Friday, May 12, 2023

2004 Trek Madone 5.9 SL with Campagnolo Record


I purchased this frame about a year ago in the midst of a "Trek" kick, which lasted several months. I brought it out of storage a couple weeks ago and just finished the build a couple of days ago. I suppose I was chasing the seller's remorse from my sale of my 2005/2006 Discovery Channel Trek 5.9, which was such a fun, great bike to ride. 

This frame came to me from a fellow vintage bike enthusiast, and yes, one could argue that an early 2000s carbon fiber (gasp!) bike does NOT qualify as a vintage racing bicycle, to that I say - Phletph! It's my site! :D

I removed components from my Time VXRS ULTeam Tom Boonen Special Edition (I challenge you to find a longer name for a bicycle) and am selling that frame RIGHT NOW, if you're interested. 

The black Campy Record group with the black/blue Andromeda paint scheme on this bike is stunning, if I do say so, myself. 

And no - it's not for sale at this time. I'll post it on my my VRB Facebook page if that ever happens, so join and stay tuned. 

In the meantime, you may be wondering how it rides. I have no idea. I need to put pedals on it today and take it for a spin. I envision the ride is like butter. 

Happy pedaling, ya'll!

Saturday, May 6, 2023

1984 Peugeot PZ10E


Picked up this mid-80s beauty for a song and was pleased to see the Campagnolo Super Record levers were in very good condition. Unfortunately, there's a dent in the fork as you can see in this picture, below. 

Beyond that and the tiniest of dings in the top tube (ugh), the frame is in excellent condition for being nearly 40 years old. 

The three main tubes are made of Reynolds 531P - The red decal was for 531P, the "P" designated a lighter tubeset than 531C, the original and most widely produced. The "C" was for competition. 531P shared the same wall thickness (with some minor variations) as 753 for the three main tubes. It didn't have the metallurgy or the heat treatment of 753. The stays and fork would be 531. The "P" variant made for a light and lively frame without the cost of 753 nor the need to silver braze it.

The mixed Super Record and Nuovo Record components are great, generally scratch-free, and all need a little rust removal and polishing. 

I took two dozen pics of it in its completed form because... I'm going to sell the frame and keep the parts. Say what you will, but at least I got some great pics of this rare beast. 

This frame will hopefully go to someone who will ride and appreciate it for years to come. 

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