Back in May, I showed you some rims and spokes with a difference. A 111 year old bicycle being restored by an antiquarian in NYC was in need of some special attention with its wheels.
I was convinced new spokes had to be fabricated to fit wood, but modern clincher style, rims. Read more →
Our good customer, Tom Allingham from Delaware, just finished a frame building class with Mike Flanigan (and Betsy) of A.N.T. bikes (www.antbikemike.com). Tom can’t say enough about the experience. He fashioned a gem. It proudly wears Ghisallo 650B rims and Hetre tires. What a classy rig!
If you want to make a lasting statement with your own creation or, perhaps, with a recent classic, nothing suits like Ghisallo wood rims.
Please buy the Aug 2012 issue of Velo. As usual, there’s loads of content.
Page 20 features a lovely chromed Masi with Ghisallo Elegant rims. Nick Legan says “the ride is sublime.”
Islay (eye-lə) is an island off western Scotland and the source of Laphroaig, a single malt whisky of transcendent character. Among Islay’s 3500 residents are individuals deeply possessed by cycling madness. Brian Palmer is one of their better-known spokespersons and his Washingmachinepost blog is a vibrant current of cycling ideas and adventures.
He recently began riding a set of Ghisallo wood rims, thanks to the skilled building of Portland’s Jude Kirstein. I highly recommend the first episode of his wood rim experiences, “Woodn’t it be good…?”
Bravo, Brian. We look forward to more of your clever, quirky insights.
Bob Freeman, restoration maestro at Elliot Bay Cycles here in Seattle, has finished a tour de force. His just-completed 1961 Cinelli is perhaps the nicest example I’ve seen. It’s an amazing job. Restorations like this have many twists and turns, tight spots, and obstacles. But when the finished machine glows like this one, you know it was worth it. 48 lovely images of the bike are here.
We just added the German edition of Jobst classic Bicycle Wheel book. How about that? It sort of dropped off the map, but needlessly. Jobst was always proud of his heritage and took annual trips to ride the great mountains of the German speaking regions: Switzerland, Austria, Germany. This edition lacks mention of Wheelsmith in its acknowledgments. But who cares?
A gorgeous MTB from FRO Imports in Italy. Paolo Faccini is a good friend of the Ghisallo people.
The bike is their new Funk La Ruta frame and the rim finish is D, dark. We don’t stock these rims but you can order them directly.
Paolo says “we are already stunned by its beauty.” Me, too!
In the life of a wheel fanatic, there can be many high points. Every build, hell, each ride is a reward. But once in a long, long while something very special comes around. Curtis Odom’s hubs are such a treat.
As incentive for getting your restoration or art bike project on the road, here are three more images of Lawrence Wach’s Mead Ranger.
Revolution Cycles in Ohio are putting out a steady stream of classics. You deserve to see this one.
Reminiscent of grass track racers and urban messengers of the early 20th century, this little beauty combines a determined attitude with artisan details. Read more →