I recently had the opportunity to borrow a bike from Roche, the Swiss Pharma company. They have a large campus of c.12k people in Basel, Switzerland, and a pool of bicycles and e-bikes for employees and visitors to borrow. (not me...) Branded in company colours and logo, the bike was in good working order, clean, … Continue reading Switzerland, Basel: Roche bikes
A few posts back I discovered an interesting technique applied to bike frame construction, the use of pressed aluminium, welded together, to form a hollow structure, used on the Leaos Pressed E-Bike. The Leaos Pressed E-Bike However, it turns out this wasn't the first time this technique has been applied to a bike frame. In … Continue reading Mokumono: another pressed aluminium bike!
I haven't posted any update on this project in a long time. A few minor repairs were needed, such as the front light doesn't work. I traced the problem down to a lightly corroded socket, rubbed it with some steel wool and now it works fine. The bar tape was loose but in nice condition, … Continue reading Motobecane Eclair 1986 (update 2)
This weekend saw the launch of UK cycling apparel brand Universal Colours in Basel, Switzerland. To celebrate, the Voyage Cycling Store (a great group of guys) had a promotional event, with an in-store barista, and then a little ride into the Black Forest. Nice jaunt into the Black Forest, Germany and a mini race up … Continue reading Universal Colours Swiss product launch & ride
As you probably know, the first day of the Tour was quite eventful, with not one, but two big multi-rider pile ups, the first of which was directly caused by a foolish spectator, holding a sign directly in front of the peloton 🙈 So of course it was only a matter of time before the … Continue reading TdF 2021: Allez Opi Omi!
Ah Dura Ace, the unobtanium of the bike world. The best of the best. Reserved for the pros. Having Shimano's Dura Ace components on your bike means you are a champ, or at least want to look like one. And perhaps most importantly, that you can afford to! The pros use Dura Ace pedals, can … Continue reading Shimano Dura Ace PD-7900 pedal repair
TdF 2021, it’s almost time…. Are you ready ? Because I’m ready This was my work outfit today (home office… 😂)
Check out this funny Danish TV ad for the local Tour coverage. https://youtu.be/iWFEtuVqOag “Weekend warriors activate!” 😂 In case you missed their great cycling safety video, check it out here Those Danes are hilarious!
If you've been following this restoration project, you'll know I picked up an early 2000s steel-carbon Fondriest road bike, and felt the need to restore this handbuilt Italian charmer to something approaching its former glory. At the very least I couldn't let something so special get trashed or converted into a fixie and end up … Continue reading Fondriest Xstatus 16.5 restoration complete & retro bike review
If you've followed the blog for a while, you'll know one of the things I enjoy is how many different engineering solutions there are for more or less the same thing. In the world of bikes and cycling technology, frame design is one of those many variables, and here's an interesting one I hadn't seen … Continue reading Hot off the press…