Friday, 2 December 2011

Verboten Zwiebeln

Good friends Heretic have got a show on - definitely worth checking out! There work is amazing!

Also new mixes up at Toxic Island Radio. The Schtikytape one is particularly shit hot.

Nothing bike related unless you wanna check this. (Thanks LFGSS). These will be all over Dalston by new year... 


Friday, 25 November 2011

Act Like You Know

Just so you know - I'm now working out of Sargent & Co on Sundays and Mondays, Sunday and Tuesdays or Sunday Monday and Tuesdays. This will be confirmed.

Sargent & Co is no doubt one of the finest bike shops in London, nay the entire UK. Particularly because it deals exclusively with steel framed, hand built bicycles, mainly of the vintage variety. 
Full workshop facilities cover simple services and repairs to total rebuilds and restorations. Rob Sargent's knowledge is vast so drop in and let your jaw drop as you check out this 'treasure trove' of vintage - British, Italian, etc - frames and complete bikes. 

No doubt you will be walking out with that christmas present you promised yourself this year. Yes, I mentioned christmas before December.

Thursday, 24 November 2011



Been digging through a load of stuff I've had in storage - bottle cages, handlebars, wheels, weird cranks and also some screen prints have revealed themselves. There is another not shown but you get the idea...

Excuse the inexcusable photos of the prints - they do not do them justice. They are rad.

All are hand-pulled and printed on carefully selected paper to suit the images. Where possible, recycled papers have been used and all of our inks are non-toxic and water based.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

its been a while

A very nice hand built mid 80's vintage track bike with a kind of French flag inspired finish - original red to white to blue fade paint. Suspected Columbus tubing with a Reynolds 501 chrome fork. Lovely long pointed lugs with heart shaped cutouts, shot in seat stays. A few marks but looks brilliant - straight, strong, and very very light...


Tuesday, 27 September 2011


Nothing Crazy Autumn Winter '11.

Trainer / Fast Commute Road Bike. Its a Raleigh. Its Reynolds 501 throughout. It has Gatorskin Tyres. It has full SKS mudguards. It is quick. It is light. It has hideous / sick paintwork. It has Biopace Cranks.

Take it for a ride. Like these guys. Into the sunset. Etc. 
Thanks Luke @ Heretic.

Saturday, 17 September 2011


Hackney to Richmond Park Loop.
Just a quick one! Once you get to Richmond Park you explore or just enjoy some calm and quiet. There are a few places for 'refreshments' or do what I do and fill up your 'bidon' with Tia Maria and Coke well in advance. Best to do this early on the weekend otherwise traffic is just far too annoying.

Richmond is pretty nice this time of year - not captured in any way in any of these images.

Friday, 16 September 2011


Believed to be Roberto Benigni's cousin's mates bike (previous owner can confirm this) and ridden to victory on numerous occasions in the Italian track league throughout the early eighties. This newly acquired Barchelli frame has just been built up using a mismatch of components. Many countries wares are represented in the build; Reynolds, Rolls, Stronglight, Thomson, Miche and even good old Weinmann. Not forgetting Ireland through use of a Guinness can shim.

Anyway its a new whip so gonna go test ride.

Thursday, 8 September 2011


New mixes up over at Toxic Island Radio. Sure you got time!


Nice early nineties Raleigh Scorpio racing bike with original decals, metal head badge, neon / white / purple fade paint etc. Looks good, rides better. Quick and comfortable, perfect for training or city commute. 700c Alesa alloy wheels, smooth headset, bottom bracket and indexed gear change. New decent fast rolling Michelin tyres and inner tubes and new handlebar tape just fitted. The frame size is 59cm.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011


variation on the simple Epping ride - just took a few different roads.

Loads of possible routes through tree lined roads - easy to explore and make up your own.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011


Got hold of the F+F a while back wanting to build it up with some high end shit but time and patience were not forthcoming... Finished it with mainly old school XTR so not completely terrible all the same... 

