Colnago Saronni in red, but not Saronni Red!

You may have seen the ‘before’ pics of this bike here. It’s an early Colnago Saronni – that is to say, it’s a Colnago Super. rebranded and badged by Ernesto to honour his ‘favourite son’, Beppe Saronni. In due course the brand expanded and was eventually sold off, so the later bikes were made by other Italian builders like Technotrat. Great bikes in their own right, but not Colnagos, despite what unscrupulous eBayers will tell you. The term Saronni is now associated more with the deep metallic burgundy colour of the bike Saronni rode (see my Colnago Super for an … Continue reading Colnago Saronni in red, but not Saronni Red!

Colnago Super – in Saronni Red

The iconic Colnago Super. I’ve had a few over the years, and refined it down to this one. Simple, classic, clean, bloody good looking and in the iconic ‘Saronni Red’. Now, ironically, I also have a red Colnago Saronni which isn’t in this red. I collected this one on a trip to Italy a while ago and it will be heading back there with me for Eroica in October 2018 – and very possibly to Flanders for the Retro Ronde in June. Continue reading Colnago Super – in Saronni Red

2 out of 3 aint bad

So in the space of 24 hours this week I had calls from both Brian D at Classic and Vintage Cycles in Hadfield and Brian R at Golden Age Cycles in Banbury, both with good news. The Saronni‘s ready and the Missing Paris Roubaix Nut is ready. Woohoo! Photos and updates to follow shortly, along with news of further Cambio Corsa-equipped acquisitions. All we need now is some warm weather and Dan Bool to come up trumps with the Bianchi Continue reading 2 out of 3 aint bad

Campagnolo Paris Roubaix – Driving Me Nuts!

So I’d been stalking this rather lovely 1950s Italian bike on eBay for a while. It had been listed and relisted as a Buy It Now-only several times, with a slightly reduced price and a slightly higher number of watchers each time… but it didn’t sell. Then, the seller finally bit the bullet and put it up for auction and of course it began to attract bids. Over the 8 weeks it had been up, I had researched this bike somewhat and discovered it had been bought by the current owner at a Sotheby’s auction a couple of years ago. … Continue reading Campagnolo Paris Roubaix – Driving Me Nuts!

She’s only gone and done it…

So, the plan to do a lot of his ‘n hers indoor cycling over the Christmas break, on the new¬†Wahoo Kickr¬†and the Elite TurboMuin seems to have worked: 615km clocked up over the week, but… *drumroll* more importantly… Sarah’s only gone and signed up for the BHF London Southend ride in July! Importantly, it comes after Eroica (which was already in the diary and the partial cause of the training plan which appeared on the kitchen cupboard door), which means she’s done it out of an actual desire to do it, not a sense of ‘what have I let myself … Continue reading She’s only gone and done it…

1948 Michelina – Cambio Corsa

On the same trip to Italy where I picked up the Servadei, I also found this rather wonderful, Campagnolo Cambio-Corsa equipped Michelina. Again, much like the Servadei, it was embarrassingly well looked-after for a 65-year old bike. It must be something to do with the warm, dry climate and the passion for cycling in the region. All that was required upon returning to the UK was a strip down and service, new bar tape and cables, new brake blocks, new tubular tyres and some nice cork bar-end plugs. I think the result is an exceptionally pretty bike. The elegance and … Continue reading 1948 Michelina – Cambio Corsa