We've sent frames all over the world now, but this is the first to end up in Romania Thanks to Vlad for sending this photo of his bike and some great feedback on how it rides. "I've logged about 1000km since the build and it rides great. The fit is good and the frame feels firm, springy and quick in corners. The Reynolds steel frame it replaced was sluggish and it dampened the road too much, now I feel faster, the bike is also lighter and I'm more confident to push hard. I'm also planning to go on some more climbs next month and see how well it climbs and descends, it should be great."
Here's an eclectic mix of our best cycling spots from around the internet this month. The Inner Ring Once again the Tour de France coverage over on the INRNG pro cycling blog has been superb. Witty, insightful insider coverage with lively debate amongst the comments - if you're not following this site you should add it to your favourites immediately. To support the site Mr. Inrng recently collaborated with Prendas to produce a limited edition jersey. Grab one while you can. Wheelset Search After our short feature on compatible forks for our steel frames we asked a few recent customers about the wheelsets they selected for their new builds. Whist most opted for Campag, Fulcrum and Mavic, a couple of lesser known brands also cropped up. Hunt produce high quality hand-built wheels from top spec'ed components sourced from well respected Asian manufacturers (an approach we certainly appreciate). They look the business and are well priced too. Swiss Side wheels have a focus on aerodynamics and with a combined 50 years of Formula 1 experience in their design team they should be good at it too. Any brand with line graphs on their product pages get my vote. West Coast Jerseys & Bags While on the look out for a new short sleeve jersey, I came across Ornot Apparel. As they are based in sunny San Francisco they offer nothing in merino - but will make a nice change from the obligatory Rapha Classics Jersey visible on every Saturday morning club run. Portland based Tanner Goods are high-end producers of traditional leather work. Their new outdoor collection includes a range of waxed cotton handlebar and saddlebags. The Excursion Frame Bag is our favourite. A waxed canvas workhorse, designed to carry a working days worth of gear without getting overstuffed. Its dimensions will fit a laptop, a light jacket, a notebook and some lunch safely, without worrying about your legs hitting it while pedalling. North East Caps A little closer to home is D By Design Cycling Caps. With a custom design service for cycling clubs for orders of 15 caps I'm sure this new brand will prove popular. They also offer some bold stock caps from just £12 - a small investment to vastly improve your coffee stop look. Finding & Building Vintage Bicycles Finally, My Ten Speeds, a retro website about vintage bikes. I don't know what I was doing when I found this, but I love it. Posts run from 2008 to 2013 and feature a range of articles about the joys and pitfalls of vintage bike building. The site also features a gallery of the authors own salvaged builds sourced from all over America, Europe and Asia. Here's a few favourites from Legnano, Torpado and Tomassini to skim the surface of the the Italian section.
Welcome to the new GOSFORTH.CC webstore. We now have a selection of Reynolds 931 & Reynolds 953 stock road bike frames available for purchase online. We also have components including titanium seatposts, titanium stems, some beautiful and hard to find titanium road forks, and a short run of an exceptional Ti-3Al-2.5V fixed wheel framesets. They are sure to go fast. While GOSFORTH.CC is a new venture, you won't be surprised to hear that all our products are meticulously welded by hand in Taiwan by a factory that supplies the very same standard of goods to brands much more famous than our own. We hope you like them. Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow on Twitter for updates.