Nov 30, 2011

Power of the Rainbow Jersey

Mr. Goodwood Rifle-Shot

With the 1982 World Championship Road Race won (by a rifle shot), Beppe Saronni set his sites towards his first Monument... The Tour of Lombardy.

The power of the rainbow jersey can be seen in full flight in this video!

Saronni unmistakable on his Colnago Master!

Nov 28, 2011

Pillars of French Cycling


Time, Look, TVT, FDJ, Europcar, Hinault, Fignon, Bobet, Anquetil, Paris-Roubaix, Tour de France, Hutchinson...

The cycling world can thank the French for panache, the perfect word to describe French style. If it sounds a tad on the pretentious side, perhaps it is. I'm grateful for the French contribution to cycling forever evolving, changing and staying the same.

Here's a wonderful video from Peloton, in fact, there's a Canadian element. Two of my favorite riders; Dominique Rollin (FDJ) and David Veilleux (Europcar) are here on their careful preparation and aftermath of last year's Paris-Roubaix.

Vive le France!

Nov 26, 2011

A Canadian in Belgium

Two Flandrians...
Steve Bauer  & Eddy Planckaert relaxed over the cobbles.

As I sit back after a hectic day 3 of Make It, I'm so pleased of the very positive response from our new and returning customers.

I'm humbled that a customer from last year's show returned back to purchase three more of my cyclingart postcards and asked if I had larger prints to offer. I mentioned to him that it can be arranged.

I met Cam, who is a kindred spirit, a lover of cycling, owner of Italian steel (Rossin) and a real true enthusiast of the sport. It must've been his Campagnolo Record gruppo t-shirt that gave it away. We had a nice chat of his trip, last year, to watch the big three cobble classics: Paris-Roubaix, Tour of Flanders and Ghent Wevelgem. He said it was so amazing to watch Cancellara fly up the Muur being chased by Boonen.

And we talked after he bought one of my postcard's depicting Steve Bauer in Paris-Roubaix of his daring ride to an epic finish against Eddy Planckaert.

It was no surprised that Steve Bauer loved Roubaix. He was stocky and strong, made for the cobbles. When he turned professional, Roubaix was the raced he loved and he made his home in Belgium. In 1988 he finished eighth, a solid result enough to give him the confidence to one day win it.

In 1990, Bauer was there gliding over the cobbles believing and making it happen only to lose by a centimeter by Planckaert.

Then, Cam said while he was in one of Belgium's cobble classic races, he mentioned he was Canadian and some locals said one name, of course out of deep respect... "Steve Bauer."

Nov 25, 2011

Make It Pics

Carolle made the Bike sign,
love it!

Here's a few pics from Carolle from day 1 (nite that is) of the Make It Show. This has to be one of my favorite shows. Vendors are super nice and friendly and the customer response has been very good.

Sorry gotta go today is the longest day, we'll be there for 10 hours!

Mo & I

The Bar is right beside us, I don't know
how long I can resist!

Nov 23, 2011

And without further ado...

With the help from Cyrille Guimard...
Lucien Van Impe wins the 1976 Tour!

I'll be away (temporary) from blogging, selling our Galstudio cycling caps and accessories at the hip Make it Show, here in Vancouver. 

The handmade show starts Thursday, Nov. 24 until Sunday, Nov. 27 but then again, you never know I may surprise you with a post.

So, without further's Lucien Van Impe with Cyrille Guimard to astound and entertain you all with feats of acrobatics and accordion music!

Nov 22, 2011

Cycling Cap Love

The classy Sir Laurence Olivier...
avec classic cycling cap!

As you know, cycling caps is one of my favorite items of clothing to make and wear. Carolle and I are all about it and we're excited to be in the Make It Show this week (Nov 24-27). We're prepping for this huge handmade show and we will have plenty of our famous handmade cycling caps for sale. Of course, not to mention our rubber inner tube pouches, cases, cozy's and wallets... too!

So, come one come all to meet us and buy our fine cycling caps and recycled rubber inner tube accessories ... make it at the Make It Show!

Nov 20, 2011

Thinking of the Off Season

Fiorenzo Magni getting ready for a training ride.
Note the spare tyre in the bottle cage, fenders for 
the foul weather and classic wool knickers!

The cycling season is over and most riders have elected to ease off the bike or just stop for a much needed break.

Now, if you're fortunate enough to live in an area where you can avoid the nasty weather conditions (ie snow), then you've got it made. So continuing to ride, to keep the much needed fitness level up, is the perfect off season tonic.

Today was -2C dry and happily snow free, in Vancouver. I couldn't go out for a ride but I did watch as a group of two wheel hearty souls rode by my front window for a chilly morning training ride. How I wish I could do the same only that this is our busiest time of the season, that means work before pleasure.

