We have a new mechanic. We are hoping he settles in o.k, it’s not that easy to tell.
Say hello to Marco
I went to Rome over christmas. As the plane took off from Manchester my mind filled with dizzyingly romantic images of the streets of Rome, filled with effortlessly stylish cyclists on handbuilt bikes from days of old. I got excited thinking about all the rare old bikes that would be left casually leaning by the doors of the trattorias’. I fantasised about a chance meeting with one of the cycling greats whilst buying an espresso.
He knows what I am talking about
(Dave- the main character in Breaking Away).
I have been too Italy on numerous occasions and I should know better.
Italians are like Peacocks with a verocious appetite for consumerism. They love to parade on the newest and most expensive bikes they can get their mitts on.
I am by no means slamming the Italians, different courses for different horses, and besides their is more to life than bikes.
A Harley leaning against the wood for the pizza oven
And nice cars.
My friends uncles' car
And superior snack vans.
Fast food that is actually tasty
And vans with tanoids selling Pinocchio toys.
Free home delivery
And 2 seater rickshaw type things, that are fun for handbreak turns.
Is that Karl Lagerfeld?
Good job we have got a tonne of Italian classics in the shop for my eyes to feast on.
Every job has it perks. Mine include:-
Being able to work surrounded by beautiful things, getting my bike fixed up for free, getting cheap bike parts, learning something new every day, listening to nice music, having a 3 minute commute, having a cat at work, having a boss with an appreciation of the importance of a good lunch, and having access to the company vehicle- a 1950′s Claud Butler tandem, that rides like a dream.
A 1950's dream- made to share
Unfortunately Rob has decided to snatch this perk away by deciding to sell it.
He had a bloke come up from Surrey who had his eye on the Gervasio Cyclocross. He bought the cyclocross and put down a deposit down on the Claud Butler, so he can ride to Brighton with his son.
I am sad to see the Claud Butler go, firstly because it so much fun to ride, and secondly because it’s a bit bonkers. The frame has real finesse, a 1950′s elegance, and it has had a garish pink/blue fade paint job at some point (got to be the 1980′s), it’s an odd juxtaposition that works.
I am also sad to see the Gervasio go…it has an Alan built aluminum (not steel!) frame.
I am a bit obsessed with all things cyclocross at the minute. You know that he has going to have a lot fun riding this around the Surrey hills.
Hanging about at breakfast time
Pat Hanlon was a lass. She had a shop up around Tottenham way….she was both the proprietor and a builder. Bare in mind this was back in the 60′s, their can’t of been many ladies turning their hands to frame building back in those days…she also had various people build frames for her over the years…Tom Board rented a room from her in the 70′s and built a lot of her frames.
I found this amusing anecdote on the t’interweb….
‘As a pimply youth living in Bounds Green, North London, I spent a year’s paper round money (£50) on a tailor-made bike made by Pat Hanlon. It was a 24in frame with very fancy lugwork, a chrome finish ovelaid with a translucent red paint job and weighed so little I could easily pick it up on my little finger. All the components were the best available at the time (Campagnolo 10-speed gears and Weinmann centre-pull brakes) and it turned me from a skinny kid on a bike to a half-decent racer almost instantly. Her workmanship was 1st class and although she looked a bit like a Russian shot-putter she was a really nice person to work with and took note of everything I asked for.
Her workshop was down the southern end of Tottenham High Rd on the corner with Philip Rd and was a mecca for North London cyclists. I certainly never heard of any other lady bike makers and I doubt that if there were any they could have equalled her skill at frame making. Indeed, few men were her equal either.
A lovely lady ahead of her time’.
GB’ (courtesy of Bikeforums.net)
I am going to do some investigating and figure out whether this frame was crafted by her shot putting hands or by one of her cronies.
Two of these Cinelli frames are real oddities. They have really unusual paint jobs, they have been coated with a ‘soft touch’ paint, I have never seen this used on any other bikes. They feel warm to touch, almost like rubber…
Both frames have been handbuilt using “Columbus Genius” tubing; this was groundbreaking stuff at the time (early 90′s), it was the first time in the whole of the history of cycling that the concept of “Differential Shape Butting” had appeared.
Due to my inability to comprehend mechanical physics I can not offer any wonderful insights into these tubes, other than where the tubes are under greater pressure i.e. around the B.B shell the tubes are thicker and where they are under less stress i.e. centre of top tube, the tubes are thinner. Thus their is a reduction in overall weight. They are also nice and strong (their ultimate strength typically falls between 150-175ksi).
The red Genius is 52 cm frame, frame number 96961…
And the blue/grey Genius is a 56, frame number 961298…
3 fine frames
The Nautilus frame has been built using Columbus Nemo tubing which is incredibly lightweight and durable…we reckon the frame was handbuilt around ’96-’99 (it’s a 56 cm frame/frame number 96107).
And just for a good measure here is a picture of Mr. Cinelli himself.
What a hansome man
All 3 of these frames are up for grabs…please feel free to email for more information…firstname.lastname@example.org