Rolling your own. Mudguards, Fenders. Parafanghi.

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Hand made, right here.
Hand made, right here.

This is just a proto, the edge needs rolling and the width was for a fatbike (yes, not soon, but in the works).
It looks good, I plan to make a batch of these in 33mm, 42mm and 51mm widths.

Price should be around 40-50eu for a ready to fit kit.

Should be ready in a month or two, by then I’ll be ready to show you the wooden fenders I’ve been working on.

Busy is the new black.

Even on the weekends.

Parafanghi, in alluminio, fatti a mano qui a Castelfiorentino.
Questo e’ solo un prototipo, l’orlo va bordato e la larghezza era per una fatbike.
Saranno disponibili in larghezze di 33mm, 42mm e 51mm.

Il prezzo sara’ sulle 40-50euro

In futuro saranno disponibili anche in legno.

Ci si da da fare, anche di sabato.

46° Gran Premio Chianti Colline d’Elsa

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This was held on Monday 26th August, 2014.

1° Ilia Koshevoy (Gs Podenzano) in 2h53’00” alla media di 40,231 km/h

2° Mirco Maestri (General Store Bottoli Zardini Merida) a 22”

3° Paolo Totò (Vc Senigallia) a 29”

4° Nicolae Tanovitchii (Virtus Villa) a 36”

5° Michael Delle Foglie (Fracor Aba) a 45”

6° Dario Mantelli (Asd Ciclistica Malmantile)

7° Giuseppe Brovelli (Big Hunter Seanese)

8° Niccolò Pacinotti (Mastromarco Chianti Sensi)

9° Danilo Celano (Calzaturieri Montegranaro Marini Silvano)

10° Leonardo Tortomasi (Gs Maltinti Lampadari Bcc Cambiano)

Slawomir Kohut, Road Racing on steel bikes.

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Slawomir Kohut was a good rider on the team back when we sponsored the Team Penna/Miche in the late 90s, here he is next to his brother Seweryn.

Kohut won the giro della Toscana, with the Penna/miche team, on a Simoncini.

He also won the Firenze San Patrignano classic, also on a Simoncini.

He placed 20th in the crono at the Elite world Championship held in 1999 in Verona on a bike we made.

Not too bad looking at the names of the winners that year.

Freire, Cancellara, Cunego, Boardman were all there and all went very far indeed.

Slawomir did well as well, he went on to a solid career as a Pro.

He was in Athens in 2004 on the Polish National team. 2004 was a good year, he won the Polish Time Trial Championship.ławomir_Kohutławomir_Kohut (most info here)ławomir_Kohutławomir_Kohut

He’s still racing. Get in touch if you read this Slawomir.

I went to see a local race Monday. Got me thinking about a possible racing program in the future, but lots more frames to build and sell before that happens.

Would be nice, You can get a steel build down to 6.5 – 6.7 kilograms without too much effort.

That’s a long way off, pictures of monday’s race tomorrow.

Oh Lord won’t you buy me a Mercedes (Rack)

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Stainless, light mount, sub 200g.
Stainless, light mount, around 200g. My Rack’s a Merc.

My friends all have Tubus I feel I must make amends.

That’s the great thing about building things, you don’t have to ask anyone but yourself.

A reader wanted to see a picture of the finished rack, so here it is.

Will be making a few more of these, the stainless tubing has just come in, so there’s a bit of backlog to clear.

Hand built out of the lightest tubing I have, it will carry a towel, swimming costume and a small backpack. Same tubing will be used for a light front rack for the Randonneur some of you might remember I built. More later.

The next will be a big tough one. Expedition to the end of the world proof. Equally at home loading up at your local supermarket.

Made to measure, it makes sense.

I’m sure Janis would agree.

Not all bikes are good, but all bikes are fun. Meet Umberto.

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Umberto is a friend of mine, here he is with one of the last surviving cross (that’s not cyclocross) frames.

Unfortunately he’s decided this particular frame needs to be saved, so this NOS frame will finally be built up, 55 years after being built. This factory built a lot of different types of frames in the last 65 years, from high end to basic stuff.
Personally I don’t agree with that decision, you have to focus, but it wasn’t my decision to make. So it’s not my decision to justify.

I tried to talk Umberto out of it, but then decided that is was both useless and wrong.

It might not be my type of bike, but if he likes it for his daughter, that’s fine with me.

After all, it’s exactly what I felt when I found those NOS cruiser frames, I built one up for myself and use it to get groceries. It’s called Amerika, after the Rammstein song.

No comment.
No comment.

That’s what Tradition is about, for me. Knowing where you come from and looking forward to where you want to be.

Ten Principles for your Monday.

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1. Create work for yourself; don’t wait for work to be assigned to you.

2. Take an active role in all your endeavours, not a passive one.

3. Seek out large and complex jobs. Trivial tasks debase you.

4. Welcome difficult assignments. Choose them. Progress lies in accomplishing difficult

5. Once you begin a task, complete it. Never give up.

6. Lead your fellow workers. Be an example for them to follow.

7. Set goals for yourself to ensure a constant sense of purpose. This will give you
perseverance and hope for the future.

8. Move with confidence. Confidence gives your work force, focus and substance.

9. Find new solutions. This is the way we ensure satisfactory service.

10. When conflict is necessary don’t shy away from it or be afraid. Conflict is the mother of
progress and the source of aggressive enterprise. If you fear conflict, you will become
timid and servile.

Written in 1951, by Dentsu’s president, Yoshida-san

Life, and work, is a bit like riding a tandem.
Life, and work, is a bit like riding a tandem.

Off topic Sundays. Cycling the Via Francigena with Sigeric the Serious.

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Easier by bike, I bet.
Pallium. No, I didn’t know what it was either. God bless Wikipedia.

The Via Francigena is a pilgrim’s route that goes from Canterbury to Rome.

In 990 the newly appointed Archibishop of Canterbury, Sigeric, walked to Rome to receive his Pallium (basically, a very important tie) following that route.

We know that because his diary of the trip back home survived, and mentions Santa Maria a Chianni, here in Gambassi Terme.

Not as far a trip for me, the church is about two miles/three kilometers up the road and well worth the climb.

Can’t help thinking Sigeric should have stopped by here and got himself a custom made bike, if he’d ordered it on the way down to Rome, it’d have been ready to pick up on his way back to Canterbury.

An Archibishop ordained by the Pope is one thing.

An Archibishop ordained by the Pope and arriving on a custom handmade bike he’d got in Italy, well, not a bad entrance that.
Sigeric would probably be known as Sigeric the awesome. 

It seems like a nice trip, I’m thinking of taking a week off next year and going up to Canterbury myself.

By bike.

I have just the thing, Rohloff, dropbar tourer / supercross , but it’s Sunday, so I’ll tell you about it another day.


Buona Domenica.


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If you’re really got not much to do,