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!

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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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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Bianchi Reparto Corse Mercatone Uno – Tour de France 1998 – Pantani

Bianchi Mercatone Uno – Tour de France 1998Marco Pantani


Complete bike specifications:
Frame: Bianchi Mega Pro XL Reparto Corse, Dedacciai double-butted 7000-series aluminum
Fork: Time carbon fork
Headset: Campagnolo Record threadless
Stem: ITM Big-One 110 11°
Handlebars: ITM Super Italia Pro 260, 42cm (c-c)
Tape/grips: Bianchi cork
Front brake: Campagnolo Record
Rear brake: Campagnolo Record
Brake levers: Campagnolo Record
Front derailleur: Campagnolo Record Titanium
Rear derailleur: Campagnolo Record Titanium – 9 speed
Shift levers: Campagnolo Record Ergopower Carbon BB System – 9 speed
Shifter front: Campagnolo shifter syncro – 9 speed
Cassette: Campagnolo Record 11-23T
Chain: Campagnolo Record – 9 speed
Crankset: Campagnolo Record 170mm – 54/44T
Bottom bracket: Campagnolo Record
Gear cable adjuster: Campagnolo Record alloy gear cable adjuster
Pedals: Time Equipe EQ MAG bioposition 8.5 – Red
Wheelset: Campagnolo Electron tubular
Quick release: PMP titanium
Tires: Vittoria Atlanta tubular, 22-28″
Saddle: Selle Italia Flite Titanium – Signature edition
Seatpost: PMP Bianchi 101 Pant. titanium
Seatpost bolt: PMP titanium 27.2
Bottle cages: Elite Ciussi stainless steel

Bicycle Computer: ECHO J-12 Echowell – Red carbon cover
Deda Dog Fang chain keeper: Deda Dedacciai
Water bottle: Coca-Cola Tour de France


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OLDBICI Catalog – Wooden accessories for bicycles

Finalmente sono riuscito a far fotografare come si deve tutti i nostri accessori per biciclette in legno…

Realizziamo pedali in legno, manopole manubrio in legno, manubri in legno, cassette in legno con accessori in pelle, reggisella in legno, ruote, parafanghi con numerosi tipologie ed essenze di legno.

Tutti i componenti sono lavorati a mano o lavorati al tornio ma sempre con finitura a mano, verniciatura lucida o opaca.
Su specifica richiesta i prodotti vengono lucidati con cera d’api.

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CASSETTE IN LEGNO per Bici da Trasporto (Varie essenze)

MANOPOLE IN LEGNO (Varie essenze)

MANUBRI IN LEGNO (Varie essenze)

PEDALI IN LEGNO (Varie essenze)


Mamma mia! I pantographed all components

Ero alla prese sulla conversione fixed di una Colnago Master, mi sono aggiudicato il bellissimo telaio di Ernesto su un’asta Ebay e ho deciso dopo qualche mese di convertirlo in una fixed dal gusto un pò retro… Tutti i componenti prima di montarli però ho deciso di pantografarli con la mia firma… con l’aiuto dello Zio orologiaio abbiamo costruito lo stencil della mia firma in plexiglass e eseguito la pantografia su attacco manubrio, reggisella, guarnitura abbiamo pantografato. E’ stato davvero un bel lavoro e il risultato è stato favoloso.

Qui alcune fasi di lavorazioni e i componenti pantografati

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