I recently collaborated with legendary Italian cycling apparel brand Santini .
I designed two jerseys and a set of bib shorts for the Steel Is Real cycling community on social media . The brand is SIRCC , inspired by the legendary SCIC Italian cycling team , and the Maglia Rosa , in honour of the Giro Italia .
Two other ‘ Warriors ‘ inspired jerseys are also available
Pre order only , once minimum amounts fulfilled , jerseys are custom made in Italy by Santini in 6-8 weeks . Karma Evo Jersey details here ;
I had the amazing good fortune to have been able to meet Legendary London bag designer Ally Capellino back in 2017 when I was a bicycle courier .
I arrived at her Shoreditch shop and atelier , with a delivery for her , and gave it directly to her.
A very nice Lady , who generously gave me time for a chat .
I said I had been to her Soho shop back in the late ‘80’s / early ‘90’s , bought a jersey top and admired her fine bags . We spoke about her doing some stylish bike bags , as I felt they would be brilliant , given her attention to detail and use of high quality materials in manufacture .
I said I had a few creative projects I’m trying to get off the ground , and we kept in contact on social media .
Fast forward to this year , and Ally dropped me a line , saying she has another cycle orientated bag range , and would I like one to test.
Naturally , I said yes , and a few days later , the wonderful Pendle unisex shoulder bag arrived ….
Made with a waterproof Cordura outter , it is robust enough to use daily as a commuter / town bag .
I can fit a D Lock , water bottle , keys , wallet and energy snacks in with ample room ….
The bag has a zipped front pocket with seals , a rear with velcro fastening , a zipped inner pocket and a mesh wall with two pockets . The interior material is rip stop , which is great as it stops any unforeseen tears spreading .
The shoulder strap is made from Duck Cotton , so is soft and non abrasive against thinner material jerseys or skin , and splits in two with a robust clasp
The strap is attached at a 45 degree angle on the bag , so has a pretty much ergonomic fit to the torso .
Ally has named each bag in the Travel and Cycle range after cyclists significant to her. The unisex Pendle shoulder bag is named after British Olympic Hero , Victoria Pendleton .
Ally Capellino has very , very generously given you lucky readers a chance to win your very own Pendle bag , click the link below and enter .
Move as quickly as Victoria , as the competition closes on July 5th.
I took a ride out on my ’96 Master Olympic to a bike jumble at a cycling club, and bumped into a trader I know who had a stall there. here’s some of what he had
a nice De Rosa above, this circa ’96 Colnago Master Olympic, though the gruppo is a little earlier ..
a Colnago Dual CX frameset, which I had actually had a bid on via an on-line auction before, but pulled out as it did not have the correct forks, was missing cable guides, and was too small..
notice the Colnago headtube stamp, same as on my as yet unidentified carbon frame..
Both were made for Colnago by Alan.
The trader also had a beautiful Colnago C35, sadly only managed to get a silhouette…
probably the most understated example I’ve seen ( or touched!), Campagnolo Super Record 11 gears and brakes with an original Colnago C35 crankset, the trader seemed unaware of this less tasteful example for $22,500