A 2015 NAHBS favorite has finally landed online. The No 22 Bicycles Reactor road bike caught my attention this year at the show and still to this day makes me feel all adulterated with lust. Clean, minimal lines, custom hardware and a stance unmatched in the current production frame world. That’s my opinion anyway… Form your own opinion at No 22 and see more photos below.
With events like Eroica and the reason why I’m currently in Italy, the Emilio De Marchi ride gaining popularity, more and more vintage road bikes are making their way out of garages and storage sheds all over the world, onto the road again.
Italy has no shortage of vintage road bikes. With so many framebuilders in the areas surrounding Conegliano where De Marchi has been based for around 70 years, it’s not hard to track down a frame or a complete for a couple hundred euro. One such builders is Bottecchia, a name most of you will recognize. Coincidentally, Emilio De Marchi was the team manager for Bottecchia some years ago, so the brands have a joined heritage.
Onto this bike, which at first glance is a real looker, even with the small idiosyncratic build mishaps. Sure, the bar tape is frayed, it’s missing a few bolts and the tires are mis-matched, but as-is, it’s a more than suitable steed for a 100 kilometer ride. My favorite details are the way the head tube cluster lugwork merges effortlessly into the headset, the head tube badge and that ostentatious red and white paint.
Bikes like this, as-is need only a few hours of maintenance to make them road-worthy and in Italy, they’re a dime a dozen. Something us Americans can appreciate or lust after… More on De Marchi’s heritage and the Emilio De Marchi ride coming soon. For now, just check out this piece of Italian pedigree.
This climb needs no introduction, but you can watch the play by play of what it takes to tackle this beast thanks to the Col Collective!
The allure of the eBay score is strong, especially after so many Landsharks have been recently featured here on the site. Such temptation was too great for Andre. After looking on eBay for a few months, he finally scored this Road Shark with Shimano 600 for $400. It came as shown, minus some dry-rotted tires and no saddle, which were easily replaced. It’s in ok overall condition, just don’t look too closely at the bar tape!
The future of this bike is uncertain. There’s been talk of long-reach calipers, 650b conversion with porteur bars, or a modern 10-speed group, and my vote goes to keeping it as-is, just overhaul the damn thing a bit. For now, Slawta’s crazy personal touches shine regardless as to how much patina is present. My favorite detail is the chomping shark mouth on the internal cable routing exit…
I always love watching the process that goes into a hand-painted frame like this. Swanksi‘s got a great style!
Patrick Seabase, the track bike mountain bomber takes to a Cinelli Strato Faster road bike atop the Etna Volcano.
Those bikes do look great.
The boyz at Manual for Speed are getting their tanning on at the Tour of California. Well, now they’re getting hella wet with all the SoCal rain. At any rate, head on over to Manual for Speed check out some delicious pro cycling in wonderful California.
Damn! English Cycles, Fairwheel and Geoff McFetridge got together to create one slick bike. I’m stoked to own a bike with Geoff’s work on it, just like I was stoked when I got a pair of his Nike Vandals back in the day.
Photos by Matt Miller
Morgan Bateman got in touch with Stinner Frameworks last year wanting to build one of those “lifetime bikes.” Stainless steel was a must and Columbus XCR as the tubeset of choice. Easy right? Wrong. Getting an XCR tubeset is quite difficult, so they knew there would be a wait. In that time however, it opened up options to do something a little more creative.