In 1994 I was the presenter on CHAIN GANG, a Tyne Tees TV magazine series on cycling. Six half-hour episodes were aired. Tyne Tees has given me permission to publish some of the material.
Six items have been selected and now reside on the Quickrelease.tv video podcast on iTunes. Subscribe – for free – and the six episodes will automagically download to your PC or Mac.
The snippets – billed as ‘From the Archive’ – are brought to you in association with Muc-Off.
So, what’s available?
1 Mass v custom build, Raleigh v Dave Yates
This starts with some 1950s footage of the Raleigh factory, and includes a wonderfully cheesy ‘Head Designer’. The 1994 footage is also drenched in nostalgia. The factory – seen here humming with activity – was knocked down and made into student flats. Look out for the way Raleigh employees placed bike decals compared to the way a custom builder did it.
2 Wax or shave?
Bear in mind that I still look like this. I’ve not aged a bit. My leg hairs have grown back since, mind. This episode sees me going out with a road gang for the very first time. (And ripping their legs off…cameras never lie).
3 Bike versus sportscar
Car v bike through city centre traffic has been done umpteen times for TV cameras but this video is a little bit different, pitting as it does, an Aston Martin sportscar against an Aston Martin mountain bike (now a museum piece).
4 Malawi bicycle tour
Hi-8 footage from a hastily arranged bike tour of this beautiful African country. Along for the ride was Bob Strawson, owner of ‘trick bits’ maker Middleburn Engineering.
5 Behind the scenes
How the series was filmed. Helmet and bike cams are now ten-a-penny. In 1994 they were specialist items and required rucksacks…
6 Jason McRoy
Brilliant footage of the first British MTB superstar (RIP). He’s seen sliding around the NE of England as well as ripping down the Kamikaze course on Mammoth Mountain.
The videos will be placed on YouTube in daily installments next week, but are available as a package on iTunes right now.
Subscribe to the podcast to start the episodes downloading, iTunes isn’t listing the individual episodes yet.
There are 78 show pix stored here on Google’s Picasa. Same shots have been placed, lo-res, on YouTube here. Subscribe to the Quickrelease.tv podcast to get the hi-res slideshow sent to your iPod or Apple TV or PC. Here’s an excellent 73-second tour of the show, via Yannick ‘YouTube’ Read of the CTC.
Charge fixies and hardtails, plus the ‘distressed’ kitchen, one of the best show booths I’ve ever seen at a bike show. Different to, but rivalling, this year’s Cervelo booth at Interbike.
Condor’s 60th birthday party, featuring Phil Liggett, Disco Stu and Mick Jagger’s road bike.
Fizik’s four sizes/styles of MTB saddles, depending on travel per bike.
Hope’s 24-inch, £2000 kids bike. Some of the CNC’ed parts have been seen at Eurobike and Interbike but this is the first time the bike has been seen in one piece.
Hope’s new LED Vision One battery lamp.
The £10,100 Santana Quad from JD Cycle’s.
The camo kid’s jersey from Polaris.
Transport for London’s new Bespoke cycling products brand, licensed to Fisher Outdoor Leisure. First products are LEDs and Harrington-style classy black jackets, with mudguards to come before Christmas, and lots more in 2008.
Raleigh’s upmarket town bikes (Pioneer Elites), the reissue DBR with the retro splatter paint job and the reissued Raleigh Super Tuff Burner. Only 500 will be made, and all have been booked by dealers already.
More and bigger pix here.