Thursday, July 2, 2015

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Raleigh Record Ace (RRA) catalog from 1950

     I was going through some paper today and forund this gem. it is a RRA catalog from 1950. I believe it come out of the Hill Cycle shop here in Philadelphia. Cool fold out catalog with component updates fro 1950. Great graphics and colors too. I like that it folds out and essentially becomes a poster, suitable for framing!








Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Re Post about candy apple paint via Dave Moulton's blog

     Here is an article I find quite interesting. Dave Moulton is well known for his high quality custom frames and his equally stellar finish work. In this article, he discusses candy apple paint finishes and the tricks to take it to the next level. Candy apple paint! Schwinn also used a similar process for their Radiant Coppertone color, which consisted of an aluminum under coat and then a translucent orange over top. The result is a fantastic finish that shines like crazy in the sun! it is my favorite Schwinn color! Enjoy !







 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

For Sale: Falcon road frameset 59CM Reynolds 531

     This is another pretty nice frame set we got not too long ago, offered for sale here today. It is made by Falcon, in Great Britain in the late 70's I estimate. The original decals are all gone except for the Reynolds tubing decal and the Ernie Clement chain stay decal. It retains the head badge, and original paint. It has Campagnolo drop outs and fork tips. The Serial number is: 11121, stamped on the BB shell. There is also the number 24 stamped on the inside of the non-drive side drop out, which I assume is the size. The frame has rear chromed "socks" on the triangle and chromed head lugs and full chrome fork. The fork has a very nice fully sloping Cinelli style crown and oval fork blades. The frame also has fender eyelets. It is drilled for recessed brakes (original). Nice, fully wrapping seat stay treatment on the seat cluster as well. Pencil type (thin) seat stays as well,  somewhat unusual for a larger frame. There are some spots of corrosion here and there, some worse than others, but nothing that compromises structural integrity in my opinion. The measurements are as follows:
  • 59CM seat tube CTC
  • 57CM top tube CTC
  • 126mm rear spacing
  • 33" stand over height
  • 27.2 seat post size.
  • British threaded BB shell and steerer
                Please check out the photos and contact me at: bikeville@gmail.com with any questions.
                                                                    Cost is: $300.00




















Tuesday, June 16, 2015

For Sale: Benotto 3000 with Campagnolo Super Record group 57CM

     Sorry for my lack of posts over the past month or so. The ground floor of the shop has been quite busy and I have been working as a mechanic down there fixing bikes. Today is a relatively quiet day, so I am able to do some posting. Offered for sale today is a really clean Benotto model 3000 I believe. Not sure if it is a Mexican made bike, or an Italian made one. There is a decal on the seat tube stating Venezuela, but there is also one stating Italian fabrication. If anyone can enlighten me, I am all ears. I know later production was moved to Mexico, but I am not sure when that happened and the internet has not yielded any definitive answers.  The frame is very nice construction.
      It is built with Columbus tubing, no designaton of SL or SLX, and the steerer does not appear to be rifled on the inside. The rear drop out is drilled for Campagnolo's Portacatena system, which dates it to the early 1980's, as that system was only available for a very short time. It also has rear brake housing guides / braze-ons and water bottle bosses, which also confirms early 80's production to me. Campagnolo drop outs and fork tips are utilized. The serial number stamped on the BB shell is 2482 B358. There is also a heart cut out on the underside of the shell. It also has the diamond chain stays. The chrome is pristine all around and all the decals are intact, except for the Columbus decal on the top tube, which is a bit cracked. The original champagne color paint also is intact, with virtually no scratches. The bike looks great in the sun! The measure ments are as follows:
  • 57CM seat tube CTC
  • 56CM top tube CTC
  • 32 1/2" stand over height (with air in the tires)
     The bike is built with a full campagnolo Super Record group set. The rear derailleur is dated 1984. The cranks are 172.5mm long and dated 1988. Rear spacing is 126mm and the bike has a 7 speed freewheel (Regina CX). Clamp-on front NR derailleur. The pedals are Super Legerra ( steel spindle), NOT Titanium with black alloy cages and clean dustcaps. Alloy medium Campagnolo toe clips and shoe guides. Black Christophe toe straps. There is also a black turbo saddle in great shape. The bikes takes a 27.2 size seat post. There is also a really nice Cinelli 1R stem (100mm) that is Benotto pantographed and the lettering is painted light blue to match the light blue Benotto tape. The bars are Cinelli giro D'italia (mod. 64) and 40CM wide. The rims are the rare NISI mixer model. They are very narrow and somewhat aero profile. The tires are 700 X 20. The rims are dark anodized. From what I understand, flats are very difficult to fix with these rims as tires fit very tightly, and with super narrow tires, pinch flats are common. The Mixer rim is the clincher version of NISI's Lazer rim, which is an even rarer tubular rim, mostly used for track racing. The bike has had an easy life and is essentially ready to ride . I would recommend getting it tuned up first though, just to be safe. Bike is sold as-is. Check out the photos and contact me with any questions at:
                                                                    bikeville@gmail.com
                                                                         Cost is $900.00
                                                                               Thanks!