Brooks have gathered together some great photos of Retro Ronde 2013. This lovely orange Motobecane is from the Jesse Williams gallery here and the Molteni Volvo is from Joris Knapen. Head over to the Brooks England facebook page for lots of Retro Ronde photos including lovely vintage bikes, clothing and and Eddy Merckx playing card, what a great event.
Didits are new, contemporary, and subtle medals. Not something you put in the cupboard… I must admit, those medals and other things in the cupboard are of little use. These stickers are more like it! A top quality medal of honour to proudly attach to your bike. These are not your average vinyl stickers either. These are the top quality jobs, like the bike manufacturers use.
The basic idea is you do one of the climbs and get the sticker and slap it on your bike! I really like the idea and I like the simple and subtle execution of the stickers. They currently have a good list of climbs around the world and always adding more. You can also order custom ones, with a minimum order of 500 (great for events).
The company is Flemish and based in Gent, you can’t get more cycling than that! Each sticker is €5 plus postage (anywhere in the world). They also have other sports too. I can’t stress the quality enough, these are the ‘business’ and weigh nothing (0.05 grams). Now, I better go do some climbs! I can’t put a sticker on my bike I didn’t earn – same goes for you lot. More info here. Facebook and Twitter too.
We have a big design industry in Bristol and we have a lot of people riding bikes. For a lot of us that live here they both go together. All of us here at Headset Press are in the design industry. It’s how we met and it’s behind why we started writing and riding together.
Ride + Design is a day long event that explores the relationship between bikes and design with talks, activities and films that cover branding, fashion and culture. Brought together by the West of England Design Forum there are talks from some interesting people including James Fairbank of Rapha, Will Butler-Adams (Brompton), Nick Larsen (Charge Bikes), Dom Thomas (Genesis), Ben Spurrier (Condor Cycles), James Greig (Vulpine) and Anna Glowinski (AnaNichoola).
Tickets cost £25 and it takes part in the Arnolfini, Bristol on Saturday 15 June, from 9-5pm. There’s also an after party! Visit the site to book tickets and for more details.
We posted a trailer for this a while back due to the unique filming style. Now we can post the entire video. It is beautiful!
“We spent four weeks in the summer of 2012 building two lines in Lofoten, Norway; a dirt line and a big bike line. Our goal was to capture world-class riding in the untouched and unique nature around Lofoten. The fast shifting weather and continuous problems with getting the lines working left us with only a couple of days to complete the film.
This is a highlight clip featuring all the best action from the project.”
Chris Froome has won the week-long Criterium du Dauphine beating team-mate Richie Porte by 58 seconds in the overall standings. In the video of Stage 5 below at about 2 minutes 30 seconds ish Contador attacks, Froome then does his thing. We will be seeing a lot of this happen in the Tour, it’s going to be exciting!
Photo credit: steephill.tv
I’m leaving Taiwan. I’ve been here for nearly two years and I’ve called it home, even if only for a short time. It’s been a huge experience, very difficult and very rewarding. As for the cycling, I will miss that more than ever. I was never seeking the popular roads, I missed a few great climbs, I had fun, got very hot. Off the bike I was able to develop my design work, writing and photography and I have my wife to mostly thank for that. So if you’re wondering what Taiwan can look like from a bike – These are the dozen I’ve decided to put here. The first thing I notice is all the green!? Being tropical it’s no surprise but, it would be fair to say that the west coast is hugely industrialised. If you are lucky enough to escape into the mountains or to the east coast, you will experience some stunning scenery and often – and much needed – tranquility. An experience that will stay with me forever. Now England awaits with fresh eyes and enthusiasm. Click to see more pics from my cycling adventures.