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Boba Fett Bike Caletti by Peter Thomsen 

Ever seen a Boba Fett bike before? Us neither and never one with such class and quality behind that Star Wars bounty hunter themed paint work. What on the surface could be a rather naff idea, is actually a very well executed design. I can’t see many people dissing this bike. And if the paint work and overall design wasn’t enough the spec just blows it away (pun intended).

It comes kitted with;

  • SRAM FORCE group (172.5mm cranks, 34/50 rings, 11-28 cassette)
  • Jones Precision Wheels (Gold! Chris King R45 hubs, Atomik Carbon rims – wide, tubeless compatible) with Hope QRs
  • ENVE Road fork, Enve seatpost, compact 42cm bars
  • Easton EA90 stem painted to match.
  • Chris King headset and spacers
  • Pro Turnix saddle
  • Kogel ceramic bearing bottom bracket (threaded of course) and derailleur pulleys
  • Hutchinson Fusion tubeless tires – 25mm wide

Best of all it’s for sale and all details and buying options can be found here

Boba Fett bike

Bikepacking with Restrap – #CarryEverything

BIKEPACKING WITH RESTRAP – #CARRYEVERYTHING

Over the past seven years, Restrap has gone from making pedal straps, for fixed gear bicycles, in a bedroom, to a large workshop on the outskirts of Leeds, specialising in a range of hand-made outdoor accessories. This range has grown considerably and it has been inspiring to watch them grow from strength to strength. Our first glimpse into what has become the ‘Carry Everything’ range was at Bespoked in 2015, when Restrap collaborated with Woodrup Cycles to produce a bike ready to tackle the Transcontinental Race. You can see that bike and bag setup over here.

Headset Press has been using three different bags from the Carry Everything range for the last six months. The Saddle Bag Holster, Frame Bag and Bar Bag. In that time they have taken us along the West Country Way, a coast to coast route that takes you through the centre of Dartmoor and up the steep climbs of Exmoor. They also ventured as far as tropical Taiwan, where Steve spent three days touring along the east coast of the island staying at hot springs and climbing through hillside farms and cruising along rice fields.

The entire Carry Everything range requires no mounts or screws. The entire system has been designed to fit any bicycle with maximum ease.

Bikepacking with Restrap - #CarryEverything

Restrap Saddle Bag Holster

The saddle bag holster is made from 1000D military-grade cordura, with nylon webbing for extra strength and fastened to together with reflective military paracord. It has three core straps that attach the holster to your bicycle. The largest going around the seat post, through a buckle and back round to a Velcro patch on the outside of the holster. The other two go around your seat rails and clip into Restrap’s fantastic patented magnetic buckles. With the holster in place, you insert your dry bag and tighten the last cord over the dry bag and into a simple fidlock on the top of holster.

Once the holster is setup, the only adjustments you will need to make will depend on how full your dry bag is. The magnetic buckles are intuitive and add to the easy accessibility of the holster. It will fit a dry bag from 8 to 14 litres, which Restrap also make and sell.

The saddle bag holster was the most impressive product of the range we tested. The attention to detail is incredible, you can see this in every component on the holster. From the small clips on each strap to keep the excess cord nice and tidy to magnetic buckles which could opened with a simple flick.

Take a look the full range of Restraps saddle bags.

Bikepacking with Restrap - #CarryEverything

Restrap Frame Bag

The frame bag comes in three sizes to fit any frame comfortably. Made from the same 1000D cordura outer as the seat holster and VX21 fabrics internally. It features a fully waterproof zip keeping your valuables safe and dry. Rubberised strapping attaches the frame bag to your top tube and down tube with a reflective paracord zip pull around the seat tube so you can make sure it’s nice and tight.

There are two sides to the frame bag, both feature an inner mesh to keep the contents organised. We found this was a good place to store a bit of food for on the bike nutrition due to ease of access. The medium and large bags contain an additional document pocket. An extra cable slot runs across the top of the bag for dynamo cabling.

Take a look the full range of Restrap frame bags.

Bikepacking with Restrap - #CarryEverything

Restrap Bar Bag

The bar bag is also constructed from 1000D military-grade cordura and nylon webbing, same as the seat bag holster. It attaches very simply to the handlebars with two straps that you thread through a loop and buckle to keep it nice and tight to the bar. Insert your dry bag and connect the two straps to the magnetic buckles and pull tight. The bar bag holster fits up to a 14 litre dry bag.

There is an option to purchase the bar bag holster with an add-on pouch that attaches using a magnetic pin system to the top of the holster (pictured above). This bag is quite a nice little addition for lighter items or making an ideal food pouch.

