Wednesday, September 30, 2009
In looking through my vast collection of bicycle pictures I have, most are just a headlug here, brake hanger there, and not many complete bicycles. I have numerous pictures that I really have to use clues to figure out what the bicycle was that I photographed the seat lug cluster of.
Take this Mario Confente. This bicycle has become the holy grail of late 1970s road bicycle collectors. I have only these five pictures take at Cirque in 2008. I really wished I had more to look at, but only more detailed pictures. Seeing a completely built of bicycle is great, just look at the post from yesterday of Nick's Medici, but I really like the bits and bobs that go into it.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
"It was a Medici. I wanted to make a bike that reminded me of all the things I like about various oldies I've seen or had but a bike that felt a little less fragile and irreplaceable as my old bikes. I designed the paint scheme and Anthony Mezzatesta and I painted it together. He filled some bottle cage and brake bridge holes as well as drilled and tapped for the headbadge and the flip/twist open oil port on the back of the headtube. I filed down and tapered out all the lugs. The Campy chainring bolts had just enough material to be tapped to accept the Stronglight domed chainring bolts for aesthetics. I have to tighten the saddle support until it pulls the seat down like that otherwise when I sit on it the saddle support gets plays and rattles a crumb which drives me bonkers. It's a new Brooks titanium sprinter that I hacked and stitched. "
Notice the beautiful Toni Merkins style stem, also known as the limp d$&@ stem.
What an awesome rider.
Monday, September 28, 2009
(the complete bicycle was built up with newer wheels, as we could not locate a juvenile threaded track cog and lockring. If you have one, let us know. It is a smaller diameter than normal French threaded diameter, is is somewhere around 30mm for the cog. any ideas???)
Saturday, September 26, 2009
The boxlining is crisp and beautiful. I like how subtle the red is with the gold metallic paint. And the nice final touch is the winged Schwinn headbadge.
Friday, September 25, 2009
I may do a more involved posting about the Schwinn, but they are all interesting bicycles.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Still a very nice bicycle. If anyone knows more of the story of this bicycle, please feel free to add.
Also, here is a really nice article about Pino Morroni I ran across on Tam Pham's website.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
The design was later simplified to a circular pattern, rather than the earlier, angular frieze like pattern.
It generally sells from $10-$60, depending on condition and demand.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
The bike, as photographed, was not all built up yet. The Mavic hubs laced wheels will be replaced with Campagnolo large flange Nuovo Record hubs. He purchased red Tressostar cloth handlebar tape, Nuovo Record downtube shifters, and Campagnolo long dropout adjusters from us. The bike is set up with Weinmann centerpull brakes, which was correct for the International.
The bike is a project that the owner and his son are working on, they have really bonded on restoring vintage lightweights.
Monday, September 21, 2009
The bicycle is outfitted with Universal brakes, Ambrosio stem/handlebars, Campagnolo hubs(front with quick release skewer with dogbones), and then Cimatti branded parts(crankset, headset, etc.)- probably produced by Agratti, Magistroni, Gnutti or other large components manufacturers.
I'm not sure if the bicycle company is related to the later motorcycle and mopeds company, of the same name. It seems very probable, but I'm not sure.
(This bicycle was for sale at a swap meet, I don't think it sold, and I can put you into contact with the owner if you are interested in purchasing it.)
some additional information
Marco Cimatti was a pro racer that raced for the Italian national team and won the men's Olympic 4000 meter team pursuit at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. He went on to have a distinguished journeyman racers career, highlighted by three stage wins at the 1937 Giro D'Italia. After he retired from the sport, he started a small bicycle building shop and produced what must have been a limited quantity of bikes as this is a seldom seen brand.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
addendum- here is a email I received from a reader who owned a very similar bicycle-
"Regarding that Frejus track/path bike: I had one just like
it, same equipment except that it had inch pitch. Bought it
used in 1967 from Oscar Wastyn's shop in Chicago for $125.
My understanding was that it was about 4 years old at the
time, and it had suffered some damage in a crash which Oscar
corrected, then it was repainted in metallic red but still had the chrome fork. Oscar called it a path racer, and I
used it for lots of riding around flat Chicago. In San Diego I trained with it at the velodrome and used it for
short time trials, but when I moved to my present very hilly
area, I could not use it and sold it to Mike Kone when we
were at a CyclArt Concours d'Elegance. Oh, I used it with
a Weinmann short reach caliper on the front, but had to
file down the thread a bit on the posts to allow the pads
to contact the rim properly. The one you photographed is
made of Reynolds tubing, but mine was Columbus with .9 to
.6 mm butted tubs. It was a great bike!!