Reader’s Rides


Reader’s Rides


Man o man, what a crazy response my Reader’s Rides call for entries have been getting. Each week I get flooded with everything from pennyfarthings to pistas and while I continue to make sense of it all, sometimes a bike just pops! Strangely enough, I featured one of Gleb Ivaschenko‘s track bikes the last time I made a RR entry and this time around, his Takhion Sprint just stood out from the rest.

But that’s not the only bike featured in this week’s Reader’s Rides. Check out more below!




I love the Moscow city skyline in the background! Here’s Gleb’s parts build:

Takhion Sprint

Frame / Fork:
1994 (serial number 234-04)
56cm CTT seattube
55,5cm CTC toptube
Italian BB
Custom made track fork (Shimano fork ends)
Shimano Ultegra sealed bearings headset

Shimano DA 7710 track cranks – Team Edition, 170mm, NJS stamped
Shimano DA 7710 50T 3/32″ chainring
Shimano DA 7700 BB 109,5mm

Shimano DA 7710 track hubs, NJS stamped
Araya 20A dark anodized rims

3ttt track stem, 120mm
3ttt Gimondi bars, 39cm
Benotto bar tape

Saddle / Post:
Shimano DA7410 seatpost – Team Edition
Selle San Marco Concor Supercorsa saddle

Check out more photos of Gleb’s Takhion right here at his Flickr!


Next up is Göran van Rooijen’s Gazelle track bike, all the way from Rotterdam. Now, I’m partial to this because I love Gazelles and I love the ‘Dam. Great architecture and great bicycles come from Holland!

Frame: Gazelle Model Piet de Wit
Fork/Headset: Gazelle Model Piet de Wit / Campagnolo Record Pista
Crankset/Bottom Bracket: Sugino Messenger / Sugino
Pedals: MKS Sylvan track/ BLB toeclips/ Sofus Francisco Straps
Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain: Sugino Messenger 46t/ Phil Wood 16t/ KMC Devil 101
Cockpit: BLB Dropbar with Cotton Tape/ Nitto Jag 100mm
Saddle/Seatpost: San Marco Regal / Thompson Elite
Front Wheel/Hub/Tire: H+SON FF / Phil Wood High Flange / Vittoria Rubino
Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire: H+SON FF / Phil Wood High Flange / Schwalbe Lugano

Check out more photos of this bike at Göran’s Facebook!




Last but not least is Alex Rains’ super clean Colnago Super. Alex rides in Melbourne where he shares the road with Andy and Dan. I love vintage frames with modern gruppos and this ‘Nago takes the cake!

Frame: Late 70’s/early 80’s Colnago Super Frameset, Columbus SL tubing.
Group: Full Campagnolo Record 2008 groupset
Wheels: Matching Campagnolo Record hubset laced to Mavic Open Pros
Seat Post / Saddle: Campagnolo Chorus aero seat post / Brooks Swift
Cockpit: 3ttt stem and handlebars both pantographed/emblazoned with Colnago emblems and Brooks leather handlebar tape

Keep sending theses in. Included a story about the bike, who you are and why you love it! Just follow these rules:

Include one drive-side shot: Get down level with your bike and try to capture it all in photograph from the drive-side.

Include one detail shot: I want to see what makes this bike stand out from the rest! A nice lug shot or maybe a detail component shot would be ideal.

Resolution: Please! Send me photos at least 800px wide!

No Crap: Readers want to see beautiful bicycles, not clunkers. No offense to the beautiful beaters of the world!

You can submit the photos via email or post them on the Prolly is not Probably Facebook!