Take a look the full range of Restrap bar bags.

Bikepacking with Restrap - #CarryEverything

Steve’s verdict

The Restrap bags went with me on three days riding, on the island of Taiwan, covering some stunning scenery, from mountains, to sea-views, with over 200 miles to cover. Stopping at hot springs meant we travelled light and needed no bedding, the bags were going to be perfect for light touring duties. I was going to be using the seat and frame bag and I was hyped to putting them through their paces.

My guide and friend in Taiwan, who spends a considerable amount of time touring Taiwan, was immediately taken by the set-up. The bags were incredibly easy to set-up on the bike and required little attention on the journey. I kept money, food and tools in the frame bag and clothing in the seat bag. The seat bag was brilliant to use as I could just pull the dry-bag out of the holster at the end of the day and pop back in at the start. It meant no fiddling, just a quick flick of the buckle. Simple.

One thing my friend commented on was, the bag didn’t sway from side-to-side (unlike others he and others had used). That might sound insignificant, but truth is, the seat bag is built very well for the job and shouldn’t sway and goes to show that Restrap got the design nailed down. Same goes for the frame bag, didn’t move an inch. All of this is very reassuring and you can relax about your equipment choices and enjoy the ride. It also meant they had little effect on the bike’s handling. They also look really nice on any bike we put them on, and these things matter you know. The prices are decent compared to others on the market considering how well made they are. I can’t wait for another chance to use them.

Morvelo – No compromise – SS2017

Morvelo are not about compromises. They make clothing for cycling, any kind of cycling. We respect that. The line-up of garments is impressive, from classic designs to bold patterns and bright colours. The featured video gives you a taste of their attitude towards their style that is for any the of cycling. Here is a little taste of the spring summer range they have on offer.





In their own words, Morvélo’s philosophy encourages diversity, exploration and a desire to thrash the hell out of two wheels.

“We’re not a Road brand. We’re not an MTB brand. We’re a cycling brand. We ride all types of bikes, our ethos encouraging starting from one corner of the bike world and spreading out to explore the others. Morvélo products are suited to them all.
Our designs combine bike culture with pop culture, exploring themes that run through the cycling world and combine them with the wider influence of sport, art, music, fashion and film to create products that are not only highly technical and performance driven but also visually unique.”

The new collection for Spring Summer 2017 brings together fresh designs, new performance fabrics, innovative products and carefully curated colour palettes that can be mixed and matched across a huge variety of products.

Rapha Cicerone Film – A journey of the mind.

The latest Rapha film, Cicerone is really worth a watch, stunning scenery, beautifully shot and an epic ride. It’s not how I thought it would be though, it’s more cerebral. A homage to the thoughts and process I think we all got through on a good ride. The rides we undertake might not be as challenging as this ride but, it’s all the same, the cathartic process we go through during and after the ride. I think many of us can associate with this.

Rapha Film

Rapha have this to say;

In September 2016, Walter Beckers and Kendal Noctor travelled to mainland Europe to ride up mountains. Armed with routes and spiritual guidance from Phil Deeker, founder of Rapha Travel’s Cent Cols Challenge, they set off on a ten day journey to amass thousands of metres of elevation, testing their bodies and minds to breaking point.

In 2017, the year of his 60th birthday and the 10th anniversary of the Cent Cols Challenge, Phil Deeker will ride 1,000 cols in 100 days. In this short film – its title meaning ‘guide to sightseers’ in Italian – we pay tribute to Phil, cicerone of the mountains, and his unwavering commitment to pushing the limits of what is possible on a road bike.

NAHBS 2017 – Incredible bikes from the show

The NAHBS 2017 has just concluded and although we were not there (but wished we were), we present you with some incredible bikes from the show. The NAHBS (North American Hand Built Show) has been an event we’ve long admired and still wish to go and see with our own eyes one day. This year marked a record year for International exhibitors at the Handmade Show, along with over 180 total exhibitors. We are lucky enough to have the Bespoked 2017 to enjoy here in the U.K. though. Without further ado, here are some incredible bikes to ogle at.