... apart from the fact that I think it may be too small for me.

Friday, 2 September 2011


Just checked this movie again and have to say it puts a smile on my face every time...

Also just put this together. Gears and drivechain were kaput so had to be singlespeed-ed. Hopefully kinda suits the F+F.

Reynolds 531 throughout so light as a feather...

Wednesday, 31 August 2011


Another day another Peugeot...

Peugeot Premiere in pearlescent white with original decals. A good few marks and some light rust 'coloration' but looks good overall - solid and true. This is a light, fast, reliable bike perfect for a city commute. Upgraded with 700c alloy wheels at some point and fitted with new Michelin tyres and tubes, new handlebar grips and shortened flat handlebars - great for scooting through traffic.... Also fitted with full lightweight mudguards making this super practical for the inevitable rainy weather. Roll on autumn.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011


Completed this a good few times and makes a good quick training ride. Some nice rural views once out towards Epping. Mixed road surface but simple and fast. Pretty much no (jacket) map required.

... its not exactly the Col de l'Izoard but hey.

Sunday, 28 August 2011


".... light, tight and agile. Thankyou."  T. Tzara

"Great ride - no more public transport!R. Traina.

"Just as the extreme of pain meets sensual pleasure, and the extreme of perversion borders on mystical energy, so too the extreme of banality allows us to catch a glimpse of the Sublime.U. Eco.

"I turned up very late but he was cool." Yeti.

Saturday, 27 August 2011


Late eighties Raleigh 'Banana' team racing bike. All original decals, metal head badge, paint etc. Looks fantastic. Very nice to ride and running great - everything as it should be. Quick and comfortable, perfect for training or city commute. 700c wheels. Smooth headset and drivechain. New front brake pads. New Michelin Speedium tyres and inner tubes just fitted. The frame size is 58/9cm to suit from 5'9 to 6'3 ish. Yes.

Thursday, 25 August 2011


Here we have my pretty much totally stripped down and rebuilt Peugeot 'Triathlon' road racing bike.

Built from Reynolds 501 tubing. Fillet brazed, shot in seat stays with fully chromed forks - not the usual crapy carbolite made peugeots - this is VERY light, tough and comfortable to ride. Even has a braze on for your racing number... 
I will say that the frame has LOTS of scratches and marks - it is however absolutely solid and straight - viewing and test ride welcome.

Reynolds 501 F+F. Size 58 cm square. Good for 5'9 to 6'3 +/-.

New black riser bars - chopped but not too narrow. New handlebar grips. Vintage quill stem. New brake lever. New brake pads. Vintage DiaCompe caliper. New brake cable. New sealed bottom bracket. New crank bolts. New track chain. New Michelin Tyres (700c). New inner tubes. Suntour cranks. New pedals and straps. Vintage fluted seat post. Front wheel Alex rim with large flange track hub. Rear wheel - double sided running quality Shimano freewheel. Large flange black track hub and deep rim.

Looks and rides great. Tends not to draw too much attention as it doesn't look like a box fresh out the store bike - should outride one though.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011


Did this on Sunday. Some nice bits around the Chilterns but thats it. Followed a terrible route on MMR and thanks to disappearing signage and my own inadequacies got seriously lost around the 45 mile mark adding 10 to 15 miles to the ride - came in at about 75 miles... Weather was shit too. Apart from that it was perfect.

Some inspiring and iconic images from the ride...


Took myself off to wild wales for a ride and a walk. Thats my 'luggage' above. Train to Bangor from Euston and back from Welshpool via Birmingham. 3 nights camping.

Day One ride stunning. Two pretty good. Three beautiful but hard and Four alright but a little too much regular road. Probably packed a few too many tools but you never know do you? Felt like I was carrying a some big guy on the back for the entire ride...

Beautiful scenery for sure and the place pretty much to yourself.
Wales! Whoop!