Thank you for taking the time to share your comments. BKW is open to all, with the ability to comment anonymously if you choose. The name of the blog was chosen as an ode to the passion for cycling that radiates from both the north and south of Belgium. Despite any differences that exist inside the country, one thing rings true and that is a love for the bicycle. Whether you are located south or north of center, Begium’s combined passion and dedication to cycling is second to none. I certainly agree with you that the majority of Belgium’s champions were Flandrian, Merckx, Verbeek, Museeuw, Schotte, Steenbergen, Riks I and II, Vanderaerden and, of course, Boonen. It’s difficult to argue with Flanders’ ability to produce great cyclists. The list reads like a who’s-who of hardmen. In my view, no other country loves cycling the way Belgium does.
“(6)you can keep the politics, i’m just gonna go on appreciating gentlemen like van steenbergen, van looy, the de vlaeminck bros, maertens, van impe, boonen & of course the great eddy merckx…who w/ his wife claudia, gave their marriage vows in ‘french’…hmm, i starting to see why…”
I don’t think you understand it… but forget it and keep appreciating those riders.
…radio freddy…i do enjoy & appreciate your site, so i apologize if my responding to your anonymous ‘belgian’ (i assume) cohort is taking on a certain ‘tone’… …anyway, back to the bikes…
anon, whoever… …(1)time frame has nothing to do w/ it… (2)i am the only bikesgonewild…if i say or do something, i can be responded to directly…anonymous ?… there are millions of “anonymous”…i consider it a matter of courtesy to assume some sort of identity…you or others may assume different persona’s & i don’t know to whom i’m responding… (3)if the gentleman who owns this site puts up something of interest to himself, then your “who cares” response is a rip…as a side note, the builders of the bicycles posted utilize modern concepts in their “retro” designs…nothing ‘prehistoric’ about them… (4)your ‘contribution’ is wielded like a weapon at what you consider the writer’s ignorance… (5)quite simply, i didn’t… (6)you can keep the politics, i’m just gonna go on appreciating gentlemen like van steenbergen, van looy, the de vlaeminck bros, maertens, van impe, boonen & of course the great eddy merckx…who w/ his wife claudia, gave their marriage vows in ‘french’…hmm, i starting to see why…
bikesgonewild said… “…my, my, my, anon 4:09am…aren’t you a classy guy ???…”
in Belgium, that isn’t that early…
“you don’t identify yourself…” I am not obliged, i think. Look at the other comments: all anon. BTW, “bikesgonewild” isn’t that en lighting also.
“you rip the contents…” ??? please explain.
“you don’t contribute anything worth while…” commenting is also contributing
“& to top it all off, the site name isn’t to YOUR liking, so you use it to allude to your ‘knowledgeable superiority’ (& that’s not really contributing)” that’s right, and I explained why.
“…i’ve got no reason to call YOU names, you just did it yourself…” so don’t. simple.
BTW: Belgium is an artificial name for a country that no one ever wanted. Check current politics and you’ll understand. Maybe you’ll need to change the name of the site anyway as we’re heading to the end of Belgium. beside that, stick to Flandriens, those where the ones that where the true champions.
Belgium? Does anyone really care? Or even know where it is? Okay, I’m just kdding. I love the Dutch! (yes, I’m kidding again)
On another note, Let’s talk about El Tour De America! I’m thinking this is a really bad idea. In typical American bigger is better fashion, the race is 27 stages and 3,200 miles long. 3,200 miles! Dangle $11 million in prize money and you have a drug-fest mess on your hands. Even if they would race clean (snicker), the organizers appear to be running head first into a first year boondoggle that could very likely cause more harm than good to US cycling.
…my, my, my, anon 4:09am…aren’t you a classy guy ???…you don’t identify yourself…you rip the contents…you don’t contribute anything worth while…& to top it all off, the site name isn’t to YOUR liking, so you use it to allude to your ‘knowledgeable superiority’ (& that’s not really contributing)… …i’ve got no reason to call YOU names, you just did it yourself…
prehistoric American retro models, who cares?
BTW: “Belgium” knee warmers? Have you ever been to Belgium? All champions from so called Belgium are Flemish; I don’t see the point of referring to Belgium. In “Belgium”/Flanders/Vlaanderen we call them Flandriens!
at least the masi would be affordable. the others would be a bit expensive for cruising, don’t you think?
I like all these bikes. I’m not wild about the flat fenders on the Masi or the Seven — I don’t think they would keep the rain off very well.
Those Sycips are sweet — love the green Honjo fenders on the middle one, although the last Sycip bike would suit me better — hub-generator w/ lights, fenders, hub-shifter. Very nice! I’ll take the porteur rack from the Seven and stick it on that last Sycip – perfect!
I like the Masi townie…I’d like it better w/ cork grips…Tres Sporting. ..however, I will never fully get on board w/ the “cruiser” style swooping lines.