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So, here we go again, another lame Edwards tale that will follow the usual format. I’d echo Micheal Gove with his “yadda, yadda, yadda” from Newsnight (I can’t believe I’ve just repped Gove) but I know that more is expected, desired even. They say never change a winning formula but when your formula ain’t winning you sure as hell make changes. So, if you’re after the usual hackneyed recounting of lack of physical and mechanical preparation, unfortunate bowel evacuation, shoehorned popular...
Hans Jörg Rey aka Hans “No Way” Rey will need no introduction to anyone who has ridden a Mountain Bike in the past twenty five years. The GT Bicycles veteran has multiple World and National championships under his belt but it his consistently high media profile many will know him for best. Images of Hans’ spectacular mountain bike trials shows and adventures are amongst the most iconic in the sport and have graced numerous magazine covers and posters. Hans kindly took the time to answer 20...
Ductape wins the September Photo of the Month with his picture Fire!
England has a historical north-south divide. But not these days surely? Not in the age of homogenised pursuits like Saturday shopping, the cinema the night before and the pub the morning after? Must be just the same up there as we are down here, must be. No. They are not. They are hard. Maybe it’s the relentless economic climate that nurtures the south and freezes out the north. Being overlooked and neglected has made them tough. And they laugh about it. Pride themselves on it. Shandy...
The September 2013 Bike of The Month contest was taken by Sebastian's 1991 MERLIN Titanium, from some really top rides, very little to chose between the top three on quality or votes. The full result is as follows 1. Sebastian's 1991 MERLIN Titanium 2. hollisters 1990 tropical jellybean salsa ala carte 3. SYN-CROSSIS 1992 GT XIZANG TITANIUM Click here for more details and full results The September 2013 Bike of The Month top three are as follows 1. Sebastian's 1991 MERLIN Titanium...
Retrobike was lucky enough to attend the 2013 Cycleshow at the NEC on the Thursday Press / Trade day. Having not been to a mainstream bike show for a few years (not since the defunct 'Bike Show') it was good to see such a large show with a diverse number of exhibitors - it would certainly seem that cycling is indeed in the ascendancy. Our overall highlights of the show were as follows *Seeing Daley Thompson (legend!) *Plenty of manufacturers turning out high end steel race frames. Not...
The August 2013 Bike of The Month contest was taken by Sebastian's 1995 GLEISS MTB Monobox, from some very strong competition. The full result is as follows 1. Sebastian's 1995 GLEISS MTB Monobox 2. Rumpfy's 1990 Bontrager OR 3. Dossa's 1990 Ridgeback 704XT Click here for more details and full results The August 2013 Bike of The Month top three are as follows 1. Sebastian's 1995 GLEISS MTB Monobox 2. Rumpfy's 1990 Bontrager OR 3 Dossa's 1990 Ridgeback 704XT
The July 2013 'Muddy Fox vs Orange vs Saracen Special' Bike of The Month contest was taken by nevadasmith's 1989 Orange Formula. The full result is as follows 1. nevadasmith's 1989 Orange Formula 2. Rodrigues' 1989 Saracen Kili Flyer Comp 3= Gravy Monster's 1989 Saracen Trekker Competition UU 3= The History Man's 1997 Muddy Fox Rock N Roll TEAM Click here for more details and full results The July 2013 'Muddy Fox vs Orange vs Saracen Special' Bike of The Month top three are as...
To celebrate 25 years of the magazine MBUK are running a contest to win original mint sauce artwork! Calling all Mint Sauce fans! This is a rare opportunity to own a piece of original Mint Sauce artwork, hand-drawn and painted by Mint creator Jo Burt. He created this extra special double-page edition of Mint Sauce to celebrate MBUK's 25th Anniversary issue, and you can see how he did that in our Making of Mint Sauce video here. Click here to enter. Don't forget to check out the retrobike...
While Privateer was in California in April and May, exploring the state that gave us mountain biking and continues to lead the conversation, we spent a day at the NorCal High School MTB race at Boggs Mountain. Who should we find there working as the team wrench for the Drakes Pirates team? None other than Joe Breeze of Breezer Bikes and the MTB Hall of Fame. Here's his take on why getting kids into mountain biking at a young age is so important. Joe Breeze: “I’ve been wrenching for the...
The May 2013 road Bike of The Month contest was taken by slotcar55's 1963 Galmozzi original. Second equal was taken by Flandria's 1976 Flandria and Wallonie11's 92 Merckx Corsa Extra. The full result is as follows 1. slotcar55's 1963 Galmozzi original 2. Flandria's 1976 Flandria 3. Wallonie11's 92 Merckx Corsa Extra
The June 2013 road Bike of The Month contest was taken by Double Dee's 1980's Vitus 979. Second was taken by Montello's - 1984 Pinarello Montello with Campagnolo 50th Group and third claimed by Scooter's 1949 Rotrax La Premier Model. The full result is as follows 1. Double Dee's 1980's Vitus 979 2. Montello's 1984 Pinarello Montello with Campagnolo 50th Group 3. Scooter's 1949 Rotrax La Premier Model
huelse's 1988 Ibis Custom is Bike of The Month June 2013 The June 2013 Bike of The Month contest was taken by huelse's 1988 Ibis Custom, from some very strong competition. The full result is as follows 1. huelse's 1988 Ibis Custom 2. Nader's 1993 Yo Eddy Aquafade 3= SYN-CROSSIS' 1993 Mountaingoat Whiskeytown Racer 3= Spwal's 1994 Yeti ARC AS Click here for more details and full results The June 2013 Bike of The Month top three are as follows 1. huelse's 1988 Ibis Custom 2...
Last weekend saw the annual retrobike raid on Mountain Mayhem, the UKs largest 24 hour race. For 2013 Mountain Mayhem moved from the iconic Eastnor venue to pastures new at Gatcombe Park. Once again retrobike took what must surely have been the biggest group with at least 40 riders and numerous 'supporters', near enough all on retro machinery. Full retrobike mountain mayhem aftermath thread can be found here. Thanks to ace snapper Gus Farmer for the image, check his thoughts and more images...
What started out as one or two of us meeting up with our Dolomites, seems to have sparked enough interest to open the net wider to other Klein owners / riders. This is the plan: WHO Anyone who owns or has access to a Klein WHAT A ride of about 10-15 miles taking in Richmond Park, maybe Wimbledon Common and the Thames River path. Will include a few refreshment - NOS Polish stop offs, and a post ride beer or two. WHY Excuse to meet up and ride these bikes many are obsessed with. Seems to...
Cycling giants Campagnolo have recently celebrated their 80th anniversary with typical Italian flair and style. As part of the anniversary celebrations Campagnolo have setup the Campagnolo Virtual Museum. The virtual museum is well worth a look with numerous iconic images of riders, components and events from the past 80 years. One of the most important parts of the virtual museum is the people section, which handily is where we come in. Campagnolo have asked we on retrobike get involved...
Sheffield born Steve Peat is without a doubt the UK's most successful downhill racer. In the course of a career almost unmatched in length Peaty has taken numerous World Cup wins and British National Championships, along with the 2009 World Champs in Australia which is surely the highlight. At the start of Steve Peat's career back in the early 90s he raced both Cross Country and Downhill when rider's did that sort of thing for local shop Langsett Cycles. His success led to a ride with Kona...
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