Disaster Strikes

Although I still have many parts to acquire over the next few months before I can complete the build, I obviously wanted to get started on the process, so the first thing I needed to do was get the base portion – the frame – prepared. As I’d said in the post when it arrived, […]

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It’s Arrived!

The frame was being shipped from Sicily (where we’d been on a cycling holiday only a month or so previously – if I’d started this search back then, I could have packed the frame in my luggage!!) The Seller sent me the tracking number and I could see a lot of initial activity that day […]

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Losa? – No, I Haven’t Either

So, being mostly “new” to vintage bikes, Losa was not a brand I was familiar with and having seen the beautiful frame for sale I set out to find out more, however there seems to be very little comprehensive information about Losa bikes out there. Unlike Gios, there is no association to any major cycling team […]

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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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Gios Torino? – A Brief Search Interlude

So, after an ultimately unsuccessful but useful day searching around shops in London for the frame to base my build upon, I returned home and searched the internet for “Gios Torino” – why had I instantly like it so much? Search results in and all was immediately clear – Roger de Vlaeminck / Brooklyn Chewing Gum […]

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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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