Archive for May, 2011

Speedhound at Art-A-Whirl

We’re showing Speedhounds during Art-a-Whirl in Minneapolis this weekend (May 20, 21 and 22).  With over 500 artists displaying their work, Art-a-Whirl is an incredible way to experience the diversity of our urban art scene at multiple locations throughout Northeast’s arts district.  See us at Bicycle Theory’s Bikehaus event in Suite 400 at the Northrop King Building, 1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis MN 55413 (link below).  Friday (5/20) 5-10 pm, Saturday (5/21) Noon – 8 pm and Sunday (5/22) Noon – 5 pm.  We’ll be there with our nickel-plated NAHBS special, a New Black lightweight roadie build, and Only One #1 decked out as a belt-drive fixie.

Hope to see you there!

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Vintage Bicycle Websites

HeadbadgeWe’ve mentioned before how we’ve drawn inspiration for the Speedhound Only One from vintage lightweight bicycles.  Our choice of high performance steel and the classic diamond frame configuration are obvious connections to cycling’s enduring heritage.

We also love the understated aesthetics of bikes from 40 or more years ago, before the fluorescent color schemes of the 1980s, the billboard graphics of the 1990s and the sterile swooshes of the 21st century.  Our stamped brass headbadge, double plate fork crown and understated graphics are homages to the hand-crafted frames of an earlier time, when bicycles possessed a very soul.

 

 

 

Wall of ConfusionWe love to hunt for vintage bikes and rare old components on e-Bay and at swap meets.   But the addiction can get a bit out of control, so mostly we just look now – it’s free!  To do some of your own gazing, start with the treasure of photos and information on the following sites.

Caution:  you might get the habit!

 

 

Our Favorite Links

Where Speedhound’s rediscovery of vintage bicycles in the Internet era began: www.classicrendezvous.com

A very impressive UK resource with a true sense of history: www.classiclightweights.co.uk

Mind-blowing Swiss photo collection:  www.speedbicycles.ch

Repository for all things Hetchins:  www.hetchins.org

User submitted photo galleries of vintage lightweights:  www.wooljersey.com/gallery/main.php

Huge database of old bikes and components, including headbadges:  www.velobase.com

UK site dedicated to derailleurs (discover a connection to the 1960s supergroup, Cream):  www.disraeligears.co.uk

Excellent photography (and how to do it) featuring mostly Italian iron and mostly Colnagos:  www.raydobbins.com

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