But there are exceptions. With the recent news of Yaroslav Popvych back to November training, a month earlier than usual to peak for Paris-Roubaix is ... a rare breed. He plans to help Cancellara win and get a good result. Now that's commitment.

As I sit. pondering when I can fit in a couple of hours for a ride, I can smile that someone, somewhere is out there pounding the pavement with their two wheeled partner.

At this point, just thinking of my next ride ...makes me happy!

Nov 19, 2011

The Locomotive

Léon Scieur ...
The Locomotive.
From the excellent book, Maillot Jaune 
by Jean Paul Olivier

There was a Belgian train moving fast in the 1921 Tour.

No one could catch him. His name was Léon Scieur.

Scieur was a close friend to compatriot, Firmin Lambot. He started racing at the age of twenty-two, and 11 years later started his 5th Tour de France. Scieur was a protégé of Lambot. and Lambot had introduced Scieur into professional cycling. What are friends for?

Both men were a by product of their land, they were former labourers from the tough Flemish Ardennes. The early twenties was the domain of the Belgian riders of the Tour: Lambot won in 1919/1922 and Philippe Thys in 1920.

The thirty-three year old Scieur was no different, as he held back challengers claiming the yellow jersey after the second stage and keeping it to win the race. French rider Honoré Barthélemy appropriate said, "When Scieur rides in his gear of 5.20 meters (gearing of 45 X 18), it's like having a locomotive in front of you!"

No stopping this train.

Nov 17, 2011

The Tailor of Milan

Dave Stohler avec Masi

Do you remember Dave Stohler, in the famous 1979 movie Breaking Away, on a Ferrari red Masi?

It's one of my all time favorite movies. Dave had a love affair for bicycle racing identifying with the Italian culture. So many memorable scenes: drafting behind a semi-trailer truck, riding against the Cinzano team (getting a pump in the spokes), and riding the Little 500 bicycle race.

Disciple's of Masi
Merckx, 1968
(Jack Claaseen)

Falerio Masi, the founder of Cicli Masi, was a craftsman so skill in frame building he earned the title of ...."The Tailor". He Tailored each bike to the individual needs of each rider.

His bicycles were so well made, many legendary bicycle racers traveled to Milan for his steel wonders. He made his wonderful bikes from Reynolds 531 and Columbus steel. Cicli Masi was located below the Vigorelli velodrome in Milan. The list of names is a Who's Who of great champions... Fiorenzo Magni, Learco Guerra, Gastone, Nencini, Louison Bobet, Fausto Coppi, Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Rik Van Looy, Roger Riviere, Vittorio Adorni, Felice Gimondi, Frederico Bahamontes, Jose Manuel Fuente, Tom Simpson, Ferdinand Bracke... just to name a few.

Contractual obligations prevented some from having Masi on their frames. Coppi rode a Bianchi but it really was a Masi. Van Looy's Masi said "Superia". And, Merckx's Peugeot and Faema bike was pure Masi.

In 1972, Masi moved his company to Carlsbad California, sold the Cicli Masi name and trademark to American investors. And what about Dave's catchy Ferrari red Masi? It was a Gran Critierium!


Van Looy

Magni & Coppi rode Masi's

Nov 14, 2011

The Badger

"As Long as I live and breathe, I attack."

Happy 57th birthday to Bernard Hinault.

Nov 12, 2011

Pou Pou

Bloodied hero

Raymond Poulidor rode 14 Tours and finished 12, second place three times and third place five times. An amazing record in itself and he never once wore the yellow jersey.

In 1973 he almost lost his life careening down the Col de Portet d'Aspet falling into a ravine. Jacques Goddet, the race director, helped pull him out. Pou Pou abandoned.

Nov 9, 2011

Brotherhood of the Stache: Eric Van Lancker

Eric Van Lancker gets my nod for the 
Brotherhood of the Stache!
(Guy Dedieu)

I was researching the 1989 Amstel Gold Race about Steve Bauer and Claude Criquielion and discovered this excellent but short video of the race.

Not to take anything from the fine solo win by Belgium Eric Van Lancker, the race for second was a sprint royale between to old foes from the eighties. Not soon as Van Lancker crossed the line for a brilliant victory, Bauer and Criquielion found themselves, once again in familiar territory. 

This time Criquielion outlasting Bauer, each rider was exceptionally strong at the finish. And as Movember is in full swing... a great image of Eric Van Lancker in full stache 1980's style with Team Fangio!

Bauer vs Criquielion

Nov 7, 2011

The last 3 remaining Brits

Stylin' with the Brits winter cap in Movember.

Working with 100% wool has been a revelation.

Our handmade Brits winter cycling cap is made of 100% wool. And we originally thought that working with this fiber would be difficult. What is usually associated with wool is shrinkage and pilling (when the wool mats together due to friction from washing). Our secret is to wash the wool fabric gently by HAND and press it. This extra step prevents any further shrinkage so you can confidently hand wash your sweaty cap.

