30/10/2014

Jules' John Atkins Seafoam Mixte


When Mrs PR decided she wanted an upgrade from the gas-pipe 3-speed she used through college, I knew it was a great opportunity for her to get something that would really allow her to experience the thrills of riding a real bike; that feeling of being connected to a machine rather than fighting it at every pedal stroke.

The requirements were that it should be fairly lightweight, with a step-through frame and with a reasonable range of gears. Oh, and it had to be pretty too (read vintage). Together we scoured Ebay for a couple of weeks until we hit upon this guy (or girl?); Reynolds 531 mixtie frame & forks, Suntour VX derailleurs, and some really special lugwork, all topped off with an incredible safoam paint job. The original drop bars, levers & downtube shifters needed a bit of a switcheroo to suit Jules, but the spirit of this little beauty remains.

As far as the bike's history goes, a quick Google reveals that John Atkins Cycles in Leamington Spa have been custom building bikes since the 80's. I'll be dropping them an email with some pictures and the frame number to see if they can dig anything up.

If you're still with me, you'll be delighted to know that Jules is very happy with the bike. I shot it with the hose-clamped-on bottle cage, cable tied rear light and chain on the small ring for true authenticity. And the mid-Autumn light just makes that paint job pop, right? Enjoy...

20/10/2014

#Svenness



Like most of the plant life in the Northern Hemisphere, the bicycle road racing season has pretty much withered and died for another year. But with the waning of one type of cycle sport comes the waxing of another: cyclocross season is here. Anyone with only a minor to mild curiosity about 'cross - curicrossity? - can get their fill over at CX Hairs. Incisive race commentary provides a great introduction to the sport and the music is sometimes ok. Check out the #Svenness series (an homage to Belgian 'cross demigod* Sven Nys) to see how the PROs do it.

*Sven's picture is used to advertise pasta salad in Belgium. Fact.

17/10/2014

New Look

I've had a bit of a shuffle-round on the blog to go along with the new visual identity I've been working on, & I'll continue to tweak over the next week or so. In a way this is part of a much bigger non-blog related change I've made recently which I can talk about soon. Anyway, hope you like Xx

06/10/2014

Arran


About ten years ago my dad gave me a CD with some amazing 16(or is it 8?)mm home movie footage that he'd digitised. It was filmed by his dad (my grandad, if you're following) on a family holiday to Arran in the 60's and shows my grandparents, my aunt, and my pop hiking, fishing and larking about on the rugged Scottish island. The film is a treasure-trove of Wes Anderson-esque outdoorsy getups, and it's been on my to-do list for ages to take some screenshots for the blog. So here they are:














P.S. Check out my grandparents ace wedding photos here.

30/09/2014

Blog Crush: GRADIENT


Make a cup of tea and grab a handful shortbread fingers. Then curl up in your special place and read GADIENT in it's entirety. Thank me later.

26/09/2014

The Hill-Side AW14: Sneakers


I first came across The Hill-Side via their natty bow ties and pocket squares, originally produced in unusual deadstock fabrics, and which somehow manage to look simultaneously modern and vintage, playful yet grown-up. At the start of 2014 they launched their sneaker range, and their latest Autumn footwear offerings are all winners in my book. Here's hoping they'll be dropping into UK stockists soon. Check out the full lookbook here.


24/09/2014

Nigel Cabourn's Army Gym Opening in Covent Garden


I've been a long time admirer of Nigel Cabourn's premium military-revivalist menswear. Like a boy with his face pressed against the toy shop window glass, I've browsed his beautifully produced lookbooks online but never been in a position to get up close and personal with his clobber. All this is set to change though, as he opens his first UK store in Covent Garden's Henrietta Street, stocking not only his own collection but also selected pieces from like-minded brands like C.C. Filson and Merz B. Schwanen. The official launch tomorrow night - 25th September - at 5.30pm. Scant details online, or via the Cabourn IG. See you there - I'll be the one fondling the Everest parkas...