Tuesday, March 31, 2015

For Sale: 54CM Casati Monza frame and fork. TSX Columbus tubing!

     Casati Monza road frame and fork.
Excellent used condition.
54CM seat tube CTC
55CM top tube CTC.
Made with Columbus TSX tubing, which dates it to the early 1990's as this tubing set was only available for a short amount of time. TSX is a step above SLX, which then turned into PRX.
     Italian threaded BB shell.
Italian threaded steerer.
130mm rear spacing.
Requires 27.0 seat post.
Chrome and paint is in great condition.
Some scratches in paint on the underside of the top tube, looks like it was on a car rack, no dents.
     Original decals in great shape.
Takes a braze-on front derailleur.
Matching serial number of 874 54 is stamped on both the fork steerer and BB shell.
Nice world championship stripes and logo cast into BB shell.
     Frame is straight and fork is in alignment.
Internal rear brake cable routing.
Excellent classic Italian race bike, very sexy!
Please see photos for condition.

      Please contact me at: bikeville@gmail.com with any and all questions / for pricing.

Saturday, March 28, 2015


Well, the weather is finally starting to break for spring! now is a great time to bring your bike in for service, or check out all the bikes we have for sale! beat the rush. Hope to see you soon!
Our hours are: Tuesday 10-5, Wednesday 1-9, Thurs., Fri., sat. 10-5. Phone number is: 215-627-3370.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Recent Personal Acquisition: 1980's RIGI

     This is a frame  and fork I personally got recently. It is an early 1980's RIGI. It is a bit of a unique bike and I am looking forward to building it up. The most clear unique feature is the split seat tube design that enables the rear wheel to be brought closer under the rider. This design shortens the wheel base. The chain is shortened by a full 6CM! Also the head tube angle is very steep,  77 degrees! These bikes were built for speed, not comfort. Also, very twitchy at high speed. I have seen a couple examples before, usually lugged. This one is the stainless steel version, adding to its uniqueness. Even the fork blades are stainless steel! Here is a link to the Classic Rendezvous page about the marque: RIGI  Also of note is the special adaptor piece for the front derailleur. Gian Robert made a front derailleur specifically for these bikes. This one was made by the previous owner and works just fine. It is a bit of a long term project and I hope to build it up with a Campagnolo Super Record group. I also want to use all the after market alloy and titanium parts O.M.A.S. and Cobra made in the 80's for the Campagnolo NR /SR components. Those bits will probablly  take the longest to get I am sure, time will tell. I like oddball / unique bikes, and this one fits the bill for sure. Enjoy the photos!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

1937 Raleigh Record Ace we recently sold.

      We recently got this 1937 Raleigh Record Ace (RRA) and sold it to a discerning collector within 24 hours. I did not even have time to photograph it properly. These bikes are my favorite pre-war British lightweight / club machines. Maybe someday I too will have the opportunity to own one. The photos are as found condition, it needs some bits, and to have some things removed, but it is correct where it counts. We also got the correct handlebars with the bike, which were sold as part of the deal. I cant wait to see it after the new owner has had time to bring it back fully. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Graham's Rossin

     This is a bike our awesome co-worker Graham recently put together. It is an early 1980's Rossin frame and fork that he has had for a while. He assembled it with a Campagnolo Super Record group and the result is quite pleasing. Classic Italian race bike that looks fast standing still. The original paint and decals are in great shape. I especially like the re-purposed Thompson seat post bag used as an under the saddle bag containing what you need on the road in case of mechanical issue. Enjoy!