Classic Inn, Texas 03/15/2014
Categories: The Other Stuff
Despite some brutal inclines when you visit San Francisco you will be surprised at how bicycle friendly the city actually is. With near on perfect weather (compared to the east coast) the city has embraced the bike as a way of getting around. Dwight Eschliman is a cycling loving photographer based out of the city. His studio is right on one of those routes into the city that is loved by all types of riders, this gave him the idea of documenting the riders he met along that route. Instead of portraits he tells the story of these riders by documenting their bikes. Every bike has its own story, and the details you find in the zoom in to the beautifully shot images revealing each riders personality. As the project lives on it will be an interesting anthropological study of the Bay Area riding scene and their bikes. It is amazing sometimes what people choose to get around on.
It was only a matter of time. The 3D printing phenomenon over the last few years has been one of the more interesting technology trends. The Maker movement and the ability to acquire a printer for a pretty reasonable price has made sure the topic has got a lot of column inches. Some interesting 3D printed bike components have already been emerging like the Kappius Hub, but this is the first complete bike frame I have seen. Made by a company in the UK called Renishaw who specialize in 3D printed materials they partnered with Empire Bicycles to take one of their existing frames and see if they could 3D print it and make it lighter. The result is pretty impressive. The original frame weighed 2100g, the new 3D printed version made from heated titanium powder weighed in at 1400g, 33% lighter. The frame is broken into individual sections, printed as a block and them assembled and bonded. The frame is claimed to be just as strong as the original. Fascinating.
This one deserves to be placed in a museum as a representation of the pinnacle of finish for our two wheeled friends. A custom project by Vintage Luxury Cycles of Spain, they have taken a timeless Colnago Master and finished it with the ultimate classic spec. The paint is a white pearl with BMW “Marrakech” brown detailing. The group set is Campagnolo Record first generation with 24 karat gold plating. Incredible.
The new kit from GIRO looks pretty amazing. Nice tailored fits and good use of materials, but man can I get my hands on any? Nope. All the good pieces out of stock, pretty much everywhere. It is a shame because the stuff looks really good and as spring approaches we are all back in the market for a few pieces. Seems like a massive missed opportunity especially when you have made something so nice.
It is that time again of year again – thank god because I am so over the winter and Olympic Ice Skating. While us mere mortals spin away the hours on indoor trainers watching re-runs of The Tour, the gods of cycling are coming off their winter “break” (do they actually even stop these days) and showing their early season form. Those riders hoping for a good classics showing and a GIRO start in Belfast are already starting to show. The old and new generations of cycling are getting themselves ready for their Classics assault. Read on for the six that have impressed us so far.