Wherever they are, find them, they serve the best brew in the city. Although I have a sneaky suspicion they will be positioned somewhere nice and convenient for the prologue, and maybe even up on the Glens for the road stage (I hope that H Van can make it up the grade). There are the usual coffee chain suspects all over Belfast now, but there are a few speciality brews worth searching out if you take your coffee seriously. ATTRIDGE AND COLE have been around for a few years now and have established themselves in the community and amongst the cycling community. Presented in a beautifully converted Citroen H Van they serve up Bailie’s Coffee freshly roasted and ground alongside their home made pastries. Believe me it will become your morning and afternoon brew as you drool over the carbon and team buses during the Giro.
Currently In Love With Stoemper Bikes 10/13/2013
Hand made in Portland Oregon and designed to be and look fast, beautifully crafted with a fine layer of paint. Steel and aluminum Cross and Road frames, with a motto of “If you’re reasonably serious about your riding but not too serious about yourself, give us a shout. We’d love to build you a bike.
The Nanamica Cycling Pack 09/02/2013
This is one well crafted pack, a fine combination of traditional materials and modern design. Made by Japanese brand Nanamica they use a lightweight and durable Cordura for the main material and leather straps with brass buckles to secure the top closure. The back has a padded back panel for comfort and padded shoulder straps for carrying. Two compression straps on each side keep the the pack close the body when riding. It comes in a lot of different color combinations, but really liking the blue and red above.
The Anniversary “Sessanta” From De Rosa 08/29/2013
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.
The Brooks Limited Edition Cambium Saddle 10/26/2013
Cambium: A layer of delicate meristematic tissue between the inner bark or phloem and the wood or xylem is the name of the new Brooks rubberized saddle. Made from vulcanized natural rubber and organic cotton canvas, with an additional thin layer of structural textile added for protection, they have created a very unique looking and functional saddle. The outer layer is made to be waterproof and combined with a rubber under-layer gives the same comfortable feel usually associated with a well broken in leather saddle. The frame that all this is wrapped around is designed to be completely replaceable by the rider. As will all Brooks saddles this one is designed with longevity in mind – a saddle for life. The saddle shape follows their famous B17 saddle and eventually a narrower version will be on the market that follows the narrower B15 Swallow saddle (one of our favorite looking saddles). The overall look is one of a fine crafted piece of art. I would love to see it in black.
The 2014 Condor Super Acciaio 10/13/2013
For 2014 Condor have made some significant updates to their already amazing Super Acciaio steel frame. The custom rolled Columbus tubing is now 150g lighter and the oversized steel press-fit bottom bracket is made from a single piece of billet. A frame that is designed with Crit racing in mind the chain-stays have also had a curve added that prevents “chain-slapping” common with corner accelerations when the chain slaps against the inside of the stay causing it to chip. I currently ride one of the older frames and on the medium hills around here is handles itself really well, I can only imagine the 200g savings on the frame and fork on the new model it will climb even better. The frame was recently tested in the Tour Of Britain with the Rapha JLT team, when Kristian House raced it in the last stage. The one below has been tested on various terrain this year with team rider McCallum who went through 15 variations to get the frame to feel the same as his carbon Leggero rig.
Rich Sachs Redesign By House Industries 09/20/2013
The previous Richard Sachs identity was maybe one of the most established identities in the sport of cycling, so no small task to take on the redesign and make it equally iconic. Time is the only thing that can decide if a piece of design becomes an icon, but the guys at House Industries (one of our favorite font makes here at HUGE) have done a really beautiful job. Right down to the color mix by Joe Bell the red is special to the brand. It is a finely considered piece of design done by people who understand the nuance of the sport and the intricacies of frame design. Shame they have to cover that frame and kit in mud.
City Publishers Mobile Book 09/02/2013
City Publishers in Orestad have taken the bookshop to the road. With a converted cargo bike powered by an editor or a writer they are taking books and coffee to the streets of Copenhagen. Like most countries publishers and bookshops are struggling to keep the printed word relevant and are starting to look for different ways to get themselves out there. City Publishers is a small independent publisher who publish under the motto “Books for the people”, and it is their small nimble size that has pushed them to try different things to connect with their readers, in this case via the bike. The plan is for the mobile cafe to move around the city and park itself in front of parks, business’s and bigger city landmarks.
Billy Kirk Double Toe Straps 08/29/2013
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.