Watching old cycling films gives one of the greatest feelings of nostalgia, not necessarily because I was there, but because I want to have been there. Day dreaming about days when men wore only wool and had to change gears one handed has become a regular past time. CrossTube, mostly devoted to cyclocross throughout the world, has some wonderful shorts showcasing some of the greats on the road.
"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.
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.
When I first saw these I was quite happy; a kid in a candy store with glowing eyes fixed on that wonderous Wonka bar. In actuality I was just glad someone had documented the beginnings of a small team struggling through rough waters. Hearing that the Cervélo Test Team was the only team in a very long time to be fully sponsored and closely knit with an actual bicycle manufacturer (and not a bank) only got me that much more excited. This is the team I had been waiting to follow, especially when Sastre announced he would be part of it and with a string of amazing riders it seems like what first was a story of underdogs, became something great.
Check out every episode of Beyond the Peloton, all of them are good.