The modern ‘wallet’ tourer – spotted

Spotted in Switzerland near the Gotthard Tunnel. We had pulled off the motorway as all the cars were queued and didn’t look like they were going to be moving. With 2 tired girls in the car I pulled off looking for somewhere to camp, after a fruitless search and turning down two ‘Osteria’ on the grounds they were overpriced and really just third world in quality we stumbled across a small Best Western Ski-lodge hotel. Clean rooms and a good shower.

In the morning I spotted this gent and his wife at breakfast and wondered how he kept his lean physique as he tucked into his 6th piece of bread. Coming outside as we were leaving I realised – they were ‘wallet touring’ carrying little and stopping at hotels and lodges on their travels.

Like I said this chap was with his wife but she is excluded from the photo on the snobbish line that her bike fails to make the mention grade ….

He was riding a lovely Seven Titanium bike specced up with standard campag kit. Love the look of the gloves and what looks like Brooks leather bar tape. Sadly only had time for one photo then we were winging our way north…

Klein denuded and pimped as retro street bike


tr.v. de·nud·edde·nud·ingde·nudes

1. To divest of covering; make bare.

In a time where everyone on the street is riding fixies and it is becoming more and more difficult to keep that cool street chic going. A whole industry is catering for those desperate to be individual, it reminds me of that great writing in Monty Python’s LIFE OF BRIAN (paraphrasing)

Brian: “Look, you’ve got it all wrong! You don’t need to follow me…
You’ve got to think for yourselves! You’re allindividuals!”
Crowd: “Yes! We’re all individuals!”
Brian: “You’re all different!”
Crowd: “Yes! We’re all different!”
Man: “I’m not.”
Crowd: “Shhh!”

So take that with a pinch of salt and looking at my own stock decided to use my lovely Klein as a town bike. It’s been a singlespeed for a while with 2 seperate wheelsets a 32:16 for offroad and a 32:14 for road use.

What better bike could you have for the city? One that has fairly slick tyres for speed and has volume and robust components that allow you to smack kerb drops, self-damage yourself but not the bike in potholes.

It stands out – 2 people today commented on the bike….

What bike do you own that you could pimp up yourself? Let me know and send me a pic ….


Travels with my Brompton

Recently traveled back from the middle east and used the brompton hard case to transport the bike back. I must be paranoid because I always think baggage handlers will see the case as just a problem to be broken (quite literally). FRAGILE stickers almost seem to be an incentive for them to add on afterwards ‘….. Yes it was’ but still I thought it may help so I got a few extra stickers and plastered them all over the case. This bag actually has to two locks and a velcro strap which helps strap the case together. I never bothered locking the case just in case the customs people wanted to join the Break-a-case crowd.
So one small flight followed by 2 Emirates flights and I waited by the carousel in glasgow to pick it up. I also picked up my emails and read as a colleague hoped that the case made it as he saw it in Kuwait…..
Luckily it had without too much scuffing. Now it’s back in glasgow and will go back to being commute bike for jaunts to work as well as my daughters school run when they cycle in. Will also know have the chance to replace the broken spoke and re-oil the brooks B17 saddle, as despite 1000+miles under my arse it is yet to indent properly to my sit bones. Yet another reason to buy a Brooks saddle secondhand. In fact have a spare SH brooks swallow I bought on flea-bay that I might swap out with.

Traveled anywhere with your bike lately?

Cinelli Skate Shoes


Collaboration with legendary Italian cycling company. Improved CT-C technology: now with dual stiffners for less flex. Custom hidden tongue panel that also serves as a lace protector. Cinelli branded foxing label, tongue label, and sock liner. Reflective foxing tape stripe, heel label, heel tab, and flag label. Classic Cinelli inspired colorways. Cinelli and Italian colors on lace aglets and heel embroidery detail. Super soft and comfortable full grain leather. Hidden Cinelli Vigorelli smiley face under tongue lace protector. High abrasion rubber outsole. Lower profile foxing tape height.

Sunday Special – dreambike

For the Richard Dawkins lovers a bike to make you happy……

Reynolds Steel of a different variety

From the Kenobi Bikes Obywan Pursuit . Pretty funny Reynolds rip “Made in Hell”. 
Hell for your back!





A fantastic bike on eBay – Lynskey sexy titanium

Lynskey Cooper Titanium Road Bike 2010


Lynskey Cooper Titanium Road Bike 2010

Item condition: Used
Time left: 19h 3m 17s (11 Apr, 201115:19:00 BST)
History: 3 offers
Price: £1,850.00


Item specifics

Used: An item that has been previously used. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully … Read more
Type: Racing Bike
Brake Type: V Type Frame Size: 52 cm
Wheel Size: 700C Gender/ Age: Unisex Adults’
Frame Material: Titanium Brand: Lynskey
Frame Colour: Silver Suspension: No Suspension