Another monstrosity, in time for hallowe’en

Good grief this one’s ugly… A Carrera Phibra This just looked broken, right when it left the factory. I really can’t ever imagine people thinking this looked good. Decent groupset and wheels though, reluctantly paired with a horrific frame.

A bike shop at Disneyland??!

After many many months of fairly limited excursions and activities with the family due to covid, and now things are slowly getting back to normal, we took a family trip to Disneyland Paris. I last came here as a child in the 90s, and returning as a parent was great fun. This time, I had … Continue reading A bike shop at Disneyland??!

De Rosa Techno Lady (2001)

De Rosa, one of the coolest bike brands on the planet. You don’t see them too often, and when you do, people notice. They’re certainly going to notice this one... Good grief it’s hideous It’s almost shameful that it sports that heart on the head-badge. 😢💔😂🤦‍♂️ I guess coordinating the tyres with the frame is … Continue reading De Rosa Techno Lady (2001)

“If You Gotta Go, Go With A Smile.” (Jack Nicholson’s Joker, 1989)

This one's a joker alright. From the good old days of carbon frame experimentation, when the weirdest frames saw the light of day. Freed from the constraints of the diamond frame, designers went nuts. It's like a pianist taking a synthesiser and using ALL THE SOUNDS. Fortunately perhaps, these never see the light of day … Continue reading “If You Gotta Go, Go With A Smile.” (Jack Nicholson’s Joker, 1989)

Schor Carbon (2004?)

As I teased last week, I recently picked up a new project bike. Resisting the urge to get straight into washing and adjusting, here are some photos immediately after getting it home in its original "as purchased" state I'm willing to bet you've never seen one of these! Mostly I was tempted by the Campagnolo … Continue reading Schor Carbon (2004?)

Shrine to Greg Lemond? 🤣

If you’ve followed the blog for a while you’ll know I have a Lemond Chambery, which I bought in Singapore back in 2012. My first proper road bike! With all the nostalgia I attach to this bike and the fact it’s showing various signs of a life lived, I have never put it up for … Continue reading Shrine to Greg Lemond? 🤣

Quite possibly the most insane thing I’ve seen in years…

A jet engine, on a road bike! I'm speechless, so just watch the video link and let me know what you think. https://youtu.be/Oa3uYIe75iI

Merida “Full” Carbon?

While hunting for a new project, now the Fondriest Xstatus restoration is complete (and has been sold), I came across this smart looking Merida. I'm perpetually amazed by people's weird saddle and handlebar positions Merida is not a brand I’m particularly excited about, but this Genesi Full Carbon looks pretty nice, with it’s gloss naked … Continue reading Merida “Full” Carbon?

A Swiss bike marque you’ve never heard of? Schor(ly) not…

A new arrival to the Velobrico workshop, an early 2000s (?) Schor. I know very little about this bike. Swiss manufacturer. Frame presumably carbon, reminiscent of the Giant TCR Composite. Awesome groupset… To be honest I never got over selling the Campagnolo Record carbon shifters and periodically reminisced about them, so now as well as … Continue reading A Swiss bike marque you’ve never heard of? Schor(ly) not…

If your superyacht gym is full…

Here's an interesting oddity I spotted in Italy this summer. I've never seen one before, but apparently it's called a "Bikeboat Up", made by Chiliboats. If you ever ride on one of these you're certainly going to attract some attention!