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> BIKES - various OIXIO bicycle builds, from the most recent to back in time. I was a bike assembler and mechanic through the 1980s. I think I've assembled more than 10000 bikes and I have no inclination to stop, though the pace has slowed significantly since those good days. Each of these builds represents a great deal of searching for the right parts and a bit of 'design', then significant craftsmanship and use of special tools and methods to recondition (as necessary) and fit the parts to a frame.

^ Beautiful black De Rosa frame of Columbus SLX that was rather crudely hacked into an S&S-coupled travel bike. I cobbled together a nearly full set of white Shimano Sante parts, that look very nice on this frame with (magically sublimated) white decals. Shimano 105 hubs with dark-anodized rims and Mitas ARROW 700x28 tires. Crank Brothers pedals (dual wrench modes for travel support). Selle Italia XR seat and Campagnolo QR seat binder for the "De Rosa" black seatpost. Black powder-coated stem with releasing bar clamp (travel support), and black ITM handlebar with aero brake levers and white carbon-look tape. Packable snazzy, and impressive ride feel.
^ Motobecane Le Champion from the early 1980s, I presume. 61cm c-t, Reynolds 531 tubing. Respray with a unique color scheme of blue and white with gold pinstripe around lugs - nice work, Frank! Generally French build, but of course with excursions to Japan for Aero Comp brake and Suntour Cylcone derailleurs. Simplex shifters, Stronglight cranks and headset. Laprade seatpost, but a bit fancier than the common ones. Mavic bars (black cloth tape) and stem, and Mavic hubs and rims (Open 4 CD) with a 13-28 7-speed Sachs freewheel and Fincci 700x28 60 TPI tires. Crucial seat.
^ Marin Verona of Columbus Thron tubing from year 2000 (?), Italian-made by Billato, 63.5cm c-t, purple-blue and silver. With stock Campagnolo Mirage group with 3x9 gears, and Cinelli bars (44) and stem (120), but with a Campagnolo Record Aero seatpost and Selle San Marco seat. Ambrosio Balance deep-V rims. Crankbrothers pedals, cheap plastic bottle cages and bottles, Panaracer 700x32 tires. This shall be my gravel bike!
^ Parlee Z-Zero Carbon frame from 2013 with a PF30 bottom bracket shell. Campagnolo Record 11-Speed with 50/34 chainings and a 12-28 cogset. Silver Chris King headset, Fulcrum Racing 3 wheels and Continental Ultra Sport tires. Selle San Marco seat. Impeccable after crankset change from Dura-Ace SRM to Campagnolo, two rounds of careful seat tube cuts, and touch-up. This one came to me from Boulder, and is now back to within easy riding distance of it's origin north of Boston.
^ Specialized StumpJumper, 21", Black. Sunlite HITEN fork. In 1984 some Pink TEAM Stumpjumpers were raced with drop bars, and I wanted to try! Suntour XC where I could find parts. Suntour XC Comp crankset, 46/36/24, 175. Serfas woven fabric bar tape on 3TTT bars and Specialized riser stem. Suntour XC hubs with Specialized 1.5" rims and Schwalbe Black Jack 26 x 2.25 tires. Suntour roller-cam rear brake on the chain stays, Shimano cantilever front brake, and Dia Compe brake levers. Suntour BarCon shifters for a Shimano Deore rear derailleur and Suntour front. Kalloy UNO 26.6 seatpost with Velo Topo seat, and ANSJS pedals. Groovy ride - my new favorite!.
^ Cesare frame of Columbus SLX, 62cm c-t, metallic red. Generally a Campagnolo Super Record parts group: Alloy headset, 170-53(S)R/42(NR) crankset, front and rear derailleurs ("PAT 84" rear), 'script' brake calipers (but with Chorus aero brake levers), a C-Record aero 27.2(?) seatpost, and Record bottom bracket and shifters. Cinelli XA 120 stem, and Giro D'Italia 64-44 bars with DEDA gold carbon-weave tape and Cinelli bar end plugs. Record hubs with Mavic MA2 rims and Fincci 700x25 tires, and Sunrace 7-Speed freewheel, 12-25. Crank Brothers pedals and an Sella San Marco Era Dyanamic Narrow Open seat (enough seat adjectives?). DOOCU Pro carbon waterbottle cages. Originally sold by Prairie Bicycle Service of Illinois, per a seattube sticker. Seems fancy, but winter cold, so no real test ride yet.
^ 62cm c-t Molteni Orange Colnago Super from around 1974. This is a second remake of my first true pro bike of about 1978 - a 59cm C-C Colnago Super from The Spoke in Boulder, Table Mesa store. It's not clear whether the paint is original - it was knocked up a fair bit and I've retouched it reasonably well. Campagnolo Nuovo Record headset and bottom bracket with 175mm 52/42 Super Record cranks including a Colnago 30th anniversary outer ring. Unfluted Super Record seatpost with side vertical "CAMPAGNOLO" panto, and a nice orange-railed Sella Italia seat. Record brake levers and calipers with flat QR levers. Clamp-on Record shifters, Record front flat-plate derailleur and PATENT 77 rear derailleur. Wheels of Record hubs with Sunrim M13II rims tagged with Super Champion red labels (Sorry Sun, your rims are good retro similes, but your labels are tragic!), and Clemenet Strada LGG 28mm tires. The same orange Benotto handlebar tape of my original, and the same 3ttt 'Gimondi bend' handlebar shape! Orange Crank Brothers pedals. Dagodramatic!
