Triptych Portrait Project #45 | Ricky Feather

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A selection from the full set can be found here –
Currently in the process of setting up a place for the whole (current) set to reside.

The Yorkshireman.
A man long overdue for the series. Ricky is the true story of cycling evolution. Starting young on the BMX he made a name for himself, got sponsers, travelled europe and a custom named frame. He has now become pretty much an all out roadie thanks to first a spell riding fixed gear. However this is only part of his recent story, the most inspiring part is his frame building business. A one man start up, custom building steel bike frames (pretty much in his shed) he’s since gone on to win numerous awards, best in shows, public choice awards, selected to build bikes for pro riders along with features in GQ magazine amongst others. This is just the tip of his list of honours, the main thing to take away however is his dedication to his craft. The acclaim helps build the publics awareness of his business but to Ricky the joy of turning a customers dream bike into a reality is all the reward he seems to need.

Here are a few links to check out the man and the business –

Feather Cycles from Bespoked on Vimeo.

M9 50mm Summicron (V)

FGY Rider Portrait Series – No. 14 Leigh

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Number fourteen from this series of planned rider portraits for Fixed Gear York.
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The second honourary International rider from the group & the first female (equal opportunities and all that).
This time I bring you Leigh, our honourary American rider. Not an actual York resident Leigh has somehow managed to partake in three of FGY’s most memorable rides, the “Sunday Socials”. We pretty much managed to bookend her time in the UK with rides. Ride one was shortly after her arrival, ride two was the celebration of her taking delivery of the fine stead you see here (built & personally delivered by non other than Mr Bishop himself) and the final ride before Leigh departs to Berlin granted her entry to our hall of fame.

Letting out a little of her inner hipster with the socks too, thanks Leigh. (I very nearly used the ridiculously smiley one)

FGY Rider Portrait Series – No. 13 Ross

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No I haven’t fallen off the planet, things have been a little busy around here of late but worry not here’s a new triptych to feast your eyes upon, along with a promise of some more very soon.

Lucky number thirteen from this series of planned rider portraits for Fixed Gear York.
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This time I bring a rather overdue portrait for Mr Ross. Why? Well Ross here is one of, if not THE founding member of FGY. He’s the man who gave up a considerable amount of time and effort into organising FGY’s inaugural Alleycat, the memorable Bridge to Far. A man who lives & breathes cycling of all natures (well maybe not recumbents). No other cyclist I know comes close to having so many bike come and go from their collection, he’s a one man bike rescue project.
Sadly no longer a York local we finally managed to add Ross to the project this week after a guest appearance at last nights ride.

FGY Rider Portrait Series – No. 12 Scott

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Number twelve from this series of planned rider portraits for Fixed Gear York.
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Another somewhat long overdue rider portrait for the set.
Up this week Mr Scott, who has managed to unwittingly kick me into gear with this project again simply by the fact he’s leaving (now left) York. What you see here is a Scottish Scott ready to take on the elements. Actually you see us sheltering in the archway at the pub to take photos but whatever.
A man who loves his cycling, road, mountain, whatever he’s up for anything with two wheels and a human drive chain. We’ll miss ya Scott and for those lucky folk down on the South coast watch out for a ferocious Hipster chasing you down on his Brompton whilst whip skidding his way through the puddles (and mostly staying upright in the process).

Reasons to love TriX

Reasons to love film, originally uploaded by bang*.

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It’s that time of year again. Back on the bike a little more now that the weather is picking up.
Chance to give the CL a go with the CV 15mm f4.5. Hella wide!
Also playing with TriX a little, iso 1600 and some beautiful punchy negs.

Leica CL
CV 15mm f4.5 Heliar
Kodak TriX @ 1600

Reasons to love film

Reasons to love film

City Riding Series – Part 6

City Riding Series – Part 5, originally uploaded by bang*.

Day 254 / 365

It’s been a while since my last city riding photograph & this one was totally unplanned.
Taking the short route around the Minster and also taking a chance on not meeting a bobby on the way.

5D / 12-24mm

Check the series so far on my City Riding series on Flickr.

Ready When You Are. – Bike Week 2 comes to a close.

Ready When You Are., originally uploaded by bang*.

Day 226 / 365

Closing out the second bike week with a little love for one of my bikes which had been a tad neglected for the last year. She’s a loyal servant and after a little fettle she’s back in full service knocking the SL Carbon onto the for sale list.
I spotted this lovely little pool of light just the other day and had intended on shooting it a different way but this kind of works too.

Olympus E-P2, Pany 20mm f1.7.

I’m getting back into the swing of the 365 project again now after a week of themed shooting. I’ve also formulated a list of themes to try and keep me focused a little more than of late. I haven’t decided which to go for next so we shall see what tomorrow brings.

Fair Weather Cyclist – Bike Week

Fair Weather Cyclist – Bike Week, originally uploaded by bang*.

Day 224 / 365

Deja Vu – The last ride I took the old E-PL2/20mm on, I got soaked and grabbed a few shots of the wet bike. Today the first ride I take the new E-P2/20mm on and ditto.
Still I do love riding in the rain sometimes. There’s something about riding in the rain that just makes everything seem okay with the world. Call me crazy (most people probably think I am as they see me rolling by with a big child-like grin upon my face.)

Happy to confirm the PEN survied its first test in the splashy stuff, although to be fair it only came out for a few minutes.

Olympus E-P2, 20mm

Also really glad I gave the bike a clean and oil the other day . . . . . . . . . . . .

Leigh’s New Bishop

Leigh’s New Bishop, originally uploaded by bang*.

Day 191 / 365

One from todays ride with friends new and old involving two frame builders (Mr Chris Bishop from Baltimore and Mr Ricky Feather from closer to home).
We figured a classic British styled track frame built by an American deserved a fittingly English backdrop.

Check out these two guys and the beautiful steel creations that spring from their minds & hands;

Bishop Bikes and
Feather Cycles and


A fine day was had by all it would seem. Bikes, beers, good company, dogs, good food and miles and miles of smiles.

Look Ma, No Hands

Look Ma, No Hands, originally uploaded by bang*.

Day 186 / 365

Yup, it’s the handlebars again. I was lucky to catch a short burst of sunshine during my return into the city on todays ride. I figured it was a good a time as any to break out the phone for todays 365.

iPhone – Camera+