Daily Archives: March 2, 2012

The Ride Journal 6 amongst other things

Out now

This time last week we were packing up and getting ready to hop foot it down to Loom Mum No Hands for the launch of  The Ride Journal 6, this week Robs’ mate Peter is en route with fish and chips. Anyway we now have this wonderful journal in stock (well if they deliver tomorrow as expected), so please pop in and buy yourself a copy, not only because the art direction is phenomenal, and not only because it’s an interesting read, but because I was fortunate enough to have a story published in this edition and it’s kind of  about this shop and the array of characters that come through the door.

In case you are wondering the shop expansion is all going according to plan, their has been some banging, some swearing and some painting. We are hoping to open mid to end March, we are going to have an opening party, we asked Jordans’ people if she fancied cutting the ribbon, apparently she is busy guest speaking at a ‘Modern day Marxism’ event in Loughborough. I would go there if I was you instead, it would be daft to miss it.

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Ted James Design- Bespoked 2012

My friend Ted likes to make bikes. Sometimes I kind of forget that’s what he does because when I see him it’s usually because we are eating or drinking or riding bikes not talking about them. I saw Ted on Tuesday morning and he happened to mention he was going to exhibit again at this years Bristol Bespoked, the handmade bike show.

He told me he had been working on some exciting new projects and his eyes lit up and I could see how the conversation was steering towards the technical, these kind of conversations leave me dazed and confused so I changed the subject quickly and asked his girlfriend where she got her warm looking slippers from.

Get yourself down there

Feeling curious as to what he had been up to I decided to check out his website and aren’t I glad I did.

Ted has built this wonderful mixte for his mum and it’s about as perfect a town bike as I have ever seen.

Handcrafted for mum

What a streamlined beauty- I am really excited about the rack and mudguards, which sounds a bit sad, but they are usually an ugly and cumbersome addition to any bike throwing the line of the bike off form, but not here. And the colour, what a colour! and no seat stays?

I urge anyone with an interest in bikes to visit Teds website to read all about his innovations and inventions (and his lathe- a great joy in his life), I reckon he might just go down in history as one of the greats, what a great pleasure it is to know him.