Posts Tagged ‘true temper’

7-Eleven Huffy.

May 28, 2010

“I asked John to build it light for the mountains but it needed to put up with some bad roads,” Hampsten said. “It was light but I know John was fairly conservative about going too light. His geometry is perfect; I never felt it wouldn’t get me out of the way when I was going around or through a crash, yet on the bad road conditions we experienced it was never unstable.”

“The year after ’88 we had Eddy Merckx as our bike supplier,” he continued. “He is the master at fitting bikes to riders and taught us not to get hung up on light bikes. Why save seconds on a climb and lose minutes on a descent? Slawta certainly has an old world style of making bikes that go up and downhill properly.”

Real nice read this one. Read the rest here.
Big up Hardysan for the heads.

Dreesens Pressure.

November 19, 2009

Spotted on Dreesens Bicycles Flickr Spot.

Wilier steel hotness.

September 18, 2009

After ogling Joe’s lovely True Temper Independent Fabrication for over a week I like the idea of a modern steel road bike more than ever. Aluminium is good and all that sure it is but for longer rides it gets a tad uncomfortable on the rear so I figure I need something else ( considering all the miles I PLAN on doing! ) and for me the only other options would either be Carbon or Steel but in my opinion Carbon doesn’t have the draw, the heritage or the romanticism that steel does. God I love a bit of romanticism and heritage!

In comes this, I spotted it last night whilst looking for new and interesting things at this year’s Eurobike, Europe’s answer to Las Vegas’ Interbike.

The 2010 Wilier Gioiello Ramato.
Wilier Gioiello-ramato.preview

For 2010 Wilier Triestina has re-introduced one of the most recognizable frame colors in cycling, a copper finish as easily identified with Wilier as celeste is identified with Bianchi. The Gioiello Ramato (Copper Jewel) is a a lugged steel frame featuring a chrome fork and chainstay in the classic style.

Wilier indicates that their current paint process is “faithful to the techniques that made the ramato Wilier famous”. The original, beautiful, copper finish was obtained through a process called cromovelato in which copper laquer was applied over the chrome finish.

One of the best known names in Italian cycling, Wilier was founded in 1906 by Pietro Dal Molin. Following WWII Wilier formed a professional cycling team led by Giordano Cottur of Trieste. In 1945, the name of the brand was changed to Wilier Triestina, and the distinctive copper colored finish became a trademark of Wilier Triestina. The great Italian cyclist Fiorenzo Magni won the 1948 Giro d’Italia upon a Wilier Triestina , followed by other notable wins for the team in 1949 and 1950. In 1952 the factory ended production and left competitive cycling, however the Wilier Triestina marque was reconstituted in 1969 and once again entered the world of competitive cycling. In 1985 and 1986 Claudio Corti won the Italian national championships, riding one of the most beautiful racing bicycles ever to grace the pelotons of professional cycling

The original Ramato.

Right, so I am off down On your bike right now to find out about one of these and to see how much I really cannot afford one but anyway, enjoy your weekend folks and ride safe.

More info at
Excerpts from the Italian cycling journal.

%d bloggers like this: