Inside George Hincapie’s Trek SPA proto Paris-Roubaix 2006

When George Hincapie was pounding the pave’ in Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix, the American had a little help from his bike sponsors Trek…. Sure, it was mostly Hincapie’s legs that got him there, but he may have been fresher because his Trek prototype bike was using some new suspension technology from the Wisconsin outfit called SPA (Suspension Performance Advantage). Trek says that the SPA technology reduces road shock and provides increased traction for a more efficient transfer of power, thanks to a lightweight suspension unit built into the seatstays.
Originally developed by Gary Klein in 2001, the SPA system is a simple microcellular elastomer spring that is placed in the wishbone seatstay. It provides 13mm (1/2 inch) of travel and doesn’t rely on articulating pivots for suspension action.

There were some questions whether the SPA prototypes would pass the UCI technical inspection before Roubaix, but Discovery Channel team with the team manager Johan Bruyneel and the race officials reached an agreement on the bikes and Big George rode the Trek SPA prototype to a superb second place podium finish in the 103rd edition of Paris-Roubaix (2005), in the 2006, bad luck struck Hincapie in the cobbled sector of Mons-en-Pévèle, when the steerer tube of his Trek snapped, leaving him dangling with no handlebars and crashing heavily. He was near the lead group but had to abandon the race.

“I wonder if he would have used this bike how it would have gone… He was so strong that day!”


George Hincapie’s Trek back-up bike in the Paris-Roubaix 2006


Hincapie’s Trek is obstensibly a modified Trek 5200


The S.P.A. (Suspension Performance Advantage) elastomer shock will equip all Discovery Channel bikes in this year’s Paris-Roubaix.


Something borrowed – the Bontrager OCLV carbon fork is in fact an item borrowed from Trek’s Satellite range because of its slightly more laidback rake and aluminium steerer.


Bontrager accessories abound, naturally.


Brake hoods sit high on Hincapie’s machine to provide as much leverage as possible.


The most controversial item on Hincapie’s Roubaix proto is Bontrager’s Aeolus 5.0 tubular wheels.


14 gauge bladed spokes are laced to Swiss made hubs.


The massively oversized bottom bracket cluster.


A 12-23 rear cluster will be matched with 44/53 tooth front chainrings.


Hutchinson’s 23mm Carbon Comp tubulars.


Shimano’s 57mm long-reach Ultegra-level brake calipers allow that little extra tyre clearance required when things get muddy.


Trek’s BuzzKill bar plugs have a suspended aluminium rod running through them; when the vibration hits, the weight starts to activate and is claimed to cancel out the shockwave.


George Hincapie’s Trek Paris-Roubaix special. Paris-Roubaix 2006 “Hell of the North”

OLDBICI Review: Tom Steels’s Colnago C40 MK2 Mapei Quickstep

OLDBICI presents the classic Colnago C40 of Tom Steels used in the Tour 2000

When Ernesto Colnago released the Colnago C40 he started a revolution.

Before, carbon fibre has been seen as the future of cycling and there have been loads of experiments going on since the 1970s. But to that point no carbon fibre bike proved so safe and light at the same time, that it was suitable as a professional team bike. Well constructed enough to equally compete in the mountains and the classics of Flanders.

1994, to celebrate the company’s 40th birthday, the C40 was first presented to the public. A construction of profiled carbon fibre tubes, fitted together by well proportioned carbon fibre lugs and steered with a high tech Columbus steel fork. And it became available in an unbelievable amount of paint schemes. All paintjobs were carried out by hand and found the company some extra fame.

However, the frame had yet to prove that it was capable of being a threat to the aluminium and steel bikes in the hard races pro teams have to attend. Ernesto outfitted the Team Mapei as the first squad to race his prestigeous machine. They proved that the bike was capable of coping with the roughest conditions. And how they did!

