Beautiful Bikes – Cinelli Gazzetta della strada

Check out this classic steel framed bike from Cinelli.

Gazzetta della strada

Gazzetta della strada

Gazzetta della strada

So graceful.

See more at the Cinelli website.

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Beautiful Bikes – Fyxomatosis build of a vintage ALAN

Andy White of Fyxomatosis recently posted a beautiful custom rebuild of an ALAN.

Andy is a real bicycle fan and you can see it from all of the detailed photos of the ALAN he has taken from a large variety of angles.

From what I can gather…

ALAN is a private factory from Italy.

These vintage ALAN’s were screwed and glued (the tubing threaded into the lugs) and they were very light for the time.

They still make bikes, but now they’re using carbon fibre instead of screwed and glued aluminium.

ALAN had a wonderful run as being the top frame in cyclocross for about 20 years and had about 7 world championships to its race credits.

Cycling teams which used ALAN frames included: the national amateur team of Poland (1973/1974) Magniflex Italy from 1974 to 1979, Furzi, Vibor, GBC, Selle Royal, Fiorella, Famcucine, TEKA Santini (Spain), FANGIO (Belgium), VARTA (Colombia), Fanini (Love and Life) and GUERCIOTTI.

Indivduals who used ALAN frames include: Zilioli, Low, Bertoglio, Gavazzi, Baronchelli, Beccia, Battaglin, Thevenet, Kuiper, Lejretta, Parra, Lucio Herrera, Johansson, and in cyclo-cross Liboton, Zweifel, Wolfsholl, Stamsnijder, Thaler, Kluge and the Italians Di Tano and Pontoons (21 world titles won in cyclo-cross) and on the track Clark, Risi, Golinelli, Brugna and Villa.

Occasionally an ALAN frame would fail by cracking at the lugs (usually head lugs) a failure which could be fixed by screwing in a new lug.

All I know is that they sure look nice.

Rubbish Tip Bicycle Bargains

I’ve been buying old bikes from rubbish tips for a few years now, and along the way, I’ve gotten to know, in general terms, what sort of components, wheels and frames to look for as a sign of quality.

Most rubbish tip bikes, when cleaned up, are OK for occasional use by non-serious cyclists, but are heavy and clunky and not worth anything in monetary or heritage terms.

But sometimes you will come across a real classic.

I found this at the tip a few years back:

A 1980s Shogun Ninja with Shimano 105 groupset.

When I researched it, I discovered its frame was rated for people up to 90kg, so I foolishly sold her (I’m over 90kg, but trying to slim down) and had to make do with this tip find for a while:

A 1980s Appollo Concorde with full Shimano Exage Sport groupset.

I sold that one too. Now I ride another tip find very similar to this below for my work commute.

A 1989 Bianchi Equinox early cyclocross bike with a mix of top-of-the-line SunTour XC Pro and XC Comp mountan bike components.

It’s a great, solid, smooth ride, but it’s very upright and geared really low, so going from the Apollo to the Bianchi felt like going from a sports car to a bus.

But I won’t sell the Bianchi, It’s just too nice all round.

That said, I’m now on the lookout for a racier bike for my commute, so I get that feeling of youth flowing through my veins again as I race up the main street of Canberra at over 40km/h almost keeping pace with the traffic . 😉

I may be getting old, but I still like to blow the cobwebs out of my legs from time to time.

If I ever came across one of these, I’d snap it up in an instant.

It’s a 1985 custom-made Gangl with a frame of Reynolds 753 steel and Campagnolo Super Record and possibly C-Record components.

Phew, my brow is sweaty already!

Hufnagel Cycles’ Fabulous Friction Shifter Mounting Options

I love old-fashioned friction shifters.

I don’t see why we moved away from them on bicycles, especially for bicycles intended for leisurely riding.

I have an old “bitsa” bike, in the form of a flat-bar road bike, made up of lots of spare parts which I sometimes use for commuting to work.

It has friction thumb shifters on the handlebars and a 10-speed Suntour drive train, renowned as having the best tech in friction shifters in their day.

Changing gears is sooo silky smooth, which I can only describe as giving a a sort of chocolate melting-in-the-mouth sensation for your legs  as you shift.

So I was delighted to discover Jordan Hufnagel’s interesting friction shifter mounting options.

Especially the one directly below. What a great idea!

I suppose Shimano, Suntour and Campagnolo investigated this shifter positioning option during their extensive research programs, but I wonder why it was passed over for other designs?

Just looking at it, it seems so perfect, especially for upright riding styles on city bikes.

I also love the shifter mounted to the brake handle in the photo below.

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Below is a clamp-on downtube shifter attachment, which looks like it’s also been brazed onto the downtube.

Visit Hufnagel Cycles’ Flickr Photostream for more pictures.