^ Bianchi Specialissima Carbon Monocoque frame of flat black with celeste and black graphics, 61cm. Campagnolo Super Record 12-Speed group with Campagnolo Bora WTO carbon clincher wheels and Continental 5000 tires. Ritchey carbon seatpost with a Selle Italia all-carbon seat. Deda carbon-wrapped aluminum handlebars with Benotto tape. Tune carbon waterbottle cages. Crank Brothers pedals. Just a whisp of a thing at less than 15 pounds complete (and I felt some concern at 50 mph down a hill)! Rides really well all around, but advertised as a hill-climber.
^ White Casati Elisse, 62.5 mm c-t, Columbus EL tubing. Campagnolo Athena 11 cranks, rear derailleur, front derailleur (on frame clamp), and brake/shift levers. Campy Record Power Torque bottom bracket, and Centaur brake calipers in black. Campagnolo Khasim wheels with 12-27 cogset and Michellin tires. Cinelli Diet Eubois handlebars, 42mm, and chrome Cinelli Pinocchio stem, 130mm, and white bar tape. Campagnolo C-Record seatpost (27.0) with a Selle Italia Ti-rail seat. Carbon fiber waterbottle cages.
^ Red/orange SOMEC Special, 63 mm c-t, Columbus Aelle pipe (;). Campagnolo Athena 11 cranks, rear derailleur, front derailleur (on frame clamp), and brake/shift levers. Campy Record Power Torque bottom bracket, and Centaur brake calipers in black. Campagnolo Khasim wheels with 12-27 cogset and Michellin tires. Cinelli Diet Eubois handlebars, 42mm, and chrome Cinelli Pinocchio stem, 130mm, and white bar tape. Kalloy black seatpost (cut to 215mm, and 26.6) with a Selle Italia Ti-rail seat. Carbon fiber waterbottle cages. Rides really nicely, but quite a long stretch for me with long top tube and long stem, and a hint of front-end-shimmy tendency.
^ Peugeot Cosmic, using the Pencheny System aluminum frame from 1987, 60 c-t. Built with first generation Shimano Dura-Ace 7400 derailleurs and wheel-hubs, Shimano SIS shifters, and gen-1 Dura-Ace brakes, Shimano 600 175mm cranks, and a Shimano 7-speed cog set. Philippe handlebars and stem with red Benotto tape, and a Stronglight X12 seatpost, 25.0. Panaracer 23mm Sew-up tires on Matrix 'deep-v' rims. Crank Brothers pedals and an Origin 8 seat. Not my best ride, but still pretty nice.
^ Alan aluminum, size 61 mm c-t with rainbow decals. Campagnolo Record 9-speed-era crankset with 175mm crank arms, Chorus 8-speed rear derailleur, old Record front derailleur, and Simplex shifters (and I think a 7-speed freewheel). Campagnolo Record brake calipers with Chorus aero brake levers, and an Athena(?) seatpost (which is extended over the limit, so I lathe-turned an extender plug that hidden in the seattube). Quite a Campy mix! Prologo seat, Crank Brothers pedals, Cinelli 1R stem and bars. Serfas Inertia tires on Mavic rims, Campy old Record hubs. Vintage Benotto handlebar tape. Rides quite nicely, smooth and stable, and not too flexy.
^ Trek 760 of Reynolds 531 tubing. Powercoat finish (as found). Rebuilt to Suntour Superbe group as much as possible. Sun Rims on Superbe hubs with a Suntour 7-soeed freewheel. alloy Stronglight headset, Specialized 130mm Stem and 46mm wide bars. Laprade seatpost by SR and a Prologo seat, Crank Brother pedals, silver Benotto handlebar tape. Not the highest end of bikes, but quite nice indeed!
^ Italvega Super-Light from the 70s "designed by Torresini ITALY" with new white paint and decals, 62.5 cm c-t, Columbus tubing. Built with Campagnolo Super Record Crankset (42/52, 170) and smooth (unfluted) Super Record seatpost, Nuovo Record flat-QR-lever brake calipers, undrilled (NR) brake levers with white hoods, PATENT-72 Rear Derailleur, clamp-on flat-cage front derailleur, and clamp-on NR shifters. Campy Record high-flange hubs with flat QR levers, 12-21 6-speed freewheel, and dark gray anodized Mavic MA40 rims holding Panaracer Gravel Pro tires. 3ttt Gimondi-bend 42 handlebars, wrapped with vintage green Benotto tape, and with a 3ttt 100mm stem. A Selle Italia seat with small Italian flag marking, and green-detail Crank Brothers pedals, black cable housing with three Campagnolo top-tube clamps. Campy steel headset and bottom bracket. Rides like it should - perfectly!
