Recycled cycling tube tissue case.
Recycled cycling tube tissue case.
The track bike or ‘flip bike’ is very unique. The bike is inspired by legendary cyclist, Fausto Coppi who competed and won the Tour de France with a fixed wheel track bike.
The back wheel of the bike can be flipped with one side being a regular single speed with a free wheel in low gear ratio and one being fixed. The was a popular way of running a bike in the early days of competitive cycling and fixed wheel was faster over flat ground, while the single speed with a freewheel was easier to ride when the stage became more hilly.
To reflect this ‘flip-ability’ the paint on the frame is split down the middle in two colours, so that from one side it appears to be green for example, and other side navy. The lugs are picked out in a contrasting colour to match the classic Mercian barber pole down the seat tube. The lugs and barbers pole are then hand finished with another complimentary colour.
The frames are built in Reynolds 631 tubing and the frame design is also exclusive to Paul Smith, where the spearpoint lugs seen on our Professional frame (used to stiffen the bottom bracket area) have been added to every lug. This will make the bike very stiff and responsive. The spearpoint lugs are not cosmetic and added to the frame following construction – but are hand cut, joined, carefully filed by hand and added to the lug before the tubes are joined, using our traditional open hearth brazing method.
The seat lug area has Paul Smith signature engraved into the top-eye on one side, with Mercian engraved on the other side.
Every small detail on all of the bikes has been specified by Paul Smith, from the exact shade of enamel paint to the colour of the Brooks handlebar tape and saddles.
The result is a stunning bike!
The track bike retails at £2,800.00 and can be seen in Paul Smith showrooms from November 2006.
Campagnolo Record, front only
Diacompe, Single lever, right hand side
Phil Wood front & Flip Flop rear
Mavic Open Pro Silver
1 × fixed, 1 × freewheel
The colours are all hand mixed by the sprayer in the finest quality enamels and may vary slightly from frame to frame.
But if you are a guy like me with long legs, i bet the height difference of your stem and seat will sure to give you a sore back.
This is “Long legs man” bike.
In order to solve this problem, I designed this component to
lengthen your “sawn too short” front fork.
It is made of stainless steel,
Direct mount on your 1″ threaded fork,
Offer a little more height to extend your stem higher,
The stem lock bolt will still be intact inside your fork,
Therefore reduce any safety concerns.
This is how it will look when extended.
With this component you can extend your stem 1.5cm higher,
At present i have extended my stem 1cm higher,
I weigh around 82Kgs,
And normal testing over the last few weeks,
Shows that the stability has been quite good,
I’m confident with the strength of this component.
After having fun played bicycle polo game with broomsticks, Paolo and I were considering to make bike polo mallets seriously, we’ve read many articles about building mallets by ski poles, but it is nearly impossible find ski poles in tropical Taiwan, so we’ve deicide to make it in wood, and dyed it to make vintage look.
After tested with various wood and mallet length, abusing wood lathe machine at school, and finally, we had our first production of bike polo mallets done!
Let’s enjoy the game, riders! hit it as hard as you can, breaking them will give us opportunities to make second upgraded production!