Switzerland, Basel: Roche bikes

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

Mokumono: another pressed aluminium bike!

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!

Universal Colours Swiss product launch & ride

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

Fondriest Xstatus 16.5 restoration complete & retro bike review

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

Helmet? Or no helmet?

Ah, the endless debate… Whatever you choose to do, this funny short film from the Danish Road Safety Council is worth a watch.

Every cloud…

Once this covid nonsense is over, hopefully some things will change for the better. Might this period of major extended disruption act as a catalyst for improved sustainability and focus on collective wellbeing? Let's hope so! I'm certainly pleased to read that various European cities have bolstered their cycling infrastructure. There's a lot of low … Continue reading Every cloud…

Don Quixote riding against the windwills

Who doesn't like a David and Goliath story. And if you've ever experienced Milan traffic, you'll know what a champ this guy is. Triple parking anyone? 😆 www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/09/im-often-faster-milans-bicycling-bookseller-takes-on-the-online-giants

Truly eccentric

After a little hiatus, another bizarre bike for sale locally. This one’s perfect for the circus, or a street performer. Apart from the crazy wheels, why is it that saddles are so often at bizarre angles? 🙈🤡🤣

Principia TSC (update)

Since picking up the bike, we gave it a good clean and visual inspection. Overall it’s in reasonably good shape. Good bones. The first thing is to get rid of those stickers, and the (nicely done, but why?) yoga hindi symbol thing on the head tube. Found a few gremlins of course. Large chainring was … Continue reading Principia TSC (update)

Cilo Boulevard (late 1990s?)

I never liked city bikes. They're neither a road bike nor a mountain bike. Neither here nor there. An ugly, heavy, chimera mess. But then I grew up, realised variety is a thing (you can like the Rolling Stones and the Beatles, or Oasis and Blur at the same time, or other bands that your … Continue reading Cilo Boulevard (late 1990s?)