My love for the track bike continues.
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Day one on Saturday sees the flea market come into town, I say flea market it is a great big cycle jumble in English terms. Stretched out either side of Gaiole’s main road this jumble is big and not only is it big, it is good, very good. Everything you ever needed for your period build and all the accompaniments to go with it can be found here. Even the rarest of the rare is on the tables, it seems that the cream of Italy’s cycle merchandise dealers have landed in Chianti for the day to bless all of the hungry with their wares. You simply do not get a selection this good in the U.K.
I could have bought it all, I really could. Had I gone there with an empty suitcase and a full bank account I surely would have at least grabbed a frame or two, and some wheels, and a groupset and then probably most of the other needed components to build a complete. Instead I bought a Gios T-shirt, I figured I should buy something off them considering how much I was lurking around their stall all day, staring at those beautiful blue frames.
Peep more photographs over at my Flickrspot.
Colnago Pista Mexico
Professional track bike from Colnago with extralight Columbus framework, with fully chromed “cromato” finish. Campagnolo Record Pista group, Cinelli bar/stem and Arius plastik track saddle. Martano Turbo rims with Clement Seta tubulars.
Zing! What a beaut… and a perfect winter hacker too!
Seen at Speedbicycles.
Whatever doubt that I had in my mind as to whether I should stump for that modern group for my steel frame was quickly dispatched upon sight of this fluoro Tommasini.
Spotted at Fame & Spear.
I know Sparky wanted something special so he got an integrated seat post with custom expanding seat post stub to allow some adjustment should he change his seat or such things. Being a fair weather bike his bottom bracket got pretty heavily drilled and I carried this through to other areas such as the seat tube sleeve and modified Columbus Max crown. Yep couldn’t leave it alone, so I filled the window and drilled the tangs to make sure it tied in perfect with the frame.
The other main feature of this bike is the internal cable routing, with the rear brake cable exiting the rear of the seat tube, the rear derailleur cable exiting the bottom of the seat stay and the front derailleur cable coming straight out the back of the bottom bracket shell. Finished with a mix of Campagnolo parts this is one awesome road machine.
Yes it is, it’s a beaut. Donhou, it’s fair to say that you are currently ‘smashing it’. That’ll be street slang for ‘doing really well’. I think a trip to the workshop is on the cards. Congrats also to Sparkes, this is one lovely piece of kit you have, pal.
Donnie has only just started building frames but already his work is looking amazing. If you are based anywhere near Norfolk and you are in the market for something, be sure to check this guy out.
Oh and Sparky, and you Tim, I want to see what he did for you when they are finished!
See more here.
Next year’s L’Eroica I’ll be on one of these for damn sure. Oh, and obviously not the track version!
Who needs seatstays when you have chain stays like these? Seriously, I have never seen a hencher set of legs.
The Pegoretti ‘Big Leg Emma’. Tonk!
See this bike in full effect right here at Feather. Peep the curvy tubes and high polished lugset… Hetchins eat your heart out!
Nice work Ricky.
Now, folks that know me will know that I am no stranger to building vintage bikes, in fact I can’t think of anything I enjoy more, however when my pal Len said he had a project for me to undertake I had no idea what was in store.
Knowing my love for and knowledge of the vintage bicycle he has asked me to build this, his recently acquired ebay purchase of a Colnago Master Crono.
He wanted me to build him a ‘fixie’ out of it. I, of course, said no, no way. The only way I would get involved was if he would agree to me building it up the way it was intended… A super fast geared time trial machine. So, after much banter and a phone call to the bank manager he said “OK”.
I have no idea how much it will cost ( not that it’s my hard earned that I’ll be spending ) or how long it will take, I am just happy he asked me because now I can’t wait to get started, but wait… Dude, where are the god damned forks?
Anyway, hold tight the disc wheel and full super record. Happy days.
Concorde Squadra team PDM, Netherlands, 1989.
Professional PDM (1986 – 1992) team bike from Concorde (made by Ciocc or Billato, Italy) with Columbus TSX framework #99047 finished in PDM team colours. Equipped with Campagnolo C-Record 7-speed Delta group in Century finish. Cinelli bar/stem, Campagnolo Omega Strada clincher rims.
The rims, the rims! Seen.
Yes, Jeremy* you did it! Can’t believe you smashed out a five hour ride on it though, you must be Loco!
The Duell still looking good and might I say I am glad (although it is not mine anymore) that you did it this way and not that way…. am I Jealous? Of course not. Well maybe a little bit.
So I found my lockring, attached it and went riding, now here it is, in all it’s glory, straight back after it’s maiden voyage as the ‘silver shadow’.
We went on a lovely 30 or so miler yesterday evening with Hardysan on his brand new and totally luscious Parlee. It was a beautiful ride in the evening sun around West heath, Blackwell, Wythall, Lickey hills and then some… I tell you, it was probably the most hills in succession I have ridden round these parts. Not bad training for a european excursion, perhaps do the route 3 times on an empty stomach, with a rucksack on and flat tyres, I’m sure that’d be training enough.
It was all gravy until I reached about 5 miles from home and 30 minutes before the World Cup final began, when I heard “crunch, click, crunch, click, clunk, click”. Strange, so I looked down and to my horror I noticed that the noise that had been coming from the rear of the bicycle for the past few weeks was indeed what I thought it might have been… A knackered freewheel. Damn thing had pretty much fallen off and it was now refusing to engage and turn the wheel.
I had known something was up since I got these wheels, A clunking every now and then when spinning at high revs, but until something broke I had no idea what it was exactly, thankfully it chose to fail in relative walking distance from my home.
Next up it’s a relentless hunt for a 6 speed block and preferably Regina!