Monthly Archives: October 2010

For Sale- Bikes- SOLD

We have some new bicycles For Sale….Mens and Ladies…

This bike is mint

We have good reason to think this  is a Carlton that’s been resprayed, the wheel nuts and seat bolt nuts have a Carlton emboss… and the lugs look like the handywork of a Carlton builder.  The piece de resistance has to be the red pump…it looks mint matched up to the mudguards.

Nice

It’s a 3 speed Sturmey Archer hub, a 56 cm Steel frame, 700c wheels

Mudguards, rack and pump

A comfortable ride and it’s in ‘Dangermouse’ colours and GTX stickers….Amazing

£155.00- SOLD

Phantom

1950’s Philips Phantom (Pre 1960 Raleigh takeover- when the frame quality significantly dropped).

A 54 cm singlespeed with flip flop hub (so can also be rode fixed)…has new tyres and tubes, bull horn bars and a 1960’s bell!

It’s tricky to see on the images, but both the lugs and the paintwork (on the seat tube) are really quite intricate and beautiful.

£240.00, test rides welcome…

Claud Butler Mixte

Late 70’s/early 80’s 10 speed ladies bike…

Reynolds 531 tubing

51 cm Mixte Frame

Mudguards fitted

(The bars an be changed to sweep back bars if you would prefer a more upright position).

As this is a 10 speed it’s perfect for city riding, but could definitely be used for getting the miles in…

Claud Butlers from this era are renowned for their comfortable riding positions.

£340 (fully rebuilt and serviced)- SOLD

Gervasio Cyclocross

If you ride Cyclocross you no doubt will be familiar with Alan frames.

If not then I can tell you they are and have been market leaders in Cyclocross frames for over 3o years. They have built bikes for Colnago and Fabo amongst others. Famed for their structural integtrity these are stupendous bikes.

This one here is an Alan built Gervasio, 7 speed, 59 cm (centre to centre).

If this wasn’t too big for me I would have to have this. I think Cyclocross although not as elegant as road bikes are amazing. You can cane them round the streets, fling the down grass hills, drag them through rivers and they just go on and on.

This Italian machine is now SOLD.

Raleigh Esquire

Here we have a bicycle for a gentleman…

A 3 speed hub gear 1970’s Raleigh Esquire complete with dynamo lights, mudguard and rack.

It’s a 56 cm frame.

This would be a super commuter and run around. Get involved.

£160

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Afternoon sun

Eddie Merckx

For Sale- ‘Where to Ride’- London

Where to Ride London

We have never sold a book before and I for one usually meet cycling guides with an air of apprehension. Lets be honest, they are mostly boring and tedious, with tiny maps you can’t even read.

Aha, not this one though. This is a good one. It picks out idyllic routes starting from all four corners of London. It gives you distances, maps, suggested watering holes and the best thing of all it tells you about places that I just don’t think you would know about it. Their are 50 well chosen routes that I reckon would give you 50 different insights into 50 different layers that build this City up.

£14.99- In store now, today.

NB: This would make a good Christmas present (is it too early to mention that word?)

My favourite bike and customer

It’s a bit unfair to say someone is my favourite customer and to say I have a favourite bike, because we have an abundance of interesting and friendly characters walk through the door very day, and every bike we sell tells a story, but I can’t help favour Sunray and her Peugeot.

First off, she is called Sunray. Her name makes me smile.

It was her dad,  Dean, that actually commissioned the bike to be built for her.

She knew nothing about it.

It was a birthday surprise.

I think dad, Dean, enjoyed the wee surprise bike project and we were super happy when Sunray came and got her bike that she enjoyed the wee surprise bike project too.

Sunray and her little sister

This is Sunray, who as the name suggests is a little ray of sunshine, all giggles and smiles and super polite (and so is her little sister).

Test ride

Nervous times, just about to take a test ride.

And away they went

The bike fitted like a glove and more importantly she really loved it.

We were a bit nervous in case she didn’t like it. Rob did quite reasonably point out that she was unlikely to recognise new old stock Durace components or that it had a fine enamel baked paint job, which is true. She may not know what they are, she probably does not care, but she did know that it looked amazing, and to me that’s the test of good design. The best designs don’t need explaining, or putting into context, they are just pleasing to the eye.

Bike tribes

Us humans have a long history of categorising one another.  It must be something to do with our tribal instincts, working out where we fit in, who best too avoid. It therefore seems befitting then that satirical author of the blog Bikesnob NYC, Eben Weiss is about to release a book, which managed to compartmentalise cyclists into varying degrees of twatdom.

You can read an amusing extract from the book here

I am an Urban Cyclist. I don’t hate myself though. I just hate all the others.

Cyclocross Race- 1960

This video footage of a Cylocross race from 1960 is charming. The narration has been added some years later by somebody who recalls the race. It looks like it’s in North Yorkshire/Northumberland. If you get chance to watch it make sure you listen to the commentary it’s really funny. The race looks like heaven and hell, the winners face at the end is an absolute picture. I wish all cycling footage was like this.

(click here if you can’t open it below)

More of the Italian stuff…

It's bike heaven up there...all we need now is Jacobs ladder

All lined up, waiting to ber serviced

Spangly sparkles

Just one week ago we were frantic. We had boxes on boxes, we had frames coming out of our ears, we were knee deep in bikes. But this week a sense of calm has resumed. All the frames and bikes have now been unpacked and servicing has commenced.

First up is the Gios, an Italian beauty…Gios Compact Evolution, Campagnolo Delta brakes,  adjustable rear dropouts, Oria Italian tubing, believed to be around 23 years of age…she is looking for World Peace and one day dreams of doing the l’Eroica. Could you be the one to whisk this beauty of her wheels and jet set to Italy to race her like a champion?