Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Perth Retro Bicycle Show 2017

Following on from the success of the Perth Retro Bicycle Show in April 2015, Perth Velocollective have announced a new and exciting show for 2017.

This years show will be held on Saturday 15 July 2017 at the North Perth Town Hall located at 26 View Street, North Perth. Exhibitors will be displaying their finest examples of pre-2000 steel framed bicycles.

The show will create a great atmosphere for current vintage cycling enthusiasts and introduce others to the world of vintage steel bicycles. Local supportive industries will be in attendance to provide advice for your next vintage build. A good dose of vintage cycling memorabilia and clothing will also be on display.

All of us had steel framed racing bicycles as kids, and for some of us the interest never left! 

The 2015 show was fantastic. There was a great variety of road and track bicycles, some of European heritage and others of Australian Heritage. From Swanseas to Colnagos to Holdsworths.....all bases were well represented.

Here are some images from 2015...

Many thanks to Tommy Barratt for the above pics from the 2015 show.

There are still some vacancies for retro bicycle owners to display their loved pre-2000 bikes. Click here Perth Retro Bicycle Show tickets for more info.

Amongst other proud sponsors the event will again be supported by CycleColor - a professional customised frame painting business run by Cameron Smith.

Customized Frame Painting.

Cameron Smith
Mob: 0411 248 372

Please don't disappoint yourself, set some time aside on Saturday 15 July 2017 to visit the show in North Perth.

Safe rides...

James @ PVC.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Gold Plated 1980's Colnago Master

Here is something special. 

'Vintage Luxury Bicycles' have lovingly restored this Colnago Master frame from the early 1980's. This example has been 24 karat gold plated and freshly painted in a striking blue and would be a lovely centre piece of any retro bicycle collection.

The photos below show the extent of the professional craftsmanship with pantographed Colnago Master logos, a Campagnolo group set, and Cinelli accessories.

The group set is from the Campagnolo 'C Record' first generation that was produced between 1983 and 1984. Some of the Campagnolo components have also been gold plated which accentuates other gold plating on the frame.

It's easy to appreciate the detailed work of this build, and in particular the gold plated Colnago cable end on the front derailleur cable on image 6.

The pantographing on the stem and Delta brake covers is exceptional....indeed a thing of beauty.

So when do you actually ride a bike like this? 

Thanks to 'Vintage Luxury Bicycles' for the images, please visit their website to view other equally astounding vintage builds.

Ride safe.

James @ PVC

Thursday, March 30, 2017

1976 Colnago Super

Here's another Colnago Super for your enjoyment.... a 1976 model. Very neat and all original.

The Ernesto Colnago pantographed chainring is a real feature. A truly classic Italian steel bicycle that is beautifully maintained considering its age of 41 years.

Thanks to Anton Bicycle for the images.

Safe rides,

James @ PVC

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Quill stem with 31.8mm clamp

The 31.8mm quill stem is an evolution in traditional quill stem design – simple yet clever. Cyclists have always wanted a classic looking quilled stem that could accommodate 31.8mm handlebars without having to use those ugly adapters. This is a very traditional looking stem that will compliment any vintage bike that needs a 1″ threaded headset.

Factory 5 Titan stem - 31.8mm clamp area

It’s incredibly light at 270g and will finally allow you to choose from the wide world of handlebar possibilities that have a clamp diameter of 31.8mm. The stem is made from 7075 aluminium and has a removable faceplate that is held in place with two stainless steel screws. 

The removable faceplate is a bonus as it enables you to remove the handlebars without disassembling your entire handlebar setup. It also allows you to fit the bars with ease as sometimes a traditional quilled stem is difficult to slide around the handlebar curves enroute to the clamping area.

The overall height of the stem is 150mm which allows for a height of 100mm above the minimum insertion line. This is a really good extension height considering that older cyclists prefer a more upright seating position and may require a higher set handlebar - this stem easily allows for extra height.

The stem is available in either a high silver polish or a deep black anodized finish. It is available in two extension lengths depending on the brand you by – extension lengths are 80 or 90mm only.

Factory 5 stem with Ritchey Classic 31.8mm handlebars

The stem is similar in styling to the Shimano 600 AX stem of old but as mentioned before it now provides you with a huge range of modern drop handlebar options with a 31.8 clamp area, especially modern road handlebars with short drops which are very comfortable and practical.

As with all cycling gear the price range varies dramatically across differing brands as below: 

       JRI Rigg stem          US$139.00           silver/black        90mm extension only

          Factory 5 Titan stem         US$ 99.00         silver/black     90mm extension only

            Senqi stem             US$ 30.00          silver only            90mm extension only

         J & L vintage classic   US$ 38.00          silver only         80mm extension only

I’ve just bought one for a 1990’s Colnago Super build and will post some pics when it’s done.

A quilled stem well worth considering that will increase your choice in modern handlebar options.

Safe riding.

James @ PVC

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.