Thursday, March 26, 2015

an interesting 'new' bike shop

actually dunno how old it is but Andy is really friendly and was surprised that I knew what a Legnano was.

Here is one of his Legnanos

It's so original that he wants to use shit, old cables
even though they stretch and that's the last thing you want in a cable.
but I like his taste. otherwise they are agents for Lynskey
which, while they are certainly a wanker's bike
the Audi of steel bikes currently?
they are, after all, steel not plastic, so there's that
as the kids say.
And thy also have their own house brand, "Champione"
which are made with Columbus Zona and are fucking light

but check out these fillets...

 a track bike made by Colossi (?) in awesome stainless steel

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Victor gets an upgrade

i've retired Positron
in favour of this lovely Suntour shifter that I've had spare for a while
and its companion rear mech
the equally lovely V-GT
the shifting is delightfully precise

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Bianchi change to gearing

since this bike is for someone
who's been of the bike for a while
and he lives in the country with lots of hills
and headwinds
I thought it prudent
not to mention compassionate
to put easier gearing on it.
took the 47 tooth Super Record ring off Victor
and the 12-24 freewheel off Jo 650b
but I must say now
the bike does look a little weird

Friday, January 16, 2015

Thursday, November 27, 2014

A visit to Kawaguchi city

if you can call it a city because it pretty much seamlessly
connects to the rest of Tokyo
but it is home to one very special place that I know of

this is the Toei Bike Factory
as you can see they are churning out frames at the rate of about
one per week
which means there is a two year wait
which is not outrageous
for a custom-made frame
from what I gather

the place is not big
this is it
all you can see. one room.
three guys working today
and two guys not in
sick? passed away? not sure

this one is one of the Bluebird series
reproduced recently for their 50th anniversary
that's not a Cyclo rear derailleur but
a lighter-weight version of that design made by Toei

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Supercorsa project - the frame

some of you might remember a post
back in 2011
whoah, I was much more prolific back then
on my brother-in-law's bike
well that bike met its maker
or rather the frame did
long story
and anyway he
my BiL
not God
needs a new bike quite urgently
so out of the goodness of my heart I'm ressurecting
all the old Superbe parts
adding some bits
but most importantly attaching them to the frame
he always wanted as a kid
a Bianchi Supercorsa

Sunday, June 1, 2014

new Pro's shiny errogenous zones

Now there's an SEO optimised title to attract the wrong kind of attention.
I suppose what I'm posting below is pr0n though
just maybe not the kind the next visitor to this reluctant little* site is expecting


*for the use of that descriptor, thanks to JF

Friday, May 23, 2014

VAR crank puller

since learning that TA and Stronglight 
require their own tools I've 
been on the hunt.
thanks to Hilary Stone, I'm now the proud owner of a dual TA/British crank tool and
VAR is something of a legendary brand in bike tools 
so I'm happy on both fronts.
the tool itself is reassuringly heavy, 
with beautiful, crisp threads.

Wish I Could Be There