Thursday, November 24, 2011

Eric Clapton's bikes

“My first bike was a James, given to me by Jack [Clapton’s uncle] after I'd pestered him to give me a Triumph Palm Beach, like the one he had, which was metallic scarlet and cream and was as far as I was concerned the ultimate bike (...) by taking one of the brakes off, removing the mudguards, stripping it down, and giving it different tires--the kind for riding over mud--
I turned it into what we call a “track” bike. (...) I have begun buying vintage road bikes, not to ride but because I have always loved the equipment of cycling, especially bikes and accessories from the sixties”.

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