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
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