Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Have a safe and fun holiday season from everyone here at Via bicycle!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Pretty iconic photo of Ernesto Colnago working on the Merckx hour record bike with his brother.wpe3E6.jpg (69629 bytes)

Friday, December 18, 2015

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Graham's Zeus city bike

     This is another one of Graham's bikes. It is a Zeus frame built up with a mix of components and used as an upright around town city bike. Zeus was a company out of Spain that not only made frames, but also made complete component groups! Most of their stuff closely resembles Campagnolo componentry in design, especially in the 1970's. Zeus were were  competitors with Campagnolo, and the quality of their top of the line stuff was just as good, if not better than their Italian counterpart. No other company quite embraced the drillium trend like Zeus and their 2000 group was full of nicely polished and drilled components with titanium bits. their Ocana model bike was amazing! Here is a link to the Classic Rendezvous page about the marque: Zeus. I am on the hunt for a complete Zeus bike in my size with a 2000 group. Maybe someday...

Friday, November 20, 2015

Graham's Marinoni Pista

     This bike belongs to my colleague Graham. He runs the front end of the shop handling a multitude of responsibilities, from customer service, to selling bikes, and diagnosing repairs. He also does all our product ordering. Graham also has an ever expanding stable of fine bicycles. This is one of his newer acquisitions. Really clean Marinoni pista frame and fork that he built up with stuff from his parts bin. These are made in Canada, near Quebec. Here is a link to the Classic Rendezvous page about the marque MARINONI.
     I believe this was built in the 1980's, mostly because of the checkerboard fade paint job. A personal favorite of mine. The chrome is pristine. It is built with Columbus tubing and Campagnolo pista drop outs and fork tips. Also of note is the Mavic 310 headset, I think they are really slick looking. They are also smooth as butter, however, they require the specific wrench for adjustment and are a bit of a rarity these days! Really beefy round fork blades and nice semi sloping crown with the "M" cast into it. Not drilled for brakes, this bike is designed for one thing, speed on the track! Enjoy the photos!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Awesome Customer's bike: Raleigh Track

     This bike belongs to a repeat customer / client of ours. It is a super cool Raleigh Track bike. I am a bit perplexed by it though because of the paint. I have never seen an emerald green one like this. I assume it was re-painted and decaled at some point in its life. It has the older type flat fork crown. It does not have the chromed "socks" on the rear triangle or fork blades though. Also, usually the rear drop outs are drilled, these are not. all that aside, I really love the paint on this bike, metallic emerald green! It sparkles like crazy in the sun. The rear wheel does not go with the bike. I put that one in just to take photos. We are calculating spokes for a wheel matching the front. The customer is handling the build. Also of note is the matching green spoke nipples on the front wheel (last photo), very sharp.  Enjoy the photos.