Thursday, September 20, 2018

Monday, August 20, 2018

1961/62 GB Component Brochure "The Road to Success"

Just uploaded quite an extensive 1961/62 (?) Brochure here.
I am pretty sure this date is about right as the brochure
mentions that the Coureur 66 calipers have just been released,
and as far as I know they were available from 1961.

Friday, August 17, 2018

1960 Falcon Brochure

 I have just uploaded a nice 1960 Falcon Lightweights Brochure 
on the Frame Builders and Cycle Catalogue page Here

Saturday, August 11, 2018

1960's Holdsworth Monsoon

Here is the first Holdsworth I have restored
using my own Holdsworth decal set.

I have had a real problem with many of the decals that
are available on the market (apart from Cyclomondo).
So I couldn't face doing all the work hand 
stripping (thanks Neil), preparing, etch priming, priming, 
sanding, priming, sanding, base coating colour and then
 clear coating all two pack paint systems, only to use
decals that are not quite right,
Here is one of the decals available, can't stand that tone of red.
Here is an original decal, notice that the red is a nicer darker tone
also the very pretty light grey/blue colour in the horse and
border of the shield, and the gold is darker.
 Here is my first prototype , pretty good I
think, I will darken the gold slightly om the next run.
You can also see the 1950s/1960's type 
World Champion strips that I made at the same time.

Anyway here is the finished Monsoon frameset.
For more detailed information on Monsoon, or anything
Holdsworth visit here

For sale here.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Newly finished 1980's Moser

Here is a 1980's Moser that has
just been finished, quite pretty too
if I may say so myself.
It is for sale more photos and information here
 if you might be interested.


1900/1915 Chater Lea for Sale.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Max's lightwight path/communter Holdsworth

Just finished building up this Holdsworth into
a simple light commuter/path bike for a client.
Max's brief was simple, make it stylish and simple.
something to commute the 20km's work occasionally
and some easy weekend path riding.
 We both thought it came up pretty nicely.
I gave it run on my 25km commute home and was
impressed with it's ride, it felt fast and very responsive,
which is unsurprising considering it's racing pedigree.

I am enjoying making the twine wrap at the moment,
with a layer of cloth wrap underneath, they are a lot
more comfortable than they look.
 The red Ofmega hubs are a nice little touch.
Brooks (of course) and my newly made tubular, or in this 
case spare tube and tyre lever carrier.
I will do a little feature on the tubular pouch shortly,
have been trialing an few prototypes, but think I
have got them right now.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Restore or not that is the question...Cinelli SC Pista

So I just picked up this Cinelli SC Pista,
probably early 1960's, it came with most of 
what you see, but looking very worse for wear
when it arrived.
I had brought it intending to fully restore it and then
sell it on to fund new projects, and of course I
just like working on Cinelli's so I didn't need
much encouragement to take this one on. 
However when I unpacked it and got it on my 
work stand I quickly realized that this wasn't quite
the basket case that I had been expecting.
I brought out my gentlest cutting compound and
very carefully worked the top tube, sure enough under
the oxidized paint there was plenty of life, the chrome
too responded to a bit of love.
 So now I was faced with the question of wether to strip 
the frame and have it rechromed and then give it a nice
new paint job, I know I can easily sell a fully restored  
SC Pista, which is what I had brought the bike for, or
leave it in it's original patina.
The big problem is that most of the buying cycle
market like shiny restored or very mint
original examples of their favorites.
I phoned my chrome plater to arrange a full rechrome,
got back to my workstand looked again at the bike and 
realized I couldn't be the one to have the original Cinelli
paint and decals stripped off this survivor.
So I phoned Custom Chrome back and cancelled the job,
not that they would worry, they have three of my frames in
their workshop already.
No they are only original once, this frame is super straight
the rust on some of the chrome is only superficial, so
I spent the next two days stripping the bike down
gently cleaning and polishing the entire bike, it came
up even better than I hoped.

I wrapped the bars in cloth tape finished in twine
then painted with shallac.
The bike came with the very rare Cinelli head set, and
a nice badged steel stem.

 Sweet MK1 Brooks professional.

I mean seriously how could you strip off these original
Cinelli and Columbus decals? 

Too bad it is a 60cm frame or I most definitely 
 would have kept this one.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Tarini Track Bike

 Tarini is not a name in cycling (in NZ)
that would usually get any enthusiast or
collector too worked up, they are known for their 
range of pretty mundane late 1980'early 90's 
entry level road bikes, I know I haven't
ever aspired to have one in my collection...
..until I saw this frame for sale recently.
it was being advertised along with another three track bikes, 
 which had gathered a lot of interest, but I kept going
back to the unlovedTarini frame, here is the original photo
 from the listing.
There was something very serious about this bike.

Anyway I got it real cheap, as I said Tarini just don't 
get the local bike guys going.
It duly arrived, and straight away I knew I had made
the right decision, although sparse in detail, it was 
very nicely built and once stripped, cleaned and 
reassembled, and set up.. looked like it meant business.
Nice clean Tange fork crown detail. 

So cut to a few days later, I am at my local bike shop
The Hub, and mention the Tarini to the owner Rob, who tells
me you could order a custom built Tarini back in the day, and
in fact he had had one built for his son's first road bike.
 Tange 2 tube set, about the same gauge as Columbus SL
 Pretty tight clearance.

But here is where the story gets real interesting, it also
turns out that the main frame builder at Tarini was 
none other than Mark Mcclean, the same Mcclean
who built one of my favorite NZ race bikes..
So now I am doubly pleased I took the punt on
this Tarini, and also put another piece of the
NZ frame building history jigsaw together. 

Strangely enough I brought this pretty ugly jersey
a couple of years back, I didn't really want to, but thought
at the time that maybe it would have some sort of 
NZ cycling historical significance in the future...turns out it has.

Here is a piece of new information that David Benson has
just enlightened me with.
"This looks like one of a batch of Japanese track frames that 
Cycle Manufacturing Co, aka Tarini, imported in the late 80s. 
Does the bottom bracket have an NJS approval logo?"

I have double checked the frame and, couldn't find any NJS
logo's, damn shame. Will have to look into this interesting bit
of history.
Thanks David.