These are the bikes hanging out at my place. I ride all of them, when I no longer do, they get sold. Is there any reason for the bikes I own? Probably... or maybe not. I value craftsmanship and history and above all, handling. Pretty colors also seem to influence me, I admit. So here they are in chronological order:
Ganna, late 60's, Nuovo/Super Record gruppo, Champagne
This refinished bike has served as a test bed for several articles in PezCyclingNews. The last one was about Cerchi Ghisallo wooden rims.
Ciclo Piave, 1973, Nuovo Record gruppo, Bianchi Celeste
This is a great, under-rated gem made by an artisan named Agosto Michelin. The build quality is very Cinelli-esque at a fraction of the price. This bike was very popular with racers in the late 60's. I found this in nearly perfect original condition.
Colnago Nuovo Mexico, 1985, Triomphe/Super Record gruppo, Saronni red
This is one of those bikes I never wanted to own, though now I'm glad that I do. I even wrote an article about it.
Pegoretti Tanguillos, late 90's, Shimano 105 gruppo, Electric blue
I ride this steel, TIG welded bike a lot, and that says a lot. It just strikes a great balance between everything that a dedicated cyclist needs.
De Rosa Endurace, late 90's, Campagnolo Chorus gruppo, Red
Oh so beautiful and rare silver fillet brazed bike, bought from the original owner is pristine condition. It is the best handling bike of all, it makes me descend more confidently and hence, faster than any other bike in the stable.
Colnago C40, 1998, Campagnolo Record gruppo, Art Decor
Recently bought, it's a blast. Stiff, yet surprisingly compliant. It likes speed, the faster it goes the better it handles. At slow speeds, it's whippy. I got it from the original owner that rode it less than 200km, over 10 years ago.
Klein Quantum Pro, 2005, SRAM Force gruppo, Jittery Joe's Team livery
I always wanted a Klein. Such a great company and personality. This is one of those later Trek owned models, but a very cool and rare team bike. Nicely welded, great paint, light, stiff yet very un-aluminum like ride.
Colnago Extreme Power, 2005, Campagnolo Record gruppo, Ale Jet
This was given to me in exchange for some work. It is the ultimate in stiffness and lightness. Great for climbing, not so great for descending.
Major Nichols, 1965, Nuovo Record gruppo, Baby Blue/Metallic Brown
Coming soon, one of my latest acquisitions and my first bike with the famed Reynolds 531 tubeset.
Raleigh Team Professional, 1980, Shimano 600 ax gruppo, team colors
Also, coming soon. Another project and another tubeset that I always wanted to own; Reynolds 753.
SOMEC SLX, early 90's, Campagnolo C Record gruppo, Tutti Frutti
This New Old Stock frame has been hanging on my wall for awhile, one of these days it will be built up. It's just too cool not to, with its Cinelli lugs, impeccable craftsmanship and classically kitsch paint. Plus I've stashed away pretty much all of the C Record parts I need to make it.
My Kids' Bikes:
Look KG76, 1990, Shimano Ultegra gruppo, natural carbon
De Rosa SLX, 1994, Campagnolo C Record gruppo, Emerald green
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