This is our first 100% wool cap made. And by the excellent and overwhelming feedback from our customers we are pleased to announce that we will be working more with 100% wool and other natural fibers.

I love the Brits cap so much I had to bargain with Carolle for my own (above image). Wool is a rare natural fibre that will retain it's warmth even when damp. So I plan to sweat in mine.

If you're quick, you too can have a Brits winter cycling cap. In fact, I have only 3 left.

Here's the most recent comment from a new Brits winter cap owner...

A great-fitting, beautifully-made cap from beautiful material. The addition of the 'British Woolens' label is a classy touch. Credit to Richard and Carolle for preserving and promoting the classic cycling cap amidst the increasing ubiquity of the baseball cap.
Stuart, UK.

Read more of what our customers have to say about all of our caps

Nov 5, 2011

Brotherhood of the Stache: Jeff Bernard

Banesto Stache
(Eric Houdas)

Jean-François Bernard was placed in the uncomfortable position to be heir to Bernard Hinault.

That's tons of pressure for any rider acclaimed as the next great French cycling star. As it was, Jeff Bernard raise the bar ever closer by wearing the maillot jaune and winning two stages, both time trials, in the 1987 Tour de France. That's the dreaded Mont Ventoux time trial where he put in a pure power performance his face masked in pain and courage to win from climber, Lucho Herrera (second at 1'39"). He finished a brilliant third overall behind Stephen Roche and Pedro Delgado. Perhaps he was destined for the coveted title of successor to the Badger.

Early Toshiba stache...
Bernard churning a huge gear to win.
1987 Tour de France.

But things changed for Jeff Bernard. In the 1988 Giro he crashed in a tunnel injured his back and abandoned the race after winning three stages. Then a knee operation that required months of recuperation was the beginning of the end and his leadership role of the 1988-1990 Toshiba team was on tender hooks with very few wins.

In 1991 he joined Banesto, not as a leader, but a domestique to Miguel Indurain and Pedro Delgado. Bernard was comfortable in the less pressurized role as worker helping Indurain to Tour victories.

In a 1993 L'Equipe interview Bernard said, "I'll never be leader. I can't be someone that you can count on 100 percent and if you ask that of me, I lose half my power."

As Movember (pls donate here) continues, Jeff Bernard gets my nod as a member of the brotherhood of the stache remembered not as a leader but a highly, talented hard worker.

Nov 3, 2011

Badger Privileges

The Black Badger
Fabulous World of Cycling-1983 Season

Bernard Hinault won the 1983 Fleche Wallonne dominating the race wearing a special jersey.

It's hard not to be captivated by the impressive results of the Badger. It's hard not to put down Richard Moore's equally captivating book, Slaying The Badger.

Hinault already won the 1979 Fleche Wallonne, and the Badger was claws at the ready controlling the race from start to win at the end in Huy.

Interestingly the picture is Hinault wearing a black Renault jersey, making him look more lethal and aggressive. I've posted a video of the race and notice LeMond and Madiot both wearing the normal striped jersey. And, note the Badger logo's on his hairnet, Cinelli stem and headtube badge.

The Badger's special privileges!

Nov 1, 2011

Kicking Horse Coffee: Getting My Kicks

I opened the box and entered Kicking Horse Coffee nirvana!

Kicking Horse Coffee is a reason to start your day off with ...a kick.

I want to thank them for sending me a sample can of their dark roast Kick Ass (love the name) whole bean coffee. Quick delivery too so I can enjoy my coffee sooner.

The company is 15 years old nestled in the famous Rocky Mountain town of Invermere, BC, Canada. Reassuring to know that this fine coffee is certified organic, free trade certified and the can is made from recycled steel cleverly designed to store more of the many varieties of their coffee blends.

I quickly mentioned their coffee in a previous post. It must've been the cool chainring logo that caught my eye. Cycling and coffee goes so well together. After I tried the coffee, I was soon kicked!

Cycling & Coffee is the ultimate blend!
(Images courtesy from Kicking Horse Coffee).

This morning I anxiously opened the Kick Ass coffee and enjoyed a dark roast coffee that (like the name says) kicked my A**! This coffee ranks as my favorite and the pleasant jolt I received was most welcomed. In fact, the only way to get Carolle out of bed is to do the same... with this fine coffee.

It's not only fine organic coffee they sell, and to my surprise there is organic teas, chocolate and very nice accessories to be had. You can buy their products in many stores in Canada. If you don't live in Canada, don't despair, you can get your kick from their online store.

You can also follow them on facebook and twitter

Kick Ass...
Dark-roasted attitude!

If you are a coffee lover (I'm loyally one) this is the best gift any coffee lover would want!
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