Monday, 31 January 2011

Ghislain Lambert's Bicycle....10 years old now....

If you haven't seen it yet is well worth watching and laughing.....

In the 70s, there was Merckx and there were the others. Ghislain Lambert was one of the others. This is his story, a quite simple one. The story of a modest Belgian bike racer. His greatest ambition in life? To become a champion. His greatest tragedy? Not having the legs his heart deserves.

Benoît Poelvoorde

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Frank Patterson....English Cycling past..

The pictures  have a clear, common thread. Patterson's scenes are idyllic. The countryside looks fascinating, picturesque and beautiful. Of course the roads are empty - the only vehicle Patterson ever depicts is a baggy, plus-four wearing, cycle tourist, idling through the landscape on a drop-handlebared, hub-geared mount. And where there are other people, they are rustics from central casting - a dairymaid, in a white smock, bearing two pails; a Welsh cockle woman, weighed down by baskets; or a pipe-smoking crone astride a donkey in Donegal.

Frank Patterson, the cycling artist, was of legendary stuff; he served under six of the seven editors of ‘Cycling’ magazine, from the 1880s right up until his death in 1952. Frank Patterson never took himself seriously. He was the countryman type rather than the commercial artist, and his gun provided him with his favourite sport. 

Gives that feeling of hot summers in days gone by ..if your into nostalgia

Man in the Middle

Saturday, 29 January 2011

London and Chasing Legends...

near The Tintin Shop and Paul Smith in Floral St Covent Garden...

PS Shop

TokyoFixedGear Bikes

Bikefit studio 11 Macklin Street,...Knock Knock !! Fitting course going on ....

Bar Italia, Firth St ....lunch time, They still sponsor cycling....

All night Soho favourite since 1923. Great Italian coffee and absolutely packed whenever there's a televised Italian football match. Soho media fact: The blue plaque above celebrates that John Logie Baird first demonstrated television in 1926.

 Bunnies outside Spitalfields Market

Just across the road from the Market was the Rapha clearance sale then off to Brick Lane bikes

Brick Lane, also fondly called Banglatown, is a mix of Bangladeshi culture, street market and trendy club nights in East London. The mixture may sound quite bizarre, but it actually works.

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Beigel Shop Brick Lane allegally the best in Town...

Bricklane Bikes

Nude Espresso, Hanbury St...opposite the Rapha Sale..  Nice espresso in there to rest me feet...

He's so Frothy.. Hope his espresso isnt ..!!

Fosters Gerkin

Roops joined me at the sale, Best deal I got was a Paul Smith wool top with £60 off...

Roops in his newly bought Rapha waxed cap in Barbour stylee

Pint in The Gun then off to the film in Balham but food first..

Pizza and Peroni then to The Exhibit in Balham

   a Tiger and into meet Simon and the rest then see the film

Chasing Legends..What a cracker..

The motley crew from  Gruppo Sportivo Gazzetta and Roops

Great day had by all,  another Tiger and the Train journey back home