Anybody’s Bike Book
May 20, 2012, 8:46 pm
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Recently while cleaning out our wood shop at work a friend found this old copy of Anybody’s Bike Book and he kindly dropped it on my desk as a gift. This classic bike book written by the late Tom Chuthbertson and illustrated most excellently by Rick Morrall was originally published by 10 Speed Press in 1971. This book was actually the first book published by 10 Speed Press out of Berkley CA and was the inspiration for the press’s name.

Despite the cover being pretty rough and smelling like a wet oak barrel from being around cut wood too long the pages inside are in pretty good shape. Written as a guide for fixing bike, its intent was to demystify for the average Joe the art of maintaining and repairing one’s own bike, “Bicycles are not monstrous machines which only wizards can understand.” The book pretty much covers all one needs to know about bikes, at least at the time which it was written, everything from advice on what type of bike to buy to how to service your rear derailleur.

Great book , if you find a copy pick it up. Rest of the images can be found here.

Winter Ride
February 6, 2012, 8:49 pm
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Went for a winter ride with my brother a few weeks back. We rode the woods of our formative years, the trails we learned how to ride on and which we know by memory.  It was good to breath deeply some winter air and to loosen the legs muscles, for spring is just around the corner and there will be more riding to do. One shouldn’t wait for spring to get back into the saddle.

Breaking Away
April 28, 2011, 7:17 pm
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Part coming of age story part bicycle race thriller, Breaking Away is the story of Dave Stoller from Indiana who is both obsessed with bicycle culture and all things Italian. Disillusioned and with no immediate plans upon graduation from high school him and his friends come together to form a make shift team, The Cutters,  to race in the Little 500 bike race.

Now I know I am a bit late to the party, but having recently seen this film for the first time I have to say its probably on of The Wildwood’s favorite bike films. The film stars Dennis Christopher, Daniel Stern, Jackie Earle Haley, and a very young Dennis Quaid. Directed by Peter Yates who passed away this past January, who also directed Bullitt with Steve McQueen among other films. If you havent already, do yourself a favor and see this one.

If you want a great review of this film and of Peter Yates check out this story from NPR. The story also includes some other great clips from the film that I couldn’t post here.

Philly Bike Expo
November 2, 2010, 6:56 am
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I visited my brother in Philly this past weekend and while I was there was fortunate enough to catch the Philly Bike Expo. Maybe not as large as the NAHBS, however it still was a great show and definitely had a hometown crowd feel to the event.

Banjo Bikes

There were some beautiful bikes there. Bilenky had quite a large presence along with other hometown favorites like Dirt Rag. Other Philly folks were there like Art in the Age. They were there giving out samples of their spirits, Root and Snap, providing a nice warm feeling to start viewing some sweet bikes.

Worksman Cycles collaboration with Pendelton

A.N.T. Bikes

Gallus Cycles

Not my best photography, but if you want to see the rest they are here.

A Ride
April 8, 2010, 6:04 pm
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Left work early and took the old rig out for a ride today…saw two white tail deer.

Handmade Bicycles
March 1, 2010, 8:42 pm
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This past weekend A Mystery in Common front man Tristan and I went to the North American Hand-Made Bicycle show in Richmond VA. The event which is in its sixth year was to our luck in the land of Virginia, the home of  WildWood, this time around. The bikes at this show were truly amazing pieces of art and as a whole the event was an overwhelming eyeful of bike porn.

Bilenky, A.N.T, Velo Orange, Don Walker…anyone who is anyone in handmade bikes in the US was there. I have never seen and wanted so many bikes before. Unfortunately due to the place being pack with to the brim with folks and a poor lens choice for the event, I walked away with some bad pics, but here are some of the better ones.

Last photo in this set is a picture of Bilenky himself sitting behind one of his beautiful creations. A few more pics here, and better pictures found here.

Bilenky Cycle Works
October 28, 2009, 8:45 pm
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If you like beards and bikes then you should know about Bilenky Cycle Works. Stephen Bilenky, the company’s namesake has been making beautiful handcrafted cycles since 1983. Before the current fad with commuter bikes Bilenky recognized the need for simple utilitarian 2 wheel creations and has been serving up beautiful bikes since.

Just a taste of their creations…

The Porteur

The MetroLuxe

All Bilenky’s are custom made and specific to the individual rider. If I am so lucky one day I will upgrade to one of these beautiful machines. Images courtesy of Bilenky.

Le Tour
July 21, 2009, 10:01 am
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Haven’t been able to watch as much of the tour this summer as I’d like to. In the past  I have spent many summer days lying around listening to the voice of Phil Liggett and Bob Roll as they spew inane facts about the riders and the country side of France. I guess I will have to catch up on the race in the re-runs this evening.

Found some great photos from Brent Humphreys at Project Le Tour. They provide a slightly less seen view of the race and the spectators that show up to watch. One day instead of watching in front of my television perhaps I can go to Le Tour…

Go ride yer bike
June 29, 2009, 8:33 pm
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I dont ride bmx but this video is pretty great

Raleigh Professional
June 12, 2009, 8:54 am
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This past weekend I came upon this bike at a yard sale. When I saw it I knew I wasn’t going to leave without it. While I wasn’t familiar with the Raleigh Professional I could see that the bike had all Campagnolo parts including brakes. There was an old Brooks saddle on it as well which I immediately swapped onto my track bike.

I offered the seller $50, he agreed. So after getting it home I began to make plans for transforming it into more of a daily commuter bike. I had been looking for an old Raleigh 3 speed for awhile and figured this could take form into something similar. However after consulting my bike mechanic on how I might begin to transform the bike I learned the true value of this ride.

After some quick searching around the interwebs I found that this bike as it is, unmolested, can fetch almost two grand! And so I feel a sense of responsibility not to modify this bike, sell it to someone who wants to restore it, and have enough cash to buy a 3 speed and still have a bunch-o-cash left in my pocket. So as sad as it might be to let this beautiful bike go, it belongs with someone who will truely care for it and restore it to its original glory.