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)

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.

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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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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Torpado Cargo bike Ottica Guerra Rovereto

Finita! Ecco qui la bici di Fausto, una bicicletta da fornaio personalizzata per il suo negozio di ottica. Un restauro complesso, lungo ma ne è valsa la pena! Il risultato finale è eccellente! Di seguito tutte le foto.. ma prima guardate com’era messa…. QUI

Ciao Nicola

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Tutte le foto QUI
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Work in progress… QUI

NB Empire Singlespeed

Eccola finita, la NB Empire in Blu satinato, ricavata da una Torpado balloncino con forcella tripla piastra, manubrio in legno personalizzato con orologio, reggisella in legno, pedali in legno, ruote 124 raggi con mozzo contropedale con coperture fat.

Spero vi piaccia!
Ciao Nicola

Beauty Urban of Guido

Per il suo compleanno la famiglia di Guido mi ha commisionato una bici
Ho ideato, progettato e creato questa elegante Urban con accessori in legno Old Bici, ne è uscita una bici unica.

Il regalo da parte di Monica, Giovanni, Pietro e Tommaso è stato un vero successo!
anche Guido dalla faccia sembra aver apprezzato!!!

Portabottiglie – Bottle Carrier

Disponibile un’altro favoloso accessorio per le vostre belle bici vintage … spero vi piaccia!!!

Un portabottiglie in cuoio e pelle vari colori (miele, marrone, nero blu, …) o in nastro tessuto vari colori.
Bottle carrier in leather, various colors (honey, brown, black, blue and more …) or tape canvas various colors.

Per chi fosse interessato info@oldbici.it