Allied Carbon

NAHBS 2017

Breadwinner

NAHBS 2017

Cal Poly

NAHBS 2017

Cherubim

NAHBS 2017

Cio

NAHBS 2017

Connor

NAHBS 2017

Desalvo

NAHBS 2017

Don Walker

NAHBS 2017

GRD

NAHBS 2017

Kirk

NAHBS 2017

Low

NAHBS 2017

Moonmen

NAHBS 2017

Nelson

NAHBS 2017

Oddity

NAHBS 2017

Peacock Groove

NAHBS 2017

Proudfoot

NAHBS 2017

Reeb (kids)

NAHBS 2017

Reeb

NAHBS 2017

Renovo (wood)

NAHBS 2017

Retrotec

NAHBS 2017

Rookey (from Korea)

NAHBS 2017

Shamrock

NAHBS 2017

Simworks (from Japan)

Squid

Sycip

Toresvelo (from Russia)

Triton (kids, from Russia)

Triton (from Russia)

W H Bradford

Vulpine launch Spring Summer 2017 cycle clothing

When i saw these photos from the latest Vulpine launch of their Spring Summer 2017 cycle clothing i just thought woah, how awesome must it be to work for Nick Hussey. For the shoot the Vulpine team headed to the Andalusian capital of Sevilla. On a stormy wet 35mph freezing wind kind of day it was just where i wanted to be, riding my bike in the warmth and sunshine. Read all about the shoot on the Vulpine blog.

The 2017 spring summer range features updated versions of what has become traditional Vulpine gear that’s smart, practical and absolutely great to wear such as the Harrington jacket, cycling trousers, shorts and merino jerseys. Highlights from the range:

Merino Soft-shell Cycling Blazer

Using Swiss Schoeller softshell outer fabric with a merino jersey inner this cycling blazer is cut for riding with ample British styling. It’s water resistant too. Perfect for riding straight into the office.

French Workers Jacket

A jacket or work shirt inspired from across the channel, great partnered with some tailored trousers or cycling jeans.

Extrafine Merino City Jersey

With a new fit to give a more casual, relaxed style the extrafine merino jerseys are tough, anti-bacterial and breathable. Good for keeping fresh.

Seamless Leggings and Racerback top

Created not just for cycling the super soft seamless workout wear are crafted in one piece. This helps to keep you comfy during your athletic endeavours.

Great for warmer weather the seamless racerback top is designed for comfort when riding or off the bike. The seamed leggings offer zoned compression, and a diamond gusset for in-saddle comfort.

Have a detailed look at the new products on Vulpine.

People’s Poncho Review

People's Poncho Review

Our People’s Poncho review is here! For years I’ve fondly remembered the poncho being worn by old cycle tourists, usually made of waxed canvas materials which are heavy and take a lot of looking after. Apart from that, there really wasn’t anything on the market. Until People’s Poncho was founded in 2015. Unlike my inspiration, they looked East. Ponchos are a very common sight in Taiwan (and China). I can testify for the usefulness of them after living in Taiwan for three years. Everyone rides a scooter and everyone has a poncho! But they are made of heavy and cheap materials. But that inspiration drove People’s Poncho to create a better, technical, stylish and practical version.

They eventually came up with their poncho you see here. Iona and Johnny Ratcliffe from People’s Poncho explain it like this; One size, different colours to suit different personalities, 100% waterproof poncho made from Japanese polyester, reflective piping to ensure safety at night and a pocket to store your possessions. All in a dinky bag small enough to travel anywhere.

People's Poncho Review

That all sounds great but, is it 100% waterproof and did it work whilst riding a bike? Simple answer is yes, but it does have it’s limitations. The first and foremost aspect, it’s multi-purpose. So many cycling products are not. That alone makes the Poncho a very appealing purchase. Wear it to commute on your bike (which I did), take it hiking, wear it at a festival. An all-round item that can be used cycling is a rare thing indeed.

People's Poncho Review

The fabric is great, being a high quality waterproof polyester from Japan. Oddly you can probably thank these fabrics for the carbon fibre bikes ridden today. Experiments to produce ultra-fine fibers of a continuous filament type were made subsequently, the most promising of which were run in Japan during the 1960s by Dr. Miyoshi Okamoto, a scientist at Toray Industries. Toray Industries produces most of the carbon fibre sheets used in bicycle production around the globe.

It’s waterproofness is not it’s limitation. The recent storm in the U.K. called Doris which sounds friendly enough brought storm force winds and I thought it might be fun to ride to work wearing the poncho. I met it’s limitations and nearly took off like a kite. Most others would have been far more sensible and taken a bus (or stayed at home). That aside, other wet days proved no problems, riding at a fair speed and with a backpack it stayed put. It’s an odd but cosy feeling wearing a poncho on a bike but it keeps you a lot drier than a jacket but you don’t get the ‘boil-in-a-bag’ sensation, which is very welcoming. You do loose some of the freedom of movement a jacket provides though. A neat and needed feature for cycling is the loops stitched on the inside to keep the poncho in place and they do the job perfectly.

