"What’s missing?" asks cadenced. Surely, the ‘fun’ icon from most of these. With the possible exception of the home trainer, which is no fun at all. This would be a useful poster for most bike shops although not sure if ‘Auchan-bike’ is a category we’ve heard of yet. The next big thing?
Mmm, this is going to be interesting to watch. In the present wind up at @OddDownCircuit #duathlon
And then, two hours later…
As it turned out, the rider Richard Hancock and wearing his GB kit handed out a masterclass in bike handling to romp home first at Odd Down’s first-ever duathlon. One of the corner marshals reports he was heard to mutter “I knew I shouldn’t have ridden this today,” as he recovered from a full sideways slide. The clue is he’d come to Bath for the weekend all the way from St Neots near Cambridge, a pancake flat area of the country where time-trialling with, against and across howling gales is all part of the fun.
Just what you don’t need on your downtube. Tea with friend Pete earlier who showed me the crack he discovered right where the shifter bosses were brazed on 15 years ago. “I wondered why it was creaking,” said he, smarting from the knowledge that a new downtube and re-finish will cost £150+ at Argos in Bristol. I offered the thought that at least this time with shifter bosses no longer required in that position, cable stops can be brazed on further up and away from the butted part of the tube. You can imagine how gripped our respective wives were with this conversation, thus proving why sheds were invented to hold such geeky discussions.
Luke gets stuck in: this weekend in October 2004 and on a day with weather similar to that we are enjoying today, the Rearden and Marshall families took part in a charity bike ride in the New Forest.
Why are we feeling nostalgic? Having already lost the one child to university a few weeks ago, now the boy is in San Remo on a language exchange trip with school (his Italian chum has his own boat, it seems). Yes, it’s a bit quiet around here but looking at these pictures helps #sob
The jolly japesters at @brooksengland are having fun with the word ‘climax’ in their latest newsletter, trying (not very) hard to avoid schoolboy titters in choosing a name for a forthcoming version of their clever new Cambium saddle. They’re harking back to the Victorian era when an earlier Brooks model named Climax also had a stress-relieving ‘registered cutting’ but of course in those days the word didn’t have the modern, saucy connotation. “Should we go with it?” they’re asking their potential customers in a Survey Monkey poll in exchange for the chance to qualify as a product tester.
A stroke of genius to employ Cavalry Twill as well as the obvious Denim, a fabric originally used to make comfortable and durable trouserage for the officer classes on their war horses.
Mr Rob Penn, who flagged these up and is apparently a mate of the Osloh founder, wonders whether the skinny-jean look might be too trendy for the likes of us but I’m not so sure; it could only look better than the alternative for gentlemen-of-a-certain-age turning up for high-powered urban executive meetings on their bicycles. Yes, I’m talking bicycle-clips and let’s not even go there with trousers tucked into socks.
Besides, how better than a neatly tabbed trouser cuff to show off a fine English Brogue?