Here is a little teaser image for tomorrows race, shot by our favorite photographer Tino Pohlmann.
This full page image comes from an issue of an Italian sports newspaper dating from 1951. Gino Bartali, Fausto Coppi and the rest of the Italian national team are seen before the start of a stage of the Tour de France. Bartali looks at the photographer, Coppi leans on his bike in a relaxed fashion and surveys the scene from behind his dark sunglasses.
Given that this track racing bicycle is around 35 years old, it is in very good condition indeed. There are some scuffs and scratches to the paintwork, but that is to be expected. After all, this bike was built to be ridden, and fast, not just hung on a wall and admired. The tied and soldered spokes are an immediately obvious indication that this bike is intended for serious sporting competition. The wheelbase is short, the clearances are tight, there are no superfluous details, ornament is kept to a restrained minimum. Nice ‘B’ lower headlug and engraved seat stay caps, detailed in dark blue enamel to match the decals. Stiff and responsive, with whip quick steering geometry, it looks fast just standing still!
Available now in our webstore.
A nice wooden box set of three six-speed sprockets, freewheel and splined freehub removal tool, presented in a red felt tray. The cool thing about this design is that the sprocket sets, which are hard anodized in gold, can be removed and swapped by hand, without any tools! Theoretically you could pull to the side of the road and swap sprockets, at the foot of the mountain for example. The presentation box bears the signature of Felice Gimondi.
Very different to the full-size road racing bikes which are our bread and butter, this old school BMX racing bike is a real blast from the past! In this instance the customer brought the frame set and all the dope components in to us and asked us to build it up for him.
JMC were a big name in BMX from all the way back in the day. The Black Shadow was their “lightning quick” shorter wheelbase racing frame, with very steep steering geometry. Ridden to many wins by Pro riders such as Darrell Young and Harry Leary (before he moved to Diamond Back), it features aero fork blades. This bike looks really rad, sporting Redline Flite 401 cranks (what else!?), and original ‘Beartrap’ pedals (nope, they weren’t invented by Hutch).
Your webmaster got all misty-eyed and began reminiscing about his days as a gnarly BMX ‘Grem’. Kinda makes you want to go get back into it, eh? Those were the days… (sigh). “Do a wheelie mate!”
Another delighted customer takes delivery of their brand new bespoke Cicli Berlinetta bicycle! In this instance, a British racing green metallic Cross bike with gold graphics, which we delivered to none other than Eric Zabel! It was early in the morning, so to capture his happiness on camera we had to drag him out of his house in his slippers. He really is a good sport.
This build features a complete Campagnolo Record groupset, including the OR (Outdoor Record) cantilever brakes. Columbus SL tubing throughout, and some nice details, like a brass roller for the front derailleur cable routing.
We wouldn’t want to line up on a rainy, muddy Sunday morning to go cross racing, and see this guy amongst the other competitors. Even less if he’d fixed his rider number to the number plate brazing on this machine!
It’s been a good year for us at Cicli Berlinetta. We hope all our customers can say the same! Here’s to another great year of cycling happiness in 2015. We’ll be back in the store next year, the workshop crew ready to repair your ride, the front of house staff keen to sell you shiny bits’n’pieces to make your bike sparklier, or rare and extra-lightweight high-tech accessories with which to become the envy of all your pals, etc. etc.
Can’t wait to hand all your readies over to us in return for new or not-so-new-anymore bike bits’n’pieces? Get thee to our webstore, but please be advised that nothing you buy between now and Jan 6th will get packed up and shipped off before then!
Earlier this year we sold a classic steel Masi road bike to a collector from the UK, who bought it from our webstore, based on a dozen or so photographs and a brief written description. Buying a bike on trust, without seeing it or riding it first, is a big decision, not least when the purchase price could by no means have been called a trifling sum!
A short while after we sent off the consignment we received an email which we’d like to share with you. Here’s what it said;
The Masi arrived safely. Thank you. Because of work I had to wait to unpack (solid, no damage), and build. It is now done. The bike does not quite fit your description… It is better! I could not be more pleased. After a 2-year search I finally have one in my size. I am one chuffed bunny (I have no idea how that translates into German)!
We like to think we provide great bikes at fair prices. We’re always pleased when we get positive feedback. After all, only satisfied customers will come back again. We look forward to continuing to exceed your expectations in the forthcoming year.
We’re proud to present these exquisitely hand crafted Italian leather cycling shoes by HNB – Handcrafted No Brand of Padova. The ‘Vitello’ model features black perforated leather uppers in the traditional style, as well as an ankle stripe in the colors of the Italian national flag. Stiff soles of pale leather.
Each pair of shoes comes with two cleats and fittings. Available now in the sizes 41, 42, 43, 44, 45 and 46.