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Posts Tagged ‘ style ’

Bar End Shifters

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February 6, 2013
Bar End Shifters

When I was drafting up the specifications for my dream tourer I had pretty set ideas for just about everything I wanted on it – a threaded quill stem, a square-taper bottom bracket, quill pedals, a decaleur to help support a boxy French randonneuring handlebar bag, in short all the usual accoutrements one would...
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Leather Bar Tape

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October 1, 2012
Leather Bar Tape

Bar tape (for those of us on drop bars) is another of those idiosyncratic components on a bicycle, with everyone having their own preferences for look, colour and style, comfort and feel. Handlebars are a contact point and, as with saddles and pedals, we know what we like and what works for us –...
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Autumn Collections

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September 19, 2012
Autumn Collections

A brisk ride along the seafront this morning with cold clear skies and temperatures down in the single figures, which made me grateful for my long-sleeve sportswool jersey and a nice lightweight breathable softshell. Between these two articles of clothing and a pair of three-quarter length cycling shorts, I was comfortably cool, the autumn...
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On Not Going Clipless

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June 2, 2012
On Not Going Clipless

The aesthetics of a bicycle have always been important to me, so much so that one of the main reasons that I've remained so resistant to making the shift to clipless pedals is that I have yet to find a clipless version that is anywhere near as visually pleasing to me as the clean...
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A Fondness for Drop Bars

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May 7, 2012
A Fondness for Drop Bars

I still remember the first time I came into meaningful contact with a bicycle equipped with drop handlebars. I was a kid then, pedalling around the neighbourhood on one of the ridiculous Stingray-styled bikes that were all the rage in America during the late ’60s – the ones with the chromed sissy bars, banana...
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That Randonneur Style

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April 17, 2012
That Randonneur Style

Travel romantic that I am, I’ve always had a soft spot for those old-style French touring bikes, the sort you see in those golden-age-of-cycling photographs – bike and rider all kitted up for distant places on dusty untrammelled roads and projecting either pre-war innocence or sunny, post-war optimism depending on the date of the...
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Oh to be a fly on the wall at Rapha

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February 9, 2012
Oh to be a fly on the wall at Rapha

Just for fun the other day, when the weather was still balmy enough for such foolishness, I set up my camera and tripod on the Bexhill promenade and by the use of a self-timer did my own send-up of a Rapha fashion shoot – posing with my ‘epic’ face, that hard, gritty Rapha-rider look,...
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Waterbottles

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January 3, 2012
Waterbottles

So there you are - you've just spent a lot of time and thought, to say nothing of money making over your much-loved old bicycle, or designing a dream new one, so that it looks just the way you want it to look; a perfect expression of your cycling history, ideals and open road...
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The Beauty of Cream Tyres

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November 18, 2011
The Beauty of Cream Tyres

I generally take my coffee black, no cream, no sugar, no nonsense, and until a few months ago I'd have said pretty much the same thing about the way I take my bicycle tyres too - straight black, double shot. After forty-seven years of riding the same-old, same-old, it wouldn't even have occurred to...
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