Mapei’s Franco Ballerini won the 1995 Paris-Roubaix and suddenly everybody was aware of the fact that the demise of Aluminium frames might have begun. The next year ultimately made the frame a legend, when Johan Museeuw, Andrea Tafi and Gianluca Bortolami crossed the line at the Roubaix velodrome as first second and third of the race. As if this would not have been phenomenal enough, Team Mapei repeated the triple in 1998 and 1999. 1996 is the year that Tom Steels joined the Team Mapei.

His best season was 1998 when he won the national championship for the second time and returned to the Tour de France to win four stages. The point jersey would also have been his, as the people in front of him all admitted to doping. He was also national champion in 2002 and 2004 and won five more stages in the Tour.

Major wins :
Tour de France, 9 stages
Belgian National Road Race Champion (1997, 1998, 2002, 2004)
Gent–Wevelgem (1996, 1999)
Omloop Het Volk (1996)

Steels retired from racing at the end of the 2008 season, during which he raced for Landbouwkrediet – Tönissteiner. In October 2010 it was announced that he would work as a coach for Quick Step.

Here is the full info on the Tom Steels Colnago bike from the Mapei team of 2000.

Frameset: Colnago C40 MK2; Carbon fiber lugged Carbon fiber tubing

Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace 7700
Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace – 175mm, 53/39
Stem: ITM Millenium – 120mm
Handlebar: ITM Millenium – 42cm
Hubs: Shimano Dura-Ace – Cassette 11-27
Rims: Ambrosio TQB – 32 holes
Seat Post: Shimano Dura-Ace EASTON – 27.1mm
Saddle: Selle San Marco mod. Rolls
Handlebar Tape: Colnago Mapei
Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace 7700

Bike Size:
Seat Tube (c-c): 55 cm
Seat Tube (c-t): 56.5 cm
Top Tube (c-c): 56 cm
Head Tube: 15 cm

Finishing touches: Mapei Enervit water bottle and Elite Ciussi Bottle Cages!

How to measure crank / chainrings size BCD

How to measure Bolt Circle Diameter BCD ?

Bolt Circle Diameter or BCD is the diameter of the circle that goes through the center of all of the bolts on your chainring. On bicycle chainring this dimension is usually measured in millimeters. It is critical to know the BCD of your crankset when you are selecting a new chainring for your bike. In many cases the BCD is printed right on the chainring, sometimes it is stamped or engraved on the back side of the chainring.

If it is not labeled on your chainring you will need to measure it. On a chainring with 4 bolts the BCD is the distance between two bolts across from each other. Alternatively you can measure the distance between two adjacent bolts and use the table below to determine the BCD.

Classic methos how to measure BCD is :

Chainring with 5 bolts -> distance (mm) between the two holes X * 1.7
Chainring with 4 bolts -> distance (mm) between the two holes X * 1.4

Alternatively at this slow and tedious measurement you can print this template (file .pdf)

Pdf file that you have to print without editing, making sure that your print settings do not reduce or enlarge it. You just have to put your chainring on the sheet, make the holes match and read the number, easy!

We visited Marco Pantani’s museum in Cesenatico

Few days ago we visited Marco Pantani Museum in Cesenatico, city where Marco was born.
In Cesenatico, in the hometown of Marco Pantani, near the railway station premises, there is a section called Spazio Pantani, entirely dedicated to the Champion Romagna. Inside it is possible to trace the career of the “The Pirate” through the display of photos, memorabilia, bikes, jerseys and audiovisual materials.

The structure is divided into 3 areas of about 100 square meters each, named with the names of the mountains that Marco Pantani won (Mortirolo, Alpe d’Huez and Sala Bocchetta).

Spazio Pantani was born thanks to the desire of Pantani family, Municipality of Cesenatico and Fondazione Marco Pantani of creating a structure to keep alive the memory of the Champion of Romagna and his enterprises. The museum was opened to the public in October 2006 and is managed by the Pantani family in order to generate profits to be donated for beneficence. Also tha gadgets sold in this site contribute to realization of our charitable activities.

