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Old 07-10-07, 05:49 PM
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I love everyting about that Bianchi. Even the patina its got going on. And that crank/chain ring is great too!
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Originally Posted by Ti-tillIdie
I love everyting about that Bianchi. Even the patina its got going on. And that crank/chain ring is great too!
With 40 spokes on the rear and 32 on the front... don't think I've ever seen that before on a racing bike.
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The red Colnago is 620 x 590, the white Colnago is 610 x 590, the green and pink Colnago is 615 x 590 and the Pinarello is 600 x 580 - all measured c to c.

The 40 rear, 32 front is probably the British spoke set-up for bikes pre 1960 (and probably a bit later); Australia too. I'm not positive about European - I think they had a 36/36 pattern although this Bianchi is original.

The only thing I really did to the Bianchi was to clean-up the components and paint. I left the scratches in place. I did change the rims as the old rims (Nisi) were 'stuffed'. I replaced them with old Ambrosio red label rims (with the eyelets - same vintage).

The seat and downtube decals had other decals over the top and when I took them off, the originals came too. I tried for three years to either find replacements or even see a colour photo of the original decals. I was only able to find one poor photo of a down tube decal. I decided to give the bike back its identity so I painted the down tube decals and seat tube decal by hand. I was careful to go around and paint blemishes that were present to try to maintain the original patina.

It didn't have a seat so I put on an old Brooks saddle. I found an article on Fausto Coppi's world champion bike from '53 and it had a Brooks B17 - so I'm reasonably happy with the seat.

The trouble with having an old bike or two that you are proud of is that not many other people appreciate the style, workmanship and history of an old bike. Its nice to be able to get a little feedback on the things that interest you - so thanks. I have been collecting bike stuff for nearly 30 years now and I know others that are way more into it than I am.

Thankyou once again, Gary.

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Literally speechless.
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You could call it a Red Lightning. Parts from a Black Lighning hung on an NOS 1989 3.0 frame. I like it.
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Originally Posted by nick burns
Holy crap!!

You should put those bikes on display and charge admission!

Seriously nice rides, all of them.
well said.
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This is my Schwinn Caliente I got yesterday. I don't know what year it is or much about it, but I think it's pretty cool. Going to be using it as my general commuting/recreational bike -- I'm looking forward to it.
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Old 07-14-07, 07:18 AM
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Originally Posted by iswm
This is my Schwinn Caliente I got yesterday. I don't know what year it is or much about it, but I think it's pretty cool. Going to be using it as my general commuting/recreational bike -- I'm looking forward to it.
What size is that? It looks pretty clean .

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Old 07-15-07, 08:21 AM
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Here are my three road rides, all vintage:

Klein Quantum, 1989, all Campy Chorus components with the exception of sealed bearing hubs and Look pedals.


Falcon Race, ca 1988, with Reynolds 531 and Shimano 105 components. I use this bike when it's wet and/or dirty outside. I picked this up for $40 at a thrift store:



And, finally, the bike I wanted when I was in my teens but couldn't afford ($700 new) back then: a mostly original (seat and rear rim were replaced) 1978 Schwinn Paramount with Reynolds 531 and all Campy Nuovo Record. I ride this bike 1 or 2/ month on retro throwback days or when I won't be going that far or that fast. (And I have the gum rubber hoods, but haven't had a chance to put them on yet;-).


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A VERY nice set of bikes--I am especially taken with the Falcon. It never ceases to amaze us how people just throw or give away perfectly good bikes.

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Nothing special, but I love them anyway. Great commuters and fits me so well.




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Mr. Fountain,
Many thanks for sharing your bikes! Those are all beautiful examples from each builder.
Do you have an all-time favorite among them? I'd be hard pressed to pick one myself!
Thanks again and best wishes.
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Originally Posted by teambhultima
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Do you have an all-time favorite among them? I'd be hard pressed to pick one myself!
Thanks again and best wishes.
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Thanks Drew,

Its hard to say, but the Cinelli was probably my first 'special' bike. In about 1985, I lusted over a red Cinelli frame in my favourite bike shop. I looked at it through the window for about 2 years. Then it disappeared. About a year after that, the blue one turned up in the shop. It had been imported into Australia with the red one but the owner of the shop took it home for himself. Eventually it was back in the shop for sale. This one wasn't going to get away so I payed it off (for a long time).

(I found out many years later that the red Cinelli frame was stolen.)

I put all the parts on it over the next 5 years to a point that it appears today. It used to be my daily transport then I retired it for another bike. It has some difficult to get components like the VIP set. The paint job has remained very good as well.

You see some very interesting bikes on this site don't you? I particularly like the Schwinn Paramount above; I don't see Schwinns in Australia. They must be great bikes.
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Old 07-16-07, 07:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Gary Fountain
I particularly like the Schwinn Paramount above; I don't see Schwinns in Australia. They must be great bikes.
Yes, I do love this bike, but I am also a real sucker for European late 70's, early 80's Italian bikes, like yours! Colnago, Cinelli, Bianchi, Alan et al and the one brand I didn't see that I liked above all others and am looking for one for myself, Guerciotti.

