Posts Tagged ‘record’

Colnago Pista Mexico. In Chrome.

September 11, 2011

Colnago Pista Mexico
Italy, 1975

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.

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CampagnoLow.

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.

Obree/Boardman Documentary straight from VHS.

April 12, 2011

Thanks to the OP for uploading this film, straight from VHS!

This is just part one, out of eight in total and if you get the time you really must watch the rest of them, you will not be dissapointed… well maybe just a little as I was due to the shaky/jerky frames. Mind you, it could have been my dying computer.

Watch right here.

Legends of TT in Photographs.

November 25, 2010

So, I have not long gotten my grubby mitts on the TT frame I have been seeking for a good few months, and while hunting around this massive web of goodness, for inspiration on a somewhat ‘period correct’ build, I came across this super and smashing forum thread of pure appreciation for the golden era of British Time Trialling.

As many black and white and colour photograph scans that one could ever wish for. Seriously, page after page of sloping top tubes, drilled out brake levers, skin suits, 24″ front wheels, the lot.

A big thanks to all the contributors of said thread, your photographs are nothing short of amazing!

Found.

A Pair of Gios Torinos.

November 25, 2010

Next year’s L’Eroica I’ll be on one of these for damn sure. Oh, and obviously not the track version!

Spotted.

King Engers.

November 1, 2010

At exactly 9:00 am the great guru of speed sport launched into ride to define a career, astride a purpose built TT machine this aging fighter with the rock star persona strained every sinew as he pushed forward from the start line. Ahead lay 25 miles of testing… Schooled by two decades of competition Alf would have quickly fallen into his race stride, not a gentle roll, or even a head down hard effort, the very nature of a 25 mile TT demands nothing short of maximum performance at every level, mental, physical, mechanical…never has the old saying ‘when the flag drops the bullshit stops’ been so appropriate.
Words by Gordon Hayes.

A seriously good read, about Alf Engers and his record breaking 49:24 twenty five mile TT.

Go check it out here.

Tommy.

July 27, 2010

How have I not posted this before? Nevertheless a recent email from a Mr Ian Rowley ( thanks for getting in touch Ian ) reminded me of just how much of a legend Tommy Godwin is. Lest we also forget his Birmingham roots!

Tommy Godwin was one of this countries greatest track racing cyclists and one of cycle racings greatest ambassadors. Born in 1920 in the USA he spent his adult and working life in Birmingham. He was national sprint champion and an Olympic medalist winning two bronze medals at the 1948 London games in the team pursuit and the 1km individual time trial. Tommy also won a further bronze medal at the 1950 British Empire Games. Tommy was also manager of the British National Cycle Team at the 1964 Tokyo Games.

Tommy also had a bike shop near where I used to live, wish it was still there… it’s now an Aldi supermarket car park.

Rollapaluza in Birmingham!

June 15, 2010

Rollapaluza roller racing takes place Thursday 17th between the hours of 12pm and 6pm in our great big neon toilet, the Bulls ring, sorry I meant Bullring… Hmmm, I certainly have my reservations about it being held in a huge 3 story shopping complex but hey, I’ll be working anyway.

For those not working, or studying get yourself along and have a race. It’s free, you could win prizes and there will be some “surprise stars” there.

More info.

Olmo Scans.

June 1, 2010

I recently got hold of an Olmo. A 50th anniversary, Columbus tubed, full Chorus Olmo to be exact.

After years of riding bikes that are too small for me I have at last found something that I believe to be perfect for me, but it needs painting. No, really, it does. Despite what is written here I am going to do it as the frame is 1. In a relatively bad way and 2. It’s disgusting, I don’t do 2-tone black and grey with rust spots!

So, I am not sure what colour to go for at this point but here is some great inspiration I found at bulgier.

Next is the tussle between powder, acrylic and enamel. Powder is very cheap, easy but can look a bit ‘flabby’ but then where near to me will do stove enamel? Let the tussle begin.

Cannibalism.

June 1, 2010

Beauty in Mechs.

May 10, 2010

Spotted.

Alfred Letourneur in 2D.

April 26, 2010

Pinarello 1984.

April 6, 2010

Pinarello Super Record. 1984.

Professional road bike from Pinarello, Treviso with Columbus SL framework #I813 finished in candy red metallic. Equipped with Campagnolo Super Record group, Cinelli bar/stem, Mavic SSC tubular rims, 3ttt saddle, etc. Several special finished parts.

Perfection in Burgundy. Lovely. Seen.

Pegoretti Hotness.

April 1, 2010

Jazzy.

January 15, 2010

Mo Look.

September 29, 2009

LOOK KG 96
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See more of this beauty right here and you really should go peep it out as this whip is truly s t a c k e d !

Thanks Joe for the heads.

Wants List.

July 16, 2009

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Fignon’s Hour Record Attempt Bike.

April 29, 2009

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She calls it “The Team Pro”.

March 11, 2009

After being donated a nice 531 Raleigh frame by Jon, a fine reader of Spinwell I set about ( slowly ) building this.

The follow up to the Raleigh Riva.

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I felt more satisfaction building this than with my personal ride, perhaps due to the fact that I hadn’t just gripped a load of products off the internet for the build.

Almost every facet of this bike has come from someone or someplace different and all ( bar the grips ) came from round here, in Birmingham by way of friends and associates and on one occasion ( when the components to make up a front wheel were needed ) a retail establishment.

I contemplated powder coating it but no. There is a certain appeal about a cycle that looks like it has seen a decade or three. I feel ( especially with this one, having my favourite frame colourway and all ) that a coat of gloss would just erase the lot, not to mention the original decals.

I can’t wait to get my ‘beater’ bike built, I think I want it to look just like this.

To Jon – Thanks again!

Campag Record Pista Gruppo anyone?

December 17, 2008

On Ebay now…
Hit the link and have a look at what this guy is throwing down.

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