Magistroni chrome plated crank

Special Magistroni Crankset

At Coff's Harbour in banana country New South Wales Australia, a black and chrome spinning symbol, representing the end of a giant amongst north Italian manufacturing firms, is kept on display in the office of a local bike collector. The story of this Magistroni crankset sounds too good to be true, a cycling fable. The custom crankset made by S.A. Officine Meccaniche di Vedano in the mid … [Read More...]

geoff scott gefsco funny bike

Leo Estermann Zurich Frame Builder Track Pursuit Funny Bike 1981

Cycles Estermann Zurich was founded by Leo Estermann in about 1960, originally located behind Restaurant Felsenberg in Seebach, Zurich Switzerland. Leo Estermann built his bespoke racing frames for elite riders as well as discerning customers who required a custom built frame, initially building lugged frames and probably progressed to the fillet brazed work when the fad for funny bikes began to … [Read More...]

With Geoff Scott, Gefsco - Clamont custom frame builder in his trademark white overalls in 1984 . Thirty years later and we've finally caught up to collaborate on this story and more. Photo on the right, by Gypsy Lacastro

Shooting The Bull with Geoff Scott, Clamont Gefsco Custom Frame Builder

Geoff Scott’s reputation as a custom frame builder is as closely linked to the successes of Australian cycle sport, as the race wins of the riders who raced his bikes. Olympic and Commonwealth Games gold medals were won on Geoff’s bikes, some built in his shed at Camden New South Wales. When Geoff first started building custom bikes they were branded as Gefsco, later when Geoff began building for … [Read More...]

Bianchi X4 winner of the Road category at 2015 Pushies Galore show 'n' shine.

The Authentic Bianchi X4

Pushies Galore 2015 is done and dusted. This year is the first time I'd brought along some of my own bikes to enter into the Pushies Galore show 'n' shine. Two Bianchi X4's, the Bianchi Piaggio team bike and a totally original Bianchi X4 that had been kept in almost new condition since 1988. It's a fun day out at Pushies and entering a bike into the show 'n' shine is just part of being able to … [Read More...]

Masi Milano

Masi Special Junior Bike by Faliero Masi

Roberto Maspes was one very lucky bike racing kid. Roberto's dad Antonio Maspes established himself as a mid twentieth century Italian track cycling powerhouse, known for his prowess as a sprinter. Maspes won seven world sprint championships between 1955 and 1964, including the world championship of 1962, won on his home track the ever enduring Velodromo Vigorelli. Around the time when Antonio … [Read More...]

Custom CAAD series Cannonale Saeco team bike for Mario Cipollini, based on the CAAD 3 bikes and probably built in 1997. Complete custom geometry for team issue only.

Cannondale CAAD Series CAAD 3 Team Issue Mario Cipollini Time Trial Bike

Adam Pelzer’s obsession with Cannondale CAAD series bikes runs deep. Earlier this year I met Adam at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art to photograph his Cannondale CAAD4. Just months later Adam was back again at the same location. With a sense of déjà vu this time round Adam was hauling another CAAD series Cannondale out of his car, but this one was a radically different beast, reportedly ridden by … [Read More...]

Centre, the FD01SRE C Record front derailleur from the early 90's sports a stylised cage / fork for improved chain take up efficiency.

The Campagnolo C Record Front Derailleur

The holy grail of derailleurs for some, is the Gen 1 Campagnolo C Record rear derailleur, rare and expensive if you can find one, especially in NOS condition. Yet search Ebay or related sites looking for the matching Gen 1 Campagnolo C Record front derailleur for sale, you'll be lucky to find one in any condition. Lasting a maximum of two years in production and quickly superseded, you'd be … [Read More...]

James Macdonald bike collector's house Toowoomba, 2013

James Macdonald Toowoomba Bicycle Collector

ONE BIKE IS NEVER ENOUGH A couple of weeks after Pushies Galore 2012 I headed up the range to Toowoomba for a day talking bikes with bicycle aficionado James Macdonald. James was well known as a collector of old bikes, but the notable bike collection that James had curated was just one part of a life shaped by many other influences. The appreciation that James had acquired in his lifetime for … [Read More...]

Rocket Cycles paint charts for re-painting old bicycles.

DIY Bicycle Frame Painting

Would you paint your bicycle using enamel house paint and a brush? Today bicycle frame painters will finish the top coat of colour on your bike frame using spray equipment, and a high quality automotive paint from a paint supplier like Spies Hecker. Back in the 1950’s you could walk into an Australian bicycle shop and choose a 2 1/2 fluid ounce tin of enamel paint from Berger, British Paints or … [Read More...]

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...]