Archive for the ‘awesome!’ Category
It is no longer hard or expensive to get yourself Cadence products over here (London) – because now they’ve got a UK website!
I’ve tried their new skyline shorts on and off the bike and to be honest, the only time I’ve taken them off is when I’m in bed! They are comfy riding shorts that have loops to hook your keys onto, belt loops to keep your shorts up and well sized back pockets to keep your stuff in. The stretchy material is awesome and it will stand the test of time.
I’ve used them in and around the city and on long distance rides. I also combined them with the Keta Jersey and with bib shorts underneath.
Moving onto the Keta jersey – it’s lightweight, race fitted and has back pockets to fit what you need in! Great for hot summer rides and it’s well ventilated, so it lets air in and it doesn’t make you feel too hot. The design is on point and looks good!
After a few weeks of planning I couldn’t decide on what I want my bike frame to look like, so I left it to Dan to come up with something awesome, and boy is it AWESOME. A work of art i thought when I first saw it, I didn’t know it was mine! I had to have a two looks at it. The details on the paint is so good and the fade is nicely balanced. The brain freeze sparkle is the perfect amount for the frame, especially for its thin tubing. If you let the artist do what they want, the out come will be mind blowing a project – which is always a fun thing. I was so excited to see what he was going to do. It’s something that i’m not used to – different rather, instead of seeing the same stuff over and over again on bikes.
About Daniel, he has been doing this for 10 years and he used to restore and repair cars in North London, painting old classic, retro VW’s and also high end modern cars too. Changing the colours on them and crash repairs was his daily routine. And then on one winter evening and after a few beers with the lads at Seabass Cycles an idea came up for an in house painter, then three months later they found a free space and set to work to build a workshop! It was Seabass Cycles second business venture off the bat of their successful flag ship store in Camberwell, South London. With their great reputation and rad ethos it was a power move!
He had painted a few bikes for friends at his previous workshop along side with his day to day work but it was primarily automotive based. Painting is painting no matter the canvas but what he does to bikes is so much more creative and now with his vinyl cutter he can get to work creating real colourful and technical schemes as well as old school retro.
The painting process of every bike that they do:
Frame gets sent to the acid dippers to take it back to bare metal
Each frame is then sand blasted to get into all the tight spots and remove any acid that is left on the frame but also to blast out any remaining paint and rust
Frames are then repaired if needed and prepped for etch primer
2-3 coats of primer are then applied and then baked
Frames are then prepped and ready for the fun bit. Painting!
Painting bikes is a lot of fun. So much choice and the possibility are really endless!
He likes working with customers that give him their ideas and who offer great input but at the same time it’s also good to play around and create something new and out of the box.
Dan has done an amazing job on my frame and forks. I’m so happy with the result that I would recommend him to anybody that wants their frame done! Anything that he put his spray on is super creative and finished to an excellent standard. As a person – himself and his crew are RAD!!!!
Please check his work:
Colecoatings@gmail.com for all enquires.
Here’s what the paint work looks like. Mind you – this is a temporary set up. Photos by Monwar Hussain.
Today had to be the best day to be on your bike!
Met the guys (Indra and Kamal) at Cycle PS in Battersea, chilled for abit. And went for a ride with our mate Ian, road was busy in this awesome weather. People on their bikes, went around looking for a place to get my new frame painted. Bumped into Levi as we got to high street Ken, beging of the ride. Yeah, it was a fun day around London.
Chas of MASH fame, visited us in London a few weeks ago… Well here is one of the reasons why, watch and enjoy.
Easter Sunday, the weather was awesome compared to last years event. Told Ian Patterson I wanted to go to this place in Cuttys ark that makes ramen burger. I showed Ian a route that I wanted to take but he had another route in mind, he said it will be along side the river and less (RAD)road.
So we all met up outside Nike town as always, at 11am. When everyone was there we took off heading towards south bank, crossing the bridge to get there. This was Easter sunday and it was packed with people with families and there you 15 people on bikes, but no one took notice at us and went on with their business enjoying the sun. We hit up the side streets and even there was packed some part wasn’t of the ride wasn’t even smooth, a lot of cobblestone route but the building around it was beautiful. We was weaving around people and again they didn’t give a damn what was happening, going pass tower bridge on the side street smelling the food at borough market.
Photo by Marek Ufnal
Along side the people, there was tricky obstacles that we came up to. Some of us got off the bike, some of us tried and some of us failed. But all in all we had a good laugh at it, Marek was there to captured the action before we even got to the place. Ian and Marek had everything planed on the route, it almost felt like we were on a roller coaster getting our photo taken on the intense parts.
The weather was great the view was awesome, the people was RAD!
You should see the guys at the bottom doing a pee…
At this point I needed some food and you could just see Cuttys ark, I knew it wasn’t long till I had that ramen burger in my hands.
Pimp my ramen, is run by pinoy guys at Greenwhich market they are there on the weekends. Burgers cost £5 and you can choose from a normal burger, Filipino pulled pork, chicken teriyaki and Veg burger. Just think of a normal bun burger but take it away and put a ramen noodles as the bun, it also comes with fried egg, cheese and secret sauce with lettuce.
After we got our food we took somewhere we can chill out and enjoy our food, not all of us got the burgers because there was a lot of other stalls that had awesome food. If you haven’t been you should go and check it out, I haven’t been there for a long while and a lot has changed since I was there.
Thanks you to the people that came to the ride and thanks Marek for the photos. Ian for the RAD route!
A few days ago it really felt like spring was here, but now I kinda wish i didn’t say anything as its been rubbish weather and a bit cold. The good thing is, its staying light as the time gets later. On my early morning rides you can hear lots of birds singing and seeing lots of flowers blooming. It’s a good feeling but this rain and some chilly days sucks! bring on the shorts and t- shirt weather!
Chas just landed in London fresh today, what he did next was to build up his bike and hit the streets of London. We did some catching up with him and seeing what his been up to, talking about race mainly bike stuff. It’s a quick visit so give him a high five or a holla if you see him n the streets!
It’s good to see you, Chas!