Spazio Pantani is open to visitors seven days a week and also it provides the possibility of special openings for large groups or special events such as conferences, book presentations, musical performances, departures for tours by bicycle.

It was an awesome day, an amazing emotional experience! Ride in Peace Marco!

Bicycle maintenance – OLDBICI’s Checklist

Most people who ride bicycles want to keep them in good shape, but first they need to know where to begin.

Everyone understands the importance of regular preventative maintenance on an automobile, but many folks ignore this concept when it comes to their bicycle.
A bicycle is a big investment and it’s important to keep it in sound working order not only for top performance, but also for the safety of the rider and those riding around him/her. You might say you should get into the habit of caring for your bike like your life depended on it…it does!

* Each Ride: Note-These procedures are necessary to ensure your personal safety. Failure to perform these checks could result in serious injury. I borrowed an acronym from the League of American Bicyclists and added a slight variation to help you with your daily safety check…don’t overlook it, it’s important!

ABC Wheel Quick!

A = Air: ensure proper tire inflation and check for tire wear
B = Brakes and Bars: check proper brake function (proper cable tension and pad alignment). Check handlebars for cracks which indicate an impending failure
C = Chain and Cables: check for tight links and fraying cables

Wheel = Check for trueness and spoke tension/damage
Quick = Quick Releases (Ensure QRs are fully seated…do not close against the fork, seatstay, or chainstay which may prevent full seating of QR)


OLDBICI‘s Checklist


Before Every Ride:

  • Check tire air pressure
  • Check brakes and cables
  • Be sure your crank set is tight
  • Be sure quick release hubs are tight

After Every Ride:

  • Inspect tires for glass, gravel shards, and cuts on tread and sidewall
  • Check wheels for true
  • Clean the bike’s mechanical parts as necessary. Once a week or every 200 miles: Lubricate chain (with dry lube; or every other week or 400 miles with wet chain lube)

Once a Month: (Note-These procedures will maximize your performance and minimize future costly repairs)

  • Completely clean the bike, including the drivetrain if necessary
  • Inspect chain and freewheel. Measure the chain for wear, check for tight links and replace the chain if necessary
  • Inspect and lubricate brake levers, derailleurs and all cables
  • Inspect pedals. Inspect tires for wear; rotate or replace if needed

Don’t forget to Inspect and check for looseness in the: Stem binder bolt, Handlebar binder bolt, Seatpost binder bolt (or quick release), Seat fixing bolt, Crank bolts, Chainring bolts, Derailleur mounting bolts, Bottle cage bolts, Rack mounting bolts, Brake and derailleur cable anchors, Brake and shifter lever mounting bolts, Brake mounting bolts.

Every Three Months:

  • Inspect frame and fork for paint cracks or bulges that may indicate frame or part damage; pay particular attention to all frame joints
  • Visually inspect for bent components: seat rails, seat post, stem, handlebars, chainrings, crankarms, brake calipers and brake levers

Every Six Months:
Inspect and readjust bearings in headset, hubs, pedals and bottom bracket (if possible; some sealed cartridge bearings cannot be adjusted, only replaced)

Annually:
Disassemble and overhaul; replace all bearings (if possible); and remove and if necessary replace all brake and shift cables. This should be performed at 6,000 miles if you ride more than that per year. If you often ride in the rain who get dirty should overhaul their bicycles more often.

One of the first steps to being a winner is attitude. A well maintained bike bolsters confidence and enhances a positive attitude!

Why ride vintage bicycles ?

There are many reasons why vintage bicycles are superior to the modern day mass- produced, low-priced bicycles that you can find at your local bike shop.
I won’t even bother to discuss bikes built for department stores – those are landfill bikes that are utterly worthless and designed to be thrown away. Don’t buy them, ever.

