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.
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!
Three-time Tour winner Greg LeMond is having an exhibition at the Rapha Cycle Club NYC beginning tomorrow. To kickstart the event, Jeremy Dunn put together an interview with the cycling legend at the Rapha Blog which I recommend reading. This interview coincides with a forthcoming collection of clothing including a jersey, sun sleeves and a cap called To the Sun.
For those who are in NYC, I send warmth and sun your way, I got more than enough in LA this week! If you can make it out of your home, head over tomorrow to see the exhibition, which includes a few featured pieces:
1986 TDF Look/Hinault
1989 TDF TT Bottechia
1989 World Championship LeMond /TVT (carbon tube)
1990 TDF LeMond/TVT (carbon tube)
1989 TDF Bottechia
1991 TDF LeMond/Calfee (first full carbon frame)
The full collection of 2014 LeMond Bicycles
All TDF jerseys, World Championship Jerseys, All team jerseys and caps, assorted components and ephemera.
Photos by Andy White
This 1974 De Rosa was in need of some love. Turns out, Patebury‘s leatherwork makes classic Italian race bikes look even nicer. But we all know, it takes a great photographer to make a great bike look exceptional. Go see more at FYXO!
Photo by Chris Lee
To commemorate the opening of Kinfolk’s new store at 94 Wythe in Brooklyn, Sean from King Kog commissioned Kinfolk‘s Kusaka-San to build a vintage-inspired road bike to compliment the rare Sugino 75 road group he acquired. Down to the disc wheel! This bike is insane and Kyle at Trackosaurus Rex has a great story on Kinfolk that you should really check out, along with more photos of this machine.
These photos are amazing! Cycle Smithy’s been accumulating vintage photographs from the 1890’s of the old Lake Street Chicago Schwinn factory. This is Schwinn bicycle production at its infancy, taken within the first few years of the operation opening, way before Waterford.
I can’t get over how incredible these photos are. See for yourself at Cycle Smithy!
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!
A reader forwarded me a scan of this photo, featuring Eddy Merckx at the Miroir du Cyclisme in April 1975 during the Paris-Nice Prologue, while in the commune of Fontenay-sous-Bois. In his hand, a Merckx-branded, DeRosa-built road bike.
I’d love to see a modern take on this photo!
Great find Tracko!
The 970, one of the last made in the USA, lugged MTB frames ever produced by Trek. In recent years, there has been a resurgence in interest for these bikes. Especially seeing as how a XO-1 can set you back a pretty penny. They’re Wisconsin-made, rugged and actually pretty lightweight, considering. Frames can be found on eBay for around $200.
These bikes are, one of the best options out there for those looking for to convert a 26″ MTB to a full-bore 650b Shred Sled. Which is exactly what Benedict began doing a few years back. After procuring the frame, he immediately stripped it, then acquired new decals and treated it with shellac.
Next up: the fork. He wanted to keep the frameset Wisconsin-made but needed an upgrade to replace the stock unicrown. Clockwork did the job for around $200 – a Pacenti crown, with a nice, classic bend to the blades. From there, it was pretty straight forward: Suntour Cyclone rear derailleur, XT front, XTR cranks, Suntour power thumb shifters, Nitto post, Brooks saddle, Tektro cantis, Bullmoose bars and some older 650b wheels a friend gave him. Oh and a Campy Record 10 speed chain, drizzled with garlic-infused, extra virgin cold press olive oil, because what else do you lube a Campy chain with?
Benedict’s added numerous personal touches to this bike. The Sackville bag carries his stealth camping gear, pipe and tools. Newbaum’s cloth bartape provides ample grip, protection against chain slap and an additional wrap on the brake lever ensures proper skids.
With all those details, most people would scoff at the thought of riding in Austin on it, with its rocky and technical trails, but little do they know, the captain of this shred sled is a master at roosting. Besides, he’s got a lucky penny on the fork crown!
I don’t really know what else to say about this bike, especially since the photos do the talking! See more in the Gallery!