Category Archives: vintage
The Cub House Swap Meet and Bicycle Show
Thank you, Ballast Point!

A few months back, the guys at Team Dream Team came up with the idea of doing a bicycle show during their next swap meet. The call went out to all of Los Angeles for cyclists to bring in their best bicycle for display. Coinciding with a swap meet, people would be able to haggle for new parts, BBQ, and ogle the many noble steeds that would parade their way to South Pasadena for the show.

On Saturday, the event went down, bringing in some serious beauts. Including, but not limited to Tinker Juarez’s old Klein, a resurrected De Rosa Joe Bell restoration, a 1993 Chris Carmichael Motorola Merckx TT bike from the Tour, road bikes, all-road bikes, vintage road and kooky, one-of-a-kind show stoppers.

Many thanks to the folks at the Cub House for throwing this shindig and to everyone who made it happen!

Jan 17, 2017 30 comments
Merckx Mondays
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I hope you’re enjoying your holidays. We’ll be back in full swing tomorrow with some year in review posts. Santa Merckx hopes you didn’t buy any upgrades for Christmas, so go ride up grades! Original photo via Old Campy.

Dec 26, 2016 Comments are OFF
Hanging with Charlie Kelly at the Marin Museum of Bicycling! – Kyle Kelley
Hanging with Charlie Kelly at the Marin Museum of Bicycling!

Hanging with Charlie Kelly at the Marin Museum of Bicycling!
Photos and words by Kyle Kelley

When in Marin you better make it a point to do one of two things. The first thing I’d recommend is going on a ride and taking a stab at the world record Repack decent of 4:22 still held by Gary Fisher on a Klunker! The second thing I’d recommend is getting over to the Marin Museum of Bicycling! If you have time, I’d even suggest you do them both. I would even go as far to say that you should ride down from the mountains straight into the museum, high on Klunker stoke, knowing that you just rode the fire roads where legends were born.

I was unable to go on a ride because of time, but will most definitely be up in the coming Spring to give Gary Fisher a run for his money. Sean from Team Dream and I were visiting Northern California to attend one of our good friend’s wedding around the Point Reyes area, it was a quick trip so there was no riding in our cards, but we definitely made the time for the Marin Museum of Bicycling. (more…)

Dec 13, 2016 10 comments
Merckx Mondays
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Do I really need to say anything here? Thanks for this Merckx Mondays inspiration, Shifter Bikes!

Nov 28, 2016 Comments are OFF
Ride High Crewneck
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Back in the 1960’s, the Schwinn bicycle company used to make informative leaflets about bicycle care and maintenance. This image in particular came from an illustration about caring for your tires. The kid is unchanged except the balloons he was holding were replaced them with a joint and some smoke. He’s got the same grip and the same face. It’s almost as if this is what the illustration should have looked like all along… Scoop one up at Ride High Crewneck.

Nov 22, 2016 2 comments
A Shifter Bikes 1990 Team Z TVT Carbone Lemond with C-Record
A Shifter Bikes 1990 Team Z TVT Carbone Lemond with C-Record

For Lemond fans, few models hold the same cult-classic appeal like the 1990 Team Z TVT Carbone race bikes. Made in France by TVT these aluminum and carbon machines were made famous by their bright fluorescent paint jobs, Team Z insignia and Scott racing cockpit. Yes, these bikes are legendary. There are even Lemond fansites walking collectors through the process of building up this very bike.

Dan at Shifter Bikes took on this project for a customer, who sourced Campagnolo C-Record, the Scott bars, NOS hubs and hoops, allowing dan to assemble this bike over a two-year timeline. As you can imagine, projects like this are not cheap and are labor-intensive but like all good projects, they’re worth the wait.

The finished project is road-worthy, with latex filled tubies, allowing for peace of mind on a Sunday spin.

Nov 18, 2016 25 comments
A Shifter Bikes Gilded Eddy Merckx Professional with Campagnolo 50th
A Shifter Bikes Gilded Eddy Merckx Professional with Campagnolo

It’s been over years since I’ve been to Australia, so I made a point to connect with a few of my mates in Melbourne while en route to Tasmania. One of which being Dan Hale at Shifter Bikes, a bicycle studio in South Yarra. Two years ago I shot some photos of a rare gold plated Eddy Merckx Professional at Shifter Bikes and on this recent trip, I got to document the bike, built from the ground up with a Campagnolo 50th group.

While most bikes of this rarity would end up on the wall, the owner of this Merckx enjoys riding it , hence the modern pedals and non-period correct seat post. I suppose when you come across a frame like this, you’ve gotta do what you can to make it road-worthy (just ignore the front tire) and the result is a bike with a patina that comes from years of continued use.

Nov 17, 2016 11 comments
Merckx Mondays
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A reader sent in this Merckx Mondays photo, straight from the Colnago Twitter account with the caption: “44 years ago Eddy Merckx beat the Hour record. Ernesto Colnago was at his side!” Look at that New Bike Day face on Merckx! You can read all about this bike from Merckx Mondays number 40 where we look in depth at this very Hour Record bike.

Nov 7, 2016 4 comments