^ Mercier of metallic pink reminiscent of Joop Zoetemelk in the 70s. Campagnolo Gran Sport crankset (42/52 170), Nuovo Record front and rear derailleurs and clamp-on NR shifters. Nuovo Record brake calipers with more modern C-Record (or so) aero brake levers on 3ttt bars with stem. 3ttt fluted seatpost with Selle Italia seat. Campy Tipo hubs with Rigida rims, Vittoria tires. Truly nice ride - hail to the Joop!
^ Colnago Dream of Columbus "AIRPLANE" aluminum and carbon (fork and "B-STAY")! My third iteration build with this frame, this time with a Campagnolo Record 11 group and very fancy Campagnolo Bora One Carbon wheels with Veloflex sew-up tires. Toseek carbon integrated handlebar/stem, and carbon seatpost with a double clamp to keep the slippery thing in place. Selle Italia seat holding a spare tire, Crank Brothers pedals, and ready to roll. First ride, ~50 miles - nice, but a bid hard after a while - numb hands and such! (Lower tire pressure helps, ~90psi).
^ Motobecane Grand Record. 61cm c-t, Reynolds 531 tubing. This is a sort-of remake of my first one that I rode in the late 70's as a road bike, and then as a cyclocross bike configured somewhat like this one is now. Quite a random set of parts - Avocet triple cranks, Suntour XCE rear derailleur, Shimano front derailleur, and Suntour stem shifters. Campagnolo Gran Sport brake calipers and modern Tektro levers, Galli hub with Ambrosio rim wheels. A SR Laprade seatpost with Seta seat, a 3TTT stem and unbranded low rise flat bars. Low gear is 24 up front and 26 in the back!
^ Motobecane Le Champion from the early 1980s, I presume ('77 Rear Derailleur). 61cm c-t, Reynolds 531 tubing. Acquired as a complete bike and tuned it up for a short first ride at the top of Mt. Spokane. Campagnolo NR derailleurs, and Gran Sport bottom bracket and headset, crankset, brakes, and hubs. Modolo seatpost and Fizik seat. Philippe bars and stem. Rides nicely!
^ Cream-colored 63cm c-t OLMO Nuovo-Sprint with mostly Galli parts. Working to save this one from some starting rust. Upgraded the Galli brake calipers, and added an SR Laprade seatpost (painted flutes blue over previous red) and a Selle Italia seat. 3TTT stem and bars, blue Crank Brothers pedals, nice Ambrosio rims, Silca pump. The Galli brake hoods are both split, and taped with electrical tape, and the brake levers are a bit too low on the bars - until the next bar taping. A little bit heavy, but it looks quite good and rides nicely enough!
^ Red VITUS aluminum with head-tube stamp of "59" cm., 61cm C-T. This one replaces one that I had with a broken rear dropout derailleur hanger. Nice and light Mavic Helium wheelset and Mavic red-anodized front brake caliper, Shimano 600 alloy headset with a Sakai fork, Dia Compe brake levers, and KMC chain for the Asia parts. Campagnolo Veloce rear derailleur, Miche bottom bracket, and Selle Italia seat for the Italian parts. Stronglight crankset, Atax stem, Huret front derailleur, and Simplex retro-friction shifters as the French parts. Perhaps Tektro silver rear brake caliper with shape similar to the Mavic front caliper, unmarked handlebars (likely American) and stem (likely Japanese), Crank Brothers pedals, and Continental ultra sport tires. Quite light at about 18 pounds, and rides very nicely!
^ Sky Blue Masi 3V Volumetrica. 60cm C-T. My second sky blue 3V, and in near perfect condition! Full Campagnolo C-Record group, with Cinelli XA stem and black Cinelli Diet Eubois handlebars with blue/white vintage Benotto bar tape, Pirelli Zero Blue tires on Sun M13II rims (camouflaged as Super Champion blue label), white Selle Italia Flite seat, and Crank Brothers pedals. Crank arms are 172.5mm, the stem has 120mm extension, the bars are 44cm wide, and the tires are 700x25. Rides magnificently as advertised!
^ 59cm C-T captain and 52cm C-T stoker purple MERCIAN tandem from 1985. After a lot of adjustments, new cables and housing, new handlebars, stems, and front seatpost, and seats, this thing rides impossibly well. Dura-Ace cranks with triple chainrings (using a Willow triple adapter), Shimano derailleurs, brake levers, and shifters, and Dia Compe cantilever brakes. Campy tandem front hub and Sansin rear tandem hub. Selle Italia seats, Cane Creek Thudbuster rear seatpost, Forte front stem, and Cinelli Diet Eubois handlebars (with Dia Compe(?) brake lever bodies and hoods on the stoker bars). Silca flat-top pump, and Crank Brothers pedals. Chinese carbon bottle cages, except for the upside-down one, which is titanium. Riding solo varies very little from a standard single bike, and riding tandem isn't much different! It is responsive, quick, smooth over dips and bumps with the long wheel base, quiet and fast! First ride Long Beach to Seal Beach, the next ride Long Beach to Huntington Beach for 1h45m round trip, top speed of 30.9 mph and total distance of 30.9 miles, according to free GPS iPhone app gadget (hence the iPhone mount on the front bars). Modified (machined off some of the heatsink to reduce weight) Arai rear drum brake installed, since the rear hub and stay are set up for a stoker drag brake - working on a brake lever arrangement for the stoker bars.
