Cicli Berlinetta is a seemingly wonderful bike shop in Berlin with a wealth of wonderful frames, parts and great imagery on their site. The images from this years L'Eroica are particularly nice as well as some slightly provocative photoshoots done in the shop. If you live in Berlin certainly stop in a check it out.
Some of my favorite rides are when the weather is awful but for some reason everything seems beautiful and serene. Maybe I am delusional but there is something great about overcoming the elements (and having the whole road to yourself). Pumping away in 40° rainy weather clears the mind more than anything; and afterwards it feels so great to take a nice hot shower, hooray for modern plumbing.
Hand constructed steel as an answer to Taiwanese carbon and robot welded aluminum frames. The Speedmetal interprets the classic steel frame with a wonderful modern outlook, a sleek lightweight frame with deep roots. Made in Germany this has to be one of the nicest steel frames I have seen in a while, and kitted with all those Tune parts makes it that much more desirable. Check out more at the Neueck site, it helps to speak German though.
"You better pump." – Marcus Sommers
From now on fridays will be devoted to a quick quote and shot from the classic movie where two brothers challenge the road. And life itself.
This weekend I stumbled across a wonderful site cataloging derailleurs over the years. Supposedly only half done it showcases some amazing exotics alongside some that are a bit more common, and all photographed and presented very nicely. The creator has this to say:
"I have tried to include the good and the bad, the worn and the new, the exotic and the commonplace. Most of all I have tried to use a dry collection to tell some stories. People, both consumers and producers, are often passionate about bicycles, and the story of the derailleur has its share of drama and tragedy."
Certainly the derailleur is one of the most abused parts on a bike and unwillingly has to become a workhorse like no other. I am pretty excited to see the collection finished in all its glory, determination and a little extra time can be a beautiful thing. Plus who can't dig on a site named after the great album from Mr. Bruce, Baker and Clapton, which was named after an inside joke between Clapton and Baker when their roadie Mick Turner commented on a conversation they had about Clapton getting a race bike. Turner had said "it's got them Disraeli Gears", meaning to say "derailleur gears," but instead referring to 19th Century British Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli; weird connections, but what a great album.
Have a peek around Disraeli Gears.
Over the coming months I hope to amass a large and (hopefully) well organized collection of images of the classic legends, some familiar and some less known. The goal is to make a nice database of images that might not already be online and create a place to easily view them. If anyone has any resources or ideas, please share; otherwise stay tuned for something that could be pretty nifty.
The long romance with spring and summer is gone, but somehow it has managed to be overly sunny and warm this fall. It's not yet that time to start thinking about white blankets covering every inch of the road, but soon it will come, along with that nasty thick, salty sand. Doesn't it make your ears sing at the thought of all that grinding in your drivetrain? It almost makes me want to sit inside and watch Home Alone back-to-back instead.
I have been a huge fan of Speedbicycles since I first stumbled upon it, it may be one of my favorite sites online. Stefan has done an amazing job restoring and keeping the integrity of beautiful rare vintage lightweights. Now I normally do not have a calendar hanging, but when I saw Speedbicycles had one for sale I made an exception, plus he sent along an equally wonderful playing card of Mr. Anquetil, such a great surprise.
Follow the link to purchase: Speedbicycles 2010
A few years ago I built up a great Bridgestone RB-1, super light for its time and road like a dream full of Diane Lane. This image reminds me of the beautiful time I had climbing and descending on its natural beauty.