Photos by Marty Wood
It’s not everyday that I get a Merckx Mondays submission featuring a practically NOS Faema Merckx, shot in a studio nonetheless. Todd Schmidt is the owner of this bike and Marty Wood shot the photos. Both of which work at Q in Minneapolis. I met Marty during Frostbike and he said he had a Merckx to share…
Todd picked this up while he was working for Wares’ Cycle in Milwaukee. He was 16 when he started at Wares’ and instantly became overwhelmed with all things cycling. Back then, the heroes had frame companies. Names like DeRosa, Lemond, Colnago, Motta, Moser and of course, Merckx.
Fast forward to modern day. Todd, like many people, still want to relive the days of yore (i.e. the steel age). A random friend sent a note to him about a customer selling this very bike: a 1985 Eddy Merckx Professional made from Columbus SL and it wasn’t some ordinary factory paint, it was in the Faema Team livery.
Below is a rather lengthy description of what Todd did to restore this bike, which I won’t even begin to paraphrase. If you’re looking for a good read and photos, check out more below!
I love this graphic so much and I think it looks incredible as a t-shirt. Cinelli just launched their collaboration “Wolf Shirt” with Denver-based artist Sam Turner at the Winged Store. Head over to scoop!
M-m-m-molteni Monday! While Tracko’s got a sweet Merckx Mondays post up, I’m adding to the bike coveting with this sick Molteni Pista up on eBay. If I had the money and if this thing was a little bit bigger, I’d swoop it up for sure. Some background, this is being sold by a reader, who’s a photographer in need of some new glass. I’ve been there before and it’s a tough sacrifice to make.
While I’ve shown you photos of Cinelli’s new touring bike before, I don’t think I’ve given a proper introduction. The Bootleg Hobo was developed as a fully-loaded touring bike, spec’d with a triple crankset, front and rear racks, proper touring wheelbase and a mid-trail geometry. You can see more details at Cinelli and the Hobo is in stock and ready to ship to your local Cinelli dealer.
Cinelli Bootleg Tour d’Afrique 2013 and the Hobo
Cinelli celebrates former UCI sea-level hour record holder, and 2 time Pro Pursuit World Champion, Hans-Henrik Oersted with two limited edition replica jerseys: the Recordman 85 and Bassano 85. The jerseys look really rad, but I love this photo they used for the lead image!
Mash is now offering up pre-orders on their newest collaboration with Cinelli: the Parallax. Head over to Mash for details on ordering!
To celebrate their Hobo touring bike, Cinelli teamed up with one of the most famous journal manufacturers of all time: Moleskine. Head over to Cinelli to see more details!
Leave it to Mash to put out a minute-long video that packs the stoke. Rainier is an exceptionally-strong rider and seeing him climb Fillmore Street like that is impressive!
Man oh man. This is a grail track bike for most people and City Grounds did an exceptional job on the build! See more at the City Grounds blog.