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London Bike Show 2015

London Bike Show 2015

It’s the London Bike Show 2015 this weekend. This show returns to ExCeL London with loads of bikes, gear, exciting features to watch and take part in, and everything any cyclist could ever need to buy or use. Visit thelondonbikeshow.co.uk/stands for the full list of exhibitors.

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Besides all the bikes n’ stuff, there will be talks, shows and a massive test circuit to demo bikes on. The Cycling Performance Theatre – Sponsored by British Eurosport is going to deliver a great line up of special guests including Great Britain’s most successful Olympian Sir Chris Hoy and Team Wiggle Honda Manager Rochelle Gilmore. The theatre will also host the team launch of Velosure Starley Primal and the Total Women’s Cycling Awards. There is also the Surrey Human Performance Training Hub – Fuelled by Erdinger Alkoholfrei offers visitors the chance to measure fitness, challenge performance and walk away with a personalised training programme after a 1-2-1 expert performance assessment.

Basically there is a ton of stuff to do and if it’s anything like the show we went to, it well worth the trip. Full info here.

Davids Campagnolo Road by Field Cycles

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Field Cycles put together some of the finest handmade bicycles in this country. This is one of them. Built from a mix of Columbus and Reynolds tubing it has a 44mm i.d head tube, ENVE fork, stainless dropouts, brazeons and bosses, a full 2015 11 speed Campagnolo Athena group set, Brooks Cambium C15 and leather bar tape and Thompson stem and seatpost. The paintwork is metallic in the dark blue and graphite grey with a flat orange that pops. More details available on the Field Cycles website.

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Skid Kids – vintage cycling film

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I was searching for something entirely different and came across this vintage cycling film. It’s a wonderful take on life in London, probably post WWII. Cycle speedway is a really under appreciated part of the sport, more so today than then. Enjoy this wonderful piece of nostalgia. Oh and that hand rendered lettering… It’s disabled for embedding by request, so if you want to watch this vintage cycling film, go to youtube here.

Gourmet Ride the best way to eat.

I can see the rise of the Gourmet Ride over the next fews years. What could be better? Ride a bicycle a decent distance and enjoy real food at the rest stops. Gels and isotonic drinks don’t cut it on these rides, this is no sportive, even if the riding is the same. Whilst I’ve focused on the Chris King Gourmet Century ride there are a few to choose from but alas not enough. We need more!

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I really like the idea, ride through an area of beauty and taste the regions food from independent producers to small scale farmers. Not only does this boost the economy it raises awareness of quality food, I’m pretty sure your stomach will thank you. It seems a logical progression for cyclists, who have already embraced coffee culture to expand (in my case around the waist) in to gourmet eating whilst riding hefty distances. I know, I would and I can’t see many not wanting to eat well on a bike ride.

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In the case of Chris King, they have Chef Chris DiMinno, who Chris wisely employs as a chef at the company. For 2015 Chef Chris has partnered each Gourmet Ride with a unique selection of renowned chefs to create a truly delicious experience. 2015 will see rides in Japan and the US and I can just see this becoming a really cool thing. Watch the video and get a feel for it and check out some details on the Chris King site.

Brooks Cambium Denim Launch

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Will you just look at those saddles! That’s the Brooks Cambium X Levi’s Commuter project we mentioned last year come to full fruition. Absolutely scorching. This limited edition version of the Cambium C17 is £180 and there’s only 1000 editions available. Head to the Brooks B1866 store in London to see one for yourself or order online. I don’t think these will hang around for long, i’ve got plans on one anyway. More details on the project can be found on the Cambium Denim site, official word from Brooks below.

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Brooks England and Levi’s® Commuter have teamed up to create a Numbered Limited Edition Cambium C17 Denim Saddle. Each special saddle has a unique and distinctive look, as it is manufactured from recycled Levi’s denim, utilising the same vulcanisation techniques of the comfortable, waterproof, and long-lasting Cambium C17 original. The used denim was collected at Levi’s Commuter Workspaces in Brooklyn, Los Angeles and London in the Summer of 2014.

 

Jan Pirnat Photography

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These pretty rad photos are by Jan Pirnat, a photographer from Slovenia. Jan, like me (Dan) suffers from Cystic Fibrosis and I recently saw a film he created. His photos cover all kinds of adventures, usually involing a beautiful landscape. His bmx photos are brilliant and worth following the links below. I hope he takes plenty more cycling shots in the future. For more photos go take a look at his instagram and facebook pages.

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Jaegher Falcon – A first look

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One of our favourite bike builders recently launched a mountain bike to their range, the Jaegher Falcon. It’s a stunner [like all their bikes] and this is a premier of the bike… We are lucky to get a first look at it, image wise (even before they put it on their site!). It’s good to see, what could be deemed as a road bike builder/brand making an MTB, after all most of us ride most types of bikes and don’t actually fall in to one camp of riding, Jaegher gets that. Jaegher’s MTB is built fully to the customers request. You name it, 27.5″, 29″, Rigid fork, short travel, long travel, Thru-axle, quick release etc… All built to their high standard and exacting detailing. The pictures of this camo paint job are just crushing it, I’m not sure I would actually want to own a camo bike but, looking at this bike, well I want this bike! You really have to admire it. If you haven’t checked out Jaegher yet, you should now.

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Rik Van Steenbergen – Hero

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Rik Van Steenbergen was an accomplished Belgian professional cyclist cut from the classic hardman mold. He celebrated wins in the Tour of Flanders, Paris Roubaix (where he won with a record setting average speed, completing the 246km course at the average of 43 km per hour), La Flèche Wallonne, and Milan-San Remo. At over 6 feet tall and 180 pounds Rik was a powerful rider that excelled in sprints and one day classics. Though that is not to say he was not a versatile rider, with his second place finish to Fiorenzo Marni in the Giro d’Italia as evidence. He was also an accomplished track rider with forty Six-day wins to his name, a feet unprecedented in todays modern peloton.

In 1966 Van Steenbergen decided to retire from professional sporting life. This image captures one of his final six-day race appearances. The symbolic and yet very real passing of the torch to the rising talent that was one Eddy Merckx.​

Many thanks to Ray at On the Back Foot. Ray will be contributing to our hero posts and has an awesome Instagram feed of cycling heroes which is really worth following. instagram.com/onthebackfoot/

Ride Fast, Live Slow – Life on Wheels with Brian Gavagan

It’s about time we posted some BMX again! It’s Friday, it’s nearly the weekend and Brian Gavagan knows what’s up. Brian “Yellow” Gavagan and Jim McKay spent seven amazing days living life and filming some of it in Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Frisco & Breckenridge. I like what I see, I like what I hear. Take heed and go ride your bikes, whatever, with whoever, wherever and have fun.

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