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Selecting the appropriate bicycle for an event like Eroica California can be daunting if you don’t know what you’re doing. While these three bicycles don’t represent your only options, they do present some interesting notes. Ranking these noble steeds in rarity (i.e. cost) helps put things in perspective. As stated however, these are not your only options…
You’ve got exactly two months to find yourself a bike. Start by looking local. Craigslist, your local shop, swaps, flea markets, classifieds and eBay. Don’t go overboard. If this is going to be a one-time deal for you, why not ask a collector friend to borrow their bike? Or, if you want to go down the vintage bicycle rabbit hole, there are two options in this trio that are sure to whet your whistle. Or bell…
A few people have asked what bike I was pedaling around on the Eroica California course. While it doesn’t meet the pre-1987 guidelines, it’s vintage enough for my tastes. The MX-Leaders have always had a soft spot in my heart. Arguably the most significant bikes to ever leave the Merckx factory, these were race-ready, pedigree machines. Made with Merckx’s proprietary lugs and Columbus MXL tubesets, they were some of the stiffest steel frames at the time.
Perfect for the US team Motorola, or in this case, team Telekom. This frame in particular was Brian Holm’s and while a majority of the MX-Ls were raced with Dura Ace 7400, the bike’s owner, Mark Riedy, decided to go a bit more practical – and classy IMO – with a 10-speed Campagnolo gruppo. He then topped the cockpit off with an ITM stem.
There’s something about the Telekom paint jobs that always did it for me. Flashy, yet classy and an undeniable style. I’d love to add one of these to my collection some day.
Eroica translates to the heroic in Italian and perhaps that was the intention when the Eroica California team designed the course for the forthcoming event in April. While the original event was born in the Italian countryside, on pristine strada bianche, the California event takes to the hills and mountains separating wine country from the beautiful coastline…
Matt Cardinal’s Daily Derailleur Instagram illustrations are amazing and after many requests, he’s begun putting them on t-shirts. So far, a Shimano shirt has popped up, with what appears to be a Paul derailleur shirt in queue. Head over to Matt’s Instagram to follow the sales and TeeSpring to order one of the Shimano shirts.
Edit: Matt just updated the TeeSpring site to include a web store with three designs, including the Paul derailleur.
Boulder, Colorado’s The Pro’s Closet has a veritable vintage mountain bike collection on display, including this ’90 Yeti FRO, build with Campagnolo components. In this video, Juli talks about her career, what matters to her in a mountain bike and what this bike represents.
From Signal Cycles‘ co-owner Matt Cardinal come what many would consider Instagram gold. I love it when framebuilders – or anyone for that matter – take it upon themselves to document cycling’s nuanced history like this: simple pen and ink drawings of classic derailleurs, once a day, for a month, all catalogued with the #DailyDerailluer hashtag.
Matt, we’re paying attention over here. Great job.
There are only 21 days left to support Fat Chance’s return on Kickstarter. Maybe you’ve seen this video, or maybe you haven’t, but hopefully it’ll answer some questions. Fat Chance will be making their frames in the USA. That is confirmed. Head over to the Fat Chance Kickstarter to help out. Man, that frame is tempting!
Also, shouts to Brendan Shafer for supplying Chris with all the modern action video spots!
With pins and pendants inspired by C-Record, Nuovo Record, Brooks saddles and even a Super Record crankset keychain, Thai artist Choo Choop’s eBay store has jewelry inspired by the most iconic vintage components. Best of all, nothing is over £58.00.
The stick that held up the bikes in this Gallery…
I shot a lot of bikes this year. In fact, I shot more Galleries this year, than any other two years combined. From April 1st’s launch of the Radavist, until last week, the entire team worked hard on bringing a full photo gallery just about every weekday, sometimes twice. Pulling in those metrics took some time, but rather than limiting this year’s selection to just ten, I found the following bikes to be all within the same realm.
Some of these bikes never dropped a chain in terms of year-long momentum, still churning in pageviews and social media chatter to this very day. Surprisingly to me, a few were completely stock bikes. These were all chosen for their Facebook likes, social media engagement, comments and overall traffic. I feel like there were a lot of bikes that were flops as far as traffic was concerned, but I wanted to be fair in selecting the list.
Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s back up a bit.
We began the year with a few big stories, all leading up to one of the busiest weekends of the year, NAHBS. After record-breaking traffic, the world of Beautiful Bicycles culminated in the 2014 NAHBS Drive Side Gallery. From there, it was onto traveling for stories and documenting Beautiful Bicycles along the way… We’ll start off in Prescott, Arizona for the Whiskey Off Road.
… in case you needed to brush up on technology, or lack thereof for the L’Eroica California!