Monday, July 22, 2013

Seat clusters

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

Diamond frame, handbuilt in the 50s in Geelong from 531

Centurion, lovely chromed, wrap-around stay caps

Dawes Super Galaxy

F.W. Evans

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.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Signs on the road to Beauty

yeah it's only 26 km.
but 7 of those took me 45 min

obligatory shottie abuse

great bit of bronze casting

Spot the King of the Mountain...

He took a cut in pay but was immortalised on a plaque
and a testimonial.
Which made it all worthwhile.

cyclists face many risks on the road, and now we have a sign that recognises that fact.
pissed pogo-ists and skiiing kangaroos wouldn't have been in my top three however.

bogong is right in front of you

the hospital is straight ahead actually
see the stripey building?
that's the hospital

romantic lens-flare because Bogong Ave is drenched in nostalgia

a failed, albeit rather lovely, tourism experiment, repeatedly for sale.
the experiment was they thought there might be tourists
now it's just fodder for this blog.