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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Pashley Phantom Limited Edition

The Phantom, this study in chrome is a limited edition version of Pashley's enduring successful Roadster in gleaming chrome and featuring a Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub gears incorporating drum brakes front and rear and hub dynamo and lights. Contact points are taken care of by a super-sprung Brooks saddle and Pashley's own leather grip on swept back bars.

There are only eighty Phantoms available and they have been built to mark the company's 80th anniversary, although as Dan Farrell, Pashley's design manager admits no-one is entirely sure how old the company is, but the earliest head tube badge they can find dates from 1926 - so the anniversary edition is already a tad late. That said, at £995 they are shifting fast. The bike is UK made and built (including the chroming) and is available in one size only - 22.5in.

I took pictures at the same bike shop that had the Guvnor, but the Phantom was chained to the ceiling.

Be part owner in a Pro Cycling Team - Crowdriders!

What is CrowdRiders?
Crowdriders is an initiative to start a professional cycling team with an international crowd of 40.000 cycling enthusiasts. By paying an annual fee CrowdRiders’ members become owners and managers of this professional cycling team having a vote in all the major decisions affecting the cycling team. A team that will participate in some of the biggest and most famous races all over the world!
Among other things CrowdRiders will have a vote in which riders to attract, which races to ride, riders selection, who should be the sports director of the team and what should be the team’s (internal) anti-doping policy. Even the team’s jersey design will be democratically elected.
This approach will make it a truly crowd managed cycling team. YOUR professional cycling team!!

The goal
Crowdriders’ aims at starting in the 2010 season with an annual budget of 4 million euro which is higher than the very competitive and 2008 Tour de France participating teams of Barloworld and Agritubel.
Just above half of this annual budget will be gathered by means of 40.000 members from all over the world paying an annual 55 eur membership fee. This fee will make them co-owners and managers of the team having direct voting power in all the major decisions affecting the team. Bringing in 51% of the budget means the crowd is the majority stake holder and at all times will have control over the team’s management.
The other half of the budget will be financed by external shirt, material and website sponsors. They will get no decision power of any sort.

Show your support and register now
In the current initial phase CrowdRiders is looking for 40.000 cycling enthusiasts showing interest in owning and managing this pro cycling team.
As a cycling enthusiast you can become an aspiring CrowdRider, free of charge and of any further obligations, by registering your personal details in the left sidebar of this website. Only when 40.000+ people have registered, showing a strong support for this idea, we will start setting up a CrowdRiders pro cycling team and collecting membership fees!
But first we need 40.000 registered people! So come and be part of cycling history by registering today.

The special features of CrowdRiders
The features of this unique pro cycling team are among others:

Be one of the owners and managers of a pro cycling team; voting power for every member over a wide range of team decisions from rider’s signing and team selection, jersey design up to the team’s internal doping policy.
Your name on the official team’s jersey and tour bus (for more on this see the F.A.Q.)
Get an insiders view in the team through members only news feeds, video footage, riders interviews and more
See YOUR pro-cycling team on tv riding the biggest races around the world
Get access to the ‘team members only’ season opening and closing events
Possibility to ride with the pro riders of the CrowdRiders team during specially organized global member events
See your CrowdRiders team in races close to your living area as it is you who decides upon the team’s race calendar
And much much more…….(submit suggestions through our contact form)

To become part of the world’s first pro cycling team owned and managed by an international crowd of cycling fans you can now register yourself free of charge as an ‘aspriring CrowdRider’ by registering your details in the left sidebar of this website. By registering you are just telling us at that you love this idea and consider eventually becoming a full paying member, when 40.000+ CrowdRiders have registered themselves.
If you become an aspiring CrowdRider now you are in no way obliged to become a full member the moment CrowdRiders starts accepting payments.

become a team owner now!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Pashley Guvnor

Based on a Path Racer model made by the Company in the 1930s, the GUVNOR has a Classic style, but is equipped with modern components. It features a Pashley built Reynolds 531 diamond frame (in 20.5, 22.5 and 24.5* inch sizes), with relaxed style forks, Brooks B17 Titanium saddle, drop North Road handlebars - with leather grips, a single speed rear wheel, with 28 inch gold lined black alloy rims and light tyres being used front and back. The Guv'nor is also available as a 3 speed model.

