Journal / Yompin

  • Fluid Mechanics #1 ~ Gianni Bugno

    In 1990 the Italian Gianni Bugno won Milan ~ San Remo in very classy fashion. Crosswinds along the Riviera had broken up the peloton, scattering the riders into three large echelons. Angelo Canzonieri took a punt off the front after passing Imperia. Bugno followed the move. On the Cipressa, with his upper body still, arms fixed on the hoods, turning over a huge gear, Bugno dropped Canzonieri effortlessly and took off solo. He held 18 seconds at the top of the Cipressa and 15 seconds on the Poggio. Rolf Golz stalked Bugno all the way to San Remo ~ Bugno...

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  • Q&A with Henk Francino of The RSF

    Before Mamnick I was dealing in vintage clothing, my weekends were spent riding the bike and traveling the UK to bicycle jumble sales, looking for deals. Before the big boom in the vintage market and old school bikes becoming cool, you could pick-up all sorts of top-end bike parts from the 50s-90s for next to nothing. I rarely bought bike parts to sell-on, I was building a collection of bits for my own bikes, for when current parts wore-out and needed replacing. I have many parts still sitting in my cellar, ready for when they need using. During this time I came across an issue of the Rough...

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  • Contemplating Yomp

    "If everybody is doing it one way, there is a good chance you can find your niche by going exactly in the opposite direction" - Sam Walton  Sticking a label on the way you ride seems limiting. It goes against the spirit of cycling to me. Putting people into groups rather than seeing people as individuals is tribal. This can be problematic in the form of bike-riding, politics, thinking and all the vague post-modernist crap in-between!   Regarding the bike, geography plays a big part - where you live influences your choice of rides which can influence the way you...

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  • The Upper Derwent Valley

    We started our walk at the Cutthroat Bridge car park on the A57. I have walked and cycled around the woodland-fringed parts of the Derwent and Ladybower reservoirs many times so I decided a different approach was necessary.  I have never been up to the Millstone grit escarpment that lies on Derwent Edge and when you get up to the junction and the moors that lie above, it feels altogether different in contrast to the valley, much of which is clothed in woodland and braken. The steep-sided valley edge gives way to miles of bare and largely featureless moorland apart...

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  • Alport Castles - The UK's Biggest Landslide

    We started our walk at 10am in the Derwert Valley beneath the stone ramparts of the Derwent dam with a cup of tea. Fairholmes car-park apparently has a history of its own, I found this out afterwards after noticing the crumbling foundation of the farm and doing some research when I got home. During the construction of the reservoirs the car-park was a masons’ yard it would have likely reverberated the sounds of workers' cutting and shaping stone for the the dams.    Leaving the valley our route climbs up through Lockerbrook Coppice. Leaving the trees, the route follows the top edge of...

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  • Lincoln GP 2018

    A ride to Lincoln to watch the Grand Prix.  All images by Thom Barnett. 

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  • The Story of DARK PEAK

    In late 2016 Mamnick and Albion got together to discuss a possible collaboration between the two brands. That collaboration was realised in late-November 2017.  During this time I took my 35mm camera and documented the trip to the factory in Italy and to the final shoot in the Dark Peak with model, Matt Tucker.  All images were made using a Yashica T4 with out-of-date Kodak Ektachrome stock (click on the image to enlarge). 

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  • The Independent Mind - Part 2

    “The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.” AA Milne   Perhaps geniuses and prodigies are born knowing how to think for themselves, but most of us have to learn how. And unfortunately many never do. Perhaps it’s because they never had the right teacher at school or met the right friend to show them. Or perhaps because thinking for yourself isn’t easy. To think properly requires an understanding of the subconscious...

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  • Yomping and The Independent Mind

    YOMP is a term used by the Royal Marines to describe a long distance march carrying full kit. It is thought to come from the acronym of Your Own Marching Pace. It is in this sense that it reflects the Mamnick ethos to do things your own way. Dressing, bike riding and thinking are Mamnick’s main interests. Here is a brief Yomper's guide to each. Dress your own way “Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.” Orson Welles Street fashion tribes have been around for a long time. Teddy Boys, Mods, Rockers,...

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