Phil is amongst our riders with his own blog he uses to regularly communicate his journey with cycling, he had a challenging 2013 especially with a shoulder injury that wiped out most of his cross season prohibiting him riding the Rosko we featured here. Thankfully he channeled his energies into building up this awesome Somec. More here.
No Quarter Bikes of Leicester might be the new guys in town but they bring together a fully symphony of services…
Based in the heart of Leicestershire, United Kingdom, we are based in a small but buzzing workshop where we do everything in-house, from wheel-building to paint-work, all the way through the graphic design, it’s all done in the same place, making sure we can keep everything at the highest quality, for those who accept nothing less. Every member of our team has over 30 years of experience in their field; our wheel-builder has build wheels for team Raleigh, our painter has painted vintage F1 cars, our mechanic has worked alongside Tour De France mechanics.
We are unique because we offer this custom service through every medium of the bike from start to finish. Have your custom frame, custom paint and custom wheels, topped off with carefully selected components, filling your bicycle dreams.
To illustrate this James and the team took on the following project with exceptional results…
The bike is a 1970s British built track frame. It was completely rusted when we got it and a real mess. I originally purchased it through a online forum knowing it was bad (we where looking for something pretty bad to start with, but this was awful!). We acid-dipped the frame and gave it a cool 2 tone paint-job, plumb crazy on the left, lilac on the right. We then added spin-drift metal flake and gold-leaf which was all done by hand, topped off with a super gloss lacquer. The built is NJS inspired using nearly all japanese track components. I think it works really well.
I’ve ogled this frame over the last few Cross Races, I think the graphics are spot on. Its now availble in a complete race package including a set of pit wheels… for a lot of money. More here.
Meanwhile on the other side of the manufacturing spectrum. Stanridge Speed have moved into phase 2 of the HSP construction using the Ohio badged Columbus tubing. First of it’s kind was Shawn Remy’s of which you can see more here.
Once again The Cycle Show returned to the NEC Birmingham this past weekend and like every year I took the short drive down the M42 to see what goodies were on display. This year’s event was by far the busiest one I’ve been too since the Cycle Show was reintroduced to the midland’s venue 3 years ago. With the well documented success of British Cycling over the last 12 months within many disciplines, it was little surprise to see such an influx of people attending the event this year. Thankfully there was plenty of products for the attendants cast their eyes at.
Again, I was more an happy to help out my friends here at The 5th Floor with some shots I got from the day and a write up.
The CondorSuper Acciaio gets lighter with Columbus Partnership. That is right, the latest incarnation of steel race bike from Condor revamped and lightened for 2014 race season. I love this frame and have had my eyes on it for a while, especially now that has improved even more. For those of you that don’t know Acciaio is the Italian for “steel” and all Condor’s steel frames are built in their factory in northern Italy and painted just down the road before coming to London.
“Originally released at the 2011 Cycle Show, the Condor Super Acciaio was the first steel race bike available for retail featuring an oversized head tube and bottom bracket. The bike was extensively tested in 2010 and 2011 by Rapha Condor Sharp riders (now Rapha Condor JLT). Condor returned to that tried and tested research format and created a better version of the frameset set for release this autumn. The prototype frames were first tested in a factory environment in December 2012 before various incarnations were passed to former pro rider, Tom Southam, and Rapha Condor JLT lead rider, Kristian House, for review, while Rapha Condor JLT sprinter, James McCallum, used a version of the new Super Acciaio during the 2013 Tour Series. The latest incarnation retains the tapered bottom bracket and the frame is now 200g lighter and uses a carbon fork which is 50g lighter than the previous model. The new frame most importantly still offers a unique smooth and responsive ride, according to senior riders of the Condor co-owned pro cycling team.”
Make sure you head over to the Cycle Show this week to check the 2014 Super Acciaio and many other bikes from Condor. For now head over to Condor’s blog for more information about Super Acciaio including Tom Southam’s thoughts on returning to riding steel.