Sunday, February 24, 2008

#201 New seats for old

We bought this beautiful Josef Hoffmann sofa 20 years ago and as you can see it *did* look its age. Now! de-greased, de-siliconed, de-waxed, re-coloured with matching leather dye, re-sprayed, creamed, polished, highlights and a blow dry it's ready to accept bums once again!

Monday, February 18, 2008

#200 Langster Highbury

I've submitted my new bike to
It can be seen on the thursday 28 Feb postings.
(but it's just the same as here).

Originally this bike was a Langster London which I bought to ride the 20k round trip to the swimming pool. However, I've changed it so much that I think it should now be called a Langster Highbury. The bars have been flopped and chopped and covered in transparent tape. Saddle and pin swapped for a vintage white Concor together with a Campag record pin and the black collar changed for a chrome one.

I couldn't get on with the graphics, a bit-mapped plan of the London Underground and a Specialized logo which looked to me more like the stars and stripes than a union (jack) and also, who really really wants "God Save the Queen" plastered on their chain stays? So, I sprayed them out and put an Arsenal FC home-made sticker on the top tube. Probably does want something on the down tube . . . . . . . (thinks).

Lastly, I replaced the white chain, varnished the blue Sugino chainring a distressed red and then fitted Speedplay's Frog pedals.

I need some advice from you viewers. As you see I have two tyre options. Red or white? Could you please send in your votes; if you prefer the red, press the red button on your remote, if the white Zaffiro's is your thing - press white (btw: bought them direct from Tsukumo Cycle Sports in Japan - and only 8000Yen including shipping).

It's an excellent bike for the money, a big ¡gracias! to Cicles Extrem in Denia who don't fall about laughing when I come in for weird bits . . . . . . . . . . they wait till I've gone out ;-)

Oh, one more thing, I've just found an Arsenal bidon on their shop website, so that's ok, but I still lack a red cycling jersey with white sleeves, preferably in merino wool, to complete the pose, anyone any ideas?

Friday, February 01, 2008

#199 New White Zaffiros

I just got a pair of white Vittoria Zaffiro tyres which came all the way from Tsukumo Cycle Sports in Japan - and only 8000Yen including shipping. Excellent!

Now, which bike shall I put them on . . . . . . ?

. . . and they sent this nice badge :-)