Madpac chooses Hutspot for Fashion Editorial

Madpac chooses Hutspot for Fashion Editorial

Geplaatst door: op 15 Dec 2015 | Geen reacties

Hutspot, the flamboyantly orange road bike designed in honour of a Dutch potato dish, was used in Madpac’s latest fashion editorial: Sport in the City.

I love their pictures!! A real honour for my bike.

Madpac is an online lifestyle magazine for men giving you the latest in entertainment, gear, fashion, art, culture, video and photograhpy. They invest great effort and care in producing high class work. As can be seen in the pictures below. Do visit their website to view the full editorial.

CREDITS
Photography: Elmar Krop @ Sticky Stuff
Styling and production: Im Fong Liu
Hair and make-up: Yvonne Nusdorfer @ Angelique Hoorn
Model: Arjan van Kesteren @ Republic Men
Publication: Madpac.nl

 

Logo Animation

Geplaatst door: op 30 Nov 2015 | Geen reacties

We are very happy with our new Velo Vintage logo animation created by Dimitry van den Berg from Brainbulb. One of the uses for this logo animation will be as an introduction to our YouTube instruction clips.

Giant Cadex – Road bike turned randonneur

Giant Cadex – Road bike turned randonneur

Geplaatst door: op 16 Sep 2015 | Geen reacties

Giant Cadex, a carbon road bike for the masses.

Through the door came this Giant Cadex 2 x 7 speed road bike. Its owner wanted it transformed to a randonneur, planning to use it for travel to and from the office. In good and in bad weather. Day and night.

What stroke me right away was the beautiful woven pattern of the carbon fibers, hiding under a layer of shiny transparent paint. Using glue the black tubes connected to aluminium lugs, a perfect colour match. I could already see how this would match and contrast with the vintage look I was going to give it.

The Giant Cadex, which was the first mass produced carbon road bike from the late 80s, came equipped with a full Shimano 600 tricolor group. Being a great fan of the quality of the past, I revised and re-used as many original parts as possible. Luckily my customer wanted a fully equipped randonneur with only the finest components. What a nice assigment!

So there I went and installed the following. Electricity is produced by a SON 28 hub dynamo which delivers its output to a SON Edelux II headlight and SON rear light. The cockpit contains a ‘moustache’ handle bar, Brooks ochre bartape, SOMA inverse brake levers and a Crane Suzu copper bell. Seating is taken care off by a Brooks Professional ochre saddle which I broke in using Lon Haldeman’s method. Goods can be carried in the large asphalt coloured Brooks ‘Brick Lane’ roll-up panniers – which are supported by a Velo Orange Constructeur rear rack – and a Brooks ochre Challenge tool bag. Riding comfort is supplied by Grand Bois 700 x 28c gumwall tyres.

Although it truly is a Giant Cadex, no visual reminders remain. All stickers were sanded off and a new transparent coating was applied. Its decal now hiding under a ‘Design by VeloVintage‘ logo. Last Sunday the now finished bike starred in a final photoshoot. With that came the moment to say goodbye to it and return it to its owner.

KPCykler Pop-Up Store in Copenhagen

KPCykler Pop-Up Store in Copenhagen

Geplaatst door: op 12 Aug 2015 | Geen reacties

Meeting Kaspar Peek of KPCykler in Copenhagen by chance. Nice bikes he makes, with a real vintage appeal!

This picture was taken with Instagram:

KPCykler pop-up store, Copenhagen

#norrebro #copenhagen #fixie #fixedgear #handbuilt #bicycle #velovintage

Instagram filter used: Amaro

View in Instagram ⇒

Sögreni bicycles Copenhagen

Sögreni bicycles Copenhagen

Geplaatst door: op 12 Aug 2015 | Geen reacties

Taking a peek at Sögreni Bicycles in Copenhagen. Besides bicycles, they design and produce their own parts. In the picture you are looking at various fenders – metal, aluminium and copper – before they are bend and installed. We were met by a sturdy and grumpy shop owner, who was quick to comment that “I was going to steal his design ideas”. (Which are real nice, I have to admit). This did not put me off and I could not resist buying a pair of fenders and some nice matching pedals while we were there. On the downside, it put me back an unreasonable amount of money. Really, too much. But hey, I now own some real Danish designer items!

