Amuse me….

Sometimes I do get pretty amusing stuff down here.
It could be very nice, as those classic bikes…

Cinelli_Laser1 Cinelli_Laser4 Cinelli_Laser5
Cinelli_Laser2 Cinelli_Laser3

or this

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E_Mercx_titane5 E_Mercx_titane9 E_Mercx_titane11

 

Or a rather unusual repair and request to replace/modify some stuff….

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(I’m afraid, for safety reasons we REALLY have to remove the plastic bag around the pedals!)

 

But surely, it all goes up to a certain extend! :-)
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Happy new year, check this video

This video dates back from 1989, a documentary about bicycle design/production/etc. from Channel 4.
There's some really nice stuff in.

Here is a glimpse of Mario Camillotto’s workshop when he wa building for Cinelli. Lovely and tidy workshop, can’t praise him enough

Columbus factory

And Monty young from Condor Cycles, shown building wheels.
It is great to think that some of those tools are still around here, along with his truing stand. I do feel honored to have worked for a couple of years with him

And a shot from Condor’s old shop in Grays Inn road, nice to mention that the shop is still on that road, and grown to need a much bigger space nowadays

Campagnolo factory.
A nice look at the hubs production line, those do look like been Chorus rear hubs.
The music in background is the famous “Và pensiero” from Giuseppe Verdi’s “Nabucco”

And dr. Alex Moulton (who sadly passed away last year) showing his legenday space-frame

 

And last, a view of a Cinelli Laser track

Ah, Italy…

Ah, Italy...

Xmas holidays, sometimes is great to escape that dull weather.
It’s a shame that the weather was a mixed bag. Good rides, tho :-)

Giovanni, Andrea1, Antonio, Andrea2 :-) Antonello, Andrea2, Antonio  photo HPIM5380_zpsce7fa38a.jpg Giovanni, we're in Villasimius and the clouds are thick above us...

Thanks to Andrea and Antonio, plus Antonello and Giovanni to follow in 40 km under pouring rain!

Back again!

And what happened in the meantime?
Oh well, seems nothing, but there’s been a lot going on :-)

Let’s start with some sort of never-ending-tale like moving house can be.
Jeez, moving all my things and moving the fleet has been quite a task. It took several weeks to be complete.

Hell, had to make a custom solution to store all the sisters.
So far it worked well in this way
http://www.ikeahackers.net/2013/11/from-stolmen-post-to-a-5-cycles-storage-2.html


Not too bad :-)

Uh, and yes there’s a new star there. By far the best bike I’ve ever had. Dario (Pegoretti) has done a fantastic job sizing up, crafting and decorating this MxxxxxO frame.
It is simply superb, an incredible combination of stiffness and comfort. It doesn’t glide like the (red) Supercorsa, it simply jumps like a spark out of the fireplace.

I am very proud of it.

Constant 24mm diameter chainstays linked to a two-piece stainless-steel 7mm thick dropout. Can’t get beefier than this
(“Andrea, metteti a posto! Dario e Pero”)

Hello, sis. You’re not forgotten, we’re part of the same family with an obvious different soul and attitude :-)

You gotta be kidding!

You gotta be kidding!

Shit the bed!

http://www.eroicacicli.com/forsale/frames/cinelli-supercorsa-donna/

A women’s Supercorsa???

=:-O

Random madness that passed by here

“my hubgear is not working….”
(yes man, you thrashed it)

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“why this crank broke??”
(erm…. a little bit of rubbing from your shoe??)

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My bottom bracket is making funny noises….!
(How about the frame??)

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“my bottom bracket is making noises….” (2)

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“Do I really need to keep my bike clean??”
(Yes, alluminium too doesn’t like much salt/grit on the roads)

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It does exist!
Shimano UN72 bottom bracket inFRENCH thread 35×1
:O

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This looks like air bubbles withing the rubber mould. See what happened when the tyre has been inflated

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“my Di2 doesn’t work….”
(let’s talk about how to avoid the build-up of crap around?)

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Disk-Brakes on cyclocross? Not a novelty.

Check this out.

Condor cycles, made out of steel (very likely by Dave Yates), with Hope mechanical disk brakes.
Yes, you read it well, Hope did this mechanical disk brakes. note the rotor that is just “screw-on” the Hope hub.
And yes, the mechanical leverage of the road shifter/brake lever wasn’t ideal, but it worked a hell of a lot better than cantilevers in that time, and today’s ones too when is wet

This was in the second half of the ’90s, if I’m not wrong.

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 Condor_Disk_CX_11951

Condor_Disk_CX_11952

Condor_Disk_CX_11953

As far as I’ve been told, the frame does use some heavier gauge of tubing for the seatstays and fork blades. This bike reported no particular “juddering” while braking, nor the frame shows weakness. I like the solution of the rear caliper in between the end of the seat and chainstay, it does the job to oppose the torque generated while braking.
The rims had been replaced at some point.

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