Richard Hallett’s Classic Road with Campagnolo Nuovo Record

Richard Hallett is the author of The Bike Deconstructed: A Grand Tour of the Modern Bicycle and part-owner of Sportif Magazine, a new publication in the UK that focuses on, you guessed it, sportif rides. While at the L’Eroica Britannia last weekend, I had the pleasure of both seeing Issue 01 and having the opportunity to shoot Richard’s newest frame, his vintage road.

Laced with Campagnolo Nuovo Record throughout, built with Columbus Zona tubing, Cinelli 1a / CdM bars and a Turbo saddle, this is about as classic Italian as you can get, coming from the UK, anyway. The polished stainless seatstay caps and head badge pop from the classic Gios-inspired paint. All this, topped off with a custom painted Silca pump from the 70’s and rolling on Challenge Strada tires. Sorry, tyres…

For added stiffness, Richard used a bi-lam construction on the bottom bracket (not pictured – you’ll have to figure that one out on your own). Richard’s bike took him across the L’Eroica Britannia 100 mile course with ease, which is partially a testament for his own fitness as a life-long bike racer.

While I enjoyed photographing this bike in the morning sun, as it kissed the Peak District’s green hills and cow pastures, I had even more fun shooting the shit with Richard each night. I’m very impressed with both Sportif Magazine, Richard’s frames and wish both of them the best. Holler at him on Twitter for more information.


  • commandercool

    front brake is on the right side or is that the equivalent to right side driving? ;)

    • Classic “continental” brake routing.

      • Jimflip

        As someone who grew up with “continental” routing, I’d share that it took me a few more-exciting-than-planned stops to rewire the brain as to which lever is which here in the US ! (John, I hope your adjustment to the loaner Carlton was less eventful…)

  • Matt Rumora

    Classic “gios” blue as we used to say… My Handmade Franklin was that color originally. Gorgeous, and excellent photos, as always!

  • Gabriel Fukfasebock Ytterberg

    Maybe that’s a nice freewheel in #9 but it sure looks a lot like the ubiquitous $12 falcon/sunrace/whatever 5 speed freewheels that seem to be all you can find these days. It’s a shame that nice old 10 speeds are reduced to using these awful things – though I saw the other day that IRD has started making nice ones ( though they’re not cheap.

    Beautiful beautiful bike – but did he really carry that spare tubular on the ride even though he’s using clinchers?

    • James Moore

      you can get NOS suntour freewheels on ebay any day of the week.

    • Richard Hallett

      The freewheel is a cheap modern Shimano six-speed. Same performance and no need to wear a good old one on gritty roads. The spare is also a clincher. I suffered a sliced sidewall in the Italian Eroica and might have done the same in the Eroica Britannia; carrying a spare is easier than booting a cut.