As is now customary this time of year, we made the trip south to the chalky roads of Tuscany to participate in the festival of vintage cycling that is L’Eroica. This year Dustin had his young son Leon along with him. Leon made many friends! Here are a few impressions of the trip, including a visit to renowned manufacturer Daccordi, and a visit to the secret location of a fellow avid collector. As ever, the weather was good, the wine delicious, and the memories will last a lifetime.
Somehow we neglected to blog this build-up back in June when it rolled out of the shop beneath a grinning new owner. Better late than never, right? The dark blue ’90s steel frameset with chrome lugs and forks was built up with a twenty first century Campagnolo 11speed Athena group and rounded out with some nice details like the black suede saddle.
You don’t have to be particularly observant to have noticed that things have been pretty damn quiet here on the Cicli Berlinetta blog of late. For good reason! Amongst all kinds of goings on, we have been on the road.
Specifically, the Guv’nor made his way to France, as he is accustomed to doing during those three summer weeks when the cycling world goes crazy for the biggest of the stage races. Dustin met up with our local leading lensman Tino P and legendary sprinter Erik Zabel, and together they witnessed the action as Nibali rode to victory on the Tourmalet. In the above pic, the aforementioned trio pose with 3 time Champion of Italy Giovanni Visconti of Team Movistar.
Dustin even got to sit in the Canyon team car as it sped down the famous mountain directly behind the peloton, reaching speeds of 110 kilometres per hour! That velocity actually makes your humble blog-poster’s knees wobble just thinking about it!
This gorgeous Legnano is the actual bike with which Italian racing legend Maurizio Fondriest rode to a controversial and lucky victory in Ronse, back in the summer of ’88, by narrowly avoiding the crash which took out the leaders Steve Bauer and Claude Criqielion.
Not strictly speaking new to fans of our blog, as we’ve shown this pearl of Dustins’ collection before. These are however brand new photos, taken by our ace local cycling photographer Tino Pohlmann. Just a few pics on the blog to wet your appetite, as we’re saving the full selection for a forthcoming book project…
One of our own brand simple lugged steel track bikes, finished in deep metallic blue with silver graphic accents. Threaded Campagnolo Record engraved alloy headset. Semi sloping fork crown with engraved crown motifs. Two more engraved and silver detailed crowns atop the seat stays. Top tube decorated with large painted silver crowns above the bottom bracket. Seat tube paintwork featuring large Berlin bear motif and two ribbon accents. Simple capitalized branding to down tube.
Built up with a Campagnolo Record Pista crankset and Centaur bottom bracket. Simple flat one-sided road pedals with clips and brown leather straps. Large flange 32 hole hubs laced to black anodized rims, wearing Halo Twin Rail tyres. Single bolt semi layback alloy seat post topped with a blue Flite titanium saddle. Quill stem and drop handlebars from 3ttt wrapped in blue leather wrap. Fitted with a single Campagnolo side pull caliper brake at the front.
Speedwell Titanium road frameset, which we’ve just built up into a custom singlespeed bike with a nice mixture of classic and contemporary parts.
Campagnolo Record Strada crankset with a single large chainring, garnished with flat double sided pedals. Omas threaded aluminium traditional headset. Fluted Campagnolo Record seat post topped off with a black leather classic Flite Titanium saddle. Ambrosio quill stem and complementary Ambrosio deep drop handlebars wrapped with perforated black leather tape. Classic hooded levers with black cables routed under the bar wrap. Two side pull Campagnolo Record brakes. Rear brake cable routed along upper top tube with three old fashioned cable clamps in the classic style. Low flange 36 hole 120mm Campagnolo Super Record hubs laced to medium section silver anodized Ambrosio Balance rims. Pale sidewall Michelin tyres.