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Even More Pics From Briz..

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 by Mick Allan

As ever, right click on image and ‘view image’ to see full size.

Enigma

Enigma

Racer Rosa

New builder Mundie

There was a great buzz at the show..

Slate bike. Like a Vibrant rear triangle but not.

Foffa Bikes

Viliers Velo

Milk bikes

Burls new line

Spotted outside the show

Quoc Pham shoes, just lovely.

Dynamo works posters

More tomorrow folks!

Bespoked Brizzol

Monday, March 19th, 2012 by Mick Allan

After the enormous success of last year’s show I’m looking forward to this year’s event with eager anticipation. It really was an awesome show last year and this one will be even more awesomer.

But the best thing about this one is not the larger premises nor the hugely expanded exhibitors list. No.. It’s that Cyclorama will have a stand there this year. And on that stand will be our new book! I’m so excited I can barely focus and I keep having to go for a lie down.

As a gift to show visitors we’ll be selling the book at just £10, a saving of £2.99. And if that wasn’t enough, if you buy a book we’ll sell you a Cyclorama t-shirt for just a £iver (while stocks last).

See you there!

bespoked bristol

We’re back!

Thursday, March 15th, 2012 by Mick Allan

Wow. That was intense. You think you’ve got it done and then you find another job needs doing. And another typo! Yoiks!

The Cyclorama book has been signed sealed and delivered electronically (oh! the wonders of modern technology!) to the printers, We await its return, piled high on shipping pallets sometime next week. Those that wants one soonest better get their selves down to Bespoked Bristol where we’ll be selling them at a great promotional price.

Feedback has been very encouraging so far, from those who’ve followed the book’s creation on line. I am sooo looking forward to having an actual copy in my actual hands.

Which is why it’s all been quiet on the blog and Cyclorama website. And boy, have things been backing up! We’ve close to sixty new manufacturers and their products to upload to the product listing section of Cyclorama.net, new articles for Bike Culture and a growing pile of products which want reviewing on this here blog. Including a Dawes Super Galaxy, Carradice Super C panniers, The Hornit bicycle horn, a really neat origami mudguard from Sweden and a groaning shelf-full of books including Bike Art, One Gear, Bicycle Mania and  latest edition of Cutting your car use by Anna Semlyen.

All very exciting! And if that weren’t enough we’ll be at The Scottish Bike Show next month and possibly even Germersheim.

Awesome.

La Prima Alleycat Fiorentina

Monday, May 16th, 2011 by Mick Allan

A guest post by Carlo Pilastro of Crackers Magazine

(drumroll)

Ladies and Gentlemen! The first Florence Alleycat, is about to happen. Saturday, June 4th, keep yourself free! For infos, hit us up. See you there!

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flyer-ufficiale-alley

All of you are very welcome to join the first ever Alleycat in Florence Tuscany (ITALY). A special gathering will take place in one of the most beautiful Italian cities, a race through the center town and the hills that surround this amazing place. It doesn’t matter if you ride a fixie or a tricycle come to join us, have a ride with us and see the city from another and wonderful point of view. All the tourists are very welcome!

More info @ Facebook!

Major Taylor Education Program Launched

Monday, February 28th, 2011 by Mick Allan

Major "Marshall" TaylorThe Major Taylor Education Program was launched recently at the Trail Blazers Boys and Girls Club in Portland Oregon by a group of individuals and organizations headed by Roger Mallette of Retro.

”Retro and its partners recognize that cycle racing is not highly accessible to Black American youth and holds a vision to create connections to coaching and competitive racing in Portland.”

The program will seek to identify 6-10 kids showing interest in competitive cycling. Participating boys and girls will be ushered into the coaching camps of B.I.K.E. and Kirk Whiteman Coaching.

In addition the program aims to generate more awareness of not only Taylor’s luminous career but also his ideals and values concerning hard work and perseverance.

The Major Taylor Education Program will focus on the uncanny career in cycle racing that Taylor triumphed in:

In 1896 at age 18, Marshall “Major” Taylor emerged as “the most formidable racer in America,” earning up to $15,000 per race.

At age 20, he set seven world records. At 21, he was the first black World Champion in Montreal, and the American Sprint Champion that year and the next.

Taylor was only the second African American World Champion of any universal sport.

After one of the most successful athletic careers the world had ever seen, Taylor’s last days were spent living in a YMCA in Chicago where he died a pauper in 1932.  Taylor was reburied in Glenview Cemetery, Chicago in 1948 with funds provided by Frank Schwinn of the Schwinn Bicycle Company.

These words mark his grave:

“World champion bicycle racer who came up the hard way without hatred in his heart, an honest, courageous, and god-fearing, clean-living, gentlemanly athlete. A credit to his race who always gave out his best.  Gone but not forgotten.”

marshall-major-taylor-1908-paris

Retro’s Major Taylor Education Program was first launched in Chicago in 2007/2008 in Chicago Public Schools after a friendship was formed with Courtney Bishop of Team Major Taylor and the Team Major Taylor Scholarship Fund.  Retro’s primary partners were Mayor Richard M. Daley, Simon Schuster, and Courtney Bishop and Team Major Taylor of Indianapolis, Indiana.

