The Frame Search Concludes

Having finished with the nostalgia, I did some research into the specifics of the Gios Torino Super Record. Gios’s own website and a nice blog at Steel Vintage Bikes (where the picture on the right came from) were particularly useful in identifying the variations between the different generations of the bike.  I decided that if I was to get […]

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Time for a Field Trip

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve done quite a bit of online searching, so it’s time to go on a field trip and get some hands on experience. Luckily, I live near London where there are a multitude of bike shops – many catering for vintage. Step up the LondonCyclist website (yes, I know I […]

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Fine Tuning & Expanding the Bike Search

Having now spent some time searching online and seeing how much variety there is out there, I’ve narrowed my choices down a little further by deciding to focus on European bikes. Not the UK? – There have been some fine bikes coming out of the UK, but have to say there’s nothing I’ve seen that sets […]

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Getting the Vintage Bike Search Started

I have some vague, high level ideas of what I’m looking for –  if we’re going old it makes sense for the build to be Eroica compliant, but that mostly means steel, pre-1987 (which sadly ruled out a VERY NICE early carbon Colnago frame my LBS have had sitting upstairs for the past year). I want […]

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My First Build

Ok, so having received the green light, its time to start the search, but what am I looking for? It’s a build project, but I have no specific brand in mind!! My old bike from when I first started racing was a Ron Kitching – I’d got the frame & cobbled the rest of the bike together […]

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The N=N+1 versus S=S-1 Conundrum

… or Velominati Rule #12:  “While the minimum number of bikes one should own is three, the correct number is n+1, where n is the number of bikes currently owned. This equation may also be re-written as s-1, where s is the number of bikes owned that would result in separation from your partner.” Let’s be […]

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