Merckx Mondays Jun 28, 2010

So, I’m in the process of moving to my new apartment and in all the hustle and bustle, I didn’t get around to setting up a Merckx Mondays post but what I do have is a folder on my desktop filled with awesome photographs of the Cannibal in his heyday. Ernesto Colnago made the Molteni bikes for Merckx prior to him riding his own frames. Here he is checking one out with the master and another photo of him adjusting his saddle while riding. When racers would break their saddle rails, mid-race, the support car would send them a new post and saddle. Rather than stopping, many racers chose to switch them out, mid-stroke.

  • SG

    Its kinda offtopic but still pictures of eddy.
    would fit a mercx monday.
    a book about eddy called 525. hugh book with 12 relics of important achievements.

  • Chris Protopapas

    Merckx never rode his own frames, at least not in competition. By the time he set up his factory, with Ugo deRosa’s help in 1979, he had retired from racing. The Molteni bikes were made by either Colnago or Kessels from 1971 to 1973, and by either De Rosa or Kessels from 1974 to 1976.

  • He was also obsessed with his saddle height. Always measuring it.

  • Chris Protopapas

    He was obsessed with his equipment in general, and this had a major influence on the development of the professional racing bicycle after 1969. Before that, most professionals, especially in France and Belgium, rode stock bikes. Merckx himself, when he joined Peugeot in 1966, was handed an off-the-shelf PX-10. A search for a stiffer and quicker-handling bike led him first to Masi in 1967, and then to a succession of Italian and Belgian custom frame-builders. It was a natural step for him to start a bicycle factory soon after he retired; he knew exactly what he wanted in a bike.

  • Josh

    Hey, I’m producing the Sydney leg of the BFF and was just over in NYC for the big kahuna. Just wondering if possible you could share some of these images? If not that hard to find online – cool I’ll go hunting but just thought i’d ask. We’re organising a number of pop up art stores in the lead up to our fest in November, and some of these are just so classic they would be a good fit. Cheers, Josh