^ 62.5cm C-T Fausto COPPI from the 90's, Columbus Thron tubing, never assembled before. Planned for NOS (or close) 1990's Campagnolo Chorus, but the rear derailleur was strange and non-functional, which ultimately lead to Dura-Ace derailleurs and Shimano SIS shifters. Cinelli Campione del Mondo 66-42 bars and Cinelli 130mm 1A stem. M13II Sun Rims faked as Mavic, Donnelly LGG Clement-copy 700x25 tires, French Sachs 7-speed 13-24 freewheel, KMC X8.99 chain, a carbon shell Velo seat, Crank Brothers pedals. Gold 'carbon' handlebar tape is bogus (cheap, skin falls off right away), and will be replaced, likely with blue. Ride is quite normal - good, but nothing surprising.
^ 61cm C-T TI Raleigh 753 after Joop Zoltemelk's 1980 Tour de France winning bike. Mostly Campagnolo Super Record, but Nouvo Record brake levers (as in a TDF photo) and a more modern Centaur cassette bottom bracket. The rear derailleur is a 1980, of course ;). Reynolds 753 tubing that required a special builder certification from Reynolds for brazing skill, and repainted in Belgium in 2019. Added a brass Raleigh-chicken headbadge that was missing. Cinelli 64-42 Giro bars with white Benotto tape and Cinelli bar-end-caps, and 115 XA stem. Mavic G40 rims, Donnelly LGG Clement-copy 700x25 tires. French Sachs 7-speed 13-21 freewheel -> two cogs skipped, so newer Sachs freewheel installed with more range of 13-24 :). New KMC X8.93 chain, a carbon shell Velo seat. Feels fast!
^ 61cm C-T Colnago from 1976 or 1977, from Poland with likely more recent paint scheme than original, but looks 'factory'. Mostly Campagnolo Record and a more modern Chorus cassette bottom bracket. The rear derailleur is a 1978. 3TTT 42 Competizione bars and 3TTT 130 stem, with blue/white Benotto tape. M13II Sun Rims, Donnelly LGG Clement-copy 700x25 tires, French Sachs 7-speed 13-21 freewheel, KMC X8.93 chain, a carbon shell Velo seat. Beautiful!
^ ~61cm (63 C-T) Carrera Alux 7020 "Carrera for Cycling" purple aluminum thing. Built with a Campagnolo Chorus 10-speed group. Took it for some climbing above the Rose Bowl in Pasadena for the first ride and it work well! Italian aero seatpost that I don't recognize for brand, but nice. Hutchinson tires on Mavic rims on Campy Mirage? hubs. Cinelli bars and stem, and a titanium-rail Performance seat. Sold in 2020.
^ 60cm (62 C-T) Vitus 979 Dural Peugeot PX10DU from 1984?. OMAS alloy headset. Campagnolo Super Record cranks, derailleurs, and seatpost. Victory shifters. Campagnolo Chorus aero brake levers and monoplaner calipers. Campy Record hubs with Mavic-tagged Sun M13II rims and Panaracer GravelPro 700x28 tires. Suntour 7-speed 13-24 freewheel. ZOOM titanium 130 stem and unknown nice 44 bars. Crank Brothers pedals, Selle Italia seat, and Specialized titanium waterbottle cage. Phil Anderson raced one of these in 1983. About 20.5 lbs. Beautiful!
^ 62cm C-T Alan-Guerciotti Carbonio from 1985?. Campagnolo Super Record headset, cranks, derailleurs, brake levers and calipers, seatpost, and shifters. Campy Record hubs with Mavic-tagged SunRims and Clement Strada LGG 120tpi 700x28 tires (that barely fit the back!). Suntour 7-speed 13-24 freewheel. Cinelli 110 stem and 66-44 Campione Del Mondo bars. Crank Brothers pedals, padded carbon seat and carbon waterbottle cages. 19 and 1/2 lbs. Rides perfectly!
^ 62cm C-T Tommasini Prestige from 1985?. Campagnolo Super Record headset, Nuovo Record bottom bracket, cranks, derailleurs, brake calipers, seatpost, and shifters. Chorus hubs with 8-speed cassette (with the biggest cog negated - derailleur can't handle it) and Campy Omega 19 rims. Chorus aero brake levers on Cinelli Campione Del Mondo 66-44 bars and 1A stem. Clement Strada LGG 60tpi 700x28 tires (that barely fit!), Crank Brothers pedals, and waiting for carbon waterbottle cages. Rides perfectly!
^ 62cm C-T Trek 5000 of carbon with Bontrager carbon fork, NOS from 2006 and has a '7 TDF wins' decal. New Shimano 105 11-speed group. Powertap carbon-rim wheels with Panaracer GravelKing tires, 700x28c. Toseek carbon stem and seatpost. Gold alloy details and black carbon-look handlebar tape. Dreamy ride!
