they're here at last!

ardbeg crew
archie, emma and dugga

ardbeg jersey front

ardbeg jersey back


they've been a long time coming, but at last, the ardbeg cycle jerseys are here in all their glory. contact ardbeg distillery to get your track mitts on your very own. a snip at only £40 each for quality cycle clothing by endura sport in edinburgh. available, in limited quantities, in sizes 4,5,6 and 7 (i think). join velo club d'ardbeg. photos above are of the actual shirt and not a marketing prototype, and although it's not quite short sleeve cycling weather this side of the equator, a set of black assos arm warmers should do the trick. attention to detail is typical of the clothing produced for ardbeg, even down to a small ardbeg logo on the back of the collar
next project will be to persuade ardbeg to produce cycling caps - same colour, same logo, same colour with the name on the peak (hamish are you reading this?)

this website got its name because scotland's graeme obree built his championship winning 'old faithful' using bits from a defunct washing machine.

on a slightly different note, my regular reader will have noted the addition of a 'colnago c40' rollover to the left. this contains a reprint of a recent article featured in cycle sport magazine, which they were very kind to let me present here (because i'm a colnago geek) there are also links to cycling weekly reviews of the colnago c50 and colnago dream b-stay. i have also found an excellent review of the colnago c40hp here

i have been asked to add the following link to the post by wheelygoodcause. they're a cycling club dedicated to arranging epic rides for charity and do not charge charities for the pleasure. They ride because they want to. here's the link.

Remember, you can still read the review of 'the dancing chain' the utterly excellent book on the history of the derailleur bicycle by clicking here

any of the books reviewed on the washing machine post can probably be purchased from or

as always, if you have any comments on this nonsense, please feel free to e-mail and thanks for reading.

this column almost never appears in the dead tree version of the ileach but appears, regular as clockwork on this website every two weeks. (ok so i lied) sometimes there are bits added in between times, but it all adds to the excitement.

on a completely unrelated topic, ie nothing to do with bicycles, every aspect of the washing machine post was created on apple macintosh powerbook g4, and imac computers, using adobe golive cs and adobe photoshop cs. needless to say it is also best viewed on an apple macintosh computer.

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