This is my 1st post to this forum and I come here from Classic & Vintage. How do all!
I've just finished building up a Chesini Pista frame that I bought (my first ever new frame, as my C&V participation would suggest) when I visited Verona, home of Chesini, back in September last year. I looked in their window and saw a black, Columbus steel framed Pista. And it was good. I went back the next day and ordered one. It arrived here in Tokyo in November and I finished building it up at 2.30 yesterday morning. Yesterday and today I've been riding it. It's simply wonderful. Apart from being mysteriously beautiful to look at, it is light, taut, comfortable and responsive. What mostly goes through my mind is "WOW!"
It isn't my only fixed gear machine. I have a 1950 Thanet Silverlight with a fixed gear but it's very different from this modern machine. It's rather plush and ponderous and not a bit heavier. Otherwise, I usually ride a 1950 Hetchins, a 1982 Trek 730 or a 1979 Dawes Atlantis, my 'rainy day' machine with a Torpedo Duomatic hub and mudguards.
So, to the Chesini Pista - the visually stunning aspect is due to the Velato finish. The frame and forks are chromium-plated and then painted with clear green (or your choice of colour) paint. The result is like coloured chrome. In sunlight the the frame looks variously green, blue and pale grey. If you have the sun behind you the glare is spooky.
All the parts were to hand except for the rear hub and the tyres so it is an unusual mixture of 1950s English and French and 1970s Italian parts, the result of 2 years buying stuff for my other machines and then deciding to use something else. All my machines, apart from the Dawes and the Thanet, were bought as frames and then built up in my living room with wheel building and frame tweaking done by my LBS. Oh, and the brake lever is a 2008 Tektro as the 1950s GB lever I wanted to use was too small to fit on the Cinelli 'Priest' bars.
The stem is temporary and will be replaced by a stem of whatever length I find best. For me the most notable thing in the group set is the crank, a steel cotterless Stronglight Competition, which I can't find any reference to anywhere. And which I was going to use on the Thanet but looks great on the Chesini.
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