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Things that happened before I was born.

Bike Parts, Gear, History, Vintage

Brooks Climax Saddle


“Sways with every thrust, giving greater reach and power to the rider.” The Brooks Climax saddle from the 1800s was the first saddle to use a cut-out to relieve pressure on those sensitive areas. There are still many opinions about whether or not this style of cut-out is beneficial. Proper saddle positioning and shape are certainly the most important factors in my opinion, but I have talked to many people who swear by saddles with a cut-out. Everyone’s body is unique, I guess you could say different strokes for different folks.

Brooks currently offers a line of saddles with cut-outs reminiscent of their saddles from days past. Check out the line of Brooks Imperial saddles. Personally I think they should have stuck with “Climax”, after all sex sells right?

art, Bicycle, History, Photography

A Cycling Lexicon

This looks incredible.  Headbadges have long been a favorite part of the bicycle for me.   They remind me of the figureheads on tallships.  I remember how cool it was that the headbadge on my old Schwinn cruiser was screwed into the head tube, with two tiny little screws.  A little detail that made it seem like they took pride in their work.

Now there is A Cycling Lexicon:  An A-Z of bicycle headbadges collected by a professor of biology in Michigan, curated and designed by Carter Wong design. Available HERE

Christmas is coming up if anybody is looking for a gift for me…

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Bicycle Racing, Cyclocross, Film/video, History, Media

1960 Cyclocross Race

Here is some rad footage of a cyclocross race from 1960. It appears this is a video of a video being screened in the 90s and commented on. The commentary is priceless too, at least the parts I can understand. “The lad in the front in red used to be head of the cheese counter”.

Bicycle, Bicycle Racing, History, Media

100 Years of Tour de France in Photos

The 100th running of the Tour de France concluded on Sunday, a race like none other. It is considered by many to be the most prestigious sporting event of all time. Countries have risen and fallen, wars have been lost and won but the Tour de France has stood the test time. A picture is worth a thousand word right? So I thought I would share a few images from the 100 years of the epic race that has engraved in our minds both heroes and villains, brought us tales of great victories and crushing defeats.

These images, and many more here and here. And of course some history from the official Tour de France website here.