Posts Tagged ‘crank’


May 25, 2011

So, I cracked another set of vintage pista cranks ( must be the hench ) and instead of yet again replacing like for like, in fear of a catastrophic fail I drew for a modern crankset. Enter Campagnolo Record Pista.

First appearances are a bit “Meh”. For the price of them ( even though I got a killer deal ) I was expecting a bit more. People all over the net gun for these ( anyone watch Louis Theroux t’other night? ) saying they’re the bees bits but to be honest the finish is garbage. They have painted on logos as opposed to laser etched or machined and the worst crime of all is that fact that the rear of the spider is not polished…. Like folks don’t look there. Believe me Campagnolo, we look there. I mean, you don’t see Ferraris with shabby engine bays do you?

I’v owned modern Suginos and vintage DA and, well, I think our eastern brethren make better quality stuff. Was it not for my bike being Euro and the rest of the hardware that adorns said bike being Euro I would’ve definitely gone for Dura Ace.

All that said, I’m still rather happy with my purchase and I can’t wait to slap ’em on but in all honesty Campagnolo just lost a customer*. Not that that matters, mind you… there are still plenty of Dentists and Doctors out there.

*edit. They look totally badass on the whip. Shame on me for ever doubting the Campag.

Cranks anyone?

December 4, 2009

For £65.00 these look pretty good. Although I have not seen the quality of the machining at the back of these cranks I’d say for if you are in the market for a set of ‘budget’ cranks you need not look any further.

Track standard 144BCD, fully machined chain ring available in one size – 1 1/8 x 48t and 165 arms. Done!

They say:
A brand new design for 2010, made for strength and durability but also featuring stunning good looks that are found on every Pro-Lite part. Known for exceptional longevity, 6061-T6 alloy is perfect for handling all the abuse your track-trained legs will pump through this critical link to your drive train. This can give you peace of mind when you need to put the power down and don’t need to be worrying about your equipment.

Grip at Chain Reaction Cycles.

Sugino MC.

October 5, 2009


Sugino 75 MC ring coming with a rather ‘retro’ look. I like it, I wonder if it is njs certified?

Via LSF.

Mirror Mirror.

September 29, 2009


Mirror polished 75s and Zen ring anyone? Yes please, I’ll take two.

Via SJF on Flickr.


April 30, 2009

In my desperation to find a nice pair of low profile 32 hole rims I remembered on Monday about a shop my pal Hardy took me too a while back. I am sure they had a pair of NOS Rigida red labels just sitting there collecting dust.

So after I had taken my washing down to the launderette off I went to see Roy at Roy’s bikes. Now I remember Roy being terribly grumpy the first time I met him, like all he wanted to do was be at home watching TV and that I or anyone in his shop was simply getting in his way, stopping him from doing what he wanted to be doing. That was Roy.

At the end of a short journey in my motorized vehicle I turned up outside his shop only to find he is closed on Mondays. I was so wounded as I now don’t have a day off until next week and I was itching, burning even to get some rims and I hoped that he still had these Rigidas that I remembered.

The sign read “If shop closed I am probably out in my van, call this number” so I tried my luck and called it. It must have been my lucky day because Roy picked up the phone and in turn arranged to be at his shop in 20 mins. Absolute result!

15 minutes later Roy arrives in his white Luton van, complete with his old Alsatian dog in the passenger seat that looked almost as old as Roy himself, Roy with his long grey beard dressed in a oil covered jumper, brown slacks and a red cap looked as wise as they come and full of information. However at this point ( remembering my last encounter ) I am ready for either abuse off him for calling his phone or maybe just some negative energy for upsetting his day but no, he opened up shop, went inside, rooted around a little and found me my goods, my rims – Rigida Red labels times two and he only requested a mere £10 each… Boom! My LBS were asking me for £25 for a single rim not dissimilar from these Rigidas, only one hour previous.

While I was there we had a really nice talk about things and he said he was thinking about calling it a day as he was “pi**ing knackered”, he told me he was 67 ( if my memory serves me right ) and that he had had ‘Roy’s Bikes’ for over 25 years. It looked like it too, there were Frames, partial bikes, wheels, tubes, stems, bars, tools, everything and everywhere with what to me looked like no order and with a complete lack of organization. However there was something real nice about the whole affair plus I guess it works for him so who really cares? Don’t get me wrong, this is not a secret emporium of fancy cycling equipment by any means, there are no more ‘NOS’ bits ( I am pretty sure those Rigidas were the last of it ), no fancy lugs and there are no track frames, not anymore anyway as he told me he had just sold his last track bike to someone for £150, a complete Chas Roberts track bike at that, but let’s not go there.

I heard tales from friends of the ‘Back Yard’ at Roy’s Bikes, apparently it was like the room that could have potentially contained the holy grail ( whatever that may be for you, for me it would perhaps be another DP 18 for the rear ) … Imagine a yard full of boxes and shelves that contained the world Campag cranks, rims, frames, forks the lot. Now I don’t know if it was that good but who knows? The fact is we will never know as unfortunately upon finding out of his ‘retail’ use of the back yard Roy’s local council demanded an extra £1000 ( per month / per year I don’t know ) for the continued use of it. Roy could not and did not want to pay the fees so the whole lot was scrapped. Yes. Scrapped. I never got to even lay my eyes on it never mind root through any of it, but Hardy does tell me it was like something you have never seen.

We spoke of Lands end to John O’groats and his completion of it several times on “Old Bessie” his 531 Dawes tourer, he also gave me some advice, “Don’t wear Yellow in Scotland”. Now I thought this was something to do with rival football teams or something but no, it was simply about the midges. “In Yellow they come at you like a curtain they do, they see you in that yellow jersey and to them you look like a pretty flower”. So basically folks if you wear garish jerseys up north be ready for a good bite. Good, so now we know! We also spoke of the benefits of joining the CTC, the fact that they hook you up with hostels all along the way, so you have a destination to aim for every day… “100 miles on average between em”. Just get up, eat and ride to the next hostel. I am joining and I am doing it!

After a fair natter and a quick root around in what’s left of his stash I ended up walking away from Roy’s with a smile on my face, a nice red Motobecane Columbus frameset, two rims and an old Sakae crankset. The frame is decent too if a tad shabby, unfortunately it has a bit of surface rust coming through so it is going to need some care applied. Apparently it was sitting in someones damp basement for years until rescue, now it is sitting opposite me dull chromed fork crown and all.

I will be seeing Roy again, maybe not for a purchasing but certainly for another chat and to perhaps perform some sort of cycle repair related issue that I cannot perform myself, like maybe removing the seized seatpin from a Columbus Motobecane and hopefully next time I might get a cup of tea!

BCD Measuring device.

April 28, 2009

Peeped this over at Fixed Gear Leeds.


“just knocked this up to help anyone out who needs to find out the bcd of any obscure/unknown chainset. Should work out exactly A4 but I’ve included a scale to double check. Hope someone finds this useful!”
I sure will.

To use it just enlarge the image by clicking on it with your mouse then hit print. It should then print out perfectly on a sheet of A4.

Thanks Sam, good job.

Crank fail.

April 17, 2009

Yo! Is that a crack I spot on my recently acquired first generation Dura Ace crank?


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