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Yes, it is an indoor swap meet, keeping in mind it is about 45 minutes north of Pittsburgh! There is no website for the swap. here is where the swap is located-
Days Inn Butler
139 Pittsburgh RoadButler, PA
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Wednesday, January 9, 2013
It also appeared to use a headclip design, like that found on British lightweights from the 1930s-1950s.
The frame was filet brazed or welded, lugless, and the joinery looked cumbersome, a production bike.
Sylvère Maes was a Belgian rider
Marcel Kint was also a Belgian rider and former World Champion cyclist.
Monday, January 7, 2013
Friday, January 4, 2013
Sexy Race Bicycles. The hub is mostly like made by Fichtel & Sachs(German) for Campagnolo. Maybe for the folding bike market of the late 1960s- early 1970s, as it is a low spoke count(28 hole), and travel bikes were becoming more common.
|photo courtesy of Sexy Race Bicycles blog|
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
from Ebay auction, the seller's(RhClassics) description-
" 54,5 cm middle of BB to center of seat tube.
Nicolas Barra was one of the true geniuses in the history of lightweight bicycles.
His first welded aluminium bike took part in the 1936 Grand Prix du duralumin. He then produced a number of these fantastic sculptural frames under the name Barralumin. They were a total revolution compared to the bolted or glued alloy frames used at the time. A few frames were used in the Tour de France, most famously by Vietto.
The welding required great skill, and a technique that Barra invented himself.
This is a very nice example of a genuine Barra (some frames were licenced out under the Garin trademark but although nice, not of equivalent quality).
Some scratches and marks, four small holes drilled when the bike was modernized; this is an overall nice example of one of the most fantanstic frames ever built.
It is very rare in having the original Barra transfers, a sign that the bike has never been polished up.
Start price is IMO an absolute bargain for an important piece of cycling history, I personally believe that Barra's are totally under-valued."
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
one artisan calls a revival, in the process of lightening bicycle components, I recently unearthed this catalog from the 1970s showing some of the results in the Renzetti modifications on Campagnolo parts. Some of the weight differences(before and after the process) seem to be negligible, it appears to be more aesthetics. I guess in the end, all the combined weight savings does add up, and make for a pretty effect. The costs(in 1970s dollars) of saving 4ozs(1/4 of a pound) would have been $96, that's $470 in today's dollars! That is the weight of a cheeseburger, one expensive cheeseburger. See our Hill Cycle bicycle with lots of drillium and milling. Also check out Drillium Revival, they do awesome work.
UPDATE-(thanks Jamie Swan!)
Robin Renzetti was the machinist doing the modification back in the 1970s.