Awesome limited-edition cycling prints

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Marc Evans, a freelance designer and illustrator based in the UK, has created an inspiring series of cycling related prints, each with an amazing quote by a cycling world great (or someone noteworthy just talkin' bikes). I saw these last night on Trackosaurus Rex and haven't stopped thinking about them since, especially the one above while I booked it across town on two wheels en route to a meeting over coffee. I was inspired to ride fast and it felt amazing. There are 5 prints in the series, available in A3 and A2 size in a limited edition of 50 each, signed and numbered by the artist. They cost £18 and £27 each and are available from TheFootDown, while supplies last of course. Bike people, don't sleep on this one. They are stupidly awesome.

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  1. As a former coach & friend (who was also an ex-Irish champion & World Champion in the over 70’s age group) used to say when confronted with carbon fiber and unobtanium bikes & parts –

    “If you want to go faster it’s simple. You have to turn the pedals faster”

  2. In 1964 I purchased a Reynolds 531 tubing, all Campagnolo Record, Brooks saddle, Mafac brake FREJUS bike, NEW for $150 — back before unobtanium.

  3. Here are a few more, based on my own experience:
    – Rain biking: Show up at work drenched!
    – Winter biking: Walk your bike down hill!
    – Just keep biking until the handle-bars snap off!
    I spent twenty years bike commuting and only had to carry my bike home twice.

  4. “As long as I breathe, I attack.”
    -Bernard Hinault

    “Get yourself a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live.”
    -Mark Twain

    “I won! I won! I don’t have to go to school any more!”
    -Eddy Merckx

  5. “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of schtupping Marilyn Monroe.” John F. Kennedy

    Actually, I thought his severe back problems would have prevented him from riding a bicycle.

    Then again, I would have also thought that his severe back problems would have prevented him from schtupping Marilyn Monroe.

  6. I especially like the “It never gets easier, you just go faster,” one. There’s times (not often) I actually find myself breaking the speed limit. 30 in a 25 on a bike is one of my favorite traffic violations.

    1. 84 in a 60 zone (km/h) is my record. On my current commute I occasionally hit 50 in 40 zones, because its safer to move with the flow and that is the speed other vehicles are moving at.

      The police academy here in Melbourne is at the top of a big, steep hill and you can go very fast with a strong wind coming from the south or west. Just don’t think about all those cops driving around the general area.

  7. I would like to seriously disagree with the statement “melancholy is incompatible with bicycling”. I find the two to be perfectly matched, in fact. Melancholy plus the European style of sedate, upright cycling along damp cobblestone streets is a match made in a poignant and depressing heaven.

    1. Perhaps melancholy of the wistful, romantic type is possible – breath fogging on a chill autumn morning down by the canal, or wet cobbled streets; but real misery? Never!

  8. @12
    The shot from the police camera van on the side of the road is still one of my most treasured possessions

  9. Mmhh, I think I’ll vectorize a wheel on Photoshop and slap some Wikiquotes on it. Then I’ll print them and charge people 40$ apiece. Cause, you know, I need cheap money…

    1. He´d probably rather vectorize a wheel in Illustrator, but aside from that I agree. Simple Design can be great but this one seems pretty lazy.

  10. My favourite quote (from myself) is “Bike shops – I don’t cycle their bikes, they don’t service mine”. This comes after I heard some horror stories about some bike shops – not all – messing up and people’s brake blocks falling off going down hill.

  11. “Bicycles are almost as good as guitars for meeting girls”
    – Bob Weir (guitarist for The Grateful Dead)

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