The Magic Elixir 12/18/2014


Savlon

Any rider who has spent long hours in the saddle day after day has probably at some point had the misfortune to experience a saddle sore. That felling that starts with a mild irritation at the end of a ride, only to wake up the next day to a full on saddle sore and a world of hurt. At this point there is not a lot to be done, other than suffer. Although I once watched a documentary on the Tour in the days of David Miller, where they would take raw meat (usually Liver) and seal it in a ziplock bag to then be placed in their shorts over said irritated spot. Apparently it worked, but rumors of the team chief then cooking it and making the “Lantern Rouge” eat it for dinner are apparently not true. One method of prevention I was introduced to when racing in my teens was the wonders of “Savlon”.  Or ironically our knick name for it now used in other cycling circles was “Ass Saver”. Savlon is a British made antiseptic cream. The stuff that when you were a kid and grazed your knee was the go to “magic cream” that your mother used. For this particular use case, usually after a post ride shower and drying, I put a thin layer around any contact points that might need a little love and attention (or even if the don’t to be preventative). I have got to the point where I do this after every ride and have not had a saddle sore for nearly 20 years. Is it the Savlon? Maybe, but that is the magic. Something is working and I am not changing it. So my recommendation would be, like me, if you are ever flying through Heathrow make sure you make a visit to Boots Pharmacy (they are in every terminal) and pick up a few packets. It is always something I keep in my kit bag.

Categories: Classic / Kit

Empire State 12/10/2014


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The Citibike Program has created a new genre of cyclist, and I am one of them, the “Spontaneous Commuter“. Like most New Yorkers riding in the city is conducted in the same way we walk, with our heads down.  Got to get somewhere, too busy to look up. Sometimes I think it is only the tourists that see what we miss everyday. On these newly discovered random rides I would find myself stopped at traffic lights, stretching my back and looking up. And there it was, not always, but enough to make me feel like I was constantly cycling around it. Sometimes it would appear at the turn of a corner like it had just exploded out of the ground in front of me. Other times, just visible, nudging itself in between buildings as if it was looking for me. From every neighborhood west, east, north and South, Manhattan to Brooklyn, it was nearly always there. The islands spindle, that we all spun around. Now when I ride I find myself looking for it. Now it has become a reason to ride and a reason to look up. Empire.

The full photo essay is here.

Categories: Design

The JB4 Travel Wallet By Brooks 12/07/2014


Brookes_WalletBrooks have extended their John Boultbee range with some leather wallet accessories. Our favorite is the travel wallet above. The pieces are made in Tuscany from one piece of leather, the same leather used in the Brooks saddles. Simple and beautifully made, a piece that is only going to get better with age. The closing mechanism is made from 100% copper.

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Categories: Design / Kit

Vittoria Lorica 1976 Shoe 11/22/2014


Vittoria_LoricaLeather and laces are well and truly back. My first ever pair of racing shoes (granted in black) are back on the market. The original shoe launched in 1976 by Celestino Vercelli is handmade in Biella, Italy and sports the original punched holes for ventilation.

Available at Always Riding

Categories: Classic / Design / Kit

Prints By Victory Chimp 12/10/2014


victorychimpReally liking these prints by Victory Chimp from Belfast (our hometown!). The top one is a hand-pulled single color screen print inspired by John Boyd Dunlop, inventor of the modern bike tyre, also born in Belfast. The bottom one is of our favorite rider Fausto Coppi, a Giclee print on a colored stock. Ryan is a rider like ourselves who  gets his thinking done in the saddle, “dreamed up on the roadside and worked out in the studio”. Both prints are released in editions of 50 and still available. Would make a nice Christmas present for someone…

Victory Chimp

Categories: Design / Riders

A Stunning Cinelli Supercorsa Pista In Pink 12/07/2014


CinelliSometimes to get a bike this perfect, and this bike really is perfect in every aspect, it takes a really long time. In this case three years. The frames are custom made in Italy by Cinelli and the design and paint was created by Ignazio Lacitignola, a designer from San Franciso. The build list is pretty impressive. A classic Cinelli alloy cockpit. The drive train is Campy Record Pista originally designed for the velodrome and now found on classic street builds like this beauty. Laced up to the Campy hubs are some polished H-Plus Son rims. As you would expect with a build of this quality it is going to hit your wallet pretty hard at $5250. But if you are looking for something that stands out this is a good place to start.

Molletta Design.

Categories: Classic / Design / Rides

Ritte Mavic 125 ANS Linited Edition Road Bike


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If you are are looking for something special, something very unique, and want to do some good in the process this is your chance. This limited edition Ritte Vlaanderen 125 Year Anniversary bike is up for auction on eBay. It is a one of one edition, there is no other bike like it. Designed and painted by Spencer over at Ritte, all the money from this auction is going to the World Bicycle Relief Fund. If you fancy your chances you can try here. But as expected it is attracting some serious buzz. It is already sitting at $4111.00, which considering the spec. and pedigree of this ride is a pretty reasonable price.

Categories: Design / Rides

Above Category And Argonaut 11/16/2014


AC_ArgonautAbove Category continue to curate and stock some of the best brands in the sport. Fitting with their beautiful new space is the addition of Argonaut frames. Also nice to see a bike that isn’t the classic black on black. It is hard to beat a beautiful white paint job (also nice with a fade off highlight color). Reminds me of one of my favorite frames, the white LOOK 595 ridden by Thor “The Good Of Thunder” and CA.

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Categories: Design / Rides