The days are getting shorter, the leaves have fallen from the trees, but our passion for cycling remains undiminished! Our buddy Tino Pohlmann stopped by and snapped some nice photos of the store in the bright autumn sunshine.
We put this little Pinarello Vuelta together a while ago now. The lugged steel frame, finished in Azzuro metallic paintwork, is made from Dedacciai tubing. and boasts chrome three quarter stays and fork blades. We fitted it out with a set of Campagnolo Record and Chorus components, and laced up some black Ambrosio Excellence hoops around small flange Record hubs. Panaracer Extreme Duro tyres provide the traction. Up front an ITM bar and stem combo was wrapped in yellow tape to match the yellow Flite saddle.
Here’s an Alan that has just been given the treatment in the Cicli Berlinetta workshop. This aluminium cyclocross bike was originally manufactured for Colnago, but the current owner had us remove the slightly shabby Colnago decals, revealing the red anodised main tubes. We completed the bike using cranks, deraileurs and ergopower levers from Campagnolo, bars and stem from 3ttt, cantilever brakes by 4ZA, wheelset by Ambrosia, tyres from Panaracer, and a black suede San Marco Laser saddle.
Seen here is an excellent example of a Maza ‘Elite’ steel road frameset which we have just built up into a compete road bike for a customer. The Maza name is derived from the first two letters of the surnames of framebuilders Antonio Mattioli and Soldino Zanasi, who used to work for Luciano Paletti before becoming partners in their own company in the late 1980s. Their names are featured in a decal on the top tube.
This lugged frameset is constructed with Columbus MS Multi Shape tubing, which was an improvement in stiffness over round cross-section tubing. It features some nice details, notably the unique bottom bracket shell to fit the unusual cross-section down tube and the differing seat stay shapes, triangular on the non-drive side and oversize oval on the drive side. The head lugs are chrome plated, as are the lower two thirds of the curved fork blades, and three quarters of the rear stays. The headlugs have ‘MZ’ intitials on the top lug, and ‘maza’ in lower case lettering on the lower headlug. The drop-outs are of Mattiolo and Zanasi’s own design, and have the company name engraved. At the rear they are filed to points where they slot into the stays. The bottom bracket shell and the fork crown are engraved with the ‘MZ’ initials. The seat stay end caps and the rear brake bridge also feature engraving. All the engravings are hand detailed in yellow enamel. The paint scheme is pale sky blue over pearl white.
It goes without saying that a frame of this pedigree should be graced with Campagnolo components. This bike wears a Chorus group with ‘BB Carbon’ Ergopwer levers. We chose a 3tt stem and matching smoke chrome Ergonomic handlebars, and matched the black Flite saddle with black handlebar tape. The Mavic Open Pro rims are black anodised, and wear matching black sidewall Mavic XXC Yksion Pro tyres.
The first week of October is the time of year when all roads lead to Tuscany, as dedicated proponents of the classic steel cycling lifestyle head in their droves to L’Eroica. Cicli Berlinetta have been happily taking part at L’Eroica for the last seven years, and have witnessed it’s increasing popularity first hand.
Regretfully this year the weather wasn’t quite as hospitable as the locals, and those riders who got underway early in the day soon got a soaking. Nobody was going to let the rain put too much of a damper on their good mood, and a glass or two of Chianti (even specially bottled for cyclists*) kept spirits up. We met up with old friends and made some new ones.
As ever, the bicycle market turned up some desirable items and fruitful connections, and the vintage cycles on display included rarities with fascinating backstories. Admiring the 1986 prototype steel suspension road Laser from Cinelli, we made the acquaintance of Andrea Pesenti, a legendary innovator and a charming chap. After L’Eroica we paid a visit to Pesenti at his studio. Check back soon for a feature article exploring his design genius, in which we’ll tell you all about a few of the milestones in bike design that he divulged to us…
‘Click’, the BBC’s show devoted to new technologies, were in Berlin recently to shoot a short segment looking at new developments in bike theft prevention. They asked us if we could provide a couple of bicycles for their travelling production duo Lara Lewington and Niall Walker. Of course we were happy to oblige. On a sunny afternoon in late August Dustin rode his Kotter tandem around Alexanderplatz with cameraman Niall filming from on the back, and provided a mint julep coloured ‘Donna’ ladies bike for Lara to demonstrate a few innovative gadgets that are currently being developed.
This elegant De Rosa now patrols the backroads around Chemnitz, formerly Karl-Marx-Stadt. Forty years old, but as tight a ride today as when it left Milan. Lugged construction, Columbus SL tubing, matching full chrome curved fork. Built up with a period correct Campagnolo Super Record group, the sole exception being the Nuovo Record rear derailleur. Pantographed stem and outer chainring. Silver metallic paint with black decals, Cinelli stem and bars with matching Benotto silver handlebar wrap, black cable housings, nice supple brown brake lever hoods. Topped off with a black leather Concor saddle. Rolling on pale sidewall Hutchinson tyres.
In the online edition of Architectural Digest, long standing arbiters of good taste in all things design, you’ll find a listing of their top ten bike shops, amongst which we are numbered!
August! Sunshine. Go for a bike ride. Grab an ice cream. Head for the hills for a picnic. Take a break out to the lake for a swim. More fun in good company, so take a friend. Double the pedal power!
Stelbel tandem. Campagnolo, drilled chainrings. Nice Nisi rims. A beautiful bicycle made for two.
It’s that time of year again, Tour time, when we get to watch a group of superheroes pedal up and over the highest mountains in France whilst we enjoy our cold drinks in front of the TV. Who will join this select band of heroes from years gone by? Can you identify the champions of yesteryear depicted in this mural, snapped by Dustin somewhere in southern France a few years back?