lots of step-through bikes
and/or bottle dynamos
chain-guards and chain cases
and mini velos
very little crabon
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
just got these from Canada of all places.
Cycles Toussaint get them made
and I suppose Kirk Pacenti gets them made as well
since they've got his name on them
but then they've also got Panaracer's name on them
because they actually made them
pretty much just like they make a slightly wider, white 650B tyre
and another tyre the same width but black
for a different company based in Japan.
So they say 38mm wide but Vern Gauge says they're really 36mm wide.Nevertheless they fit really well inside Gilles Berthoud's rather dumbly-sized
mudguards, being as they are 40mm wide.
So loving that really.
Friday, November 1, 2013
we all know them
crappy phone pic
or too many studio photos
incessant relisting of same item
a short hiatus
then relist as if it's a new one
here then are some of the worst I have come across
for your reading pleasure
ok, so it's got internal cable routing
Ideale 92 saddle, Maxicar hubs, etc, etc
and it's in really clean condition
but $6000? I mean, come on
I could buy a new custom frame rando for that much
it's a frame for someone no taller than 5'1"
I know I'm right because in 6 months of relisting it hasn't sold
this guy is a classic
one of a number of serial offenders who should know better
because they seem to be ebay shop owners
crappy, non-drive side photo (one only)
and a warning the bike needs servicing
but at least he's offering free shipping... :/
but $13,000??? even for a fillet-brazed Routens, that's steep.
a mint condition Rene Herse as featured in this book
recently sold for only $9,000.
been listed for months
and 19 failed offers in its history
but 131 people are watching it
so I suppose probikesfrance is waiting for a moron with more money than sense
to click the buyitnow button
only problem is most of those dickheads buy carbon, not old classic bikes...
probikefrance delights in charging twice what anyone is ever likely to pay.
in fact he's always so exactly over the mark that by halving his prices you can
get a pretty clear idea of market value for any particular item.
new Gilles Berthoud saddle?
currently on sale here for $90
but at probikefrance you can have it for $216.00 with free postage
I could go on but I've got a bored headache already
one of my favourite ebay idiots
pb bikes (perhaps a distant relative?)
based in Portlandia
want a vintage plastic bidon
that will make all your smart waters
taste like you're drinking
from a vintage kids' wading pool?
it's New Old Stock though!
so it's $150 + postage!
He does have some spectacular stuff, I'll give him that much
so much so you wonder where it all comes from.
I have a theory that he's actually a collector and doesn't want to sell anything at all
like those hoons with "for sale 0400 555 555" in the window of their hotted up Hyndai Excel
they just want you to ring them up so they can talk shit about cars, or score a root, or both.
With 98 pages of stuff, he's got plenty to keep you amused.
And now for the piece de—whaa?
they're not there anymore?
looks like the "Budget Bicycle Center" has closed its eBay store altogether
they had some of the best, over-priced re-listings on eBay
and the delicious irony of the name just meant their site was
laugh-out-loud ridiculous from go to whoah.
Just goes to show you can fleece a punter in off the street
but people on the net have too much choice
and knowledge to be taken in that easily.
He's even got a thread all to himself on bikeforums. (pbbikes gets a mention too!)
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
Saturday, October 26, 2013
after reading JH's post on
I had a look to see if I had posted a pic of the wonderful
made by Jo Routens' son
so here 'tis.
immune to bumps as the bag slides on sideways
the two steel sleeves are bolted to the handlebar bag's internal aluminium stiffener
sad to say
I've lost the lovely little occy strap that held everything in place
it must have pinged off without me noticing
but even so
the systems still works beautifully
and so much simpler than this.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
still well pleased with how this bike came out
with aforementioned saddle
the shimano deer-head derailleur set
later known as deore
the sugino 5-pin, tiny bcd crankset from my viscount
the white 35mm tyres and hammered mudguard
not to mention the suntour ratcheting thumb-shifters
and custom artisanal leather mudflap
it's just a shockingly stylish build
100 points to your house if you can correctly identify the car in the shot above
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
almost as much as I love leather saddles
I love Joseph Lyddy's Dubbin
it took this gorgeous Lamplugh spring leather saddle from this
in a matter of minutes
the top pic is how she arrived
about 10min after the second pic was taken
she looked like the first pic again
probably used about 10 separate applications before she kept
the lustre you see above.
a hairdryer on low is excellent for melting the Dubbin into the leather
Saddle from my favourite French charity
for my niece's beautiful Shogun commuter
(must take some up to date pics)
I call him that because he's not really a frame-builder
and he's not just a mechanic
he makes stuff to fix or enhance bikes
and has the tolerances of a jeweller or horologist
+/- 0.01mm is his definition of
close enough for rock and roll
he's also got a bit of a tool fetish
which I can totally understand
there's nothing better
than having the right tool for the job.
Sunday, September 8, 2013
was impressed with my storage solutions
been doing so much searching on eBay in French
that the words were starting to get into my head.
was also interesting to see the stuff that I accumulate most of
definitely drivetrain stuff
Composants de Transmission
but also surprisingly brake stuff too
Etriers et Leviers de Freins
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Monday, July 22, 2013
seat clusters are where the seat stays join the seat tube and sometimes also the top tube
there's a lot of different ways this can be done.
sometimes its integrated into a lug
the cluster also has to incorporate the action of the seat post clamping bolt
a tiny distortion of the seat tube of only fractions of a mm.
makers worried about rip-offs tend to put some kind of embossing in the seat stay cap
their name or logo
really good bikes don't care so much
but it's a lovely detail all the same
these are from Commuter Cycles 5th birthday Show and Shine
Diamond frame, handbuilt in the 50s in Geelong from 531
Centurion, lovely chromed, wrap-around stay caps
Dawes Super Galaxy
As the name suggests, with curly stays n'all
Elvin? Elwin? tarck bike
lovely resto with complete Superbe Pro group
recently made bike I forgot who by
immaculate Concorde with gold-plated stays
fancy chromed cluster but somehow
not as lovely as when they wrap to the front of the seat tube.