Bianchi Piaggio Weinmann Specialissima X4 2015 Version

When The New Dog Digs Up The Old Dog Part 6

The Bianchi X4 Diaries Part SIX Just over two years ago a battered Bianchi X4 frame arrived, well overdue for transformation back to it’s long lost, race-ready form. First the chrome finish was restored, followed by new paint and decals. While Joe Cosgrove and myself were finessing the celestial Bianchi paint, chrome and fine details, I was busy fishing around in obscure corners of the … [Read More...]

Detail ICS Magni frame by Giovanni Losa, finished at Ital Cicli Systems atelier Zurich

Ital Cicli Systems PEP Magni custom bicycle by Giovanni Losa

Ital Cicli Systems Zurich bicycle company forged their beginnings in the mid 1970’s. This now defunct Swiss bicycle company is best known for their engineering innovation and penchant for decorating Italian bicycle frames and components. A deluxe bicycle company providing bespoke bicycles with sumptuous gold and chrome finishes. If ever there was a bicycle engineering and finishing firm … [Read More...]

Llewellyn Custom Bicycles Cadenzia Shimano Dura Ace equipped Di2

Llewellyn Bicycles Custom Cadenzia Di2 Shimano Dura Ace

Buying a bicycle can sometimes become very personal, the bike itself taking on a different meaning for each rider. Last year both Bob Christiansen and myself, took delivery of two completely different Llewellyn Custom Bicycles, these bikes produced in Darrell McCulloch’s suburban Brisbane bespoke bicycle building workshop. Bob’s custom Cadenzia is a Dura Ace Di2 equipped Llewellyn bike, the first … [Read More...]

One of Arthur's warnings to other cyclists, "Stolen from". A very well read copy of Ernie Old's book By Bread Alone.

Ernie Old Cycling “By Bread Alone”

When Ernie Old told his story about the Australia he loved and his experience on a gruelling overland bicycle trek, Ernie wrote “The bush is so old, that one loves to come here to lounge and dream. The soft-toned Australian bushland with it’s grey-green smokey-tinted foliage …. misty rustling woods and pale sky …. Time means nothing here.” Ernie’s time began in 1874 as a twin born into a … [Read More...]

Legend Bicycles by Bertoletti. Custom HT 9.5

Legend Bicycles

Introducing Legend When you order a Legend Bicycle by Marco Bertoletti, you can visit Bertoletti’s factory in Lombardia and watch while your new custom bicycle is being made. Access to Legend is controlled by heavily constructed galvanised steel gates, at Viale Maggio in the industrial area of Presezzo west of Bergamo. Next to the street number 13, there’s a sign which reads “Attenti Al Cane”, … [Read More...]

Cipollini Saeco Cannondale Caad 4, build by Adam Pelzer

Cipollini Saeco Cannondale Caad 4

Adam Pelzer has been riding and racing on Cannondale CAAD series bikes since he first lined up to race in the 1990's. Still racing today on a CAAD 5 with modern spec SRAM and Zipp components, Adam is also an avid bike restorer. Working in the bike industry as well as racing has been a major part of Adam's life, he currently works at Craftworx, a specialised wheel building business operating on the … [Read More...]

The first race for a new Armidale Cycling Club in 1975. From this race the Armidale Police Citizens Boys Club Cycling Club was formed.

Forty Years Of Cycling

Four decades of cycling that's the number that ticked over for me this week. I’d never counted the few years before, when I'd ridden a burnt orange coloured Malvern Star dragster to school. Racing changed everything. Once I’d turned the pedals for nine miles in my first bicycle race there was no turning back, bikes have been part of my life ever since. The significant moment came on the fourth of … [Read More...]

The Bianchi X4 fork crown underwent a dramatic transformation. The previous, beautiful vivid dark blue paint colour was let down by sub standard workmanship.

When The New Dog Digs Up The Old Dog Part 5

The Bianchi X4 Diaries Part FIVE Now we’re up to Part Five of the Bianchi X4 diaries, back in Part One I promised only three editions. It soon became evident that there was more to digging up this old dog than we ever imagined. I'd even thought at one time of painting the X4 frame to represent a version of an Argentin Bianchi X4. If only I knew what I’d got myself into, but then again it … [Read More...]

Stef's Bianchi Argentin X4, showing the two major differences to other Bianchi X4 bikes. The external fork crown with engraving that you'd expect to find on an internal Bianchi X4 fork crown. Different top eyes, no engraved and gold painted cursive Bianchi script.

Specialissima Bianchi X-4 Argentin

Stef dropped me a line and some pictures of his Bianchi Argentin X4, with a question …. “hello,i’m from belgium and this is a great input to read !, i was longtime searching for a bianchi argentin, I finally find one but i dont know if it is the real thing,can you help me ? because some parts are not pantographed in the same way on the frame ,if you can help me,how can i send you pics ? many … [Read More...]

ICS research led to the re-design of many bicycle related products, especially improvements to Campagnolo components.

Ital Cicli Systems – ICS Custom Bike Perfection

Artemio Granzotto's Ital Cicli Systems, Italian built and Zurich finished frames equipped with re-worked Campagnolo and Cinelli components are now rare and highly collectible. Just as rare, is information about ICS bikes and finding items like Ital Cicli Systems Catalogues, near impossible. When Joe Cosgrove visited the Milan Bicycle Show in late 1985, he stuffed his suitcase full of Catalogues … [Read More...]

Get lost in Switzerland at the Navad 1000

Navad 1000 2015

Maulwurf’s ticket to travel has always been his bicycle, even his mode of transport to out of the way destinations, always incorporated plans to maximise the potential for adventure. Imagine this, you live in Switzerland and want to go and race or ride bicycles in Australia. Most bike riders would just fly from Zurich to Sydney, not Maulwurf. On a couple of occasions in the 1980’s Maulwurf set off … [Read More...]