Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

     Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Via Bicycle! The shop is closed today and tomorrow (Friday, 11-28-2014). We will re-open Saturday 11-29-2014 to assist with you transportation needs!



Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Super classy Drillium Colnago Pista "Hour Record"

     I came across this bike last week online and forgot to do a post about it. nice Colnago pista  frame circa 1976 and equipped with some heavy drillium, especially that chain ring. Just gorgeous! Not sure if that was something recently done, it looks laser cut to me,  I have never seen such an elaborate cut out from that era. Super classy bike all around! Check it out here! Colnago!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Random drawer of mostly empty campy boxes.



Thursday, November 20, 2014

For Sale: 1959' ish Schwinn Paramount road bike 62CM

     Offered for sale today is a 1959' ish Schwinn Paramount road bike. Serial number B72 according to Waterford's site puts production in the area of fall 1959. This is the second number system Schwinn used from 1959-1965. The bike is built with a mostly a later Campagnolo Nuovo Record component group. The hubs are Campagnolo HF "no record" laced to unknown tubular  (sew-up) rims, tires are bad and need to be replaced. Campagnolo NR rear derailleur pat. 73 stamp. Campagnolo NR front derailleur. Campagnolo DT clamp on shifters and cable guide. Stronglight 49D cranks with Stronglight BB as well (52-42 chain ring combo). universal mod.61 brakes and scuffed up Weinmann red dot brake levers. Ambrosio Champion road stem (95mm extension). Clamp pinch bolt is seized, hence the odd bar position. unknown alloy bars, 38 CM wide CTC. campagnolo NR seat post (27.2) with Brooks Pro saddle, dark brown, large rivets, in good condition. Lyotard touring pedals with XL steel toe clips (Christophe Special).Unknown headset, perhaps Stronglight. Campagnolo pump head without safety circle.
  •     The frame has been re-painted and has no decals. Paint color is a faded teal green. no headbadge either.  Campagnolo drop outs with eyelets.
  • 62 CM seat tube CTC 
  • 61 top tube CTC.
  • 34" stand over height (no air in tires)
     Please contact me at:  bikeville@gmail.com for pricing or with any additional questions, thanks!























    

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Happy Birthday to our founder Curtis Anthony!

Happy birthday to one hell of a guy! Curtis Anthony, the founder of Via Bicycle! Many more my friend!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Period correct restoration critique- Brian Robinson’s Raphaël Géminiani bike

Photos: Chris Catchpole, Allsport Hulton/Archive from Cycling Weekly article found here

Photos: Chris Catchpole, Allsport Hulton/Archive from Cycling Weekly article found here

A recent article on Cycling Weekly website showcasing Brian Robinson’s Raphaël Géminiani bike and describing the technologies available at the time has peaked my interest. On the surface, the restoration looks great, most of the parts fit the bill of a late 1950s French vintage lightweight. As the article points out, this was not Mr. Robinson's TDF stage victory bike, but one of his bikes that was
"lovingly restored so it’s almost exactly like the one he rode in 1959. The restoration means it looks as fresh as it did in 1959, too."
Upon closer inspection there are a few items that are off by a couple years and one part is glaringly incorrect on this restoration.

I will preface this critique by saying it is very difficult to do a complete restoration, from stem to stern. Parts are difficult to source and knowing exactly what is correct and what is passable can sometimes be subjective.  I tried to stick to just the facts, well the parts. Paint color and finish can be very subjective. And yes, I know it is easier to critique a work of art than create one, this is professional critique, not personal.
Photos: Chris Catchpole, Allsport Hulton/Archive from Cycling Weekly article found here

Photos: Chris Catchpole, Allsport Hulton/Archive from Cycling Weekly article found here
 I first noticed the Mafac Competition brakes, that were a product of the mid 1960s, and examining the photo of Brian Robinson riding, one can see they appear to be Mafac Dural Forged brakes. I also noticed the Campagnolo headset is a mix of various models- the adjustable cup is 1960s-1970s Gran Sport, whereas the lower cup is Record/Nuovo Record. I won't be as critical to comment on cable ferrules or cable end caps. . .
Photos: Chris Catchpole, Allsport Hulton/Archive from Cycling Weekly article found here
It is a cool downtube waterbottle cage, I don't understand how the one clamp at the top of the cage supports the cage from moving or coming off.
Photos: Chris Catchpole, Allsport Hulton/Archive from Cycling Weekly article found here
 Modified Brooks saddle, article mentioned Otussi, but there is no common Otussi stamp found on one of the large rivets.
Photos: Chris Catchpole, Allsport Hulton/Archive from Cycling Weekly article found here

Photos: Chris Catchpole, Allsport Hulton/Archive from Cycling Weekly article found here
The shifters are from the 1970s- looking at the logo on the band and the hardware with the shifters is newer as well. The original, late 1950s shifters, would have used a screw head rather than the later D screws. The logo on the shifters could have also included the "open -C" Campagnolo stamping, but that is a grey area. In the late 1950s, Campagnolo was phasing out the open-C stamping, but some bikes in the 1960s were found new with them.
The handlebar stem is wrong. It is 1980s-1990s.


Photos: Chris Catchpole, Allsport Hulton/Archive from Cycling Weekly article found here
The photo, with the caption "Tullio Campagnolo invented the quick release back in 1930, and they’ve changed little since," shows a 1990s-2000s SHIMANO quick release skewer.

Patent Pending

I like home spun solutions to bike (mechanical) problems. Broken pedal block, no problem! a couple zip ties will have you back on the road in no time!