Back to the Future

Camille McMillan reveals the inspiration for the Demi-Porkeur

1 Jul 2015  |  Posted by GUEST  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Curiosities, Friends, Monthly highlights

In 1957 Roland Barthes published  ’Mythologies’ , a collection of essays .. the best known is “The New Citroën” the ”Goddess”.

The Citroën DS 19 replaced the Citroën Traction Avant, the Citroën Traction Avant was old fashioned… pre World War 2 tech and styling.  The DS according to Barthes was perfection.

The DS was perfection of Modernism, the high watermark of French design and ethos. World War 2 was in the history books along with the old aesthetics of the La Belle Époque ”Beautiful Era” and Art Nouvos.  The Citroën DS was the future manifest in an object.

French style, aesthetics engineering was at its height… for me it was a high point for French’e'ness, French bicycles and bicycles in general.

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Eroica Britannia 2015 Gallery

Liz Seabrook took the road to capture the event

25 Jun 2015  |  Posted by Oliver  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Events, Friends, Monthly highlights

This weekend saw the 2nd Edition of Eroica Britannia in Bakewell, Derbyshire.  The 2014 Edition was a huge success and it is fair to say 2015 built on these foundations.  There was a large vintage fair with live entertainment, best dressed contests, fantastic food and drink, and of course the ride itself. 

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Eroica Britannia – A Party On Two Wheels

Juliet heads to Bakewell for the 2nd Edition of this Vintage Ride

23 Jun 2015  |  Posted by Juliet Elliott  |  Categories: Correspondence, Events, Friends, Monthly highlights, Style & Fashion

Being a member of Mid Devon CC – organisers of the legendary Dartmoor Classic sportive – and an ultra keen cyclist, you might wonder why I chose the weekend of the aforementioned race to do a runner from the beautiful county I call home. It’s pretty simple really – I’m just not 100% sold on sportives. As someone who enjoys exploring and doing my own thing, I’m never quite sure that I want to pay money to ride public roads I can ride any time of the year, simply so I can do it at the same time as lots of other people. And I’m not just talking about the Dartmoor Classic because it’s close to home, I feel that way about sportives wherever they are so it takes something a little different to sway my opinion.

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Celestial Cycles

The summer solstice is longest day and shortest night of the year. It's revered by ancient cultures all around the world and always a good excuse for a bike adventure

17 Jun 2015  |  Posted by Jack Thurston  |  Categories: Correspondence, Events, Friends, Monthly highlights, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Urban Cycling

Long before the festivals of Christmas, Easter, Hanukkah, Ramadan or Thanksgiving came along human kind measured its progress through the year by observing the sun and the stars. The solstices are the pair of celestial bookends that mark the longest day of summer and the deepest depths of winter. Unlike religious and cultural festivals, which are ultimately products of the human imagination, the solstices are firmly rooted in the reality of our cosmic situation. Sometimes it’s good to remind ourselves that we live on a spherical rock hurtling around a gigantic nuclear explosion, spinning as it goes.


The Sweet Grass at Sunset. Photo (C) Nomadic Lass

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“Someday a real rain will come…”

Guest Blogger Bike Snob NYC Heads Out Under Cover Of Wetness

9 Jun 2015  |  Posted by Bike Snob NYC  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Urban Cycling

This past April I took delivery of a brand new saddle:

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Britain Is Brilliant!

Juliet flies the flag for these fair isles

4 Jun 2015  |  Posted by Juliet Elliott  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling

I love to explore and the pace of cycling makes it ideal for those seeking pleasure from their region. As I see it, walking is too slow, running doesn’t take you far enough and cars are too fast and too far removed.

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Eroica Britannia 2015 – The Interview

We catch up with the guys to find out what has changed for the Second Edition

1 Jun 2015  |  Posted by Oliver  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Heritage, Monthly highlights, Sports Cycling

With Eroica Britannia rapidly approaching, we decided it was a fitting time to catch up with Tim, one of the organisers, and find out what is new for 2015 and what to expect for the weekend.  From what he told us it seems we are in for one fantastic weekend and a very enjoyable fathers’ day. 

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Lands End to John O’Groats in 45 hours and 11 minutes

Dominic Irvine explains what it takes to break a 49 year old record

22 May 2015  |  Posted by GUEST  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Travel & Adventure Cycling

At 3:41am on Thursday 7th May 2015, the rear wheel of our tandem passed over the drain that marked the end point at John O’Groats 45 hours and 11 minutes and 842 miles after leaving Lands End. In so doing, we had broken the 49 year old End to End record that had stood since Swinden and Withers rode the route in 1966 in a time of 50 hours 14 minutes and 25 seconds.

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Rowan Frameworks Interview

The Bespoked Best Newcomer tell us how he learnt his trade

15 May 2015  |  Posted by jim holland  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Events, Friends, Monthly highlights

Another newcomer that caught our eye (and many others!) at this years Bespoked was Timmy Rowan of Rowan Frameworks. Astonishingly he picked up both best Best Newcomer & Best in Show, which was fairly unprecedented! A staunch Brooks supporter…His bikes are a stark contrast from the recent trend of monster tubed speed machines and have a wealth of small touches and unusual uses of mixed materials. Who knows what’s in store for Rowan Frameworks…but they are certainly off to a good start! We swapped a few questions and answers to learn a bit more about the finer points…

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Multi-Modal Memories

Guest Blogger Bike Snob NYC Time-Trials Into The Past

12 May 2015  |  Posted by Bike Snob NYC  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Urban Cycling

There are all sorts of reasons to go for a ride.  Sometimes you want to explore, and to mark the world with your tires like your bike is a cat and the road is someone’s pant leg.  Sometimes you want to challenge yourself on that big climb–or, even more pathetically, to challenge complete strangers via some social networking app like Strava.  And sometimes you just wanna get naked.

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