Thursday, January 21, 2010

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


My friend Jeff is working on building a Raleigh 753 Team frame which lead me to dig through some of our Raleigh memorabilia. Dan acquired quite a few things from the Raleigh-Levis team manager Michael Fatka, who owned a shop in Ames, Iowa. One of my favorite items is a TI-Raleigh Creda team scarf that features photos of eight of their riders.

Cees Priem - 1974 Dutch Road Champ, 2 career Tour de France stage wins

Gerrie Knetemann - 10 TdF career stages, 74 and 85 Amstel Gold, 78 World Champ. We have a commemorative rainbow jersey signed by Gerrie framed on our wall.

Joop Zoetemelk - 1980 TdF Overall (Six 2nd place finishes), 1979 Vuelta Overall, 1985 World Road Champ, 1971&73 Dutch Road Champ, 1987 Amstel Gold, 1977 &79 Paris-Tours. Son of a farmer, began work as a carpenter.

Bert Oosterbosch - 1979 World Champion Individual Pursuit, 6 TdF stages

Henk Lubberding - 1978 Best Young Rider Classification TdF, 3 stages TdF

Ludo Peeters - 3 stages TdF, 1977&79 Paris Brussels, 1983&85 Paris-Tours, 1987 Kurne-Brussels-Kurne, lots of other Flemish semi-classics. TI-Raleigh's George Hincapie.

Johan van der Velde - 1980 Dauphine Libere, 1980&82 Dutch Road Champ, 1980 Best Young Rider Classification TdF, 3 stages TdF, 2 Yellow Jerseys, 3 Giro stages and 3 Giro Overall Points Competition. Lost everything to addictions to amphetamines, gambling, and petty theft.

Jan Raas - 1979 Road World Champ, 5 time Amstel Gold winner, 1979&83 Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders), 1982 Paris-Roubaix, 1977 Milan-Sanremo, 10 stages TdF. Holy crap.

Traditional Dutch revelry.

Unfortunately Urs Freuler was not yet on the team.

Presented without comment.

For Jeff

From 87

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Further proof

Here's further proof that Rydjor Bike Shop has THE best customers around:

Yes, that is a custom Rydjor beer koozie made by Jamin. And the beer is Beese's homebrew housed in a "Twins Lager Beer" bottle. "Twice as Refreshing" As the photo shows, the bottle has had quite a journey and deserves the comfort and warmth only a Rydjor beer koozie can provide.

Hoppy Holidays

Speaking of which, the snow has fallen (and the temps) so the christmas season is fully upon us. Go ahead, give yourself a treat:

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Libre Bike

Jamin brought in his freshly painted Nacho Libre frame a couple of days ago. It will be for his friend Mike who promises to only ride the bike while wearing is luchero mask. We're working on some custom sublimated tights for him. I think the bike perfectly captures the spirit of the movie.