Category Archives: vintage
10 Skids a Day

… for healthy living. I hope you’re ready for this one! Here’s a little warm weather skid action for all you shredders still stuck in snow. Spring’s coming, it just never left Texas.

Jan 21, 2014 10 comments
FYXO: Black Campagnolo Croce D’Aune Deltas
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Talk about a brake with an evil reputation. Incompetent people claim they don’t work. Lovers of vintage Campagnolo worship them but few have had their cycling mitts on a set of Croce D’Aune Delta brakes. FYXO has a set of these in his web shop for sale. They’re so evil, I had to crucify them upside down.

Cast your $666.00 at FYXO.

Jan 16, 2014 5 comments
On Domestic Production and Frame Building in 1989

Yesterday I posted two entries to the blog that are tied into this documentary on Bicycles from 1989. The first being Norman Foster’s design and the second, Shinola’s video on their bicycles.

Shot mostly in Great Britain, this film follows the Taylor brothers from Jack Taylor, Condor Cycles, Norman Foster, even Cinelli, Campagnolo and Columbus.

There are a lot of interesting moments: “it’s not fashionable to make things in this country” – Norman Foster on why domestic production in Great Britain has declined. Reynolds used to make bicycle chains, but Shimano cornered the market and production ceased.

One factoid: Campagnolo’s component value to weight matches aircraft components. It shows how a production factory assembles lugged frames by machines in the Raleigh facilities and talks about how the Brits and the Italians prefer different tubing mixtures.

This film is worth the watch. It tackles a lot of issues in the cycling industry today, within the context of 1989.

“Like all modern products, bicycles have become victims of fashion”

Jan 8, 2014 2 comments
Hrrundel: Melted Cinelli Laser

I love the vintage Cinelli Laser track bike. The low pros and pursuits are nice, but the lines of the true track model never get old. Hrrundel has been playing with some studio photos of this bike and I found this one in particular worth the share. See more at the Hrrundel Flickr.

Dec 8, 2013 1 comment
The Iditabike 1988 MTB Race in Alaska

Still continuing the snowy tradition since 1987, Iditabike has now evolved to a fatbike race. Before fatbikes however, brave souls ventured out on rigid MTBs with touring bits to compete. Here’s a documentary covering the 1988 event.

Personally, I’m sure the fatbike is a better suited machine, but this looks fucking rad!

Dec 6, 2013 3 comments
Trackosaurus Rex: Custom Eddy Merckx Track

Photos by Kyle Kelley

Woah! I’ve never seen a Merckx track bike with those custom details, only a Merckx SLX road. Usually an extended head tube lug and a downtube cluster webbing was strictly for the big boy racers. These details came custom out of the Eddy Merckx factory in Belgium and are still, to this day, a rare find.

Check out more at the Tracko Flickr!

Nov 11, 2013 2 comments
Team Raleigh Track
Beautiful Bicycle: Team Raleigh Track

“Red and yellow, kill a fellow…”

Maybe that’s why I love these old Team Raleigh track bikes? There’s something venomous about them. Like some predatory beast, I loved looking at the old photos of British steel eating their competition alive on the boards. The last time I was in Melbourne, I shot another Northside Wheelers in-store display, classic racing track machine, that bright red Cecil Walker. They’re both the same owner, with an impeccable taste for steel race machines.

This one’s a keeper! See more for yourself in the Gallery!

Nov 4, 2013 11 comments
The 2013 PiNP Calendar: November
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This is the eleventh layout of the 2013 PiNP Calendar, entitled “Team Raleigh Track”. The camera and location are noted on the bottom left of the document.

The Team Raleigh track bikes might be one of the most iconic liveries in cycling. The classic yellow, red and black paint, mixed with a straight forward, no nonsense British craftsmanship lands these bikes in the grail category for collectors and enthusiasts alike. This bike in particular is built with Campagnolo pista, Cinelli and was raced in Victoria. Don’t worry, more photos of this beaut are coming!

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Nov 1, 2013 Comments are OFF
Andy’s Euro Sport Road with Campagnolo 11
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For some reason, I always assumed Euro was based in, I dunno, Europe? Turns out, Brian Hayes builds Euro Sport frames in Australia, which is where, coincidentally, Andy picked up this very frame. Now, to go from a Llewelyn as your everyday road bike to a Euro Sport might seem strange to some (it did for me), for Andy, it speaks one thing: Australian racing pedigree.

This bike is the shit. Euro Sport frames have been ridden by the Aussie National Team extensively. They’re aggressive, steep and responsive. This particular frame was built by Brian Hayes for Brett Lancaster, an Aussie pro. While Brian’s work has dabbled in ostentatious paint jobs before, he can’t recall painting this specific job… Which means, clearly aliens painted it because it’s out of this world, bro.

Paint alone doesn’t make the bike. You have to know how to piece it together. Enter FYXO: the man knows how to build a bike. Campagnolo Athena 11 speed, with custom panto, C-Record influenced cranks, Cinelli cockpit, Absolut Fyxo bidons, Regal saddle and good ol’ made in the USA White Industry hubs laced to Mavic Open Pros.

I love this bike, almost as much as I love its owner, so I spent extra time photographing it. See more in the Gallery!

Oct 30, 2013 10 comments