But why ride vintage when you can buy a reasonably priced bike and brand new? Well, here is my list of the most important reasons:

Build quality: by this I mean the quality of the frame and the components. Vintage steel bicycles were mostly hand-crafted by experienced artisans. Many builders also crafted or modified their own components. That’s far more life than you will see in today’s frames, where fork recall, aluminum fatigue, and carbon fiber failures are routine. Today’s production bikes are simply not built to last a lifetime, at all. If you want a bike to treasure and pass on to future generations, don’t buy a production bike – either order custom or, for far less money, buy a vintage bicycle.

Ease of repairs and component integration: pretty much all vintage components are repairable with simple parts that you can make yourself if you don’t have spares handy. They are also easily understood, and learning basic bike maintenance is much easier for owners of vintage bicycles.

Environmental Reasons – Sustainability: for me, environmental reasons for not buying a new bike trump almost all the other reasons. Department store bikes end up in landfills because their components are made to be thrown away, and so are the frames. Each new bike manufactured adds roughly 530 lbs of deadly greenhouse gases to our atmosphere. In 2015, 17.4 million NEW bicycles were manufactured and sold. So, doing the math, that translates into 9.2 BILLION POUNDS of greenhouse gases spewing out into the environment in one year alone, all due to the consumer demand for new bicycles. Don’t buy a new bike for bicycle rides through your city! Fix up the one you have or buy vintage bicycles.

Francesco Moser Museum – Maso Villa Warth

Il Museo Francesco Moser non è un monumento alla “grandeur”. È una bella storia di famiglia. Invece di parole, oggetti. «Lo abbiamo fatto per gli sportivi, per la gente che passa. Chi viene a prendere il vino da noi, ci fa mille domande. Qui ci sono risposte», spiega Francesco. Gli oggetti, però, hanno un’anima, parlano. «La maglia rosa è per me il ricordo più caro. Ho inseguito la vittoria al Giro per 11 anni pri­ma di coglierla».
Le biciclette, come insetti eleganti, sono allineate su una pista di legno d’abete lunga 16 metri. Le bacheche contengono maglie e medaglie. Le coppe scintillano nelle vetrine. «Sarà una questione genetica. Forse una tradizione culturale. Ma ci troviamo bene in sella», dice Fran­cesco. «La bicicletta è stata il nostro ca­vallo dei sogni, ma an­che della realtà».

by La Gazzetta dello Sport

Campagnolo Tool box Tool kit

Our Campagnolo Tool box Tool kit is used and shows some light signs of use.
The tools are all still in amazing condition. Most of the tools show hardly any signs of use, they seem like a new never used. All taps and cutters are in excellent conditions.

We ship this wooden toolbox (weight 21kg) in two separate packages, one with just the empty wooden box and one with all the tools wrapped in paper and pluriball. Otherwise the tools could damage the inside of the box during shipment.

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Campagnolo 50th Anniversary Groupset

The 50th Anniversary Groupset Campagnolo is a beautiful bit of engineering and production the like of which you don’t see today. The style and design of the components is hard to match and no modern components seem to have the same soul of these components.
That’s not to ignore the undoubted quality and functionality of modern groupsets but they just don’t have “it”.

Please note if there is anything incorrect in the below please let me know, I am always happy to update this page with more information.

This group was released in 1983 to commemorate Campagnolo‘s 50th year in business, this was also the same year founder Tullio Campagnolo passed away.

In the region of 15,000 of these groups were made.

Group #0001 was retained in the Campagnolo museum, and #0002 was presented to Pope John Paul ll. They all came with a numbered “membership card”.

The group was based on the Super Record and Cobalto group of the era and was top of the range, with some significant extra touches. Most pieces were marked by a 22 carrot gold logo with a raised/textured Campagnolo shield logo. All pieces contained an engraved signature of Tullio Campagnolo, and a special “50th” logo.

The group was supplied in a nice carrying case has a 50th logo printed on it in gold. The zippers on the case were sealed and an inventory tag detailed the contents. A close up of the seal is shown in the below gallery.

