It is the 60th anniversary of one of Italy’s best loved bike brands, De Rosa. To mark the occasion they have launched a new series called ”Sessanta” - this special edition or “Black Series” are made in the four materials of frame building, Steel, Titanium, Aluminum and Carbon all in one lush dark color. My favorite is the Aluminum version above, although I think it is a miss to not include one of the best logos in cycling on the down tube. From the launch site it reads like the frames can be custom tailored for size in all four materials, all made in Italy.
These photographs on the Billy Kirk site are almost like pieces of art. They are renowned for the quality of their hand-crafted leather products, and here they have applied that to the classic Toe Strap. The rugged design is made from 7 oz. genuine bridle leather sourced in the USA, and made to last. They also offer a variety of color options that allow you to match the straps to your saddle and grip tape. A no frill design with dull nickel plated brass buckles for adjustment. You can get them here.
I love a good surprise in the post. This week brought these wonderful prints from the illustrator Otto Von beach. They are a series called 100 revolutions that celebrate The Tour. They are lithographic prints on 350 gm silk board, 210mm x 285mm and printed by Spiegl Press of Stamford in an edition of 500 (unsigned). In his own words and ones that I could never hope to better:
“REGRETTABLY I was already entombed in my icy berth when those sixty savages of the road set forth on the first Tour de France in 1903. However, I did have the dubious pleasure of meeting the eventual winner, Maurice Garin, at the inaugural Paris-Roubaix in 1896. To commemorate the 100th edition of the Tour—and to recover the five guineas Garin charged me for his autograph—I am delighted to offer a set of six prints illustrating each of the six stages from that first race.”
These are well worth getting, very unique and beautifully executed, I don’t doubt that down the line they could become collectable. You can get them here.
One of the best things to happen in the last decade is the freedom we have been given by digital tools and computing power to open up old publishing models to all. I would never say print is dead, I love printed media, but the formats it was previously delivered in are being reinvented. The latest of these, and one that we hope gets a great tailwind is Conquista.cc. Like a lot of us they wanted more than what we were being offered and decided to see what they could come up with. At first glance it looks like an interesting model. They will follow a quarterly format, delivered free online, and a limited run of 1000 printed issues. They are an advertising supported model, but want to look at how those adverts appear throughout the publication. Advertising and content will be kept separate – no paid content or “cleverly” placed ads dropped into the middle of articles. It has been a advertising model that served well, and probably will continue for a while yet – it is just nice to see someone try something else and see if they can make it work. We wish Benjamin and all at Conquista the best of luck and good legs and look forward to seeing what they do in the future.
Check out issue zero here at www.conquista.cc/magazine
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