Thursday, March 31, 2011
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Sunday, March 27, 2011
Recently I was rereading a testimonial about the 1999 Paris-Brest-Paris in an issue of On The Wheel written by Larry Strung and fantasizing about my ride this summer. It is vivid account, with many of the same worries and observations I had 4 years ago before trying to ride PBP. Will I ride too hard in the beginning, and fall apart on my way back from Brest? Who would I ride with? How long should I sleep? What bike to ride?
I quickly looked on the internet, and I was surprised that the article -"When is a race not a race? Paris-Brest-Paris 1999"- is not available online. If you are thinking about riding PBP, or just wonder what it is like, I recommend tracking it down. It is in issue #12 of One the Wheel(out of print).
Larry rode an older Peugeot, where as his friends rode fancy Litespeeds. Four years ago, I did all the brevetes in the series and took to France a 1968 Jack Taylor Super Tourist. I was shocked at the disproportionate amount of modern race bikes present in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, the start and finishing town of PBP. Along with Joel Metz, also on a Jack Taylor, it would be fair to say, we were in the minority riding old steel bikes, probably in the 1 percentile.
This year, I have been doing all of my riding on an early 1980s Eddy Merckx, not something I would have ever imagined doing more than 70-80 miles at a time, yet I have done two 200kms on it and plan to do a 300km in a week on it. I did install 700x28c tires on it, but it is far from ideal, as there is no provisions to install fenders or lights.
I put up with inconvenience because I am waiting for my custom frame to being built by Simon Firth, former head framebuilder at Bilenky Cycles, that has started to build his own bikes. I will own the first Hanford, named after the small town in the United Kingdom Simon is from. It will have a mix of modern and older parts, and will be the first new bike I have ever bought. Im excited.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Our good friends at Tandems East is having a Tandem Expo this weekend in Southern New Jersey.
They say - "Tandems East is once again hosting the popular seminars designed to enhance your riding experience. Several special guest speakers are scheduled to speak on various topics of interest to Tandem riders. "
More information HERE
Friday, March 25, 2011
It's emphasis is on older bikes, such as highwheelers, pneumatic safeties and other Wheelman related bikes, but they do not have a prejudice- all types of bikes go through the auction, there is always a bunch of rare balloon tire bikes and even some lightweights including a nice Alex Singer a couple years ago.
Click here to get to the bicycle catalog.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
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Thursday, March 17, 2011
I talked with my painter yesterday, and I can't wait!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
But aren't they beautiful?
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
Organized from 1997, L’Eroica is a “period” cycle rally held through a course which traverses mainly gravel roads. Giancarlo Brocci conceived this event initially to save the “strade bianche” or white roads in Tuscany. He also wished to re-establish the ambience and efforts of a by gone cycling era. So he conceived L’Eroica as a race with four different courses beginning and ending at Gaiole in Chianti.
a couple websites if you are interested in participating.
*Flamme Rouge(a nice write-up)
Thursday, March 10, 2011
The two first photographs are of the rack, and the third picture is of 1961 Jack Taylor with the original racks installed.
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Saturday, March 5, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
(The finish of the first Tour. At the right: the first winner, Maurice Garin. At the left: probably Leon Georget (not sure). Tour de France 1903)
(The Atomium was built for the World Fair 1958.)
(Italian Giusto Cerutti has a broken wheel after a fall. According to the rules he is not alowed to accept help. Tour de France 1928)
1973(not a Tour de France picture, but cool nonetheless)
These were all taken from the Dutch National Archives on Flickr, there is a nice set of pictures there.