Hidden in plain sight

Interesting research and Kickstarter campaign here.

I’m always fascinated by things hidden in plain sight. Let’s hope at least some of these 1930s British cycleways are brought back into use.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/bike-blog/2017/may/09/how-80-forgotten-1930s-cycleways-could-transform-uk-cycling?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Global Bianchi domination…

After having stumbled across the Bianchi café in Milano, I stumbled across the Bianchi concept store in Akihabara, Tokyo. Am I following Bianchi, or are they following me???

This one is basically just a bike shop, but only with new Bianchi bikes. The shop was shut but I didn’t see any vintage bikes, or memorabilia. While this seems a shame given the brand’s strong heritage, without wanting to generalise, in Asia often new things are valued more highly than old things, so heritage is maybe not so important.

Some nice frames and bikes here, but out of my price range, whether in Yen or Euros!

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So as the bike shop is closed, time for some tasty ramen instead!

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Not bikes, but architectural salvage!

It might not be bike-related, but it’s too cool not to share.

 

$_57 (1)A friend of mine has the only remaining illuminated sign from the facade of the now defunct Hürlimann brewery in Zurich.

As you know from the blog, I love reviving things that have a history, and architectural salvage is all about that.

The sign has been stored since it was removed from the brewery, and has a few age-scars as you would expect given its vintage, but it’s a truly unique object.

I’m currently selling it for him, so please share with anyone who might be interested. It would be great for this unique object to go to a good home!

The sign is very large, heavy and currently located in Switzerland, so bear that in mind if you want to bid!

Now imagine what a unique Christmas present that would make for someone…

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Dear Santa…

Admittedly I’m a sucker for cromovelato, but wow.

Dear Santa…

I know it’s asking a lot, but this one’s even nicer than the last one on my Christmas list…

Milan’s Vigorelli velodrome restoration

Milan’s Vigorelli velodrome restoration

Great to see an iconic piece of history finally saved. Bicycles, architecture and history all rolled into one!