^ 60cm C-T Rossin Ghibli (Gilco top/down tubes) of Columbus CROMOR. NOS black Cinelli Diet Eubios handlebars, Atozi yellow bar tape, with Cinelli A1 stem. Campagnolo Record levers, derailleurs, and seatpost (carbon, w/ my repair with aluminum sleeve inside). Campagnolo Veloce brake calipers, and midrange Campy hubs with 10-speed cogset. Clement Strada LGG 23 tires. Selle Italia seat, C-Record 180 cranks and Crank Brothers pedals. Road-tripped to climb hills in Hood River, Telluride, and Boulder, August 2019. Beautiful ride!
^ 61cm C-T Paganini SuperCorsa of Columbus SLX. Paganini was the shop brand of a top class traditional bicycle shop, Plum-Vainqueur in Ghent, Belgium, and built by Billato in Italy. Very-dark gray and white, with a few paint nicks around, but reasonably clean. Built with clean Campagnolo C-Record-era headset, cranks, hubs, aero brake levers, derailleurs, friction shifters. Aero Campagnolo crest 27.2 seatpost with Prologo seat. Campy rims and white Vittoria Zaffiro Pro tires. Cinelli Pinocchio stem and Eubios bars, with black/white/red Benotto tape. Rides very true!
^ Motobecane Grand Jubilé from around 1974(?), 58cm C-T. Built with a variety of interesting parts: NOS CLB brake calipers and levers, NOS Huret derailleurs (Huret rear derailleur dropout) and Huret shifters, Stronglight 93 cranks with Campagnolo pedals on a modern treadless bottom bracket. An Ideale seat clamp atop an alloy post with a Lemond titanium rail perforated leather seat. New pseudo-French wheels with Mavic rim stickers (really Sun rims), and NOS Pellesier quick-release skewers (on Origin 8 hubs). Vittoria tires with red. SR Custom handlebars and stem with NOS Benotto tape and French BF bar-end plugs. Cool vintage ride, too small for me, for sale.
^ 61cm C-T Piaggio Vespa head-badged Bianchi Rekord of 1980. Sort-of Celeste color, but for the top-tube dents and stripped and primed paint spots all over. Built with clean Campagnolo parts: Gran Sport brake calipers with C-Record aero levers. Nuovo Record derailleurs and shifters from the 70s. A NR 26.4 seatpost with Selle Italia seat. ROVAL front wheel, and Campy rear hub ith a quiet Regina BX 6-speed freewheel and Mavic rim. Continental tires. Cinelli stem and bars, benotto tape. Gipiemme bottom-bracket with NR 170 cranks, 42/51. Bianchi steel headset. Rides incredibly true! Deserves some new paint one day.
^ 61cm C-T Eddy Merckx MX Leader, repainted in Amsterdam in blue, white, and red as Team Motorola. Shimano Dura-Ace group to be similar to Phil Anderson's bike (I met Phil back in the Coors Classics era, and I think he taught me how to track-stand in front of Andy's house in Boulder). New Dura-Ace headset, Cinelli Diet Eubios handlebars and Cinelli "Eddy Merckx" pantographed 120 stem. Selle San Marco aero seatpost, 27.0. Nice and straight, feels great!
^ 1985(?) Pinarello Montello from The Netherlands, newly painted with Jet-black with mist of metallic. Cinelli chromed-steel 130 "Pinocchio" stem with black 44 Diet Eubios bars. Campagnolo Veloce brake/shift levers and derailleurs, Centaur 175 Power Torque cranks with Super-Record ("only") bottom bracket cups. Campagnolo Athena brake calipers. Campagnolo Super Record 27.4(!) seatpost (27.2 was a little loose, 27.4 is quite tight), and a Selle Italia Flite Team Edition seat. New Campagnolo Zonda C17 wheels (with silent freehub and smooth rim interior - no rim strips) and Pirelli pZero 25 tires. Rides like another Italian vintage dream!
^ Colnago Master Olympic of Gilco tubing (Columbus?) . This one has raked fork blades (which I prefer both visually and functionally), and quite clean and exotic paint for this early 90's frame. I've built it with available parts, so there's a variety: Campagnolo Chorus cranks on a new Centaur bottom bracket. Campagnolo Super Record brake calipers and Chorus(?) aero levers. 1983 Campy Super Record rear derailleur with new old Bullseye purple idler wheels, a front Chorus braze-on derailleur, and old Campy shifters. Cinelli EXA hexagonal bars wrapped with snazzy purple Supacaz tape, on a Cinelli 1A stem (120). Unfluted Campagnolo Record seatpost with a Sella Italia seat. Campagnolo Chorus hubs with 10-speed freewheel. Feels great on the rode for the first short ride...
^ Medium blue with violet Mercian track frame of Reynolds 631 (main tubes). Modern Miche pista group with Masi (Brev.) bars, Cinelli pista stem, Campagnolo Triomphe? headset, Look Keo Plus pedals, unbranded white seat, and Michelin Axial Pro tires. Rides nicely on the olympic track at the LA Velo Sports Center!