Roger Mallette, Retro’s Founder, recently approached Tim Sicocan, Director of the ‘Trail Blazers’ Boys and Girls Club , John Bennenate, Director of B.I.K.E ., Kirk Whiteman of Kirk Whiteman Coaching and River City Bicycles. Kirk Whiteman is one of the United States’ greatest cycling sprint champions. John Benenate founded (B.I.K.E.) Bicycles and Ideas for Kids Empowerment.  B.I.K.E. is an inner city cycling team supported by a dedicated group of volunteers that nurture up to speed, faces missing from the sport and has been serving the Portland Community for over 16 years raising 74 Oregon State Cycling Champions. B.I.K.E. coached the first all black women’s cycling team to race in the little 500 at IU in Bloomington Indiana. Oprah Winfrey presented Mr. Benenate a $100,000 award from her Angel Network for his work with B.I.K.E.

Major Taylor program poster

Read more about Roger and Retro here,

and a Bike Culture review of a Taylor biography by Andrew Ritchie here.


(The London) Cycle Show Report

Friday, October 8th, 2010 by Mick Allan

I can’t resist a Cycle Show. I love Spezi for the fringe, the Hand Made Bicycle Exposition for the eye candy, and the Cologne show, Interbike in Vegas and Eurobike in Friedrichshafen for their sheer mind numbing enormity. Milan and Paris have their own individual characters, but I have the longest relationship with the London show. It’s been held at many different locations over the years: Olympia, Olympia 2, Alexandria Palace, and Docklands Excel. ‘Cycle Show’ (for that is what it is called, they couldn’t afford a ‘the’) has settled in to Earls Court, its latest home, very nicely. The last three or four years of steady growth has coincided with a substantial increase in cycling in the UK, particularly in London and the 2010 show (which I attended yesterday and runs until Sunday) is now as big as any I’ve ever attended.

Bianchi beauty

It’s great to see the latest incarnation of The London Cycle Show expand year on year because it’s been through some lean years; a couple of decades ago a few cycle companies started the trend of hosting their own private dealer shows. One by one they pulled out of the one big annual, national multi-brand trade show altogether which left it severely diminished. I’ve been to a few of these individual dealer shows, usually hosted at some country hotel or other, where the day is mapped out and hapless dealers are herded towards bike sales programmes like cows to the slaughter. Ask the cheque writer in any bike shop if they’d prefer to finance many trips to many individual single brand shows or one trip to one big show…

Carbon carbon carbon

Giant, Trek, Marin, Raleigh and Madison are all big players in the UK market but all are absent from the attendance register. You may not have heard of Madison but they are the UK’s official importer of Shimano cycling products, meaning that Shimano, who have totally dominated the world’s cycle component market for the last twenty five years had no official presence at the show (though of course the show was awash with bikes carrying their components). Some of the biggest brands in the UK cycling market, conspicuous by their absence. They’ve all made plenty of money from this particular ‘sales territory’ so I think the very least they can do is support our national show.

Grumble over.

The man.

There was a lot to see this year – there was some fabulous new gear and the usual high-end blingy stratospheric carbon stuff always gets me salivating. Campagnolo, SRAM, Specialized and Bianchi had some extraordinarily beautiful products on display. Every year these companies up their game, I don’t know how they do it but so many of their bikes were profoundly, jaw-droppingly gorgeous. I suspect someone at Colnago sold their soul to the devil.

PARiS by Condor. Lush.

Encouragingly there were also a good number of small/new companies exhibiting new and innovative products such as Bike-Eye, Spencer Ivy, Breeze Blockers and MyVelo. If this show is anything to go by, the UK cycle industry is on an up and it was certainly a pleasure to see some familiar UK brands in rude health; Brompton, Pashley, Hope, DMR, Condor, USE, SiS, Endura, Moulton and Polaris. All UK companies and all doing very well thank-you-very-much and not just in the UK, internationally some of them and during a recession! Pure brilliant. I’ve known many of these folks for years so it really is a pleasure to see their success.

PARiS

It was also good to see small makers like Bernds, Kemper Fahrradtechnik and Patria make the trip from Germany – they were a very welcome addition.  Quest 88 headed up an expanded special needs section. I fully expected to find endless rows of cookie-cutter band-wagon flouro-fixies but there weren’t very many at all. The fixed wheel bicycle buyer certainly has plenty to choose from, every brand has at least one in the line-up, but it seems to me that the quality is on the rise and there’s a move away from the flourescent towards a more retro vibe. Bianchi and Condor had it nailed.

Celeste on celeste

Strangely absent this year; cargo bikes, cargo trailers, kids trailers and trailer bikes. I understand why there were only one or two recumbents but there was hardly a kids bike to be seen. Unless I missed it there wasn’t a single trials bike so I guess that bubble has burst. What the industry is pitching at the trade (and by extension to the public) is still largely road bikes, mountain bikes and a few (increasingly trendified) city bikes.  Shame.

Real steel Colnago

My Best Stand Award (if such a thing existed) would go to Early Rider for their beach scene complete with vintage ice cream trailer (converted to serve beer!) And for me the Best Trend of the show was the very welcome re-emergence of spangle. Here and there throughout the hall (and in particular on at least two high-end De-Rosas) was glitter – proper big chunks of metal flake with high-gloss lacquer deep enough to swim in. It was metal-flake to make a seventies hot-rod proud. It may not be to everyone’s taste but I’m biased since I’m old enough to remember spangly boob tubes.

Skyway colour ways

The coolest wall in the room....

made up of individual snaps like this. Brilliant.

Tidy Condor

and a tidy Italian

Not gas pipe.

Yes it's a Pashley with a mech!

Purdy pedals

Pashley three speed fixed wheel. Where's the clutch...?

Folding - Rohloff equipped - suspension - trike. Lordy.

Trade stands simply don't get better than this. Trailer had a keg in it!

Fast folder

Picnic?

Paul Smith Principia

Thousands and thousands and thousands of pounds

Thousands of hours! It's all wood.

And the most famous bike in the world.