2 WHEELED INSPIRATION

an assortment of 2-wheeled inspiration – mostly bicycles

Have a lovely weekend!

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photo: David B. Weaver

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This stylish leather bicycle 6-pack holder was originally designed to hold bicycle polo mallets. It’s use seems more universal for toting brewskis (or rakes and shovels or kayak paddles). You can even have one custom made. Click here for more info.

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I can’t resist showing these fun confections from the Knapp – a new fashion brand from Sofia, Bulgaria designed by ELLE Bulgaria fashion editor Antonia Yordanova. The Knapp Light collection for Summer 2011 features bicycles as design elements! While I can’t see myself riding a century in one of these creations, or even pedaling down to the store to pick up some milk, I applaud Yordanova’s design eye, and of course her bicycle theme! To see more click here.

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Recently I’ve been thinking about buying new cycling shoes. My internet scouring led me to custom made D2 Shoes. I’m completely smitten with the idea of not only having shoes that are made to order for my duck-shaped and bunioned feet, but being able to select the materials and color placement as well!

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I love the sleek design and the wonderful juxtaposition of textures and colors in this shoe; wingtip shoe meet vintage Vans. The gold is a bit over the top for me personally – I might select light colored natural leather instead. The D2 website has a photo gallery of beautiful handmade shoes and extensive choices of materials to mix and match.

Looking down at snappily shod, pain-free spinning feet in custom D2 shoes would make me smile.

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Enjoy your weekend!

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By Jan Balet

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Thinking about Elspeth Beard today as I pack up my motorcycle for a long weekend tour. I’m heading south to the BMW Motorcycle Owners International Rally in Pennsylvania to check out the latest and greatest motorcycling gear from custom earplugs to battery chargers, rendezvous with friends, listen to some great live music, take a riding course and be transported by adventure travel presentations.

Back to Elspeth. I only recently learned about her and was instantaneously impressed with her intrepid spirit, and am more than a bit jealous of her bravery. In 1980, at age 24, Elspeth dropped out of architecture school and began a solo around-the-world motorcycle journey. (Today she runs a successful architecture firm in England and still rides.)

Her travels took her from her native London to the U.S., up to Canada and down to Mexico and then on to Australia. From there she headed to Indonesia and then Burma, India and Nepal. Her route home took her through Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Greece and Europe. By the time she returned to England, after three years on the road, she’d clocked 48,000 miles on her odometer and lost fifty pounds. She survived crashes and illness and rebuilt and maintained her bike single handedly.

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I love the confidence and ease Elspeth exudes in this photo while straddling her 1974 R60/6 BMW. She stopped and made the aluminum panniers part way round the world.

Read more of Elspeth’s amazing story here. I hope she writes a book someday about her adventures. It’s tales like hers that light my imagination and make me realize that almost any dream is possible if I really want it to come true!

I’ll get back to blogging when my motorcyle’s back in the barn.

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A picture is worth a thousand words.

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130 year old legendary French sporting brand Le Coq Sportif has something to crow about at this year’s Tour de France. Once again they are providing the prestigious Yellow, Green, Polka Dot and White jerseys for the race. Le Coq made jerseys for Le Tour starting in 1951 until 1988 when Castelli moved onto the scene. Nike was involved from 1996 to 2010.

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1951 Tour de France winner Hugo Koblet’s wool “maillot jaune”. Note the pointed collar and button front placket, a style which disappeared a few years later. Jerseys made prior to the introduction of synthetic fabrics in the late 70′s had button front pockets like the ones shown here. The Le Coq label is visible at the neckline.

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An evolution of Le Coq Sportif logo. Via: Cycling Art Blog

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1974 Tour champion Eddy Mercx in Le Coq’s yellow jersey. Via: Le Coq Sportif

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Love this vintage Swiss postcard of feline bicycle racers from the 50′s. The astonished looks on the faces of the contenders and spectators at #15′s blow out, #13′s cool shades, and the mice on the course make it priceless! Have a wonderful flat-free weekend!

