Wednesday was Sr Ernesto Colnago’s 90 th birthday.
Our friends at Colnago asked Sr Colnago’s friends to send in a video , I was fortunate to be 4th in their video wishing him well. Here’s to many more birthdays, bikes and wins from the King of pro cycling…
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 ;
Finally managed to get one of these , with the help of my friend , legendary Colnago collector and enthusiast , from Eindhoven , Mr Maurice Wiels , man , owe him a tall beer or too for helping a brother out .
The frame is in the iridescent purple/pink and metallic grey , with hints of blue and green .
I have read in a number of places and been told by fellow owners it was the lightest steel frame Colnago made , with an advisory rider weight limit of 80kg .
Came with a mixed Shimano group , the wheels are Mavic SUP ceramic rims on Dura Ace 7700 hubs , so I will keep them and change the other parts to suit .
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 recently attended the U.K. Eroica event , held by Eroica Britannia organisers , the 500 .
Instead of the usual 3 day festival , The Eroica 500 took place for one day only , Sunday the 18th of August , riding out from Bakewell for a scenic 65 mile ride around the surrounding Peak District .
I rode on my circa 1985 Colnago Nuovo Mexico , in the company of legend Doctor D
Eroica globetrotter Mr Amedeo Polito was present , always a pleasure to see , and it was nice to meet the U.K. organisers . True Eroica enthusiasts , they started riding Eroica in Chianti back in 2004 , and managed to secure U.K. rights to run an event in 2016
The region is an excellent choice to host the event , and I look forward to riding the next event .
The start at Bakewell , I managed to be possibly the only one to post there number on the front of jersey , I was always backwards …