Category Archives: vintage
Photos by Kyle Kelley
I absolutely love everything about these photos. Greg from Cuppow brought his Chris Chance road bike to the west coast for a little R&R&R (riding, rest and relaxation). While he was in Los Angeles, Kyle took him to the blacktop for breakfast and shot some photos of his rad ‘Chance.
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Yeah… Cycle Smithy isn’t messing around with this one. A Columbus MAX Laser, featured here on the site before, fully restored, and laced with only the finest components. I can’t get over how pristine of a job Cycle Art did restoring this machine to its original state. Head over to eBay for the full parts list and BIN price.
This conceptual video by Kona, featuring their Cinder Cone and Matthew Slaven has all the makings to land on any top ten list for 2014. Take a bike from 1988 and pit it against its modern equivalent (how many companies still have the same model in their catalog?) – then watch the obvious differences in riding style and presentation. Personally, I still love seeing bikes from the 80’s get their shred on but yeah, modern MTBs ride pretty ok.
It’s really amazing. Thanks for the heads Bike Mag.
Photos by Andy White
This photoshoot took place on one of the nicer days during my last trip to Melbourne and I’m not sure who was more stoked on the sun, Andy or Adrienne. Everything about these two photos rules, from the pristine Somec Promax with Campy 11, to one of the most friendly women I’ve met through a mutual love of bikes and the lens of Andy White… You just can’t go wrong.
In fact, seeing Andy’s use of Athena 11 made me finally pull the trigger on a modern upgrade for Lauren’s Casati.
See more at FYXO!
The guys at Surly put up something rather interesting yesterday on their blog: old catalogs from the late 90s and early 2000’s. It’s good because it’s so freaking weird! Head over to Surly for more.
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’m a firm believer that once a track bike leaves the velodrome, steps can be made to make it slightly more practical for street use. First, off with the tubular wheels and the road pedals, then a gearing change. Maybe even a brake gets added, depending on the skill level of the rider. Better safe than sorry, especially when it comes to a beautiful machine like this.
Joseph is an “intern” of sorts at Golden Saddle Cyclery. He’s a third hand in the mechanic’s area and is learning all he can about bicycle maintenance. Though you wouldn’t think it based on their day to day interactions (you gotta keep kids in check!), Joseph got on Kyle’s good side and managed to swoop up this bike for a song. He built up new wheels – since he’s a bigger guy – he felt that deeper rims would be more durable, added a brake and put on SPD pedals.
While it’s not a purist build by any standards, it’s still a gorgeous machine. On my last night in LA, Joseph brought it out for me to shoot some photos. I wish there had been more daylight because this thing is a beaut! If track bikes are a gateway drug into cycling, this bike is heroin. See for yourself in the Gallery.
The Yeti. A mythical beast, said to inhabit the Himalayan mountains, sought by Westerners with cameras. Or in this case, an American MTB company that began by selling hand made frames in the USA. The first frames of this purebred brand were crafted by Frank the Welder (FTW). Yeti’s early bikes are very much sought after by Westerners, much like their namesake spirit animal. But unlike blurry photos shot in snow-capped mountains, I managed to document one sharply in sunny Los Angeles.
This bike in particular is part of an ongoing collection from a Los Angeleian who knows where to take his bikes. His collection spans a few Chris Chance MTBs, various Yetis and this yellow Yeti Ultimate. Spec’d with period correct parts, a FTW stem and yes, built with care by Golden Saddle Cyclery, this beaut stared me down all last week while I was in LA…
See more in the Gallery!
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.
See the rest of Anthony’s Eddy Merckx Pista in high res here or try your luck, bidding on it at eBay!
Photo by Andy White
I love Euro track bikes and FYXO’s photography, but most importantly, I appreciate his anecdotal approach to giving a background to his photoshoot. Check out more from this raconteur at FYXO!