This popped up last week on Craigslist in my area (I won’t bother linking to the posting, since it will be deleted soon enough). This is the 1987 World Champion bike, a model built to celebrate Stephen Roche winning the World Championship. This was also the same year Roche won the Triple Crown, only the second man to do so.
As I’m digging deeper into bikes I’m learning a little about my tastes. This is a beautiful bike, but I don’t like the powder-coating. Colour is fine, It’d look better on a 3 speed with a brown leather Brooks and handlebars. The original colours are a lot more interesting. So, first of all – original paint! Secondly, I’m starting to really dislike mixing parts from different eras and brands. That Record front brake looks horrible there! So for me, the Group is important. (I say that as I have a Battaglin with 7400 with Athena Crankarms and a Chorus equipped Gios with a Daytona Seatpost – the fluted Chorus one was waaaay too short)
I first found this Panasonic while perusing the “Where’d you ride today.” I knew I stumbled on to something special and since then, I’ve been searching craigslist and ebay for a Panasonic Touring frame in my size. I haven’t found anything yet.
I love this bike’s colour and the white seat/bars/tires combo. Sad to see that Snarkypup recently sold this frame to buyer. Turns out she wasn’t happy the road bike position. I can understand that. I made sure to let her know on a couple of occasions how much I loved this bike.
Read more about the bike here and more photostream here
This bike was for sale in my area a few months back. I corresponded with the seller a number of times about buying it, but it’s odd group of components and Aelle tubing turned me off. I think I was looking for something a bit purer, so ultimately I went with the Gios. Looking at it now, I realise this is a lot of bike and there would have been very little for me to change. Oh well. I’m on-board with the Gios and want to get it 100% road-worthy.
This is quite a bike though, looks fun to ride.
I love this seat tube. I couldn’t explain to you why I’ve gravitated to this brand. I tend towards the lesser known brands. That’s why I’ll probably never own a Bianchi (although the pull of Celeste is strong), De Rosa or a Colnago, but a little brand like Battaglin, I’m all over it!
See the full sale post here: link
Cycleexif.com posted this up today, and while I tried to promise myself that I wouldn’t always link to them, I couldn’t resist this. What a beauty! Early Carbon frame, the ever beautiful Delta brakes and the clincher for me is that I have this gruppo on my Gios. This is making me rethinking upgrading it to a modern 10 speed group.
Here’s a few more:
For the full post: Here
Since I already talked about Giovanni Battaglin, I had to link to this bike. This is close to being one of my “Holy Grail” bikes. A 1994 Battaglin Team Bike. Columbus SLX tubing for the frame (light & stiff). The group is 9-speed Campagnolo Chorus and the whole thing looks spotless. Fortunately its a 56cm frame, so even though it’s tempting, I’d be way too small for me.
The little details like the pantographs on the forks are what make bikes like this stand out.
Again, more neat details.
What is it about those Cinelli Bottom Brackets that just make me feel all funny inside.
Bike is listed on eBay, currently at $1200 with reserve not met. (Price-wise $1200 seems about right to me) eBay Listing
There are a couple Japanese frame-builders whose names bring tingling to the hairs on the back of my neck. Nagasawa is one, 3Rensho is the other. Here’s an example of why 3Rensho (read San Rensho – san is 3 in japanese) is a holy grail bike for many riders.
From Fixie Custom Shop Flickr Stream and The Bicycle Masters.
From one of my favourite daily blogs cycleexif.com an old post with this beautiful bike. A simply stunning racing bike.
From the website:
Piero’s Carrera Corse was constructed in the workshop of one Dario Pegoretti from Columbus SLX and is equipped with Campagnolo’s 1st Generation eight speed Record gruppo, which incorporated the last generation of the revered Delta brake set. This was the first range to feature Ergopower levers. The Carrera Jeans team included a young Marco Pantani from 1992 to 1996 whose contract required him to wear that infamous kit of Lycra printed with acid wash denim. Were they not the glory days of cycling couture?
Of course it has Delta brakes – so beautiful! More to come on those soon!