^ Sky Blue Masi 3V Volumetrica. 59cm C-T (sn 845). This beautiful frame is two centimeters small for me, really. I'm building it as a collection for more exotic parts like 4-pivot Delta brakes, Cinelli EXA bars (later), a transition Super Record rear derailleur and SR drive train, a smooth (non-fluted) SR seatpost. The wheels include a Campagnolo rear Hi-Lo hub, and DT spokes on cleaned/polished Regida rims. Small Suntour Pro freewheel, 6-speed, and KMC chain. Blue Crank Brothers pedals, and blue derailleur Bullseye pulleys. Blue/white vintage Benotto bar tape and an inexpensive all-carbon seat. Nice but unbranded stem and bars.
^ Eddy Merckx MX-Leader from 1992/3 . About 61-1/2 C-T and with a tall head tube (unusual it seems, saw it on an 'Axel Merckx' bike photo). This is the most stout frame I've encountered, and I like the effect! Campy mid-range mix, 10-speed freewheel with friction shifters. Fat Challenge tires. Now I'll lower the stem an inch for the tall headtube. This one will evolve for a while: 180mm cranks in the works, a pantographed EM Cinelli XA 120mm stem, aero brake levers (?), maybe towards a C-Record group... mmmmmmmxl!
^ Unusual European model Motobecane Professionnel-2 of Reynolds 531, likely from around 1978. Campagnolo Super Record, mostly, with an Atax stem, Phillipe bars and vintage Benotto tape, KMC 9SL chain, Suntour Pro 7-speed freewheel, Lemond titanium-rail seat, nice big Challenge Paris-Roubaix tires. Campy Athena(?) aero levers (plastic body). Rides really well!
^ A very clean 58cm C-T 1974 Cinelli Super (Speciale) Corsa, with mostly the original Campagnolo NR parts from this near-never-ridden garage sleeper. New Regina 15-19 straight-block freewheel and matching vintage Regina Extra Super Racing nickel-plated chain. Vittoria Corsa G+ 700x28 tires on vintage Mavic MA2 rims. Vintage Benotto tape on 70's bars and R1 stem, modern Cinelli seat, and pending modern pedals. All cleaned up, and ready to log some good miles in New York.
^ From Amsterdam, a Locomotief Champion Reynolds 531 frame, 59cm, ice blue, supercool. Campagnolo Nuovo Record Group with flat bars and Guidonnet-style brake levers by Dia-Compe. Brooks honey leather seat and fake leather grips. Seven-speed freewheel, lightweight chain, cast alloy platform pedals. Chooch!
^ From Amsterdam, a Locomotief Champion Reynolds 531 frame, 56cm, mint green, supercool. Campagnolo Super Record Group with Cinelli bars and stem. Michelin Lithion 2 tires on Super Champion Gentleman rims. Benotto silver handlebar tape on Cinelli bars. New silver inexpensive but nice seat. Quite a train! Ready for Nic.
^ This is a light-green and white with chrome Pinarello Montello, built with Campagnolo Super Record. Cinelli stem and bars and seat. Panaracer GravelKing 700x28 tires on modern retro-look rims. Red pulleys from Velo-Orange on the rear derailleur, and green-detail Crank Brothers pedals. Really an incredible ride - rock-steady, quick, comfortable!
^ Rescued from storage and revised from "pinky mcpinksalot" to "she-male" with the addition of the necessary Campagnolo Shamal-rim wheels! This Eddy Merckx Corsa is built with my favorite Campagnolo Chorus 8-speed era parts, and even has some Merckx-branded Podio pedals. Man-o-man-o-man-alive, allwhite, this is a groovy one!
^ A beautiful Mercian of burgundy and gold, reminiscent of the (borrowed) first bike that I ever raced - up Flagstaff hill in Boulder. Built with an eclectic arrangement of parts, including an Argentinian Saavedra alloy headset with roller-bearings, Rino cranks with red annodized chainrings, Campagnolo Super Record derailleurs (red bullseye pulleys), Record brake calipers, and Chorus aero brake levers. Cinelli Giro D'Italia bars, clamped by a Cinelli 'Pinocchio' Columbus steel stem. Brooks Cambium rust seat and handlebar tape. And, a Weyless seatpost with a 3D-printed 'strengthener tube' inside (and maybe later, Weyless hub wheels), but for now, Campagnolo Record hubs with Rigida rims and German Continental Grand Prix tires. I don't generally mix silver and gold, but for this one, a gold blingy lightweight chain, and a gold brass bell, you know, for alertin'.
^ 60cm blue/white fade Serotta Nova Special X. Built with Campagnolo C-Record era stuff. Old sew-up tires on Campagnolo rims for now (which ride quite nicely, but might just blow or jump off a rim). Campagnolo Chorus(?) aero brake levers, and friction shifters. I didn't so much like the look of the bars rotated down toward the rear axle, so I've leveled them like the 1980s :). As expected, it rides very nicely.
