Tuesday, February 28, 2017

1989 Colnago Master Pui

Here is something very easy on the eye - a 1989 Colnago Master Pui. 

The Master Pui is a variant of the Master series of Colnago steel framed bicycles. The Pui versions were introduced from 1988 onwards and are highly prized collectable bikes.

Ernest Colnago started making steel framed bikes in 1952 and was a bike mechanic for Faliero Masi in 1955. The Colnago brand continued on with great success and in 1963 was a big part of the Molteni Racing Team that developed the cycling legend Eddy Merckx.

The Colnago Master series of steel bicycle frames are still manufactured today, although they are a very rare sight on a Sunday morning ride.

Enjoy this one.....chromed lugs, chromed fork, built with Columbus nivachrome 'Gilco' shaped steel tubing, and dripping with a Campagnolo C Record groupset including Delta brakes. The pantographing on the frame also makes it a standout model.

If you have an interest in Colnagos here is a great photo titled 'The Colnago Rainbow' that includes 6 Colnago steel framed bicycles manufactured between 1974 to 1982 (ROYGBIV).

The Colnago Rainbow

Thanks to the Velo Classics website for the image.

Safe riding.

James @ PVC.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

De Rosa Nuovo Classico

Although it's not a real vintage bike, this De Rosa Nuovo Classico is of vintage heritage and well worth a look. 

Fitted with a Campagnolo Record 11 speed drive train and a Campagnolo Eurus wheel set this example is sweet on the eye and very desirable for any cyclist with an interest in steel. The frame has chromed lugs on the head tube and a chromed chain stay - typically classic. 

You can still have a vintage styled steel bike with the absolute convenience and reliability of a modern drive train.

I love steel.....but for me the drawcard to this frame is the De Rosa pantograph work on the fork crown (image #6). De Rosa have faithfully maintained this beautiful element in their steel frames - something that other manufacturers have simply forgotten.

Well done De Rosa!!

Thanks to 'Ciclicorsa' (Italy) for the images, have look at their impressive website for more De Rosa models.

Safe riding..

James @ PVC

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Unusual bike paths

Christmas has come and gone again as Santa rides off into the distance. Another year has almost passed us by with only a few more days of 2016 remaining.

Once the silly season has passed it will be nice to get out on the bike again. My plan is to ride more during 2017!

To minimise risk on the roads next year I'll probably spend more time on cycle paths and so I conducted a bit of online research to discover if there were any new cycle paths in my local area. During this research I came across a few examples of cycle paths that were not quite designed to be cycle friendly. 

Here are a few images of some 'not so bike friendly' cycle paths......

The path below appears relatively safe but just doesn't make sense....

...and of course whilst on the road the usual cycle hazards will be ever present!!!

Safe riding....

James @ PVC.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Brooks Swift - Vans Vault Edition

Brooks England have always been creative with their leather bicycle saddles and for some years now have been releasing limited edition carved saddles. 

I have a Brooks Team Pro saddle with the Alpe Huez design (pictured below) that was released in limited numbers in 2010.

Its amazingly striking design is based on the topography of the famous Tour de France hillclimb. It's still in it's original box and is such a lovely piece of leather that I haven't fitted it to a bike as yet.

Brooks have only this week released a new saddle design in conjunction with Vans, the footwear company. The Brooks Swift Vans Vault Edition features laser etched artwork and intricate detailing from designer Taka Hayashi - the Vans shoe design guru.

Brooks Swift Vans Vault

Technical Information
  • LENGTH :          272 mm 
  • WIDTH :            150 mm 
  • HEIGHT :            72 mm 
  • WEIGHT :          510 g 
  • FRAME :            Chromium Plated Steel 
  • RIDE STYLE :   Road&MTB

Confirmed sneakerhead Taka Hayashi.

As you can see it's a beautiful looking saddle that is only available in honey coloured leather. The saddles are exclusively numbered from 1 to 1866. The number 1866 is of great significance to the Brooks company as this was the year that the company was founded by John Boultbee Brooks - 2016 being their 150th anniversary.

The saddles are only available from the Brooks England website at 200 Euro a piece. Maybe a post Christmas present for ones self!

Safe riding...

James @ PVC.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Sir Hubert Opperman's Malvern Star

During a recent trip to Melbourne, Victoria, I visited the National Sports Museum located at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). 

On display was an amazing representation of Australian sporting history that captures football, cricket, and Olympic history.  It also includes other amazing Australian sporting achievements.

A trip to Melbourne is definitely not complete without a tour of the MCG and the National Sports Museum. It's a 'must do' whilst in Melbourne.

Of great interest to me was the display of Sir Hubert Opperman's Malvern Star 5 Star bicycle that he rode in 1940 to create a 24 hour world cycling record and other distance records. His original world record bike is on display and it's been beautifully maintained. 

Google his name to learn of his significance to Australian cycling history.

Here are some images of the bike...

There was definitely none of this going on during Hubert's world record attempt!!

The display represents an amazing piece of Australia cycling history. The bike is encased in a perspex cabinet so good photographs are very difficult to take.....but you get the idea.

This display is complimented by another display that represents a great Australian sporting achievement of equal greatness...

... the bicycle ridden by Cadel Evans during his 2011 Tour de France victory. No need to Google Cadel's name, you know he's a legend!!

Ride safe...

James @ PVC.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Mottainai Cycles, Melbourne.

Tucked away at the end of a small Collingwood laneway awaits a unique bicycle store named Mottainai Cycles.

'Mottainai' (pronounced Mote-tie-nigh) is an old Buddhist word meaning "What a waste!" or "Don't waste." 

An English equivalent is the saying "Waste not, want not." A more elaborate meaning conveys a sense of value and worthiness and may be translated as "do not destroy (or lay waste to) that which is worthy". 

Mottainai Cycles excels in restoring vintage bicycles to their former glory and encourages the recycling philosophy that its name suggests. Waste not what can be restored! Focusing on the restoration of vintage and steel lugged bikes the shop is a treasure trove of valuable vintage and second hand bicycle parts from all over the world. 

I recently visited the store and was very impressed with the lay back nature of a productive bicycle store that adds immense value to the local cycling community. Melbourne has a very busy cycling culture and Mottainai Cycles certainly adds to the cultures diversity.

The mural on the workshop wall adds to the relaxed atmosphere of the store.

On entry I was greeted by a Gazelle road bike on display, probably circa 1980's. A fine example of a Dutch vintage road bike that is worthy of any vintage collection.

I was blown away with the vast array of bicycle frames, forks, and vintage parts on hand. I could have spent hours looking at the large number of parts in the store but I was short of time. 

There was a good selection of high-end restored European classic road bikes - and (surprisingly) they were well priced.

After each Mottainai restoration the proud owner is asked to accompany their valued bicycle in a photo shoot. A number of these photos are posted regularly on the Mottainai blog page, click on the link here to see more of their wonderful restorations.

If you're in Melbourne and restoring a vintage bike a visit to the shop is a must. Forget Ebay.....you'll find all you need at a reasonable price at Mottainai Cycles.

The store is located down the laneway at 23 Johnson Street, Collingwood. The shop is closed on Tuesdays but open every other day of the week. Check the blog page or the web for trading times. 

Safe riding...

James @ PVC.