Inside Lance Armstrong TREK 5500 OCLV US POSTAL 1999

In 1999 Trek Bicycles became the first bike manufacturers outside of Europe to win the world’s most prestigious bicycle race, the Tour de France, with US Postal Service leader Lance Armstrong‘s triumphant performance.
Armstrong and his unrelenting teammates race on stock Trek 5500 OCLV carbon frames, making them the only team in the Tour de France to race on frames identical to those that are available to consumers around the globe. Thanks to Optimum Compaction, Low Void (OCLV) technology, the 5500 was the world’s lightest production frameset, weighing in at a scant 912g.

Lance Armstrong’s Trek 5500 was the first full-carbon frame to be piloted to Tour de France victory.

Lance Armstrong was the first man to Win the Tour de France on a full-carbon bike (1999).

Shimano supplied the groupset for the first time and, by 2000, the quill stem had also been replaced by a tapered steerer as the modern bike took shape. In 2003, Shimano Dura-Ace went to ten-speed and the Japanese firm’s latest gruppo was used for the first time on a machine said to be the lightest ever used in the Tour – Armstrong kept weight down further by using a downtube shifter on mountain stages.

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!

Postmodern Bicycles – Modern Parts on Classic Frame

Colnago Postmodern Bicycles – Modern Parts on Classic Frame

Imagine combining a classic steel frame with a modern groupset. This is what we call a ‘postmodern’ bicycle. I’m not sure this term exists but let’s call such bikes this way. At least it gives us an impression of being intellectual. Anyway, tell us what do you think about such combination?

Here we present the last OLDBICI Postmodern: Colnago Master Olympic Art Decor with Campagnolo Chorus 10s group

The advantages of postmodern bikes are:

  • Steel frame, much sexier than carbon fibre one
  • Efficiency and comfort of modern shifting
  • Safety of modern brakes
  • Lightness of modern wheels
  • Cool and Unique look
  • Lightness: you can easily achieve weight under 8kg with a mid-sized steel frame ex. made of Columbus SL or SLX steel tubes and Campagnolo or Shimano Dura-Ace groupset and other lightweight modern components…
  • Stiffness and great feeling of riding a steel frame
  • History and real craftsmanship behind the frame combined with modern technologies
  • And the value is very stable and rather increasing than falling (it’s a classic steel frame ;-))

So if you are looking for a postmodern bicycle, contact us if you want a custom-built road racer!


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)

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!

WOW! Ritchey Road Logic – Road Classic 1996

Ritchey Road LogicRoad Classic 1996

Very rare Ritchey Road Logic from the mid 1990s!
If you are looking for a light and very rare classic bicycle, Tom Ritchey‘s masterpiece then this it is!
You will love the smoothness of the ride on a steel frame and the great functionality of the best Campagnolo Record Carbon group!

The Road Logic is the culmination of years of experience on and off the bike.
It is created with painstaking detail and is one of the finest road frames available.
If you are looking for a complete race ready road machine right out of the box with the heritage of Ritchey, this is the bike for you.

One ride on the Road Logic and you will become a believer.
Built with a Ritchey Road Logic heat treated steel frame stiff enough to hold a line through the twistiest of mountain switchbacks, but supple enough to not leave you feeling beat up after a long day in the saddle, it begs to be ridden. It is designed to give you miles upon miles of confidence inspiring performance. The Road Logic is a no-nonsense road machine that disappears beneath you.
It is responsive yet stable, light yet durable. Like all of life’s simple beauties it is a contradiction in terms.

Complete bike specifications Ritchey Road Logic – Road Classic 1996

Frame – Telaio: Ritchey Road Logic 1996 – Size: 54cm c-t-c, 56cm c-t-t seat tube, 56cm c-t-c top tube
Frame – Telaio: Ritchey Road Logic – Fillet brazed – Tubing Ritchey Nitanium
Fork – Forcella: Ritchey Carbon Comp – 1″ alloy steerer (alloy dropouts)
Paint/chrome/decals: Ritchey Road Logic 1990s

Groupset – Gruppo: Campagnolo Record Carbon 10 speed groupset
Headset – Serie sterzo: Campagnolo Record Carbon – Threadless headset 1″
Stem – Attacco manubrio: Ritchey WCS – 120
Handlebars – Piega manubrio: Ritchey PRO 7075 Alloy 235g – 42cm (c-c)
Seatpost – Reggisella: Ritchey Comp – 27.0
Saddle – Sella: Selle Italia – Flite Titanium
Tape/grips – Nastro manubrio: No brand – Color red
Brakes – Freni: Campagnolo Record
Brake levers – Leve freno: Campagnolo Record Carbon (lever hoods red)
Front derailleur – Deragliatore: Campagnolo Record
Rear derailleur – Cambio: Campagnolo Record Carbon – 10 speed
Shifters levers – Leve cambio: Campagnolo Record Carbon – Ergopower Carbon 10 ULTRA
Cable Shift Housing Set – Cavi e guaine cambio: New Campagnolo Road
Cable Brake Housing Set – Cavi e guaine freni: New Campagnolo Road
Crankset – Guarnitura: Campagnolo Record Carbon 170mm – EPS C10 53/39T
Cassette – Cassetta: Campagnolo Record 10 speed 13-26T
Chain – Catena: Campagnolo Record 10 speed
Bottom bracket – Movimento centrale: Campagnolo Chorus – English 102mm BSA 1.370x24T
Pedals – Pedali: Ritchey SPD Road bike E62
Wheelset – Ruote: Campagnolo Proton 622x15c Aluminium Alloy – Asymmetric rear, Symmetric front – Spokes: 24/22 – Pair: 1.640g
Quick release – Sganci rapidi: Campagnolo
Tires – Gomme: BRN PROLITE – Clincher 700x23c – Tubes Michelin Airstop Butyl

