Category Archives: vintage
Merckx Mondays
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If there is one man who is truly obsessed with Eddy Merckx, it’s Bret Horton of the Horton Collection. To celebrate this obsession – that I think we all have, at least in some capacity – the Horton Collection is offering a limited run of Eddy Merckx lithographs.

So how many of these 20″ x 24″ prints were made? You guessed it, 525.

Pick up a set at the Horton Collection.

Jun 16, 2014 Comments are OFF
Completely Insane 1914 Australian Bikepacking Journey from Adelaide to Darwin
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So, you’re really into bikepacking, that “new” thing, huh?

100 years ago, today, Edward ‘Ryko’ Reichenback rode 3,000km from Adelaide, Australia to Darwin. The trip took him 28 days and in that time, he battled the elements, got carried by Aboriginal tribesmen by stick – literally, hogtied upside down – and trekked across swamps. I feel like a jackass for whining about a windy, rainy night in my posh-ass tent.

Seriously, is this a Foster’s commercial in the making? Read the whole story at the Dailymail.

Jun 13, 2014 9 comments
I’m Heading to the L’Eroica Britannia with Brooks England
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Next week, I board a plane and hop the pond over to the UK. It’ll be the first time there with a bike and while I’m not bringing anything from my personal stable, I’ll have something vintage to ride, donated graciously by Brooks England.

The mainstay for the trip is the L’Eroica Britannia, a new take on the classic Italian event, at home in The Peak District, UK. Over 1,600 riders will depart on three rides (33 miles, 50 miles and 100 miles) on pre-1987 steel bicycles.

You should check out this interview at the Brooks England Blog and more information at the L’Eroica Britannia website. Maybe I’ll see you there?

Now’s the main thing on my mind: what do I wear?

Jun 9, 2014 20 comments
Shakopee Velodrome Photos
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I love photos from track racing in the 70’s. You’ve gotta head over to Bike Jerks to see more from the Shakopee Velodrome!

Jun 9, 2014 Comments are OFF
FYXO: Pantini Bianchi Mega Pro Reparto Corse
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Photo by Andy White

Pantini has been getting a lot of attention as of late, with the release of Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist. Andy took it upon himself to jump-start the calendar to the Melbourne premiere – which I’ll be attending – by photographing this Bianchi Mega Pro Reparto Corse. It’s quite the looker.

Head over to FYXO for more!

Also, I’ll be in town for the Roobaix… See ya soon!

May 28, 2014 Comments are OFF
Early 90’s Colnago Master Columbus Gilco Tubing MTB
90's Colnago Columbus Gilco MTB with XT

The late 80’s and early 90’s saw a lot of serious shred sleds, many of which have become icons in the vintage MTB world. This is one of those icons, the early 90’s Colnago Master. These bikes were the epitome of Italian design and fabrication, notoriously behind the times when it came to tech – hence the chainstay mounted rear u-brake, but made with the same precision as their road-equivalence.

Using Columbus Gilco tubing and an arabesque seat tube cluster, the Masters are still some of the most iconic MTBs, over 20 years later.

The owner, Ray bought it off eBay, as is – sans the Campy QR, grips, pedals and computer. It’s immaculate and the details are just so wild, right down to the Shimano XT drivetrain, which is arguably better than the Italian counterpart… When I saw it atop of his caravan at the ATOC, I politely asked if I could photograph it.

May 19, 2014 19 comments