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Emily Maye sent us these beautiful shots that she took at his years Tour Of California. She has managed to create a unique mood that we don’t usually see in cycling photography. Focusing less on the tip of the action, and more on the candid moments when riders maybe feel mostly off camera. Check out her full portfolio here.
Even if I am not, the bike is. This is what I will be tackling the Marmotte with. A few upgrades. A great set of Wheels from Williams Racing, 22mm carbon clinchers coming in at a fighting weight of 1200g. Dressed in Hutchinson Tubless tires gives them a very light tubular like feel. Some new TRP brakes and Rotor compact rings. If this all doesn’t help nothing will.
Brad showed up for today’s jaunt around the Berkshire hills with a lot of new bling. The theme for the day seemed to be “Accents Of Red“. Between the, look at the red blurring action of my feet, to the pollen pushing bushes all over the hills. His Ritte Bosberg looks pretty slick built up. We both spent the day on Williams wheels, Brad on a set of 58s and me on a set of super fly 22s. We both head over to France on June 15th to ride in the Alps, so we spent a lot of time on strategy (see bullshitting). If the the hills are steeper here (steeper ones at 14-16%, and the lovely Burnett Road at a lung busting 22-24%) if that will make up for the fact the climbs over there are 5 times longer. Conclusion: No.
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Nicknamed “The Phantom” another beautiful custom paint job from Baum in Australia. I think these guys might do the best paint work in the world. Check out their blog for more paint porn.
The folding bike scene is a special subculture in the cycling world. The folding bike rider, a very unique individual. Part urban warrior, part enthusiast, and very practical, but often over looked as a serious rider. Despite their obvious practicality, folding bikes have never really been adopted in the way they should as the perfect urban bike. At least here in New York it is not too common to see, and even on a recent trip to London Hybrids still got the nod. British brand Moulton has been part of that scene from the beginning. Alex Moulton famed for his work on the original Mini brought his engineering expertise to his first “Bike of the Future” nearly 50 years ago. Now Moulton have a new set of bikes for the future, with a re-imagined folding series that include The Double Pylon and The Speed.
This could be a whole new chapter in this genre of riding. The difference, this folder has a full size frame that sets a new standard for the engineering of the folding mechanism. A lot of riders I know are put off by what most folding bikes have to offer, the small wheels and frame make them look a little fragile next to a “Serious Ride”. This bike should get most riders past that. First check out the spec, Campy Record and Dura Ace, Conti Tires, and a Fizik saddle, not a spec often seen on a ride like this. Next the frame, with a design that looks more like a beautiful suspension bridge (not sure I would have named it after a Pylon – not usually a thing associated with beauty) than your standard folding frame, and a finish that resembles a Moots, this will turn a few heads. But maybe one of the nicest features of all is the full suspension system on the The Double Pylon (Top), with a very unique integration into the fork that I can only imagine would help the bike glide over the streets of New York. Now if you were to make this into a “Fixie” you might even survive the streets of Red Hook and the Red Hook Crit.
I just got sent these shots of this beautiful custom English by its proud new owner Simon of saltedmackerel.cc. It is a beautiful piece of engineering and nicely spec’d out by Simon. Check out his site for more detail shots.
A welcome new addition to our Brooklyn chain-gang from Brad in this week of “Flanders March Madness“, this beautiful Ritte Bosberg. Pictures do not do this bike justice, it is beautiful in the flesh (carbon). Impressions from Brad after the inaugural ride? “Oh yes, it is fast…”. I especially like the black brake on front and the red on the rear (Ed: I have a feeling I will be seeing a lot of that red brake). And yes Brad is very tall. Now the question is, will he ride it at Battenkill? Seems only appropriate.
Find out more about the range of Ritte bikes here.
Another beautiful Corretto frame from the paint room at Baum. The frame is finished in Pantone white and light grey, in the GTR design scheme, topped off with a matt clear seal. The seal is the same used on Lamborghini finishes. Stunning and understated.
Ray Dobbins knows how to restore a bike, that is for sure. Take 15 mins and flick through his gallery of projects and you will be convinced. This 1980 Colnago Super stands out. You don’t see many finishes like this anymore as we all get so concerned with weight rather than looks. The forks remind me of one of my favorite bikes from last year the Fuji “Golden Bike” Fu-sion X.