02 juillet 2009

Diamonds and Pearls

Well, it goes like this: there's an ad on an internet site, bad pic but a little photoshop work shows a nice bike. Or at least parts which should mean a good bike. So I call the guy, we talk bike and bread, he's happy with 50 euros, I'm happy with what I know about the bike. It turns up at my place by truck, the very first thing I see on opening the box is the RD... No hysterics, but I know it's a winner. The guy didn't get another call about the bike. Mad. It doesn't say Herse or Masi or something, people can't think for themselves,... [Lire la suite]
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18 juin 2009


Caminargent. Pierre Caminade, the founder. Caminade a trademark. Also Caminargent a trademark. Camin as the abbreviation of Caminade, and Argent, meaning "silver" in French. Also meaning "money". Silver of course being the main metal for coins at the time when French language evolved into something remotely like it's current form. Anyway, this is one is almost finished, two to go. Maybe. Not sure you need more than one example of a given bike/brand. And before that there are other examples of aluminium bikes... [Lire la suite]
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30 mars 2008

The Great Spiv Bike Hoax

Here are some pics and explanations as to why the Meral racer is every bit as good if not superior to a load of spivvy ponce (english idioms) bikes of Italian or Spanish manufacture, who's prices and reputation far exceed that of the Meral. Meral had a TDF team, they had the best mechanics around, they had riders like Castaing. And nobody wants to know Meral because the myth of the great Masi, Colnago et consorts overclouds everything. You tell me a René Herse is great, I'll agree. In terms of weight, build quality, it is visibly in a... [Lire la suite]
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