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. 



Sunday, January 1, 2017

Colnago Super 1984









I bought this Colnago mainly for its unusual color. I've never seen one in seafoam green, have you? Campagnolo Super Record components throughout except for the rear derailleur, which is Nuovo Record. 

I think the chain ring is for a 1970s model, but it doesn't have to be era-correct to be cool. :)

The seatpost is not a Colnago, it's a Celo Europa. 

More pics HERE.



Monday, December 26, 2016

Modolo Professional Brakeset - NOS, Boxed







Sorry - not for sale. I purchased these from an estate sale last week. Got a decent price on them and, of course, figure they're keepers. Rare to find anything "new in box" from 30 years ago. These are from the early 1980s from my research. Either way, this was the heyday of my road riding and the beginning of my passion for collecting bikes. I couldn't afford Campagnolo back then. At 20 years old, I could barely afford the newly-designed Shimano 600 group, but that's what I put on my Batavus Professional frame - my first "good" bike frame. 

The Batavus frame is pearl white with blue decals, and I always thought it would look stellar with these blue Modolos. The question then is - do I live for the moment and build the bike up with the Campy and these Modolos it deserves, or keep these brakes in-box for their collectible value and show-off potential? I suppose, if this is the only thing I have to keep me awake at night, life must be okay. :)

Here's a link to some great info on Modolo brakes. Enjoy!



Sunday, October 30, 2016

1980 Trek 710








Bought this Trek 710 two weeks ago from the original owner. He changed out the original Campagnolo Nuovo Record crankset for a triple 20 years ago, added fenders, changed the stem to allow for a more upright riding position. He included the original Campagnolo crankset and bottom bracket. I've torn it down to the frame and will clean, rebuild over the next few months - Winter project.

The Reynolds 531 frame and fork and Dupont Imron paint job are in very good condition. It has the original Campagnolo Nuovo Record (Record) headset, which was rusty/corroded, but I cleaned it up and swiped some steel wool across it to really bring it back to life. 

Looking forward to this build. More pics to come! 

Be sure to check out the VintageRacingBicycle.com Facebook page HERE



Saturday, April 23, 2016

Dura Ace RD-7401 Rear Derailleur - The Rise of Dura Ace









Although marketed as a 7-speed SIS derailleur, the 7401 could be used with 6, 7, or 8 speed drivetrains. The industrial design is elegant, the lines, fit, and finish, impeccable. All this reflects the devotion to detail that remains a hallmark of Shimano engineering. 

1986 marked a turning point for road components as Shimano began, finally, to outshine Campagnolo with index shifting technology. It was an exciting time in cycling history as we watched Dura Ace, in particular, but even the Shimano 600 line continue to rise in popularity. For decades, Campagnolo was the pro cyclist's first choice for reliability and performance. At this point, however, we were witnessing something that most hadn't predicted - the gradual but undeniable adoption by pro teams of Shimano Dura Ace. The seemingly-indomitable Italian giant finally had some formidable competition. 





Thursday, April 21, 2016

Form Meets Function - Dura Ace 7400 Brake Calipers







These beauties will go on my new-to-me Tesch 101 that is my spring/summer project bike. The bike came with a full 1987 Dura Ace group, and these cleaned up really well. They are virtually blemish-free. The levers are also in great shape, and I'll clean them up this weekend. 

Will post full build pics as I go. Stay tuned. 



Saturday, March 12, 2016

1977 Peugeot PX10









I bought this 1977 PX10 two years ago and it's in beautiful, original condition. I really can't find a scratch on it. There's some clear coat problems on some chrome, but nothing too bad, considering that the bike is nearly 40 years old. 

I'm keeping the huge, rather ugly reflectors and that pie tin spoke detector on the bike. Plain lugs, nothing fancy other than the chromed stays and fork ends, but still a nice specimen and one I'm proud to own. 



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