X's Pace RC-200
Now taking nominations for the June 2010 BoTM here. Don't forget winner will receive a years mbr magazine subscription so get polishing those bikes...
Just uploaded a few new catalogues to the retrobike archive, one of the largest cycling resources on the web.
-Klein Catalogues, click here.
-Trek Catalogues, click here.
-Independent Fabrication Catalogues, click here.
Also running a poll on archive usage here, please take the time to vote.
The May 2010 Road Bike of The Month contest was won by Slotcar55's Agordina Cromovelato "80th year" a deserving and extremely rare winner.
The full results are as follows
1. Slotcar55's Agordina Cromovelato "80th year"
2. Shamus' 1984 Colnago Master
3. wired99's 1983 Raleigh Gran Sport
Now taking nominations for the June 2010 rBoTM here.
Click here for more details and full results
The May 2010 Road Bike of The Month top three are as follows
1. Slotcar55's Agordina Cromovelato "80th...
Once again Retrobike will be at Mountain Mayhem at Eastnor - and once again this will be our biggest and best year ever!
The retrobike camp, trackside tent and show tent will be in one area this year and is not to be missed. Where will we be? Don't worry, you'll find us ;) Those of you racing this year should watch out for our retro-themed trackside tent of crazy supporters, listen out for those classic old schools tunes and party whilst you pedal! At Retrobike we don’t only party hard – we...
Get your old road irons polished up, shave your legs and don your Bolles as we're running a Retro Road Ride (AKA The Welsh Borders Grimpeur) on Saturday 24th July.
What does it involve, I hear you cry?
A stunning, scenic and undulating Sportive style 90 km ride on very quiet country roads with a country pub lunch/stop. There's plenty of climbing but nothing super steep so with a compact and a bit of fitness all should be fine.
Where is it happening?
The ride will start and finish in...
The retrobike man bags (laptop / messenger bags) have just arrived and quickly left Retrobike's Secret HQ nestled deep in the Warwickshire Alps. We have a small second batch of these arriving soon, the first batch having sold out within hours. Full details of the bags can be found on the Lowe Pro website here.
Colours we have are black and brown as pictured.
Price will be £27 posted in the UK.
To order please register a firm interest in this thread here or via PM.
The weekend of 15th May saw the Bravehearts of MacRetro take on the Ten Under The Ben 10 hour mtb marathon. Read on to find out about their experiences (or click here for the aftermath thread).
Part 1 - The Ken sets the scene
Most of us set up camp early on Friday evening and headed of up the Aonach Mor gondola for our free meal and free very small malt whisky.
On return the other happy campers had arrived, We had a beer or 2 whilst chatting out in the drizzle taking turns not to out...
A global celebration of classic mountain bikes in action at OWMTBC 2010. In its second year, the Old World MTB Championship is a weekend dedicated to showing and riding classic mountain bikes with fellow enthusiasts, re-living the spirit of those free spirited early MTB weekends. The OWMTBC was designed to give an outlet to the growing fascination with the birth and early years of mountain biking – with the Retrobike forum in the UK having over 9,000 registered members, it looks like it is...
Over a couple of pints in December, a friend suggested we ride the Fred Whitton (the event website describes it simply as ".... a 112 mile ultra hilly (mountainous!) challenge ride over all the famous Lake District passes in a single day ride".). Glowing with festive cheer I readily agreed, confident that with it's popularity that we would never get in. We did. What follows is what happened, as best I can remember.
After packing the car in the dark on Friday night, I had a restless sleep...
Last year's Brighton Big Dog was one of the highlights of last year's retrobike calendar. Click here to check the aftermath from 2009. The 2010 event promises to be bigger and better but has sold out already! Fortunately the nice people who run this event have agreed to keep a very limited number of entries back for the Open Retro class (in association with retrobike of course). This year the Open Retro class is open to teams of two and three. If you'd like to enter you'll now need to...
The April 2010 Photo of The Month (P.o.T.M.) contest was won by Wu-Tangled's 'This is Why'.
Now taking nominations for the May 2010 P.o.T.M. contest entitled 'The Wheel' here.
Click here to see Wu's shot in all it's glory
1. Wu-Tangled's 'This is Why'