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I often ask, what’s with all these hypothetical questions?

28/10/2009
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Out of season

24/10/2009

Growing up in a seaside town gave me a special love for resorts ‘out of season’. It was always such a contrast between streets busy with grockles, crowded amusements and beaches to empty streets, big breakers and shuttered bars and eateries. Even the weather seemed to go grey and wet over night. This always gave the town an eerie tranquility. The ‘out of season’ emotion is something that makes me feel at home whenever and wherever I experience it. Rather than tapping my shoes together three times, I visit a resort in November and peer through closed arcade gates, it all works the same. One of these finest moments was a campsite in the Dolomites, the only campers there for the last two days they were open for that year. The swimming pool was drained, bins were collected and stored and in the bar; no drinks or food were available. To make it all the more ‘out of season’ it rained continuously for two long days and nights turning trickling mountain streams in to powerful, fast and deep rivers.

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Look good, ride long

21/10/2009

I don’t want to look like I’m about to set off on the first leg of the Tour de France, because I’m not. I don’t want replica team strips or anything that’s design is wholly functional. Why can’t we have modern gear that works, has real style and doesn’t make us all look like tour wannabes. Then I come across these guys who say they’re going to ‘revive the spirit of cycling style’. Now I’m listening. All hail Dromarti for attempting to save us from Team Vile and making us all a touch closer to the spirit of cycling.

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Bikeriders, ’63-’66. Full stop.

19/10/2009

Day in day out a post appears about Danny Lyon’s photography. Well, now it’s my turn to give homage to possibly the best bike culture photographer ever. He lived with the Chicago Outlaws ’63 to ’66, shot them all, and published Bikeriders. No apologies for another post on the incredible Danny Lyon – there will never be too many. I just want to hang out with these guys (but I have to go to work tomorrow).

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Heavy and hard, Fausto Coppi and his bike

17/10/2009

This is Fausto Coppi’s 1952 World Championship winning Bianchi Specialissima. Heavy steel with a tiny cassette following. Was this the real era of ‘hard man’ cyclists? I am loving it. Read all about it; more great shots and story from Rouler.


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What a lot of crock!

17/10/2009

Only sixty Crocker twin cylinders ever made. All individual. The last one was first kicked into life 65 years ago. This 1939 Crocker Special was auctioned by Bonhams, do you think when they shot it they actually touched it! I don’t think you get just how special it is; valued at £183,000 – £214,000.  Got it.

They’re for your own good

16/10/2009

Everybody knows safety is the number one priority when riding your motorbike, right?  Well, it is a priority but the number one priority is looking good and these babies go a very, very long way to help.  The funny thing is for those first amazing men and their riding machines, ‘safety first’ was also effortless cool.  Bin all other eye protection, visit Halcyon and buy a pair.