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04-02-2019 01:26 PM
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More Italian stuff

I really believe that Italian bicycles go with Italian cars so here are some shots of our garage/museum and hobby repair shop where only Campagnolo is spoken:

- 1949 Taurea cambio corsa
- 1962 Legnano Roma Olimpiade
- 1981 Bianchi Nuova Racing
- 1983 Colnago Nuovo Mexico
- 1985 Colnago Arabesque
- late 70's Colnago Super frame
- mid 90's Colnago Tecnos currently apart ready to be cleaned and reassembled
- mid 40's Benotto cambio corsa frame for the long term project

Friends' bikes:

- 1984 De Rosa Super Prestige - currently on sale for the owner on Ebay
- 1984 Arabesque - friend's bike that my son is putting back together

We are going to Eroica California this weekend but not sure which bikes to bring...

'65 gta
'67 gt sprint veloce
'67 Lancia Fulvia Zagato
04-02-2019 11:33 AM
Subtle Wow!
03-24-2019 01:37 PM
Eroica South Africa - back home

Getting back from Eroica I immediately took the dogs to the beach for their daily walk...

Last time it was in the '28 Model A Ford

Use your cars & your bicycles, make memories !!

03-24-2019 01:15 PM
Eroica South Africa

More pics
03-24-2019 01:07 PM
Eroica South Africa

My good friend & training partner Sean I & decided to ride the Eroica South Africa retro steel bike ride, so my old steel frame Hansom was taken off the garage wall and resurrected into a riding bike, at the same time, my old Zini was passed over to Sean who stripped off the 30+ year old hand painted murky green and had it repainted in a stunning bright red. The Hansom, a local frame made by Master Frame Builder Gotty Hansen has been in my life for 25+ years as my back-up bike during my early racing days, whenever something went amiss with my then racing aluminium or carbon frame the Hansom would hurriedly get built up while the uber racing machine was being sorted out. I posted some quite impressive times on it back in the day. The Zini was bought purely for the Cinelli stem it had on it at the time. Eroica requires steel or period aluminium with low profile rims, toe clips, down tube shifters and non aero brakes - although for South Africa we can run aero levers as our racing heritage is a little newer then Europe so we have a special dispensation. No STI or Ergopower !!

My good friend Martin owns RacePace Cycling Clothing Company, so some sketches for a suitable shirt were made and his head designer Nicole interpreted my scribblings to perfection - bearing in mind that my stick figures don't even look like stick figures... All credit for the stunning kit must go to Nicole at RacePace !!

That sorted, a steel bike ride needs a steel car, so the '61 Ti was selected as the weapon of choice, I had some decals made, including Rossi Motors one to match the kit - Walter Rossi used to run Rossi Motors many years ago, he was the Alfa Dealer in Pretoria North, a nicer man you could not hope to meet. I phoned him up and told him what my plan was and asked if I could please use his old Dealership name as it suited the period of the bikes and the cars, being the gentleman he is, he immediately agreed and it was a privilege to honour an old friend. Walter still owns his immaculate Giulia Spider Veloce as well as a '58 Sprint Veloce Confortevole and a 1900 Ti Super sedan amongst others.

Eroica South Africa is centered in the little town of Montague which is +- 650kms/405 miles from Port Elizabeth. The Ti fresh from our 2500/1600 mi tour in October was duly serviced and greased, washed polished and readied for the trip. The back seat cushion was removed to make space for the bikes and both were loaded in with blankets separating them. We clocked up just over 2000km/1300mi there and back with a few side trips just because we could and the car & crew were willing !!

Eroica isn't a race, but a celebration of the bicycle, it's run partly on tarmac and partly on gravel, like the Gran Fondo's of yesteryear, excepting not for time. The first stop at 20kms/12.5mi was at a Brandy distillery, breakfast included bacon butties, coffee & brandy shots.... makes a pleasant change from racing our hearts & lungs out that's for sure. We had selected the 90kms/56mi Kogmans route which is essentially a figure 8 with the start & finish point being in the middle. A slipping chain & a puncture delayed us a bit and we duly set off on the second 45km/28mi loop.......sheesh they took us into the mountains on gravel roads with mother climbs, (note to self 53/42 & 12-21 is not the ideal hill climbing combination), but we made it in spite of the temps soaring over 40+*C/104+F. Age & a carbon daily ride had lulled me into a false sense of comfort.... those old steel bikes are h_e_a_v_y !!! Montague experienced torrential rains 5 days before we arrived so the gravel road surfaces were really rough thanks to serious water erosion with thick silt over the low lying areas of the road - made for interesting riding & several punctures.

