Hill Climb Girl – Japanese Anime

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On the slight off chance you haven’t seen Hill Climb Girl… This rather cool and sweet Japanese Anime has been doing the rounds on the usual sites over the week and it’s easy to see why. Looking a little deeper into the Anime scene reveals a growing trend in cycling anime in Japan and we have been following it for some time. What is great to see here, as always the case, is the attention to detail, namely the key-fob! By none other than the talented Rich Mitch. It’s nice to know he was consulted on this and shown the respect an artist deserves.

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The story of Hill Climb girl is; Hinako, a high school girl, loves to ride a bicycle, who respects a professional road racer. Every morning she competes with a boy of her classmate to the way to their school on the hill, riding her mama chari bicycle, but she loses the game every time. Frustrated Hinako gets a chance for winning the game from the video of her favourite cycle racer and is ready for the game next morning…

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If you are a general fan of Anime as well as cycling it’s a really good effort, the amount of work that went into the production of the Pinarello alone is simply stunning, more on the anime’s official site. But then it’s from Watanabe Wataru who has produced a lot of cycling anime already. The amount of fan sites out there for this kind of Anime /Manga is incredible and amongst many this is a nice one.

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In case you missed a great post we did last last year, a cycling anime book to collect is, Bicycle Life with Kawaii girls. Admittedly it’s a bit strange, like the anime, slightly sexualising women (the book more so than the animation). For some part it lies in the cultural differences but, also in a naivety and I honestly think for the most part it’s tries to respect. I honestly enjoy the animation side of it and am a huge fan of Manga/Anime.

Laurie King Bicycle Prints

Laurie King Bicycle Prints

These Laurie King bicycle prints are so nice. We love cycling art, illustration and design here at The Headset Press and these are most definitely up there with our faves.

British illustrator, printmaker, cyclist, runner, Dad and all-round good guy, Laurie King’s new limited edition original print, Weekend Warrior (above) is now available to order for Christmas delivery. Weekend Warrior is perfect for all those cyclists who like to get out on their bikes for fun in their free time. Each edition is painstakingly printed by hand so that every one has its own unique quirks.

As a little Christmas bonus, orders received by 1st December 2014 will be delivered with a free set of Laurie King greetings cards.

Prints will be delivered in plenty of time to be wrapped for Christmas. To order visit www.laurieking.co

Laurie King Bicycle Prints sofa

If Laurie’s work looks familiar it could well be that you’ve seen his fabulous hand-painted sofa cushioning the behinds of the great and the good of cycling on The Cycle Show.Laurie has also contributed work to The Ride Journal and worked with small active clothing company, Howies.

If prints are not your thing or within your budget there are some other nice offerings including buff and water bottles that have Laurie’s work on too. Really liking the water bottle.


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Matthew Crampton Rourke Gallery


Designer Matt Booth has been working with Jason Rourke on the design of a custom built frame for track cyclist and sprinter Matthew Crampton. Sounds like an awesome project to work on and the result is great. Matt Booth visited the Rourke workshop while it was being painted up. Here is a huge unashamedly big gallery that he sent over to us. For more please visit Matt’s flickr.





















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

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“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
To order you copy head to 100 copies.

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.


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.


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”


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.