The Cub House Bike Show and Swap: Medici-Built Carnevale C-Record Road

Today was the Cub House’s third annual bike show and swap. While we’ll look at the show itself tomorrow, I couldn’t wait to share the winning bike from the show, this Medici-built Carnevale Road bike. Now, with all bikes like this, there is a backstory. Ralph Carnevale was a major dealer of Medici Bicycles in Southern California in the 70’s and 80’s. His shop sold so many Medici bikes that the Masi-spinoff builder made a whole line of Carnevale Bicycles for Ralph.

When the current owner, Scott, acquired this bike, he built it up with vintage Campagnolo, with those neat Cobalto calipers, an aero Campagnolo water bottle, and plenty of Medici-branded bits, including a pantographed stem. This era saw a lot of experimentation with bicycle design and that beautiful triple triangle is a stunning example. If you’re wondering what Ralph Carnevale is up to these days, the best information I can find is he now runs a handlebar tape company, called Ciclo Dicuoio.

All week we’ll be featuring some more builds from the Cub House’s third annual Bike Show and Swap.

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  • italian? i thought the hair bandit brazed all those medici frames in los angeles.

    • Yeah, Medici was a spin off from the California made Masi brand, which began in Italy. I don’t know what I was thinking! haha. I guess it’s more the Masi lineage that was on my mind.

      • Dean Boyer

        I used to hang out at Ralphs shop in Huntington Beach on Beach Blvd at the top of the hill. All the memorabilia in the cases and vintage parts, and the super high end bikes. It was better than Disney land in the 1980’s. He and Brian Baylis are who instilled a love of road bikes to me at 15 years old.

        • M.R.

          Same here. Ralph’s and Two Wheel Transit were a couple of the only shops around with high end stuff to ogle over. Sadly both are long gone now.

          • Dean Boyer

            I used to work at Two Wheel Transit authority in high school. Oogling over the Suntour Suberbe Pro gear.

          • M.R.

            Even the classic old building where Two Wheel once was has recently been demolished. And old Carnevale’s is a tattoo joint now.

          • Dean Boyer

            Yeah I saw two wheel 2 days before they demo’d mad me sad. Jax moved across the street.

  • I’m in lust. Every single detail of this is perfect. I love it. It’s too small for me, but I want it. Real bad.

  • Nick Shore

    Just needs some proper C-Record cranks to make it complete.

  • WheelNut

    DAAAAAMN. That is hot. Love the triple triangle, the colours and all the curious little details.

  • Adam Leddin

    Yep, that’ll do it!

  • Alex Cheek

    Crazy cool bike! Just needs that red leather handlebar wrap from http://www.ciclodicuoio.com/about.html rather than the chubby rubber stuff!

    • Timbo

      You mean Benotto.tape. Pink or whote would look incredible.

  • Superpilot

    That internal routing blew my mind, I’ve never seen it before!

  • Chris Wagner

    ummmmm, Cobalto…

  • Dave Standfield

    I’ve been in hospital too many times for that seatpost mounted bottle to make me feel anything but squirly.

  • Sean Talkington

    If you would like to go deaper…I found this read interesting…

    http://i-vol.com/bikes/medici/

  • Forrest Guy

    Wow. This looks great.