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The 98th Tour de France begins today with a 180 km 1st stage in Passage du Gois, and ends on the Champs-Elysées in Paris on 24 July.

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This drawing by famous sports cartoonist, Pellos celebrates the fiftieth year of the Tour de France in 1963. The candles on the cake represent Tour wins and depict caricatures of the then contemporary champions, along with the great winners of the past. Race director Jacques Goddett peeks out from beneath the table while the imposing mountains of the Alps and Pyrénées smile widely in anticipation and memory of cycling’s greatest race.

Jacques Anquetil who won his fourth Tour in 1963 can be found in the far right candles, celebrating his three Tour victories at the time.

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You never know what you’ll see when you’re out pedaling your bike! This flowery cyclist topiary was spotted near Goshen, Connecticut by my cycling pal Ali while she was out for a ride. Made me start dreaming of possibilities for topiary beyond the traditional forms of cones, spirals and birds. Just another reminder to always take your camera (phone) with you! Have a nice weekend everyone!

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I’ve been following French cycling champion Jeannie Longo’s career since the 1980’s. I was thrilled beyond belief when she mounted the podium to accept her gold medal at the 1986 World Championships in Steamboat Springs, Colorado clad in one of my Mountain Ladies & Ewe knit earflap hats!

Last week, 52-year-old Longo powered her way to her 11th French national time trial championship win and her 58th national title, leaving riders half her age in her wake.

“A 58th title is a figure somewhat symbolic because it (1958) is the year of my birth,” said Longo. “This is the one I wanted and it really has made my season.”

Longo is accomplished on both the road and track and is an Olympic gold-medalist and twelve-time world champion. While champions come and go, she has been an inspiring and impressive constant in women’s cycling.

Despite the fact that she will be almost three times older than some of her rivals, she has indicated that she wants to ride the world championships in Copenhagen later this year. My hat’s off to you Jeannie!

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What do you call a bunch of women motorcyclists who are yarn-a-holics? Purl’s Angels, Moto-psycho Knitters, The Close Knit Gang? We can’t decide either!

On a recent weekend adventure, a group of landlocked gals headed for the coast of Maine in search of twisty roads, lobsters, and yarn! On Saturday morning, while the men in the party were off getting haircuts, we immersed ourselves in a fiber artists heaven called Halcyon Yarns in Bath.

Motorcycling and knitting seem pretty incongruous and we all had a good laugh at ourselves as we crammed colorful skeins of yarn into our tank bags and next to our tents. We’ll be knitting up a storm until the road beckons us again. Now all we need is a name for our “gang. We’re taking suggestions…

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I’ve been fascinated by bicycle gear ratio charts since back in the days when racing bikes had only 10 speeds. I enjoy comparing the difference even a single tooth can make in the size of a gear.

The Chromatic Guide To Gear Ratios poster combines my passions for color, good design and gear ratios. Its design abandons the standard grid format and places the chart inside a chainring with spokes radiating from the center. It’s a pleasure to look at – even if you’re not interested in knowing what size gear you’re pushing.

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Today professional cyclists will line up for the start of the famous one-day French classic cycling race, Paris-Roubaix. Often called “The Hell of the North” or a “Sunday In Hell” because of the kilometer long sections of jarringly torturous cobbles that the riders must navigate.

First run in 1896, Paris–Roubaix is one of cycling’s toughest and oldest races. Since 1977, the winner of Paris–Roubaix has received a sett (cobble stone) as part of his prize.

Here are some classic photos of past races.

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An undated file photo shows Maurice Garin posing with an unidentified man. Italian-born Garin twice won Paris-Roubaix (1897-98) before winning the first edition of the Tour de France in 1903. AFP PHOTO/FILES

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1928 winner Andre Leducq. AFP Photo

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The peloton passes through Cardin in 1934. AFP PHOTO

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