Overall I’m really impressed with the People’s Poncho, it’s construction is really high quality and at £55.00 it’s really well priced (a jacket of this quality would cost much more). As a comparison to the waxed canvas ponchos I fondly remembered, well they cost nearly £100 today. I would rather have the People’s Poncho, light, easy to pack and always waterproof.

www.thepeoplesponcho.co.uk

Quirk Cycles Any Road Mile Muncher

Quirk Cycles

Quirk Cycles really impressed us at Bespoked 2016 and we’ve secretly been following his work since. The latest creation is this, Jack’s Any-Road Mile Muncher and it’s lush with it’s deep paint scheme over finely welded steel tubes. Built for long hours, days and even weeks in the saddle. I think looking down and see this bike below would keep a smile on your face. See more pics and other bikes at Quirk Cycles website.

Quirk Cycles

Volata Smart Commuter

Volata Smart Commuter

You may not of heard of Volata or the smart commuter they have designed. It’s packed with tech and features that you don’t see on bikes – yet. Volata Cycles is headquartered in San Francisco for R&D and the design office is in Milan. Founded in 2015 by a group of product designers, engineers and creatives who bring their extensive expertise to the cycling industry, Volata merges all the heritage and creativity of Italian design with the innovative spirit of the Silicon Valley. It aims to develop bicycles for a wider market. The goal is to convince more and more people to use the bicycle daily as a primary means of transport.

So, the smart commuter…

The new city-oriented Volata Model 1c is designed to improve the experience of everyday riders by solving the problem of dealing with multiple accessories. It integrates a computer, lights and safety features into an elegant, cohesive Italian design, and premium components make maintenance almost obsolete.

Volata Smart Commuter

Volata Smart Commuter

Built in computers!

The Model 1c’s app-based computer provides instant information such as riding metrics, turn-by-turn navigation, weather forecast, music, heart rate, smartphone notifications and more. All information and controls are right in front of you on the handlebars. A GPS-based anti-theft system informs the owner if anyone tries to steal the bike by sending real-time notifications to the user’s smartphone. The system also sounds an alarm if the bike is moving while it shouldn’t be. When lost or stolen, the bike can be found by tracking its location. The need for maintenance is kept to a minimum by using belt drive technology and an internal gear hub. The dynamo located in the front-hub automatically charges the internal battery while pedalling. Frequent over-the-air updates add new features and ensure the bike becomes better over time. Volata also keeps cyclists safe during their ride. A horn will help you get noticed in city traffic with a flick of your left thumb. Sleek, built-in front and rear lights automatically turn on when it gets dark. Lastly, Volata’s smartphone app collects all riding stats and shows the bike’s location and status (like on modern cars).

So, you want one, how do you get one?

The new Model 1c retails for €2,499 with mechanical shifting and €2,999 with Di2 electronic shifting, the Model 1 retails for €3,499. Starting from today the Model 1c t is available for online reservation at €299 through volatacycles.com. The balance is due upon delivery, which will begin in September 2017. Volata can be configured online and offers the choice of four sizes (S, M, L, XL), two colors (Ice White and Moon Grey), and two different saddles (men/women). The shipping fee is €90 and Volata will deliver the bike to the desired location 99% assembled. Multiple pop-up events throughout Europe during the year will allow customers to meet the company founders and test their latest bikes – we will do our best to keep you informed of those events.

Volata Smart Commuter

Bullitt bikes in illustrated boxes

bikes in illustrated boxes

These Bullitt bikes in illustrated boxes are just awesome. The mundane brown bike box is transformed into works of art fit for a gallery.

bikes in illustrated boxes bikes in illustrated boxes

The illustrator Kristian Eskild Jensen was drafted in for the project and dreamt up a fantasy world for the series, encorporating well known Danish sights and and fables. Added to the scenes are Larry vs Harry’s favourite musical heroes of yesteryear and characters from cult films, a reference to the brand’s quirky and eccentric tastes.

Larry vs Harry happen to be a Copenhagen-based bicycle brand, makers of the original Bullitt cargo bike. They saw an opportunity to make their large bike and component boxes altogther more interesting by commissioning Kristian to create a fantasyworld.

They often receive pictures from customers who have used their Bullitt boxes to build playhouses and dens for their children. If they are saving the boxes and getting inventive with them anyway, we thought it would be nice todo something unique and original with the boxes,  says, Larry vs Harry’s owner Hans Fogh. In case you’re not familiar with the bikes they look like this…

bikes in illustrated boxes

Shop: Frederiksborggade 43, 1361 Copenhagen K, Denmark  www.larryvsharry.com

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