Hello 2016

This year I’ll do more updates, for sure.

More “on-the-fly” images of those funny things that do happen in the workshop (oh, thanks Android for a WP app!), and more things about my little cycling touring adventures.

As usual, Christmas did involve some nice riding in Italy 🙂

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Amuse me….

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

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or this

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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

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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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.