New Bag!

I finally decided to ‘pony up’ for a decent back pack , after looking around quite a while.

Given the rise in bicycle use, ‘lifestyle’ apparel and accessories are readily available.

I looked at and coveted quite a number of bike suitable back packs available on the North American market, some really cool stuff, but, the costs seem ridiculous given that I’ve bought high end vintage bikes at less than these bags, combined with shipping costs and import duty, these beauties were beyond me.

Then I found this..

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It’s a Army surplus type 25 litre rucksack, constructed from cordura, with MOLLE straps.

Its has enough storage compartments for me, and is waterproof , due to being internally proofed .


The bag has two main compartments, which will take a small to medium laptop or tablet, and the rear has the capacity to insert a water bladder. The front two smaller sections have MOLLE webbing, with the larger suitable for attaching my Kryptonite lock enabling external carrying, so I don’t have to open the bag in the wet.


The rear is well padded, with a waist strap,MOLLE straps on the shoulder straps and a couple of handy D loops. The brand logo on the bag is ‘Kombat.UK’, and I bought it on a well known online auction site for just 25 pounds sterling!

Thanks to my new friend ‘Uncle’ Glen for providing the vibes during this shoot ….


( I found the Giant at a dump and have been using it in shit weather, shame to have seen it left to rot) .

Strange Cat !

This has surfaced recently on a well known on-line auction site, a Colnago Master Pui tricycle ,

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with two wheels at the front, possibly constructed for stability, or, built for the circus industry?

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the original forks are in the background, so the customisation is changeable,

the vendor is asking approximately 2k pounds sterling, but sadly no explanation is written within the listing, or provenance regarding if this was a factory built customisation .

available here


Whilst browsing an on-line auction site, I stumbled across this senselessness…


it’s a Colnago Dream road bike, utterly defaced ,

blue tyres, shit saddle ,colour coded stem, rise-able risers,seat post and clamp, and the pedals?

just plain insulting.


And the colour coded chain guard, I mean, really?

If Ernesto saw this I bet his little feet would curl up in horror…

Rene Herse Radonneur, circa 1973

Rene Herse (1908-1976) is considered by some as one of the worlds best frame builders, very rarely do his original bikes come on the market, this fine example has recently surfaced…

exquisite lugs and Reynolds 531 tubes,


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with an Herse triple crankset and Huret gearing,


machined stem to accommodate center pull brake caliper cables , and high flange hubs…




available for sale here

Rene’s frames are beautifully fillet brazed…


and he even produced a “demountable” frame set, which splits in two for packable storage whilst in transit…


the following picture and words are sourced from


“Rene Herse demontable bicycle : just release the brake cable (the rear hanger is slotted), undo
the quick releases top and bottom, slide up the ring at the bottom to uncover the joint, and then
slide the front half of the bike out of the back half……

Very rare De Rosa Mountain bike, Campagnolo Record OR

I was browsing through the online inventory of Brick Lane Bikes, when I saw this for sale… (a veritable unicorn!)…De Rosa Mountain bike with mostly Campagnolo Record OR gruppo…I popped into the shop a few weeks back and had a chat with the proprietor, Jan, regarding my Cinelli The Next Machine , which had Campagnolo Record OR


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The rear mech is actually Campagnolo Olympus and and the tyres are O.G. Panaracer Timbuk 2’s..

This is probably one of the rarest Milanaese mtb’s currently on the market, you tend to see Colnago Master and the Cinelli Max OR Machine range MTB’s surface on the market now and again, but this is the first De Rosa MTB I have seen available.

The price is not too bad in my opinion, so if you fancy it, have a look on line , or even better, go and see Jan himself at BLB (and say Saarf sent you!)

Good luck with the sale Jan!