VERY VERY nice collection indeed! Which ones do you ride regularly? I ride my Paramount at least twice monthly on group rides (where I get a lot of second looks with my toe clips).

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Originally Posted by greyg8r
...and the one brand I didn't see that I liked above all others and am looking for one for myself, Guerciotti.
We had a man locally selling these New In Box for a few months! I think he has sold all of his stock though, as I have not seen him advertise on CL lately.

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No pictures yet but I picked up a Bianchi Premio that was set out for garbage pickup. Other than needing a saddle and some tires/tubes the bike is in fantastic shape. I realize that it is (probably) a Japanese model but it's my first Bianchi and I'm looking forward to cleaning it up. Not sure of the year - sn is HI(?)C521.
The bike is very clean, straight and only a few minor scratches but I do believe it is quite orginal. It's a 12 spd with Araya 700C rims so I am thinking it's mid to late 80's. Has Shimano 300EX rd and the rd shifter is Suntour while the other is Shimano, cranks are Biopace. Not sure what make the hubs are, they are stamped with a KK and a logo that I am not aware of - looks like a crown. Sticker says that the frame is double butted, chrome-moly.
Anyway not rare but worth cleaning up for an old school ride. Will post a pic once I get it cleaned up. Any info as to a date or hubs would be appreciated. I'm new to this but I appreciate the older bikes.
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Two recent projects:

1) An 80s Raleigh Marathon, bought from a local bike friend and getting traded to another local bike friend in return for a bunch of parts to sell on eBay. The bike was complete as a 10-speed but is now a single-speed to go to my friend's son or to get flipped on CL. I was surprised that the final weight came in at 24 lbs, given a fairly heavy cromo frame and 27" wheels.

2) A 1978 Raleigh Super Grand Prix, given to me by the local buddy who's getting the Marathon. I salvaged some of the more interesting bits (e.g., bar-end shifters), set it up as a single speed with some basic 700c Araya wheels, DiaCompe brakes, Shimano crankset. The biggest challenge was finding a bottom bracket that worked in the long Raleigh shell (though threading is standard English rather than Raleigh 26 tpi). I finally pulled a mtb Shimano bottom bracket from another bike and, voila, it worked. This one just got listed on CL.

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Early '90s Guerciotti, EL tubing, full Shimano 600, FSA RD-80 rims. My "modern" ride:



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Old 07-17-07, 01:41 AM
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Originally Posted by greyg8r
Yes, I do love this bike, but I am also a real sucker for European late 70's, early 80's Italian bikes, like yours! Colnago, Cinelli, Bianchi, Alan et al and the one brand I didn't see that I liked above all others and am looking for one for myself, Guerciotti.

VERY VERY nice collection indeed! Which ones do you ride regularly? I ride my Paramount at least twice monthly on group rides (where I get a lot of second looks with my toe clips).

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Thanks Richard, you do have some lovely bikes and a Gueriotti would make a great addition - just like cudak888's bike the one on this page - isn't it a beauty! They look to be very well made and presented bikes.

Embarassingly, I don't really ride any of the bikes you have seen on the previous page on a regular basis. I usually ride another newer Colnago of Pinerallo that I have. I do try to ride all my bikes on a nice day though. I will take 5 or 6 bikes out, one after the other, for a 5 to 6 mile ride. There is not an organised group of enthusiasts taking their bikes on a ride together - that would be great fun.

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Gary, Love the bikes!!!!!! I couldn't help but notice that they all look to be around my size, and we live in the same city....... If ever you're cleaning out the garage be sure and call me before leaving any of these out for hard rubbish collection!! I can dream, can't I?
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Gary, Love the bikes!!!!!! I couldn't help but notice that they all look to be around my size, and we live in the same city....... If ever you're cleaning out the garage be sure and call me before leaving any of these out for hard rubbish collection!! I can dream, can't I?
I suppose you never know your luck - I had to talk a guy into taking some money for the 54/55 Bianchi. I didn't know it was a Bianchi at the time, until I removed some cheap decals, but I could see the Campy parts underneath some grime.

Here is an old track bike I found for next to nothing. It did need painting and I probably need to do it again (Saronni Red). Its a Saronni track frame made by Colnago. I did the decals myself.


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Oh my!!! (sighs, and faints)....
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Originally Posted by Wotan
Oh my!!! (sighs, and faints)....
Just looked at your profile - you've got some impressive Aussie bikes. Have you been to Bicycle Recycle just off South rd. They've got a great old Healing ladies bike there.
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Gary's collection is a Fountain of beautiful bicycles.

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Picked up an 89 raleigh technium supercourse, several original parts gone so I decided to go ahead and make it my first dip into road bikes. It will be returned to completly original when its no longer my primary road set-up.
When i got it:

Necessary upgrades:


Would anyone know why the brake cables were routed to the WRONG levers? Took a nasty flip over the bars when i found out the right lever lead to the front brake.
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