El Capitane by: Stevie Gee - Deathspray customs - Tour de Ville

El Capitane by: Stevie Gee - Deathspray customs - Tour de Ville

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

New shop pictures

After people had been asking us I realized that we didn't actually have that many pictures of our shop on the website. Luckily John Autry and his pal visited our shop recently (all the way from the U.S.A.) and took some very nice pictures.

Find all of them here.

So if you haven't visited our place yet or if you live on the other side of the globe (I'm talking about you here Andy White) this is your chance to check us out.

I must say that some of them reminded me an awful lot of this:


I've recently spent a great deal of time on www.velobase.com

"your vintage cycling database" or in their own words:

"The goal of VeloBase.com is to provide a comprehensive database of vintage cycling knowledge for reference during everything from restorations to general maintenance to researching the cycling history through the equipment of the time. All of the content on the site was added by its members, truly making it the cycling community's database."

Off course there are others like Classic Rendezvous, Wooljersey (temporarily down) and Bulgier.net but I've found Velobase the easiest to use so far.

The catalog of parts is pretty comprehensive and it will allow you to really start nerding out about the correct model / type / year of your vintage bike build.


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Helmets do save Lives !

We don't mean to drag that old cow out of the ditch again, besides we don't even sell helmets, but they do save lives.

Here are two stunning recent examples that especially highlight the fact that being confident, experienced and able on the public road doesn't always mean you won't need one.

Pro cyclists generally don't come any more experienced than 37 year old German Jens Voigt. Luckily he is ok but look what happened at 55 mph.

This story is just so out there we don't even know what to say....

Just remember to watch out for firefighters and bumps in the road.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Stephan Vanfleteren does Mt. Ventoux at night

Belgian photographer Stephan Vanfleteren moves through the Belgian cycling world like a modern day Robert Frank.

A selection of his work was on display in London in 2007 at the Honduras gallery. A lot of that work can also be viewed on his website.

For the Belgian Tour de France tv show 'Vive Le Tour' Vanfleteren wanted to cycle up the Mt. Ventoux, at night.

Intrigued by the moment that darkness turns into light again he wanted to arrive at the top by dawn.

Watch the video short here.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Tour de Ville in August issue Procycling

Tour de Ville features in this months (August) issue of ProCycling.

To settle the debate once and for all they have teamed up with Francais de Jeux's sport physiologist Fred Grappe to measure the difference between a vintage road bike and the modern day equivalent.

We supplied them with a vintage Pinarello Super Record to be tested by 6 top French riders.

For the results of the test go:

New bikes

We've got 2 new complete bikes on offer here at Tour de Ville.

A very nice Gazelle from the early eighties with a full Shimano Dura Ace group set and a Colnago Team Wordperfect replica with a Suntour groupset. The Colnago was ridden by the Dutch Wordperfect team from the early nineties. They only sponsered the team for 1 year and after that the sponsering was taken over by Rabobank.

Gazelle: £ 895,-
Colnago: £ 795,-

Mont Ventoux

The legendary Mont Ventoux, being described in literature as "the road to hell" as early as the 14th century, will be the final of this years Tour de France. The yellow jersey seems pretty much taken but the places 2/5 in the GC are in for a serious reshuffle.

To get in the mood, here's a nice documentary about the famous climb and it's history.

A combination of Dutch and French but well worth watching even if it's just for the amazing images and historic footage.

Besides the historic footage there's also an interview with Eddy Merckx.

For everybody who wants to watch Saturday's stage live there will be a screening at the Haggerston bar. Details can be found in an earlier July entry.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Exit the Killer

Exit for Danilo Di Luca after a positive test for Cera during this years Giro D'Italia which he finished second after Denis Menchov.

Now it's only a matter of time until we will see Alberto Contador in a similar Jesus pose...

Rotterdam FixedGear

The guys from the Maas-city visited London just when I was in Holland.....

Damn, sorry we missed each other guys.

For everybody else who missed them, you can read their report here <--

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Rigida DP18

Some pictures of our new Rigida DP18 rims.

Aren't they shiney!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

4. Internationales Festival des Fahrrad videos

Bicycle- & Filmfans!

We call on all cyclists and movie makers: Send your films to the 4th
International Cycling Video Festival in Herne, Germany! We are looking
for inventive, political, ecological, humorous, sportive, artful (or
whatever) movie shorts about cycling and more. There are rather few

- Entries must be linked with cycles or cycling

- running time should not extend twenty minutes

- all films must be sent by DVD.

The best film will clean up the award Goldene Kurbel - "Golden
Crank", the most important film award according to cycling films!

Entry deadline is August 15, 2009.

The Festival takes place at 2nd of October 2009, its venue is the
former machine works and now cultural centre "Flottmannhallen" in
Herne, Ruhrgebiet, Germany.




"The bicycle has a soul" (Mario Cipollini)


4th International Cycling Video Festival

2nd to 4th of October 2009 | Germany | Herne | Flottmannhallen


Contact data

Schloss Wielert | Im Wielert 10

DE 44807 Bochum | Germany

info@cyclingfilms.de | http://www.cyclingfilms.de

New rims

We've come back from our most recent trip with a very wide selection of nos rims.

Big choice in machined and un-machined rims, mainly clincher.

Highlights are the Mavic CXP 30 and 33 and the Rigida Smooth Polished vintage DP18s.

Variety of models is a bit to wide to list here but we'll try and upload some pictures in the next couple of days.

If you want to be quick just visit our shop.

Spotted in the wild

Gazelle 10 speed

Recently we have been building up some vintage nos frame sets with new modern components.

Here's a really nice Gazelle that rolled out to one of our customers.

Ventoux stage screening

Central London CTC invite you to watch the Ventoux stage of Le Tour on
Saturday 25th July at The Haggerston, 438 Kingsland Rd, E8 4AA (corner
with Richmond Rd).
From 1pm, coverage starts 2pm.
Limited off street bike parking - it's Dalston, you need The Big
Lock. Near Dalston Overland, various buses.
Coffee, beer, soft drinks, locally caught bagels.