Saturday, April 26, 2014

bespoke forks for Supa Sport

this is the reason the supa sport has been off the road for so long
new set of bespoke forks
vintage Reynolds blades and butted steerer
ornate lug of unknown origin
some custom bosses for the DA centrepull brakes
these will do away with the original yoke
at the top of the above pic
only the two brake caliper arms will be needed

Dura Ace drop outs

although this lug might seem a bit fancy for a fillet brazed frame
they will be well filed
and painted the same colour as the blades
Viscount red top half, chrome bottom half
with no lining or accents
so hopefully not so noticeable from a distance

Monday, April 21, 2014

I's Bicycle visit report but not because JH went there, just because I'm a bit lazy and, well, because.

my boy approaching all hallows
be warned these are the BIGGEST pics I've uploaded yet
so click away

ive had his blog pinged to the sidebar for a while now
realised there are some good pics from visiting his shop last year
Mr I of Grand Bois fame
pic of Ernest Csuka of Alex Singer fame on the wall behind
Mr I is the one we have to thank for the lovely tyres

and now
in no particular order
some highlights

Barra's integrated lever front derailleur
the brazing is flawless
and despite my dislike of aluminium as a frame material
probably the single, sexiest bike I've ever seen
sexy in exactly the same way my blue, woolly socks in the mandatory shop slippers

Lefol Le Martele mudguards
they are not fenders
Cyclo rear derailleur
you can see the massive step between the big and small rings

the cover star of my blog
not spoke-wire instead of cable for the cantis

the cute little streetcar/tram/train/light-rail from Hanazono station 
which is the way to get there

this frameset was lying around
dunno if it was newly-made
or more likely
something old 
stripped bare
like the bride by her bachelors, even

as soon as I saw it 
I knew
it fitted my inner template for a new bike
brake bosses at centrepull
not canti
twin plate fork crown

bit fuzzy 

internal brake cable
love to know what it was
unfortunately there was some tool in there
who was monopolising Mr I's time with dumb questions 
and I had to dash

house upstairs
shop below full of steamy bikes
living the dream certainly

the ceiling
a Herse with my favourite mudguards:
Lefol Le Paon
and various bits of Italian shit

more Italian rubbish in the FG
although there may be some English lightweights down the back
I think I spied a vintage Mercian when I was there

noticeboard with participation medals from the Poly Japon
which I suppose is a randonee
as well as their custom catalogue
and a whole swag of medals from TOMs over the years
TOM = Toei Owners' Meeting

the packages by the door are
I would guess
their main business now

 the meilleur of fillet brazing

another massive step between small and big ring
proprietary Routens front mech
cable operated from below

Barra frame has ovalised top and down tubes
but they start as circular section where they join the head tube
that's some virtuosity in metal-forming
considering where talking 1940s or 50s

the whole sexy beast
with price tag visible
10 grand is reasonable I reckon
people pay more for shit like this

Jo through the window in the winter light
I's Bicycle is called
Cycles Grand Bois
in the online
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Friday, April 11, 2014

Opp-shop Pegoretti

an opp shop is also known in some countries as a thrift shop
when I say Pegoretti, I mean "Pegoretti"



why "Pegoretti"?
well if Dario can doodle on his frames so can I.
rides beautifully
although those turbo saddles are bloody uncomfortable

Friday, April 4, 2014

Dunno what I'll call this post until I pick a photo

there you go
wilson's prom ride
from january this year
photo is extra bloody big just for you

Bike shed glamour twins

can you tell the quality of teaching in a school by the quality of the builds in the teachers' bike shed?
the answer to that rhetorical question is of course 
the step through is a locally-made, vintage NOS frame and fork set, still with crisp, hand-done box-lining.
the repco MTB has the amazing red fat franks, 62mm wide from memory.
massively heavy on steel rims but massively handsome.

digital filter fuckup courtesy the picasa-tool free app.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Day tripper

two different days, same bike

pic doesn't really covey how deep that crack is