I remember seeing a magazine feature on Tom Ritchey years ago and it showed his workshop, he spoke of his rides then, it’s really nice to see it come to life a bit more, that story, the ride, the legend and his philosophy on bikes. That workshop looks like heaven and to spend your days tinkering, building, designing in it – Priceless. Even though I [Steve and his recovering back injury] ride much less these days I still understand how the ride can help form ideas. I think it’s something to do with the flow and rhythm, especially if you’re familiar with the route and it’s a peaceful place. What Tom has done with his products, designs, company is awe inspiring and I don’t think there is one of us out there who wouldn’t mind a bit of his lifestyle – out there in California. Wouldn’t even say no to that moustache either…
The Sufferfest are launching a new video in September called The Rookie. The training video has been produced in collaboration with Team Giant Shimano and it features footage from the Tour of California and Tour de Suisse. The Sufferfest videos are a great training aid while on a turbo. They help provide a mix of fun and the pure cycling agony that seems addictive to everyone who rides. The workout has been designed by Neal Henderson and consists of 60 minutes with 3 lots of 10 minute intervals. If you’ve not heard of the Sufferfest before we recommend taking a look at their videos and training plans especially with winter not far away. They have helped keep us interested in getting on a turbo when we’ve not fancied another bashing in the winter weather.
The Giro Empire VR90 is the type of cycling shoe that i think has a great balance of performance of being usable for any type of cycling any time of the year. A Vibram rubber tread means no slipping on wet ground and the carbon outsole gives it stiffness for good pedalling performance. SPD compatibility is great and I love the look too, orange lacing and a black synthetic upper look great. Visit their site for the full details on the Giro Empire VR90.
The next shoe from Giro is the Republic LX. A leather version of the classic looking Republic. I think i’d need to wear a suit to wear these. More photos should be arriving on the Giro site soon.
The Condor Since 1948 kit is inspired by their archives with a classic design and fit created for training and everyday riding. The jersey is breathable and wicks sweat away as you’d expect. The bibs have the Condor logo on the leg as it was on the team kits in the 1950s and 60s and the fabric has more elastane to give a supportive feel. The jersey and bibs are reasonably priced and there’s a nice cap and Since 1948 woven patch available too. The Condor Since 1948 patch celebrates the 65 years of Condor and features the headbadge that has been used on Condor bikes since 1948.
The Vuelta starts this Saturday and iL Soigneur have released this excellent t-shirt to celebrate the great race. The t-shirt was designed by Richard at Studio Lobster and printed locally in Bristol by Victory Print Shop. The t-shirt is available now in a range of sizes for only £17.50.
After a rather unlucky Tour de France for most of the GC contenders, we have been blessed with some big names for the Vuelta a España and we’re hoping for an entertaining race. Contador, Froome, Quintana and Rodriguez, let the attacks begin!
Genesis Bikes are known for their steel frames from mountain bikes, adventure bikes and road bikes so to hear they have developed a carbon road bike was a surprise. Especially as their pro racing bike, the Volare Team built with Reynolds 953 is probably the only steel frame you’ll see being raced by a top team. The Carbon Genesis Zero maybe their first carbon frame but it has been developed the Genesis way taking 18 months of development and they are proud of what they have created. In fact a Genesis Zero comes with a lifetime warranty. Just like the rest of their range these bikes are built to last.
The Zero doesn’t replace the 953 Volare but offers riders a choice depending of the race and terrain. With a frame weight below 1kg and a design to allow comfort the Genesis Zero is built for long stage races. Most importantly is that the Zero has been designed to be aerodynamic and with a close gap between the fork crown and downtube airflow is improved and turbulent airflow minimised.
The Team version is available for £4499.99 and the range starts from £1299.99. Our pick if we could would be the Ultrgra equipped Zero 4 for £1999.99. Framesets will be available on their own in the future. See the launch film and full details on Genesis Bikes.
Sean McGowen is a Bristol based photographer who has just released his second photo zine Two Wheels Good, views from the saddle. With the aim of keeping it simple he armed himself with a disposable camera and a bike he headed off on the road to photograph anything that caught his attention. The A5 photo zine is a 44 page product of those adventurings in what us at The Headset Press call our neck of the woods, on roads we ride and enjoy throughout the year. Two Wheels Good is on sale now for £5 from SMC Photography. If you want to see more of Sean’s work have a look at his portfolio, especially Cheddar or Bust. Order Two Wheels Good from the SMC shop.
Chris’s XCR road bike by Donhou Bicycles is cheekily described as having a “slit of the skirt” revealing the fillet brazed stainless underneath. It gives the bike a beautiful flowing feel running along the top tube and down the seat stays. Built with ENVE, Chris King and Dura Ace it’s certainly a dream bike finished with pearl paintwork and brushed stainless details. The Columbus XCR tubing is oversized and matched with a 44mm headtube. There’s a nice shape to the chain stays too. Tom has produced a wonderful bike for his client, Chris is a lucky man. Visit Donhou Bicycles for more.
Photos by George Marshall
Danny Shane Cyclist Apparel comes in three distinct flavours; Tartan, Retrospective and Metropolitan. The jerseys are made using Bamboo White Ash which is a natural material that’s a quick wicking, breathable and odour resting fabric. With a range including jerseys, bibs, shorts, polos and jackets there’s plenty to get excited about. The rich colours, stripes and patterns make for some unique designs.
Danny Shane has been around since 2009 and are keen on using a high percentage of renewable and sustainable materials in their designs which are available for men and women. Created by founder and designer Shane Hunt the company is described as truly American with a link to European heritage.
Richard Mitchelson talks about how he became an illustrator, his relationship with cycling and his work with Rouleur. Richards work is very memorable for his simple, bold, clean style. Many of you might be aware of his work already, if not, these might help remind you!