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

1952 Servadei Cambio Corsa

On a recent trip to Italy, I was fortunate enough to pick up a couple of rather wonderful vintage bikes, that I’d like to keep a record of here. First up is this Campagnolo Cambio Corsa-equipped Servadei bike, made in Forli in the early 1950s. The gentleman I picked the bike up from was the original owner, having bought it from the Cicli Servadei shop and 6-time Giro d’Italia stage winner Glauco Servadei himself. Here are the photos, firstly from the Adriatic Coast near Forli in north-east Italy, then back home in the UK. It really is that well looked-after. … Continue reading 1952 Servadei Cambio Corsa

CyclingRevival vs Eroica Britannia. What were they thinking?

So, the market for vintage cycling continues to grow – with the l’Eroica events leading the way. There are 9 well established Eroica events in 2018 from April to December with our very own Eroica Britannia now in its 5th year and still growing. Last week an email dropped into my inbox promoting the P&P World Cycling Revival festival at Herne Hill Velodrome in London. My first thought was “excellent – Herne Hill is crying out for something like that, to get people flooding in again”. Then I checked the dates Eroica Britannia – Friday 15 – Sunday 17th June … Continue reading CyclingRevival vs Eroica Britannia. What were they thinking?