#fenders #sogreni #copenhagen #bicycle #vintage #velovintage #danishdesign

This picture was taken with Instagram. Filter used: Valencia

View in Instagram ⇒

Instagram

Instagram

Geplaatst door: op 11 Aug 2015 | Geen reacties

This picture was taken with Instagram:

Scouting Copenhagen for locations to sell my vintage bikes.
#coffeebreak #coffee #espresso #flatwhite #parterre #velovintage #christianshavn

Instagram filter used: Hefe

View in Instagram ⇒

Spoke length – How to calculate it!

Spoke length – How to calculate it!

Geplaatst door: op 1 Aug 2015 | Geen reacties

Get the right spoke length, it is easy as pie!

Spoke length and how to calculate it, is the very important first step in building your own bicycle wheel. A job that is not as difficult as some people want you to believe it is. True, it needs practice to get good at it. Almost like learning to play an instrument. But the steps to get there are simple and straightforward. If you stick to them you will make it work. And it gives great satisfaction to ride a bike whose wheels you build yourself. Also it gives you the freedom to choose your own combination of hub and rim.

Personally I learned the wheel building basics from many YouTube videos, like this funny one. But all of them seemed to lack something. As if they only scratch the surface, leaving the essence untouched. As a result my wheels worked, but only imperfectly. This changed when I came across a wheel building guide put together by Roger Musson. From his vast experience in wheel building he wrote down exactly what you need to know. Nothing less, and – to my delight – nothing more. All the BS is excluded and he focuses on the practical side of it. If you are serious about building, and I assume you are, I strongly recommend you get his manual (which he provides at a very affordable price). It was his guide that taught me to perfect my game, build wheels like playing an instrument and turn this work into art!

In the video I show how you calculate the required spoke length:

Back to DIY page.

Radial lacing

Radial lacing

Geplaatst door: op 31 Jul 2015 | Geen reacties

Instagram filter used: Lo-fi

View in Instagram ⇒

Making a short film on spoke length

Making a short film on spoke length

Geplaatst door: op 30 Jul 2015 | Geen reacties

Instagram filter used: Willow

View in Instagram ⇒

Cleaning Bicycle Parts – It works wonders

Cleaning Bicycle Parts – It works wonders

Geplaatst door: op 25 Jul 2015 | Geen reacties

Cleaning bicycle parts brings out the best!

It’s a true statement, cleaning bicycle parts does work wonders. Often I get a bike whose derailleurs, hubs and other parts are covered in mud and smut. But I also know that in the old days they knew about producing quality. Chances are those grimy parts still are in good shape. Ready to be used for many more years to come. And shining in their vintage appeal. All they need is some proper care and attention. To me vintage is all about using original components and leaving as many as possible on the bicycle.

My first step in providing proper care is cleaning bicycle parts. I start off with dismantling the bike, taking out each and every component. In turn I disassemble those components into its constituent parts (as far as this can be done). Next I pile all parts into a plastic container, fill it up with petroleum and let it rest overnight.

If you are cleaning bicycle parts for the first time I recommend you do not mix too many of the disassembled parts in one container. Make sure you remember how to put them back together afterwards. Tip: for instance you can leave one brake intact while you disassemble and cleanse the other. Once clean you can use the intact brake as an example for re-assembling the other one.

The next day you can easily rub off the most tenacious fat, oil and dirt with a toothbrush. Once the dirt is removed I rinse the components in turpentin (white spirit) to remove any petroleum residue. This is to allow fresh grease to be applied later. You can leave the components to dry by itself and let the turpentin vaporise.

During the cleaning process I wear plastic gloves that are able to resist chemicals. I found the petroleum slowly eats away at normal ‘washing up’ gloves. And I don’t like this stuff on my skin.

In this video I demonstrate what cleaning bicycle parts looks like:

Back to DIY page.