I have only one group for sale with the bag unopened NIB

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Campagnolo Electa Pneumatic Saddle

The Campagnolo Electa Saddle was made briefly in the mid-1980s. The remarkable feature is the pneumatic system to enable adjustment to suit the rider.

You can buy Campagnolo Electa in our Shop HERE …in black leather – Sella Pneumatic System: under its strong leather top sits an adjustable air cushion to suit the saddle to the weight and needs of the rider. Silver-plated trim at the front and rear and a presta valve fitting under the nose of the saddle into which air can be pumped to adjust the seat. Sold including the original air pump and linen bag Campagnolo.

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Amazing Colnago Carbitubo

Just finished amazing Colnago Carbitubo

Complete bike specifications Colnago Carbitubo:

Frame – Telaio NEW: Colnago Carbitubo – Carbon fiber – Size: 52cm c-c (54cm c-t), top tube 54cm c-c
Fork – Forcella NEW: Colnago Precisa fork
Paint/decals: Black Purple – Original Colnago paintwork
Groupset – Gruppo: Shimano Dura Ace ST-7400

Headset – Serie sterzo: Shimano Dura Ace ST-7400 1″
Stem – Attacco manubrio: 3ttt Colnago pantographed – Status Racing Team – 100
Handlebars – Piega manubrio: 3ttt Colnago pantographed – Racing Team – 42cm (c-c)
Seatpost – Reggisella: Colnago Carbon – Colnago pantographed – 26.0
Saddle – Sella: (NIB) San Marco Regal – Black leather rino, frame copper colour / carbon steel, copper rivets
Tape/grips – Nastro manubrio: Deda Dedacciai – Color black
Brakes – Freni: Shimano Dura Ace ST-7400
Brake levers – Leve freno: Shimano Dura Ace ST-7400
Front derailleur – Deragliatore: Shimano Dura Ace ST-7400
Rear derailleur – Cambio: Shimano Dura Ace ST-7400 – 8 speed
Shift levers – Leve cambio: Shimano Dura Ace ST-7400 – 8 speed (Dual Control levers)
Cable Shift Housing Set – Cavi e guaine cambio: New Shimano Road
Cable Brake Housing Set – Cavi e guaine freni: New Shimano Road
Cassette – Cassetta: Shimano 8 speed 13-27T
Chain – Catena: Shimano 8 speed
Crankset – Guarnitura: Shimano Dura Ace ST-7400 170 mm – 53/39T
Bottom bracket – Movimento centrale: Shimano Dura Ace ST-7400 – ITA 113 M36x24T
Pedals – Pedali: Look ARC 236 – Color: grey
Wheelset – Ruote: Ambrosio – Inox Eyelets Made in Italy Giro d’Italia Durex – Servizio corse – Spoke Drillings: 36
Quick release – Sganci rapidi: Shimano Dura Ace ST-7400
Tires – Copertoncini: Clincher BONTRAGER RL All Weather 700x23c – Tubes Michelin Airstop Butyl

Accessories:
Water bottle – Borraccia: COLNAGO – la Bicicletta (Bottle cage: ELITE vintage)

Description:
Very rare Colnago Carbitubo road bicycle from the mid 1990s! The frame shows the typical Colnago paintwork and has dual down tubing.
The frame is made of carbon fiber tubes inserted into aluminium lugs and, beside that, shows a unique geometry with a double-tube down tube which makes the bike very stiff,
the bike is equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace ST-7400 parts from the same era.
The whole frame is stunningly and precisely manufactured. Tony Rominger even claims it to be his favourite frame of all times and is known to have half a dozen of them in his garage!
If you are looking for a light and rare classic bicycle, then this it is!
You will love the smoothness of the ride on a carbon frame and the great functionality of the best Shimano Dura-Ace group!

Era: 1990s

Bicycle weight (in photo) : 9.1 kg

ciao! Happy and Ride out in Style!
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