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 Lasting a maximum of two years in production and quickly superseded, you'd be … [Read More...]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...]

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...]