"When I see a beautiful bike, I know a guy worked really hard to make those welds, to make it not just functional. And I think it's the same with acting. It's the details, the sense of a craftsman at work, getting it right." (Robin Williams)
Robin Williams’ bike collection went up for auction through the online house, Paddle8 yesterday. You can bid on a wonderful collection of 87 bikes which will be on sale until 25th October. His family are making the sale to raise money for two charities, the Challenged Athletes Foundation and the Christopher and Dona Reeve Foundation, both of which are organisations that Williams supported throughout his life. Read More
We preview the Cycle Show 2016 at Birmingham's NEC. Find out about the best road bikes being exhibited this year along with what else you must see. What are the best titanium, bamboo and e-bikes? Read about the 100% natural energy bar from Colombia, the best apparel, which speakers to catch and what books to buy...
A teenage boy wipes the steam from the bus window and peers out onto a grey 1960s street in Forest Hill, South London, on the way to his weekly school swimming lesson. His eye catches a bike abandoned in the front garden of a Victorian terraced house and he realises that he noticed the same one last week. A racing tourer that’s seen better days. But nothing a bit of a TLC wouldn’t put right. “I’ll go back after school,” he says to himself. “I’ll go back and see if the owner wants to get rid of it.” Read More
Saffron Walden is a terribly nice market town in Essex, most famous for its yellow cooking ingredient, and more recently Jamie Oliver, who hails from nearby Clavering; but unrelated, other than by food! Hardly surprising then that a new saffron-yellow cafe should open up just off Market Square, in between Starbucks and Costa Coffee. But what's stirred up the residents is that it's a cycle cafe, the inspiration for which was actually the maillot jaune, and not the local crocuses! Read More
While we all know from our Velominati rules that the minimum number of bikes one should own is 3, the ideal is number is, in fact, n+1, where n is the number of bikes currently owned. Yes, we’re always on the lookout for a newer, older, better, sexier, lighter, different bike to add to the collection. But, as Velominati warns, there is a maximum number of bikes one can have, as defined by the equation s-1, “where s is the number of bikes owned that would result in separation from your partner.” Yup, we know you love your bikes, but don’t forget, you love your partner as well. Read More
I'm going to start with the most awesome cycling products I've ever seen although some of you Generation X musos will already know about these. Kraftwerk are, of course, a German electronic pop group who are also keen cyclists. They released "Tour de France" back in 1983 and actually performed at the Grand Depart in Utrecht this summer, having done lots of cycling in between. What better credentials to release their own brand of cycling gear (from €30 for a T-shirt)? I should warn you that their online shop is paused until December 14th as the band are on tour. How rock and roll is that?? Just look at these and feel the love: Read More