Journal

  • Local Riders Q&A - Michael Barry

    Michael Barry is a former world-tour professional cyclist who rode for a number of world-class teams including T-Mobile, High Road/HTC-Columbia, U.S. Postal Service, Discovery Channel and Team Sky. He raced 5 Giro d’Italia and 5 Vuelta a Espanas and one Tour de France. He has supported Lance Armstrong, Mark Cavendish, Bradley Wiggins and many other top names over the years. In 2004, he wrote his first book Inside the Postal Bus. He most recently wrote Shadows on the Road in 2015. Barry has also written two other books, one being the great; Le Metier: The Seasons of a Professional Cyclist. When...

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  • Tom Simpson by Chris Sidwells.

    Last week the below image appeared on my twitter feed of Tom Simpson preparing his bike for the Monsal Hill Climb. I got in the touch with Chris Sidwell's to enquiry weather there were any more images of this ilk in his possession. Images like these inspired me to ride my bike and I'd spend hours trawling the internet trying to find unseen and rare images of the some of the greatest cyclists and images of the surrounding culture. Chris was kind enough to provide two images of Simpson that I am happy to share with you below. In case you were foundering, Tom...

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  • Local Riders Q&A - Jay McCarthy

    Jay McCarthy is an Australian racing cyclist who is currently riding for Tinkoff. He has completed both the Giro and Vuelta as well as finishing 3rd place at the Tour of Turkey in 2015.  I met Jay when I was cycling with a friend in Lucca (Italy) a over a year ago. That is where Jay lives. He was kind of enough to ride at my pace over the rolling hills and quiet roads of Tuscany in the sun, a memorable moment for me on the bike. I asked him a lot of the questions during that ride and followed up the...

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  • Local Rides Q&A - Jonathan Tiernan-Locke

    This is a long overdue entry to the Local Rides Q&A as me and Jonathan exchanged these email nearly a year ago, so my apologies to Jon for the wait on completing this. There are also a few more Q&A's to go up on this journal over the next couple of weeks too so keep your eyes-peeled.  Jonathan Tiernan-Locke's major breakthrough as a professtional cyclist came from winning four stages during the 2012 UCI Europe Tour, including the Tour of Britain while riding for Endura Racing. He has also rode for Rapha-Condor Sharp (2011) and Team Sky (2013-2014).  Now JTL is riding for a team he co-founded,...

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  • On Handkerchiefs and Pocketsquares

    Note the name: for it signifies something that is to be handled. This brings us to the principle that the arrangement of the hank/pocketsquare in the breast pocket must be done in such a way that that it gives the appearance of being there for use, and not decoration, although this latter function is fundamentally important if you are in favor of 'peacocking' (always an opinion at weddings, if one should need such an excuse). Any use of a second handkerchief other than that of display is a gesture inelegant in the extreme (although, I do not deter you from...

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  • The Mamnick Kitemark

    The original UK Kitemark is a product and service quality certification which is owned and operated by The British Standards Institution (BSI Group).    The Kitemark has most frequently been used to identify products where safety is paramount which is why you won't find a kitemark on cycling helmets but you will on motorbike helmets. The Kitemark was originally conceived in 1903 as a symbol to identify products manufactured to meet British Standards' specifications. It indicates that the product has been independently tested by the BSI. It is not the same as the CE marking (Communaute Europeenne) which signifies that a product complies with...

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  • On Collaborations & Conversations

    I've always enjoyed a good conversation, in fact, I value it over most things. Having your ideas challenged, listening to others about subjects you know little about and asking (sometimes awkward) questions have always been part of my character. I've got a very inquisitive nature and I find conversations are a fun way of educating myself, challenging my own (and others) opinions and most importantly - having a laugh! I like to think most of my friends like that about me (as frustrating as I can sometimes be).  When I started Mamnick just over four years ago, I wanted this 'love of conversation' to...

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  • MNK & BF - The collaboration and the product

    Today, we proudly launch our first full sunglasses frame in collaboration with Banton Frameworks, UK.  Each frame has been carefully handmade in their studio workshop sporting customary Banton Frameworks components; Robust stainless steel rivets permanently fasten 5 barrel stainless steel hinges resulting in a timeless and sturdy feel. Titanium nose pads poise the frame perfectly on your nose without the frame edge resting on your face. Curved ‘hockey-end’ temples curl effortlessly behind the ear, offering a secure and comfortable fit. Due to the varying transparency of the Amber acetate, the solid brass temple core inside the temples is visible both inside and...

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  • MNK x BF - Design Process

    After first identifying a synergy between Mamnick and Banton Frameworks, I approached them any proposed the idea of producing a limited pair of sunglasses manufactured in their workshop near Glasgow. After numerous conversations via email and phone, the dimensional drawings (seen below) outline their very first ‘full acetate frame’ which I am happy Mamnick can be a part of. Produced from premium acetate, the cotton based bio-polymer is sourced from a globally renowned Italian supplier. The tones of the acetate are warm with hints of orange and red. During design development the acetate board produced an amber glow across the...

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  • Mamnick x Banton Frameworks

    After long and overdue input on this journal, it gives me great pleasure to announce a collaboration with Scottish based brand Banton Frameworks.  As part of our collaboration we have created a full acetate sunglasses frame. Produced completely in the BF workshop, just outside Glasgow. The combination of precision processes and handmade craftsmanship were used to create this bespoke design, created under Mamnick’s mantra of  doing ”One thing at a time, as beautiful as possible”. These frames will come with sun lenses included within the pre-order price of £190.00. We are also able to offer prescription sun lenses or prescription...

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