Wednesday, May 30, 2012

531 Day

      You cannot buy a cool bike. The more you pay, the further off-track you are. Cool bikes are not made under the Vigorelli, in a Connecticut workshop, or in a Parisian workshop. They are not made of carbon fiber in a mold. They are not copies of or tributes to anything. Cool bikes are made on the road and on the trails, in the rain and in the snow, day in, day out, year after year.

     Jobst Brandt told us, "Ride bike!"

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Ray's Waterworks Ride

The longest and best yet rendition of a New England Rough-stuff Section classic: miles off-road, beginning with two-plus on railroad ballast guarded by poison ivy and an army of ticks - our kind of road.

It was a typical N.E.Section run

One rides these ways aware that mainstream cycling advocates are lobbying to clear and pave them over, so that the unadventurous may ride them as easily as driving down the Mass Pike. Enjoy them while they remain unspoilt.

A good day for pollen

Patina that is earned, not bought


Pronunciation:  Brit. /ˈpatᵻnə/


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Haven't we met before?

Rosa Crown brake lever, Cyclo catalogue,1938:

Tektro's current FL 750 lever:

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