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!
So, I just got an email from Brian at Golden Age Cycles who’s working on restoring my Colnago Saronni (see the ‘before’s here). Hi David, it’s back, and looking amazing…. I’ll start the rebuild in the next few days. Regards, Brian What with that, the weather warming up, my recorded FTP going up and Sarah smashing her weekly mileage target all-in-all it’s been a pretty good weekend! Continue reading Colnago Saronni – Update
So, we’re into the New Year, the days are getting longer and a middle-aged man’s thoughts turn to long, hot summer days in the saddle. That in turn got me thinking about the Bianchi Folgore restoration that Dan Bool is … Continue reading Bianchi Folgore – update
I’ve always loved Colnagos. Thinking about it, who hasn’t? Anyway, a little while ago I rescued this Saronni from Spain. At first glance, it looks great, and that’s what drew me to it. First thoughts on seeing a bike badged Saronni are usually: “Is it a Colnago Saronni or one of those Technotrat Saronnis?”Or, indeed “Is it a Saronni at all?” For some reason, they seem to be very popular aftermarket fakes. Either because the decals are cheap or, more likely, because for a 1980s bike with classic heritage, comparatively little is known about them. This makes them ripe for … Continue reading Colnago Saronni – ‘before’
Everyone loves a celeste Bianchi, right? Whichever version of celeste that is. Whilst the colour has undoubtedly evolved and become a bit more vibrant over time, the story goes that back in the day, the paint was mixed from whatever … Continue reading Bianchi Folgore 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
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