Saturday, July 14, 2018

1984 Raleigh Super Course - Racing USA

Many more photos HERE. 











I started cycling seriously in the early 1980s - well, seriously-enough for me. I didn't race, but rode a lot with clubs, friends, sponsored rides. Some of the mid-level bikes of that era were heavy, not very pretty, but I always loved the bold graphics and colors of the Raleigh Racing USA series. 

This fine specimen came to me by way of eBay. A local (20 miles away) seller was offering it at a price I just couldn't pass up. I ordinarily collect more higher-end bikes, but this one was so well-preserved, that it simply begged to be brought home. 

Something that I always look for is the condition of the chrome. Since this bike has chrome forks as well as a fully-chromed rear triangle, it was crucial to me that its condition was excellent - which it is. 

Obviously kept clean and dry for the past 35 years, this bike has only minimal cosmetic damage. A few nicely-matched paint touch-ups, tiny spots here and there on the chrome, a couple small scratches on the decals... very, very clean. It's been ridden and well-loved. My favorite bikes to collect. :)

You can read more about these Raleighs HERE. 

Many more photos HERE. 

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Classic Cycle - Bainbridge Island, Washington









I had the privilege to visit Classic Cycle on Bainbridge Island in Washington state. The shop is large, but as the owner, Paul mentioned, there is only room for 50 bikes along the top portion of the walls in the shop. Fifty isn't anything to sneeze at, but their collection is quite a bit bigger and they can all be seen on their website, here

No sense going into details, as the photos do the talking. You can find my pics here

Honestly, I didn't even look at the modern bicycle offerings in the store, but judging by the well-stocked shelves, terrific merchandising, and overall  friendliness of the employees, I'm sure that Classic Cycle will have anything you need and deliver it in style. 

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Long Beach Motorcycle Swap Meet (Bicycles Too)

Beautiful cruiser


Schwinn Paramount with full Campagnolo. This curved seat tube (short-coupled) model was available in 1975 - 1978. Built for criterium races or for riders who wanted the quicker handling that a shorter wheelbase provides, these are more rare than the standard models form this era. 


The vendor selling this Paramount asked $1,200, but was willing to accept offers. I have a rule that I don't collect bikes that don't fit me, plus this one isn't on my list of "must-haves" so I passed on it. 

Nice Frejus for $500. 




This swap meet is held monthly at Veteran's Stadium in Long Beach, California. This is primarily a motorcycle swap, but there are about two dozen bicycle vendors, as well. The majority of the bicycle spaces are filled with balloon tire or BMX bikes. I was hoping for vintage steel racing bicycles, but there were very few - not worth the $10 admission price for the swap, but no regrets... had to check it out and it was nice to stroll around hoping to find some deals. 

If you love motorcycles, this swap is for YOU. Here's the website for it. Enjoy! 



Sunday, June 10, 2018

1987 30th Anniversary - Dave Moulton Fuso











Bought this Fuso from the original owner. This is all-original, no part substitution except the bottom bracket. The owner installed a sealed BB about 20 years ago. It's in immaculate condition - even the bar wrap is original and in great shape. You can find a lot of great information on Dave Moulton's frames, his life, his achievements, on his blog HERE

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Merlin Titanium - After Campy Refit








My friend, Jesse had a mint Campagnolo 10-speed groupo that he was willing to part with, so here's the Merlin with the mean, lean Campy setup. Since these photos were taken, I went ahead and added the Merlin decals to the frame. I think I like it with the decals - more authentic to it's legacy. 


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Merlin Titanium 3/2.5







More of a "before" show and tell at this point. I plan on outfitting this with black Campagnolo Chorus or Record from the early to mid 90s. I just purchased new decals from Velo-Cals, as well  - soooo... the next post will reveal the "after" pics. This Merlin is not an Extralight - just the 3/2.5 Titanium variety from 1989 or 1990. Feel free to chime in if you have any info to share on Merlin road bikes from this era. Serial # 1894

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Cinelli Equipe - A New Life for my Old Centurion

I purchased this 1985 Centurion "Cinelli" Equipe in 2012 and sold it in 2015. 




The bike fit me fine and rode like a dream, but I needed the money for... another bike, so I sold it. The person I sold it to, in turn, sold it to a fellow Classic and Vintage Bicycle Enthusiast who saw the potential in the Cinelli-built frame and decided to take this bike an entirely different direction. 

He stripped the frame and took it to Evan at The Bicycle Stand in Long Beach to have their painter respray the frame in a brilliant BMW-Mini Color "Electric Blue Metallic."




I found the Centurion again during a random conversation with the current owner who mentioned he had a rare Centurion Equipe. I said, "Oh, I had one of those, but sold it about a year ago." He sent me a couple of photos and I was able to confirm, from touch-up paint and other small details, that it was, indeed, my old bike! 

The owner mentioned his plans to leverage the frame's Cinelli legacy and turn it into a one-of-a-kind Cinelli Equipe frame. He chose the color for the frame after driving by a local BMW dealer and seeing a Mini in the lot.  The precise paint details are: BMW-Mini Color "Electric Blue Metallic", Mini code 870. The Cinelli's paint is Matrix Brand, "Performance Basecoat" code MBP-LV-113822. 

The owner was willing to sell the bike, so we made a deal and I just picked it up this morning. 

I've got the frame hanging for now until I collect all the C-Record-Era parts for it. I have most, but want them to be as minty as possible. 




There is one less stock Centurion Equipe in the world. How many are there out there now? Fifty? One hundred? Either way, I feel good about bringing a truly unique bicycle onto the road and having my old friend back home. 



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