Accessories INCLUDED:
Water bottle cage – Portaborraccia: Elite Custom Race – Color: bw
Water bottle – Borraccia: Ritchey – Color: bw

All photos HERE

Beauty Rossin Prestige

Rossin Prestige hexagonal tange steel

Very rare Rossin Prestige road bicycle from the mid 1990s!
One of the lightest Rossin framesets, the Prestige used hexagonal tange steel.
The frame shows the typical Rossin Prestige marble paintwork and has special exagonal sections tubing.
Frame and fork are made of very light and durable steel and the bike is equipped with Shimano 600 parts from the same era.
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 steel frame and
the great functionality of the Shimano 600 groupset!
Era: 1990s

Frame: Steel Rossin PRESTIGE – Size: 55cm c-c
Tubing: Seat tube 55cm c-t-c ; 56.5cm c-t-t – Top tube 55cm c-t-c
Fork: Steel Rossin PRESTIGE
Frame/Fork: Steel Rossin PRESTIGE Road-Racing Special design (tange prestige special exagonal sections)

Color paint/chrome/decals: White Black murble – Rossin PRESTIGE original
Groupset: Shimano 600
Headset: Shimano 600
Stem: 3ttt – 110mm
Handlebar: 3ttt Grand Prix – 42cm (c-c)
Seatpost: Shimano 600 – 27.2
Saddle: Selle Italia – Turbo Super
Tape/grips: Deda Dedacciai – Color black
Brakes: Shimano 600 – BR-6400
Brake levers: Shimano 600 SLR
Front derailleur: Shimano 600 FD-6400
Rear derailleur: Shimano 600 RD-6400 – 7/8 speed
Shift levers: Shimano 600 SL-6400
Cassette: Shimano 7 speed
Chain: Shimano 7/8 speed
Crankset: Shimano 600 FC-6400 – 170mm – 53/39T
Bottom bracket: Shimano 600
Pedals: Shimano PD-6401
Wheelset: MAVIC MA 40
Quick release: Shimano 600
Tires: Vittoria ZAFFIRO 700x23c ARAMID 3D Compound (clincher)

Bicycle weight (in photo) : 8,5 kg

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

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

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!


DIAVEL – Singlespeed fixed

In questi giorni di feste… ho finito il restauro di questa stravagante bici.. era stata abbandonata.. ormai destinata al macero, l’ho recuperata verniciata di un bel rosso e trasformata in una bella singlespeed, ruote alto profilo con mozzo flip-flop, manubrio con cestino integrato, parafanghi in legno, sella flite vintage Selle Italia.


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Elegant AA05 Gentleman singlespeed ready for Alberto

Da una vecchia Atala che “tirava gli ultimi”… Alberto (AA05) mi ha chiesto una personalissima urban per girare a Messina… eccola in tutto il suo splendore.
Verniciatura elegante blu con finiture in bianco, accessoriata con elementi cromati e accessori in legno elegantissimi.
Manubrio dritto in legno di rovere con orologio incassato, pedali in legno di rovere, parafango corto.

Una bicicletta unica di Classe!

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Just finished Colnago Bititan Art Decor Titanium 1992

Just finished… Colnago Bititan Art Decor Titanium 1992
Very rare Colnago Titanio bicycle from the mid 1990s! The frame shows the typical Colnago Art Decor paintwork and has dual down tubing. The exact name is Titanio Bititan.
Frame and fork are made of very light and durable titanium and the bike is equipped with Campagnolo Record Titanium parts from the same era. Just some of the highlights are the high profile Campagnolo Vento wheels and the Delta brakes!
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 titanium frame and the great functionality of the best Campagnolo group!
Era: 1990s

Bicycle weight (in photo) : 8,7 kg

Tutte le specifiche:
Colnago Titanio Bititan Classic Art Decor Titanium Bicycle

Frame – Telaio: Colnago Titanium Bititan Classic Art Decor 1992 – Size: 54×54
Fork – Forcella: Colnago Precisa Titanium
Groupset – Gruppo: Shimano 600 – BR-6400
Headset – Serie sterzo: Shimano 600
Stem – Attacco manubrio: 3ttt Status Racing Team – 100
Handlebars – Piega manubrio: Colnago 3ttt Racing Team – 42cm (c-c)
Seatpost – Reggisella: Shimano 600 – 27.2
Saddle – Sella: Selle Italia Flite Titanium
Tape/grips – Nastro manubrio: Deda Dedacciai – Color grey
Brakes – Freni: Shimano 600
Brake levers – Leve freno: Shimano 600
Front derailleur – Deragliatore: Shimano 600
Rear derailleur – Cambio: Shimano 600 – 8 speed
Shift levers – Leve cambio: Shimano 600
Cassette – Cassetta: Shimano 8 speed 11-23T
Chain – Catena: Shimano 8 speed
Crankset – Guarnitura: Shimano 600 170mm – 53/39T
Bottom bracket – Movimento centrale: Shimano 600
Pedals – Pedali: Shimano PD-1056
Wheelset – Ruote: Shimano
Quick release – Sganci rapidi: Shimano 600
Tires – Copertoncini: Vittoria ZEFIR 700x22c

Water bottle – Borraccia: COLNAGO – la Bicicletta (original 90s)


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Gentleman fixed – Pure Class

** SOLD ** – Bici scatto fisso elegante finiture in legno

Bicicletta NUOVA, realizzata da un telaio pregiato epoca Maffioletti anni ’50, guarnitura epoca Agrati, parafanghi, manubrio, reggisella e cerchi ruote in legno di rovere. Sella in pelle scamosciata San Marco Regal. Pezzo unico da collezione.

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