^ NOS 1996 Cinelli Super Corsa of brilliant blue. Columbus Neuron tubing, 59cm (60 CTT). Built with a Campagnolo Athena 11-speed group. Super Record seatpost, vintage Cinelli stem and bars, Campagnolo Chorus hubs with Mavic rims and Clement Strada LGG 28x700 tires. Cinelli seat and Cinelli Harry carbon water bottle cages. Pure Italian! (And French rims and American pedals - Crank Brothers;). Top of the world!
^ Black Medici Pro Strada, 56cm, assembled with a Campagnolo Super Record group, as it was originally sold. Pantographed Cinelli Stem, SARO frame-fit pump with Campy head, Campagnolo rims with Continental Ultra Sport tires. Disassembled, and off to sell the frame in northern California.
^ PXN10E "Super Competition" -- fully chromed fork, painted rear stays and dropouts, 531 throughout, plain Nervex lugs; Stronglight 106 cranks; Mafac LS2 sidepull brakes; Simplex SX410TSP rear, SJA 102 front derailleurs w/ SLJ retrofriction shifters; Ideale 2001 saddle w/ SR Laprade seatpost; Maillard 700 low-flange hubs, Mavic Module E 700C rims; pearl white or metallic blue. PX-10 E (1983) maybe 1982 "1405182 PXN10E60" on paper tag taped to BB, and BB stamped serial number "B 1032 72", and a lone "G" out to the left. Seatpost 26.6. That's how it was originally sold. Now it has Campagnolo Nuovo Record parts (except the Chorus aero brake levers) with Mavic hubs, rims, and tires, Sachs 7-speed freewheel, a Peugeot stem, Prologo seat, Crank Brothers pedals, and BF handlebars. Croissant.
^ A 1980 Gazelle Champion Mondial "AA-FRAME" from the Netherlands, returning to the road in full-Campy regalia. This one had rusted top-tube cable guides (and one crushed one), but all was restored with a screwdriver (to bend back the crushed one) and a wire brush (to remove rust). Then a quick Sharpie paint-around the guides, and plenty of other cleaning, and what a beauty! This one went together in two days, and then for a 30-mile PCH ride to Huntington Beach and back prior to bar wrap and final touches with perfectly color-matched Cinelli bar end plugs and Atozi handlebar tape. First-generation Campy Super Record derailleurs! Beautifully smooth, especially the first generation Super Record derailleurs with old chainrings, freewheel, and new chain. Velo Orange porteur bars with new-old-stock French Guidonnet brake levers by Mafac.
^ New Build of a silver-white 1970s Swiss Allegro frame of Reynolds 531 tubing. This one came from The Spoke bicycle shop on The Hill in Boulder, probably in 1976, probably first assembled by Bruce! This build started with a swiss-thread bottom-bracket by Stronglight, with Stronglight 99 cranks, 42/52. Then mostly Campagnolo Nuovo Record parts. Rigida 700c rims, Continental Tires from Germany, and a 5-speed 14-23 freewheel on Campy NR hubs. Cinelli stem, bars (44), and new-run Unicanitor plastic seat. Finally, Speedplay pedals to fit some vintage-look shoes with Speedplay cleats. Swissly smooth and good like chocolate!
^ Schwinn Paramount in teal, Fiftieth Anniversary, build by Waterford in 198x of Columbus tubing. Dura-Ace group with some variation around the 7400-series of parts, including the shifters and derailleurs that I needed to compete in races when the technology changed from Campy to index shifting by Shimano (1988-1989). The index shifting was so fast and positive, and I was loosing position in road races at the Seattle International Speedway while my Campy derailleur was clicking around finding the next gear. Also, This era was the start of the bar-routed brake cables. The cranks are 180s - the longest available. Nitto 44cm bars. Panaracer Race Lite tires are nice. This thing rides exceedingly well, and it's Japanese-American!
^ This is a remake of my first true pro bike of about 1978, a 59cm C-C Colnago Super from The Spoke, Table Mesa store. This frame from England seems to be from 1976, a centimeter taller (60cm), and has a not-great repaint and decal installation. I built this one with the LA Eroica ride in mind - a desperate romp on dirt roads, steep hills, and long distance. I put a Campagnolo Rally derailleur on the back to allow for some lower than usual road gears (13-24 installed now), and 52/42 in front. Campy NR and SR. Nice big Challenge Parigi Roubaix tires (that wouldn't fit my Cinelli carbon frame spacing) and reminiscent of Clement Del Mondo sew-ups, for those pending dirt roads. The BB spindle is a bit crunchy, so hope it lasts for a while. The same orange Benotto handlebar tape of my original, and the same 3ttt handlebar shape! 175mm Super Record cranks. Then a late final(?) addition, orange Crank Bros. pedals and an orange-railed Sella Italia seat. Dagodramatic!
