Joe and Doris Kopsky – Hero

Doris and Joe Kopsky

This month’s THSP hero is the father-daughter duo, Doris and Joe Kopsky. Doris, the daughter of Joe Kopsky, a steel worker and former cycling Olympian, was born in Belleville, New Jersey, in 1922. Joe was part of the team that won the Olympic bronze medal in the 1912 Road Team Time Trial (the first medal ever won by an American team in cycling). Under Joe’s tutelage Doris trained rigorously and by the age of fifteen won the U.S. Women’s National Championship.

Joe’s insight as a former professional cyclist and frame builder allowed him the opportunity to tailor to his daughter’s bicycle needs. In doing so, Joe created what one could say is the first women’s-specific race bike. The lighter frame (Joe sourced Reynolds tubing specifically for that purpose) included a shortened top tube, adjustable stem, and a custom saddle. Joe famously noted the name of Doris’s bike as the Speed Instrument.

Together this family married grit, determination, and innovation to propel Doris to numerous state and national titles.

Doris and Joe Kopsky

Contributed by Ray, On the Back Foot. Check out his awesome Instagram feed of cycling heroes which is really worth following. instagram.com/onthebackfoot/

Carols Mixte by Satoma Cycles


SaiTong Man started Satoma Cycles in 2014 when he changed from being a video game designer and took a course at The Bicycle Academy to learn to build bikes. After that and with a bit of guidance from Matthew Sowter of Saffron Frameworks he combined his past engineering experience together with his new skills to start creating bicycles. Carol’s Mixte is an astonishingly good looking build. The custom designed Charles Rennie Mackintosh inspired piece of art between the down tubes is incredible to see on a bike. See more on Satoma Cycles.


  • Reynolds 631 & 525 tubing
  • Custom Designed Charles Rennie Mackintosh Inspired Art Piece
  • Brooks B.17s Leather Saddle & Harlequin Wrapped Leather Bar Tape
  • Velo Orange Grand Cru Headset, Mudguards, Handlebars & Seatpost
  • Velo Orange Grand Cru F&R Hubs with Velo Orange PBP Rims
  • Dia Compe Gran Compe 610 brakes
  • Factory 5 Lattice Chainring








Limited Edition Rapha Bar tape

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Hotcakes. This limited edition Rapha bar tape is disappearing quickly. Made in collaboration with Cinelli in black or grey, both with pink showing through the air holes. The tape is only available only in Rapha Cycle Clubs.

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Latest prints from Crayonfire


Neil Stevens aka Crayonfire has some great new prints for sale. Two of my favourites are the 2014 Mountain Climb and Coast to Coast pictured here. With any luck they won’t have sold out by the time i’ve moved house and have some wall space for them. Neil is donating all profits from 200 prints towards helping Reuben, age 5, break down barriers of Cerebral Palsy. Find out about the fund fundraising on forreuben – go to crayonfire to see the full range.


Peters bike – Hartley Cycles

Hartley Cycles Full Oblique View

We’re pretty excited to share these photos of another build from Caren of Hartley Cycles. Peters bike is a stripped down road race bike built from Columbus Spirit and XCR with polished chain stays a silver headbadge and silver stripe on the rear of the seat tube. It’s equipped with a Sram Force 22 groupset, a carbon fork and finished with Thomson, Chris King and H+Son loveliness. Caren also painted the bike herself, it looks great, liking the highlight pink on the inside of forks and the dropouts. Wheels were built by August Wheel Works and thanks to Sebastien Klein (@moveontwowheels) for the photos.

Caren will be showing this bike and her very nice 650c road bike at Bespoked Bristol. Visit  Hartley Cycles for more and take a look at our first Hartley post.

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Hartley Cycles Silver detail

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Santiago’s Disc Road by Donhou Bicycles


Santiago’s Disc Road by Donhou Bicycles is bicycle inspired by the Tom’s Rapha Continental build for rider, Sam Humpheson. The pink bands running across the frame are all matched up to some lovely shiny Chris King components and highlight the beautifully hand-carved bi-lam seat cluster. The dropouts and post mount are both built by Tom in the workshop. The Disc Road is built up with SRAM Red and has internal cable routing to keep Santiago riding through some exciting Catalonian roads. Visit Donhou Bicycles for more.





Vulpine Spring Summer 2015


Has anyone perused the latest Vulpine Spring Summer Collection? We like to think Nick from Vulpine is the King of details and this year sees the introduction of a full on water proof jacket called Gill. The jacket has a very unique feature, gills under the arms. I’ve seen a similar arrangement used in a half hearted way by an adventure sports company, Vulpine seem to have it just right. Massive amounts of cooling while still keeping dry. Spot on.


They’ve teamed up with London tailor Oliver Spencer to create the Barragan jacket, a showerproof city jacket. There are herringbone socks, Jinzu Raw Selvedge Jeans, a packable disc jacket and classic merino wear and caps too.



I like Vulpine kit, it seems to fit me well, maybe Nick modelled it on me even though we’ve never met. View the Vulpine lookbook, more photos below.



Grant’s Waterford


Waterford was founded in 1993 by Richard Schwinn and Marc Muller and was forged out of the Schwinn Paramount Factory. The company has a great history and started out using many fine traditions. They are based in Waterford, Wisconsin, just 30 miles from downtown Milwaukee.

This is Grant’s 33-Series Race-Ready, built from True Temper S3 (Super Strength Steel). True Temper S3 is as the name suggests, super strong steel that has been heat treated to produce frames that are incredibly light, fast and comfortable. It’s the new “ultimate steel tubeset”.

Grant’s has been built up with SRAM Force 22, Mavic Ksyrium SLR and some rather striking paintwork. I really like Grant’s Waterford, I just think it could do with a little stem trim..






Manual for Speed Kasual Klub CRÜ

Manuel for Speed

The Manual for Speed (MFS) Kasual Klub, what a club. So much fun going on here, MFS know the deal with cycling, more so for the pro riders they photograph. So they made a cool club for them; Manual Kasual Klub CRÜ, they made it for you too.

Manuel for Speed

This paragraph fits best for why they did this; We assembled a team of Human Athletes and sponsored them. Which means that we gave all the pros that we’re best friends with—because they’re awesome at life—a bunch of free stuff for endorsing Kasual Klub. These dudes, our dudes, are not only World-Class at VO2 Max and watts and stuff, they’re amazing at book clubs, canoeing, eating snacks, naps, Skyping, drinking coffee, doing as little as possible including avoiding stairs and unnecessary footsteps, swimming, banging rays, signing autographs and chilling. The flip side of the destroying-yourself-in-a-race-in-an-effort-to-win-it coin is doing as little as possible, like, almost pathologically so. These dudes are pros at that too. We’re sponsoring them for that, for the stuff they do on that side of the coin. Because it matters, and because these dudes are sooooooooo good at it. And because nobody else cares about this stuff. Where are the carbon fiber and magical science food sponsorships for going to a matinee on a weekday? Right here, that’s where, we are that sponsorship.

Manuel for Speed

You can join the Klub too, it’s inclusive and I know we can all chill.