Posts Tagged ‘bike’

Chris Gilmour – cardboard bike

BIKES (installation view) cardboard and glue life size 2003 by Chris Gilmour.

BIKES (installation view) cardboard and glue life size 2003 by Chris Gilmour.

Artist Chris Gilmour has created a bike out of cardboard. Rendered in fascinating detail, Gilmour’s Blue Peter rig brings a new frame material to the age-old carbon-steel-alu-ti debate. The question is, how does it handle in the wet?

Via Hello Bauldoff.

Now it’s broken

No explanation needed. This was the end of the gradual disintegration that began back in June. Check out some close-ups.

Cycle Heaven

Am I in heaven - or is this the mid-1990s?

Am I in heaven - or is this the mid-1990s?

Wow. It’s still there. Like a time capsule of Victoriana buried in the garden and dug up after generations, I recently stumbled upon for the first time in almost 3 years. (more…)

Wilier Mortirolo 08

I was in a happy relationship with my Wilier Mortirolo Veloce 2007 for a year after we got together. Then I went to France and picked up / rode / stroked Joe‘s Trek Madone 6.9. Suddenly the Wilier felt decidedly hefty…

The trouble with cycling is that the more you ride the more you demand from your bike, and the more performance you realise can be delivered by a lighter, more expensive machine.

But for sure I still like my bike. At 16 months old the drivetrain is getting a bit sticky, but other than that it still feels stiff, responsive and flickable. The time is ripe for a series of upgrades to take the Wilier to the next level – so it’s heartening to read the review of the 2008 version of my bike.

2008 model

I quote (note the ‘Veloce version’ refers to my bike):

The Wilier’s frame is absolutely first class…

Although it doesn’t perform quite as well as the Veloce version we tested last year, our Mirage-equipped Wilier displays most of the same fundamental traits. The overall ride feel is fairly aggressive and when you push harder you get an instant response whether you’re on flat roads or climbing. Put the hammer down for an all-out sprint and the Mortirolo is up for that too, and it takes on corners in the same assured manner. On top of all that, descending is sure-footed enough to inspire bags of confidence, the steering is bang on and it smooths out rough surfaces without ever a second thought.

If we do have a negative comment, it’s that the Wilier is under-specced for the quality of its frame. The positive spin on that, though, is that if you do decide to buy this bike, you could gradually upgrade the components as they wear out without much danger of out-classing the chassis.

Wilier Mortirolo Veloce 07

The Wilier Mortirolo Veloce 2007 

The Wilier Mortirolo Veloce 2007

Here’s my bike. I’ve had it since early September 2007, and it’s performed handsomely in its first year of service. The only bits I’ve changed so far have been both tyres and numerous inner tubes – sharp flints are a regular hazard on the roads of southern England. 

Some upgrades are on the cards for next year however:

  • Wheels: splashing on a new set of wheels is probably the most sensible way to improve the bike’s performance and reduce the weight (by around 300-350g hopefully). Joe recommends the Campagnolo Neutrons
  • Pedals: some Look Keo carbons, for sure.
  • Bar / Stem: possible bling carbon action for the cockpit.

Welcome and Why

Welcome to my blog about cycling. Setting this up I’ve got some key aims in mind:

  • Training. I want to record and share my training diary over the coming months, for my own benefit but also hopefully for the benefit of others. I know I’d be interested in reading a good cycling blog about following a training plan through the seasons – maybe others will too. A little early research has unearthed not much in the way of cycling training blogs on the web. 
  • Web Design. It’s not (all) about the bike. I make a living from the web, so naturally I want to shape this website into something that looks good and works well, while reflecting my love of cycling. A little early research has unearthed practically nothing in the way of well-designed cycling blogs.
  • Community. It’s a tall order, but I’d be well chuffed if people actually read this blog. With that in mind, I’m going to try to mash the whole bike thing with the whole web thing, and with any luck produce some content that’s worth visiting the site for – whether you’re a commuter, roadie, MTB-er or armchair enthusiast.