^ This is a remake of my first semi-pro bike of about 1976, a 58cm C-C French Motobecane Grand Record that my best friend sold to me. This frame is actually a bit older (~1972), and bit taller (59cm), and had a slightly different paint scheme. I had the local awesome bikeshop, The Bicycle Stand, paint it and decal it much like my old bike. I then built it with the same Universal 68 brake calipers that I had, the original TA crankset (with french-thread Atom pedals), and some new-old-stock Wolber Super Champion rim wheels with Maillard Helico Matic rear hub/freewheel and Normandy front. Then some Campagnolo parts: Derailleurs, shifters, seatpost. 3TTT handlebars and stem. Finally a San Marco Condor seat (which may change to something French later?). New Vittoria tires (but I might need to put the gum-wall tires back on?). Rides true, no lie!
^ Colnago Dream of Columbus "AIRPLANE" aluminum and carbon (fork and "B-STAY")! Acquired the full bike, then made a few changes: New carbon-fiber "COLNAGO" handlebars, and a 3T carbon-fiber(?) stem from China, so maybe safe/real, maybe not - but pretty and reasonably priced! Replaced Campagnolo Chorus with Record calipers to match the Record levers. It has odd hubs with a third, center flange - does not seem too clever, really. It came with Stella Azzurra carbon cranks that I've never seen before, but they look nice and seem to work properly. That's about it, and quite a nice ride.
^ A beautiful 56cm, repainted 1980's Colnago Super, Molteni-orange, similar to my first real pro bike (a 59cm Molteni-orange Colnago Super). All prettied up with vintage Campagnolo Nuovo Record parts, and VIP leather-wrapped Cinelli bars. Built in a little temporary corporate housing apartment in Long Beach. Good help with finding a few little parts from the local awesome bikeshop, The Bicycle Stand. Set up with 'motorcycle brakes' (right is front) and ready for Nic to ride. More changes after photo: Black Silca pump, Black Colnago waterbottle with black cage, Campagnolo SR pedals, Velo Orange rims, DT spokes, Vittoria tires.
^ This is a 1990's Masi Nuova Strada that I've built up with ~90's (Chorus +) Campagnolo parts with Continental GIRO cotton sew-up tires and with flat bars supporting Campagnolo's mountain bike grip shifters for 8-speed, and some odd plastic brake levers marked "RESENTEL". Good clean fast fun! The wheels came from Craigslist at a great price, even when I later found the 'buyer-beware' feature, a broken alloy nipple. Quite a task to change with glued-on tires! Some day, I'll replace all the aluminum-alloy spoke nipples with nickel-plated brass nipples.
^ A once-orange 51cm ctc Guerciotti from the 1980s (I presume, no serial number to trace). Now powder-coated w/o decals but pantographed with Paolo's signature and stars and such. Campagnolo Victory gruppo (mostly), Record hub wheels with 700-28c Panaracer Gravelking tires on SUN M13II rims. Flat bars with diacompe brake levers, MKS Silvan pedals, BREV.M Masi seat. Ready to ride, and SOLD, 2018.
^ 1974 Raleigh Sports, gray and getting more gray,and hence, he'll be called "smokey-gray". The seat needs to tilt back a slight bit more, and the stem needs to come down a bit. I'll probably put a 22-tooth cog on the back for hilly land, and then a new chain. This one will replace my black one as my local-errand bike, mostly because it has nice new tires. Smooth and quiet.
^ Cinelli Pro Best Of, Campagnolo Record and Super Record, carbon frame, bars, and seat, assembled in 2012 - light, quick, comfortable, and fast! Added after photo: Challenge 700x27 Parigi-Roubaix tires, and a centimeter shorter black carbon-fiber (phone-book pages and epoxy? - China Ebay) stem. It turn out that the big tires don't clear the frame after some apparent expansion, so I've installed some new Clement 25 tires. Red Benotto handlebar tape - looks and works even better.
^ 1968 Raleigh rescued from the brink of rustfulness. Cleaned out rust in rims and all around, overhauled headset/hub-drive-side/front-hub bearings, replaced bars/grips/levers, cables, seat, chain, and some other tricks (like a 22 tooth cog for contours of the land around here). Marshall Field & Co. decal. Seems that it will now roll for a good long time. Sold, and sent off to a new home somewhere in Seattle.
^ This will be a longer term project - a 1937 French three-speed (freewheel) from Paris. This thing probably fought in (or hid from) the big one!
^ All Italian 1960s Legnano rescued from a recycling-bound dumpster. Stripped, working on the rust and design direction for the resurrection... Fee-nix.
^ 1969 Raleigh Sports rescue, restore a few things, ship to Carlsbad.
^ 1971ish Clive Stuart from South London - had crashed into something. Restored to usefulness and beauty; nail-polish touch up, Campagnolo tour-of-the-ages parts, Brooks - England seat, Cinelli stem and bars with Benotto tape.
^ Raleigh DL-1 rescue, and for right or wrong, subsequent elimination from the gene pool. I repaired the minor problems with this bike, but couldn't get anyone to buy it via Craigslist, even at a give-away price. It had embarrassing craftsmanship in the frame (crooked bridges, screwy fork crown angle, braze gaps). I cut it to pieces and made art of some parts, sold some parts, and still have some parts. Minus one.
^ My second pro-bike purchased used in ~1980, Cinelli Super Corsa 60cm, rode and raced 80-88, then fully restored.