Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Things I find under other thjings

Back to the internet full time and doing some cleaning in my office from a summer of just putting things in my way, I found this gem.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Publications from the past.

Pretty cool illustration on the cover of Illustrated Mechanics from Jan. 1930.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

For Sale: 1960's Cinelli Mod. B frame and fork!

     Nice bike offered for sale here today.  It is a Cinelli mod. B from the early to mid 1960's I believe. Serial number stamped on the bottom bracket shell is 5319. Cinelli serial numbers tend to jump around a lot and can be confusing. I am dating the frame more by its features. The Mod. B. were introduced in the early 1950's. as an alternative to the Mod. S.C. (which later on went on to be called the Super Corsa) one of the most iconic race bikes ever (in my opinion). The mod. B sported a flat fork crown as opposed to the semi or fully sloping crown of the Super Corsa which gave the bike a more comfortable ride. It was billed as a more recreational use or training type bike. Don't be fooled though, the craftmanship is top notch and these bikes are quite desireable because of  their versatility and handling. This bike had the Cinelli S.C. headset installed in it I posted here a couple weeks ago. Cinelli stopped offering that head set in the mid 60's, so that kind of dates it. Also, if you look at the photo of the rear drop out, you see small drilled hole over the hole where the derailleur attaches to the frame. It was for a specific early model Campagnolo derailleur. That feature disappeared in the late 60's. Also, there is no oil port on the BB shell, which disappeared in the mid 60's. Now, i know that sometimes old parts lay around the workshop and are used on bikes even after they are no longer offered just to get rid of the stock, but the three points I mentioned help me to date the frame.
     This bike is an excellent restoration candidate. At some point someone brush painted the frame and fork with what appears to be brick red house paint. If you pick at it it chips right off. I have made little attempt to do so, I will leave the re- finishing fun to the new owner! I  The decals (original) and head tube are left untouched to show the original silver paint. The chrome lugs and seat cluster are in great shape with the exception of the underside of the head lugs, see photos. The frame has the original enameled head badge (51mm version).  It also has the original Cinelli seat binder bolt for the iconic fast back seat stay attachment as well. There are two rolls of rim tape wrapped around the seat stays which I have not tried to remove because they are painted over. The bike had a rack on it when we got it. They are not crushed at all. A neat detail is that all the tubes are plugged with corks in the BB shell and the underside of the fork crown. The frame also has the original fender mount screws, which turn freely! There are no drop out screws in the Campagnolo rear drop outs, they require the older, longer length. This will make a great winter time project! the measurements are as follows:
  • 23"  CTC seat tube 58 1/2 CM
  • 23"  CTC top tube 58 1/2 CM
  • 32" stand over height (without head set or air in tires)
 Please email at: for price and any questions.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

For Sale: Biemmezetta made Palo Alto / Performance Bikes light touring bike circa mid 1980's

     This bike took a bit of research to find out where it came from and who built it. We acquired it a few months back and I have been curious about it every time I walk past it. At first I was told it could have been built by Chris Chance, which I was psyched on. Then I looked at the BB shell, which has a stamp of  BMZ 55. I thought, Biemezzeta? Which turned out to be correct. Back in the mid 1980's these were brought in from Italy to the Palo Alto Bike shop in Palo Alto, California and had their decals applied to them. Performance Bikes also did the same thing and after some valuable input from some of our readers, I have concluded that this is actually a Performance sold bike and NOT a Palo Alto sold one. The model is the "blue ridge", and it is a top quality Italian built sport touring bike.
     The frame is built with Columbus double butted tubing and Columbus fork blades. The Columbus logo is cast into the fork crown and the seat stay caps, a pretty unique feature I think. Campagnolo fork tips and rear drop outs, braze-ons  for a rear rack (chain stays), and water bottle braze ons on top of, and beneath the down tube. finished in a nice gun metal grey. the measurements are as follows:
  • seat tube is 55CM CTC
  • top tube is 56CM CTC
  • stand over height is 31 1/2"
     The component are a quality mixed  bag.
  • Campagnolo NR high flange hubs laced to Rigida 700C rim (front) and a Wolber gentleman 81 (rear) which is a bit wider than the front and uses a 28mm Specialized touring tire. The front is a 25mm Specialized touring tire. 
  • Campagnolo NR brake calipers (nutted)
  • Campagnolo Super Record brake levers with AME replacement ergo hoods (black)
  • Sakae bars and SR stem (90mm extension)
  • Campagnolo NR head set
  • Shimano 600 (arabesque) down tube friction ahifters
  • Sugino AT triple crank set
  • Sugino bottom bracket (Italian thread)
  • Suntour Moun-tech front derailleur
  • SR seat post and unknown touring saddle
  • Huret Eco Duopar rear derailleur
  • Nice wide range Suntour freewheel
The chrome and paint are in fantastic shape, I made minimal effort to clean up the bike and it shines! Pedals not included, but I am sure I could come up with something suitable if you would like. This bike just needs a tune up and is ready to go! Perfect for a long weekend trip in the upcoming fall season.
                                      Cost is $850.00 email at: with any questions.
We can deliver to any upcoming tri state swap meets, shipping will have to be calculated.