Every Saturday AM, just my Neice & I..

BMC TeamMachine SLR01 (the same one that Cadel rode on in the TdF11)

I normally err on the retro aesthetics, but there is so much Form Follows Function in this bike to like..

* now to find one w/out decals..

Must be Sunday as MeerCat & I are riding..

Must be Sunday as MeerCat & I are riding..

Giro d’Italia 2010 etap 7

* 12 min & 32 secs of MAN STUFF

C O L N A G O

C O L N A G O

TIGHT

TIGHT

My Sistah is very resourceful
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My New Yakkay helmet arrived today!
In Australia it is compulsory to wear a helmet when riding a bicycle - so now that I have purchased a Tokyo bike (white, step through style) I’ve been in a pickle as to what helmet to wear (they are so UGLY) and while searching I found Yakkay, fantastic Danish design helmets with the options of purchasing different covers. I’ve purchase the Tokyo Blue Stripe cover, and it is SO CUTE.
oh, here is the site http://yakkay.com/

My Sistah is very resourceful

stoneleighgallery:

My New Yakkay helmet arrived today!

In Australia it is compulsory to wear a helmet when riding a bicycle - so now that I have purchased a Tokyo bike (white, step through style) I’ve been in a pickle as to what helmet to wear (they are so UGLY) and while searching I found Yakkay, fantastic Danish design helmets with the options of purchasing different covers. I’ve purchase the Tokyo Blue Stripe cover, and it is SO CUTE.

oh, here is the site http://yakkay.com/

Waiting for lunch w MeerCat..
Details | Shades - Randolph Engineering | Shirt - RedEar | Pantaloons - Rapha x Paul Smith | Sneaks - Common Projects | Bici - Bianchi | WatchClock - G-Shock

Waiting for lunch w MeerCat..

Details | Shades - Randolph Engineering | Shirt - RedEar | Pantaloons - Rapha x Paul Smith | Sneaks - Common Projects | Bici - Bianchi | WatchClock - G-Shock

Another day on 2 wheels..
Niece & I riding to meet her Mom & Bruddah for b/fast followed with free wheeling time
MeerCat & I ride to look for a new lunch venue - otherwise we go to familiar territories

Another day on 2 wheels..

  1. Niece & I riding to meet her Mom & Bruddah for b/fast followed with free wheeling time
  2. MeerCat & I ride to look for a new lunch venue - otherwise we go to familiar territories

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The Hidden Alps from Rapha on Vimeo.

THE HIDDEN ALPS

Directed by Ben Ingham

Colle delle Finestre

  • Length: 18.6 km
  • Height gain: 1694m
  • Maximum gradient: 12%

On the photoshoot for the new Rapha Autumn/Winter range they took riders on to the steep, scarred and historic slopes of the Colle delle Finestre, the ‘Hill of Windows’. This climb, somewhat hidden beneath the reputations of other cols, is as tough as it is visually striking. The Piedmontese military engineered the roads here in the days before Italian unification, building a string of forts to safeguard the region.

The scene of the climax to the Giro d’Italia 2011, the Finestre first featured in the Tour of Italy in 2005, when Danilo Di Luca made light work of its difficult terrain and punishing gradient. Whether it’s tackled by a pro at the peak of a grand tour, or an amateur pushing themselves to the very limit, this climb is formidable.

Rugby x Pashley Tweed Run Bike

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On October 15th, Rugby Ralph Lauren will be bringing their very own Tweed Run into New York city where riders will don their traditional British cycling garb for a two-wheeled run through lower Manhattan. To celebrate this Rugby commissioned England’s longest established bicycle maker to create a limited edition run of 50 vintage-inspired bikes wrapped in the brand’s trademark colors

CINELLI - From one logo to another

* My first road bike was a Cinelli “Mecano”. Less than 800 made. I chose this over 5 years ago because of the geometry & the BOLD graphics.

** I will search my archives for some pics

 The original Cinelli logo, created by Cino Cinelli and used up until 1979, consists principally of two elements: the “biscione” and the “giglio”, both traditional heraldic symbols.  The “biscione” is the traditional symbol of Milan and  can represent either a snake giving birth to a child which would draw on the most ancient symbols of the fertility of the land, or the more heraldic interpretation of a snake eating a baby; the snake which will then be killed by a Knight of the Visconti family, governors of Milan from 1277 to 1447.  The “giglio” on the other hand is traditional crest of Florence, there is no certain known reason as to how this official image was born but it is thought that it is due to the florid abundance of flowers of the Iris Germanica type, from which the symbol draws inspiration, growing in the areas surrounding Florence .  Cino Cinelli, being Tuscan but working in Milan, combined the two elements for his headbadge, traditional heraldic imagery at the time, being the most common point of inspiration for bicycle headbadges; a reference to the bicycle’s historical role as usurper of the horse.

One of the first things Antonio Colombo did on taking over Cinelli in 1979 was to commission a new logo for the company.  Colombo felt that, at the time, all bicycle logos were similar (heraldic) and difficult to distinguish between one and the other.  He wanted a new logo that represented his design-orientated vision for the company.  A logo which would visually distinguish this, unique vision for the cycling industry.  He asked two young graphic designers, now internationally renown as amongst the finest of the era, to propose a new logo for the company.  These were Bob Noorda (who sadly passed away little more than a week ago) and Italo Lupi; the latter of whom’s contribution was eventually selected.

Lupi’s logo used as its foundation the Standard Bold typeface and modified the space between the letters to create an iconographic effect.  The outline of the C is, famously, winged, and according to Italo, when asked about this recently, inspired by very traditional British locomotive design, something which, to Lupi, seemed correct as reference point for a bicycle, just as the heraldic elements had seemed correct to Cino 30 years previously.  The pantone of the elements within the C has, according to Italo, no reference whatsoever to any cycling tradition or the world champion bands; that red, yellow and very particular “rotten” green also draw on historical British locomotive decorations; the fantastic enamels of trains of the 30s..

Italo’s collaboration with Cinelli continued well into the 80s, his great experience in not only logo design, but also placement (honed in many years as Artistic Director of Domus) being called upon in all variety of Cinelli products such as Laser posters, catalogues and apparel.  In 1983 he designed a new logo for Antonio Colombo’s famed Milanese bicycle stores (no longer in his ownership) “ GranCiclismo”, a logo which according to Colombo was “old style before old style was OK” and was thus later in part replaced by the design of Japanese fashion drawer Ko Yayima.

(Lupi´s original logo for GranCiclismo)

(Yayima´s later design for the store)

The “winged-C” now stands as one of Lupi’s most famous and iconic design logos and his graphic design and placement for the Cinelli flagship frame, the Supercorsa, has remained completely unchanged for more than 30 years making it the longest running production model in the history of road cycling.