Apparently the rumour went around the bunch that the 2 guys in Alfa shirts had come out from Italy for the ride with their Zini bikes.....

If y'all get the chance to ride an Eoica ride, go for it, they are run by Eroica Italy and are popping up all over the world, Sean & I will both be back next year, same bikes, hopefully a Giulietta Sprint as transport.... because we can plus a comfier selection of gears for the mother hills !!

02-12-2019 12:36 PM
Originally Posted by ShadeTree View Post
After watching for years for just the right vintage bike, I found this 1968 or 69 Colnago Super just a few miles from my home. There are a few "incorrect" parts, but nothing that can keep me from riding the snot out of it. I'll need to find a period clamp-on bottle cage, and maybe get a longer chain so the hub sits a little farther back in the dropout, but it's otherwise good to go. Can't wait!

These early Supers are fairly rare in the USA as they all came through the Velosport bike shop in Berkeley, CA. This is before Colnago began using the Club as his trademark despite the cut-outs in the lugs. The cut-outs are actually a tribute to the three-leafed lily shaped lugs used by Gloria bicycles, the builder where Colnago apprenticed in the late 1940s.

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I rode a old bianchi with the old recored brakes , last year my friend rode my pinarallo, I rod his bianchi, going down a good size hill, I was on top of the hoods,2 or 3 fingers on the brake levers.. so I deciced to slow down.. so with my 2 or 3 finger on the blade I started to squeeze them... nothing was happening, I am so used to the modern campagnolo brakes, I forgot, you really needed to grab the older brakes, a little stronger...
12-10-2018 03:13 AM
Alex73 Hello!

Just found this read. I also ride bicycle and collect old racing bikes. Heres a Viner Special Professional from my collection. It is equipped with Gipiemme parts including the Gipiemme labeld Simplex SLJ shifting.

Further I have GIOS Super Record from 1980 still in original paint with pantoparts (stem, shifter, brake lever) and milled Campagnolo Super Record brake calipers.

Currently I finish a Bianchi Specialissima from 1976 in original Celeste with Camapgnolo Super Record 1st. Deraillaur.

So Im from Austria I also collect high end PUCH Bikes from the 70/80 like Ultima, Superleicht an so on.

Keep on riding and driving Alfas!
12-10-2018 01:36 AM
New Bike / Update

Here is my latest creation:

Colnago C59, paint code: GDWH.

Custom Graphics.

Basically its just a new frame, I swapped over all the components form my previous frame.

It rides like a dream...

10-10-2018 10:48 AM
howieb4 Like that Bianchi hanging behind the Colnago. Looks like it's sneaking a bit of Martini Racing colors.
10-09-2018 03:02 PM
bianchi2 nice to see a Italian bike as the Gods intended to be... Full Campagnolo
10-04-2018 09:46 AM
Originally Posted by vintagemilano View Post
The best I can do on short notice. On the bright side is goes through the garage door as is.... :-)

Nice De Rosa!
10-02-2018 01:05 PM
Vivace ^^ I was tired.
10-02-2018 01:04 PM
vintagemilano Nice ride, I'm impressed.
10-02-2018 12:51 PM
Vivace It goes in the garage with the bike up there?! Wow...I'd need a spotter before I tried that!

Here's a trip my son and I took a couple of summers ago -

Glacier National Park full moon ride up the Going to the Sun Road / Logan Pass.
Totally unofficial event, happens about 3 times a summer of course. Could be a weeknight. You ride up the pass at dusk, 9:30 or 10. 16 miles from Avalanche Creek parking at about 6% average. It gets pretty **** dark below the cliffs going up, until you break out at one of the last switchbacks and the moon blasts you. All kinds of bikes are going up - roadies, mtn bikes, kids and families, decorated bikes with colored lights in the spokes, trailers with stereos playing - it's quite a show. The road is not closed. At the top is an informal party with maybe 100 or 200 people - and some bighorn sheep wandering across the parking lot! We helped fix someone's flat using borrowed tools and a solar flashlight. Everyone is friendly.

Have some food, chat with people, then suit up because the ride down is QUITE chilly! Advisable to bring quality headlights, as you're in the wilderness and if no one else is around it's very dark even in the moonlight. People right behind us with bright lights made us into crazy Kokopelli shadows bouncing around on the cliff ahead. Sudden sharp curves, long drop offs, water dripping on the road, the occasional rock, and metal plates over drains.

So down we went with a dozen others at 2AM - try to find the car, try to find a campsite. We slept in the back of the wagon. But so fun, what a ride!

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10-02-2018 12:14 PM
vintagemilano The best I can do on short notice. On the bright side is goes through the garage door as is.... :-)

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