Vintage Daccordi Stellare frameset
Oria ML-25 steel with Nickel protection. A uniquely profiled tubeset. The shape of the tubes is a 5 leaf cloak. Each tube profile is shaped to withsatnd specific stresses. Designed for competition use, it requires a precise riding style, and improves frame response to sudden shocks.
Golden Campy Cobalto brakeset. fuggin gorgeous
Back in October i visited the Renovo bicycle workshop in Portland, OR. and im just now getting around to posting some stuff.
I got to see the CNC machines which carved out their frames and the raw boards they would press and glue into a block to literally carve a bike from. The strength of the frames is a result of the resin and polyurethane, coating the bike inside and out, to seal and give UV protection to the frame. At first, I was skeptical about the idea of a wooden frame particularly regarding the rigidity, brittleness and weight, but after touring the workshop and examining different frames, certain facets of the construction added up to what the guys at Renovo claim.
Below is an excerpt from the renovo site
Reunovo frames give a ride unequaled smoothness. That’s because only wood is a natural shock absorber, absorbing vibration within the material itself. A Renovo frame can easily exceed the stiffness of a carbon frame by 15%, but that’s not their goal. Instead they customize the stiffness of each frame to suit the owner; a 260 pound rider gets a much stiffer frame than a 100 pound rider. A Renovo R4 is the best endurance bike on the planet. But any Renovo road bike is much less tiring than frames of other materials over a century. Road frames are 4-5.5 lbs, about the same as steel. Since we make the frames in our own shop, we could easily make them as light as carbon, but then we too would have broken and cracked frames. Think of the slight extra weight as durability. A Renovo is perhaps the most durable of frames. Our bikes withstand rain, heat, cold, the tropics and the frozen North. They’re damage tolerant and the easiest, least expensive frame to repair especially since other materials aren’t practical to repair. So far no crash has irreparably damaged a Renovo frame, including the one that fell off a hitch-mount rack at 50 mph!
my baby is gonna get built!
Straight outta the 80’s
SOMEC Lugo Di Romagna frame set 52cm
First introduced in 1985 by SunTour, the 3-pully derailleur only lasted a couple of years. Intended for touring purposes and as one of SunTour’s early mountain bike designs, the 3-pully derailleur was designed to wrap a lot of chain and act as a long-cage derailleur while offering better ground clearance.This design was intended for bikes with triple-ring cranksets and could wrap up to 42t of chain in order to eliminate irritating chainslap.
Initially Nishiki came up with the design and licensed SunTour to build the 3-pully rear derailleur. It was exclusive to Nishiki bikes for the first year and later available for other bikes for the remainder of its short life. These derailleurs were offered in several different models, Lepree, AX, Cyclone and XC.
Although largely unnecessary and overbuilt, the 3-pully derailleur is still cool and unique in the cycling community.
Below is a link to a 3-pulley derailleur in action. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HKmDrBuMrQ
Alex Bostic+Luke Borland= Heterosexual Life Partners sharing their love for Bill the Butcher.
Remarkable custom leather work from busyman bicyles. Ostrich legs were used to obtain the goal of a sinister and scaley reptilian custom saddle for a customer
Campagnolo Delta Brakes (also known as campy crash speed modulators)
Elegantly designed and highly collectible, these brakes have stopped a lot of people in their tracks, but not very many bicycles.
In the late 1980s, at a time when Campagnolo was still hanging on to their woefully outdated derailleur designs and losing the technological battle to Shimano and Suntour, a new component line was introduced. Dubbed “C-Record,” this gruppo was perhaps the pinnacle of Campagnolo’s fanatical devotion to aesthetics.
Perhaps the most unique component on the new C-Record gruppo (released in 1986) was the Delta brakeset, named for the shape of the housing covering the complex inner mechanism. Inside the housing was an articulated parallelogram mechanism that moved the brake shoes toward the rim by expanding outward and pushing one the upper portion of the brake arms.
The Delta brakeset (later offered in both the C-Record and Croce d’Aune gruppos) offered—in theory—the great stopping power offered by the mechanical advantage of the internal mechanism. In practice, the first year’s production run was a disaster—the cable clamping mechanism would fail, and the brakes would of course stop working! (As a replacement while this glitch was solved, Campagnolo introduced the “Cobalto” brakeset, which was basically a Super Record brakeset with a blue stone set in the recess of a mounting nut swapped out from the lower-priced Triomphe brakes. The Cobalto brakeset ended up hanging around for several years and remains a prized collectible piece.)
A few of the more pleasant aspects of my 9 mile commute to UBI workshops and back to the apartment while I’m staying in Portland, OR. Viewing the Willamette river is easily the most enjoyable part of my ride. The last 2 pictures are of the 20-30% grade (somewhere in there) I have to muscle up at the very last part of my ride on my singlespeed. ughh.