The website is here...

When I was in Oxford UK last year I stopped at a bike shop and they had a Pashley Guvnor. I rode it around on the streets for a bit.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Detroit Rock City - NYTimes article

Bike Among the Ruins

Published: July 4, 2009

ONE night a little over a year ago, crossing Woodward Avenue, I crashed my bicycle. As I flew head over heels across Detroit’s main boulevard, I thought, well, in any other town, I’d be hitting a car right about now. But this being the Motor City, the street was deserted, completely motor-free.

While bike enthusiasts in most urban areas continue to have to fight for their place on the streets, Detroit has the potential to become a new bicycle utopia. It’s a town just waiting to be taken. With well less than half its peak population, and free of anything resembling a hill, the city and its miles and miles of streets lie open and empty, beckoning. And lately, whether it’s because of the economy or the price of gas or just because it’s a nice thing to do, there are a lot more bikers out riding.


Sunday, July 5, 2009

Ride to London 09 with Brett

We rode south on Cleveland and headed down to Broad. Broad over to F-ton and out West Town to Sullivant. Georgesville south to Norton and Akire. We rode through the Darby Metro Park and then onto Wilson road. The trailhead starts there and heads west to London. Then we rode around London to the next trailhead in preparation for the Camping Trip to Yellow Springs on August 8. Back down the trail to the east and then north on Wilson. Back up to West Broad and back into town. We did 68 miles and averaged 16.1mph. Great weather and ride. Thanks Brett!javascript:void(0)

Sweet Corn Ride - July 26, 2009

the site is here...

Got a folding bike? Race it!

BWC IV: Entry now open!

The 4th Brompton World Championship will be held on Sunday 4th October 2009 at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire.

The Brompton World Championship will again be held as part of the Bike Blenheim Palace event; after a successful collaboration in 2008, both parties were keen to join forces again and work together on this year’s event. Paul Orsi, Events Manager at Blenheim Palace, explained: “The two events share many common values, not least the desire for excellence and fun in sporting endeavours."

The Brompton World Championship is in its fourth successive year, its second in the UK; the first two races were held in Barcelona, Spain. The Championship will again be larger and better than the one that went before, and to reflect this, the field has been opened up to another 100 competitors, bringing the total number of entrants to 600. Places will be awarded on a first come first served basis, but in the light of the increased numbers, we will introduce a system of self-selected streaming, based on anticipated race times.

The Brompton World Championship is not merely a mass participation ride; it is a race, registered with British Cycling, with participants timed while completing a set number of laps over a specified course.

The 2009 event will be held over the same circuit as the 2008 race, comprising 2 laps of a 6.5km course; this will give last year’s participants the opportunity to beat the time they set over the same course last September, and maybe to beat the times set by BWC III winner, Alistair Kay, and Tour of Spain winner, Roberto Heras!

The course takes in many of the key landmarks of this World Heritage site, so even if you aren’t hell bent on coming first there will be plenty to keep you occupied. Alistair Kay, winner of the Brompton World Championship 2008, dubbed the event: ‘a fantastically eccentric British day out’.

Rules for the event are pretty straightforward; helmets are a must, as are a blazer or suit jacket, collared shirt and tie. Sports attire is not permitted, unless it is hidden by the approved kit! There is a prize for the best-dressed, so competitors are encouraged to make an effort. Katharine Horsman, BWC organiser, commented: “There were some extremely good costumes last year: Evil Kineval, a few morning suits, and some beautifully decorated bicycles; but my personal favourite was the gentleman dressed as a gorilla wearing a suit!”

Prizes will be awarded for the fastest male, female, junior (12 – 18), veteran (male & female 50+) and team competitors.

The deadline for registration is Sunday 20th September 2009. Full details may be found on the Brompton website: