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100 copies CYCLISM poster

100copies CYCLISM poster

100 copies CYCLISM poster could well be the best design they dropped this year, although they’re all pretty good and great plays on bicycles and design/art.

100 copies has this to say about the new poser: “As a celebration of the beauty and joy of cycling, 300 noteworthy quotes are assembled to create this artwork. Drawn from a wide variety of bike lovers – from presidents to pro racers, scientists to artists – this collection expresses what makes cycling more than a sport. Some quotes are slices of life, while some are deeper musings. But all of them will resonate with, and inspire, your cyclist’s soul.”

Here are some of the quotes on the poster;

“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride” John F. Kennedy, U.S. President

100 copies CYCLISM poster

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving” Albert Einstein

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“Don’t buy upgrades, ride up grades” Eddy Merckx

100 copies CYCLISM poster
100 copies CYCLISM poster
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Ian Steel 1952 Peace Race Winner – Hero

Ian Steel 1952 Peace Race Winner

Ian Steel 1952 Peace Race Winner. In 1952, Ian Steel was the first Briton (from Scotland) to win any major race, The Peace Race to be exact. A 2135 km 12-stage Warsaw-Berlin-Prague race which ended on May 13th, 1952. To use a now modern parlance, he smashed it. Not only that, he smashed it in style and won the affection of just about everyone who cared. Given the time and era it’s something kind of special.

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The British team won £2,000 of goods because there was no professional racing behind the Iron Curtain the haul included brief cases, watches, cameras, radios, shaving gear and toiletries. Steel also won a bicycle which he gave away to a fellow Scotsman living in Prague. Gentleman. Racing behind the Iron Curtain in the 50′s must have been obscure and bizarre in equal measures, a bit like racing in North Korea today.

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1952 was certainly his best ever season, but he was a superb racer and enjoyed some good years of racing. He is undoubtedly one of Scotland’s best cyclists of all time. For further reading, see Ian Steel’s Wiki page and owenphilipson.com, which has a treasure of information on him and where the below quote comes from.

“Ian Steel, 6 feet, V2 cycling rocket from Glasgow”

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ATB AWARD – The All Terrain Bike Reloaded

ATB AWARD – The All Terrain Bike Reloaded

© Gabriel Amadeus

ATB AWARD – The All Terrain Bike Reloaded is a great idea. The handmade award curated by BERLINER FAHRRADSCHAU – It is part of Berlin Bike Week 2015. What is truly great is the re-emergence of the ATB. ATB 2.0! We like to think we represent hand built bikes and their makers pretty well on The Headset Press, so we hope they’re looking at this too. The contest is basically open to any builder, building any type of bicycle capable of sustaining a rider overnight, camping and riding. Other than that it’s open to what that can be. Here is some of the award details from the organisers and their thoughts on the ATB;

ATB AWARD – The All Terrain Bike Reloaded

© Gabriel Amadeus

Back in the 70s of the last century, when a couple of bike freaks in California came up with a new type of bicycle, there were initially two names for this revolutionary new bike: some called it a Mountain Bike or MTB, others All Terrain Bike, or ATB.

© Gabriel Amadeus

© Gabriel Amadeus

In recent years, new, excitingly different bikes have been developed and rediscovered for adventures beyond paved roads. Far away from the Trekking Bike, the All Road and Gravel Road Bike, Randonneur and Camping Bike, Overnighter-Fatbike and Dirt Tourer are gaining more and more in popularity. What’s been missing up to now is an umbrella term for all of these evolutions.

And that’s why it’s high time to rehabilitate the concept ATB and to give it a fresh polish and a contemporary meaning: we’ll call them Adventure Touring Bike in the future!

© Gabriel Amadeus

© Gabriel Amadeus

The BERLINER FAHRRADSCHAU within the BERLIN BICYCLE WEEK is looking for the ATB 2.0 - the All Terrain Bike reloaded – custom built and handmade by the best framebuilders in the world. Whether for the graveled passes of an Alps crossing, the cobblestone streets of Eastern Europe or winter weekends out in the snow; whether of steel, aluminum, titanium, carbon or bamboo.

© Wheeldan

© Wheeldan

The Handmade Award curated by BERLINER FAHRRADSCHAU is about redefining the concept ATB: we’re looking for the Adventure Touring Bike out of framebuilder’s hand.

We’re looking for personalized interpretations of the theme Adventure Touring Bike which fulfill the following guidelines:
- They should be submitted as complete bikes, rideable, with bags and carriers (if necessary)
- They are based on a handmade frame from the framebuilder’s hand
- They can carry baggage for an overnighter beneath the stars
- They are equipped with a lighting system (Dynamo/Battery) for riding through the dark

© Wheeldan

© Wheeldan

The submitted Adventure Touring Bikes do not have to be all-rounders. A globetrotter’s bike is build and equipped differently from a fast overnighter bike. The guidelines are the smallest common denominator; beyond this, we give free rein to interpret the theme.

Eligible to participate are all frame builders registered as exhibitors in the Handmade Area of the BERLINER FAHRRADSCHAU 2015 within BERLIN BICYCLE WEEK. Participation in the competition for the award is free of charge, registration for the competition must be made via mail to goetz@berlinerfahrradschau.de by December 1, 2014.

© Stefan Rohner

© Stefan Rohner

All entries taking part in the competition must be delivered to STATION-Berlin by March 15, 2015, since they will be presented to the public, the jury and the press, in an exhibition during BERLIN BICYCLE WEEK (March 16-22, 2015). Accomplished journalists, designers and experts from the bike industry will examine, ride, evaluate and award the submitted entries. They will judge the Adventure Touring Bikes according to the following criteria: concept and realization, practicality, creativity and detailed solutions, workmanship, riding impression and overall impression.

The award ceremony will take place at the close of BERLIN BICYCLE WEEK – on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at BERLINER FAHRRADSCHAU in Station-Berlin.

You can find more information here.

The Comedown figure of 8 velodrome

The Comedown - Figure of 8 velodrome

This is probably one of the best sculptures i’ve ever scene. The Comedown by Stephen Murray is a figure of 8 velodrome! Installed in Briggait, Glasgow it’s a must see. Film below shows it being ridden. I’ve had this saved for a while now and it’s well worth a watch. I’d love to have a go! I The above photo is from Bicycle Film Festival.

Jaegher Catalogue

Jeagher Catalogue Cover Detail

The Jaegher Catalogue is different… When we recently posted two fine examples of their bikes it was easy to see the beauty in those bikes. But for us, Jaegher run a little deeper than that. At Headset Press all three of us work in the graphic design industry so we are aware of how brands works. This is where we think Jaegher is more than good and it’s great to see a quality product having a quality design ethic too. There is no reason to follow the norms either, plenty of reason to show and retain your heritage though. Especially if that heritage is still alive and at the heart of the business.

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Jeagher Catalogue cobbles

Jeagher Catalogue Merckx

It was with great pleasure to be able to take a closer look at their printed communication. Here is there catalogue and they’ve chosen to produced it in a tabloid newspaper format, which on it’s one is a good and confident choice. But content is king and it’s full of good content and quality layout and typography. You could turn your nose up at this and dismiss it as gimmicks. What it really is, is respect for their product and history. I like a bicycle brand that is honest, happy, confident and in touch with the past to make the future. There are plenty who try but often fail. Jaeger doesn’t.

Whats more, is that the catalogue is clear and concise when it comes to the information on it’s frames and would help to supplement what they have online. So if your lucky enough to get your hands on a copy, take some time to admire the work that went into it, it’s how I imagine they feel about their frames too. Do it well, make it function and give it exquisite form.

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Cafe du Cycliste Autumn winter 2014

Cafe du Cycliste

We’ve been fans of Cafe du Cycliste since they began making their superb cycling gear a few years ago. Their Autumn Winter 2014 look book is out showing their latest gear being used in fantastic surroundings. Based in Nice with some famous mountains their doorstep and fantastic weather i think they’ve got it made. Ok, there was an amazing thunderstorm when i as there, some crazy heavy rain and it gets foggy but still. Have a look at the Cafe du Cycslite website for their full range of clothing.

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Hartley Cycles – London

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Caren Hartley trained as a jeweller and a silversmith who for over 10 years has been making beautiful objects from metal. Thankfully for us she started road cycling a few years ago and has gone from learning to maintain and fix bikes at the London Bike Kitchen to becoming a framebuilder and setting up Hartley Cycles. Based in South London Hartley Cycles aim is to create beautiful bespoke steel bicycles for men and women. Caren is one of only a small number of female framebuilders and has a focus on creating solutions for women and smaller riders. This bike is built for Jenni, the director of London Bike Kitchen and handbuilt from Columbus Spirit tubing. Painted in a great colour that offsets the handmade silver head badge which i think really finishes off this beautiful bike. If you noticed there’s no chain or cables, it’s being built up! The bottom right photo is a sneak preview of the latest custom build, polished stays and silver work on the down tube, looking forward to seeing that one when it’s complete!

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Kirk Frameworks – Montana Road Bike

Kirk Frameworks – Montana Road Bike

Kirk Frameworks started in 2003 after David Kirk moved to Bozeman, MT to live in the mountains and try out a change of pace. Good choice. In 1989 he was recruited by Serotta and worked there for a long time, eventually becoming head of research and development for Serotta. Now Kirk builds some of the most stunning fillet brazed steel bikes on the planet. The attention to detail is like nothing else. I suggest you check out his Facebook page for regular insights into his work.

Kirk Frameworks – Montana Road Bike 2

The aforementioned frame is called the MRB (Montana Road Bike) meant for mixed used on dirt and road with Paul’s brakes and fatty tires. Right now my perfect idea of a bike. David Kirk is in the realm of master builder and has been in the bike industry for over 30 years and won the NAHBS Best Fillet Brazed Bicycle Award twice. That green colour is amazing too…

Check out more of Kirk Frameworks on his website. www.kirkframeworks.com

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