Pepita

Geplaatst door: op 27 Nov 2015 | Geen reacties

Stylishly dressed and smartly presented.

Description:
– 1987 Gazelle ‘Champion Mondial’ mixte frame
– Granite powdercoat dressed in ‘pied de poule’ fabric
– Apple green Brooks saddle and handlebar
– Singlespeed city rhythmn gear ratio
– Sleek chrome design

For sale: € 1.850

Cadex

Cadex

Geplaatst door: op 18 Sep 2015 | Geen reacties

Conversion time: turning a typical road bike into a classic randonneur.

Description:
– 1992 Giant Cadex carbon frame
– Cockpit: moustache handlebar with inverse brake levers
– Lighting: SON 28 dynamo hub and SON Edelux II headlight
– Riding comfort: Grand Bois gumwall 700 x 28c tyres
– Storage: Brooks ‘Brick Lane’ roll-up panniers and Challenge tool bag

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Giant Cadex – Road bike turned randonneur

Giant Cadex – Road bike turned randonneur

Geplaatst door: op 16 Sep 2015 | Geen reacties

Giant Cadex, a carbon road bike for the masses.

Through the door came this Giant Cadex 2 x 7 speed road bike. Its owner wanted it transformed to a randonneur, planning to use it for travel to and from the office. In good and in bad weather. Day and night.

What stroke me right away was the beautiful woven pattern of the carbon fibers, hiding under a layer of shiny transparent paint. Using glue the black tubes connected to aluminium lugs, a perfect colour match. I could already see how this would match and contrast with the vintage look I was going to give it.

The Giant Cadex, which was the first mass produced carbon road bike from the late 80s, came equipped with a full Shimano 600 tricolor group. Being a great fan of the quality of the past, I revised and re-used as many original parts as possible. Luckily my customer wanted a fully equipped randonneur with only the finest components. What a nice assigment!

So there I went and installed the following. Electricity is produced by a SON 28 hub dynamo which delivers its output to a SON Edelux II headlight and SON rear light. The cockpit contains a ‘moustache’ handle bar, Brooks ochre bartape, SOMA inverse brake levers and a Crane Suzu copper bell. Seating is taken care off by a Brooks Professional ochre saddle which I broke in using Lon Haldeman’s method. Goods can be carried in the large asphalt coloured Brooks ‘Brick Lane’ roll-up panniers – which are supported by a Velo Orange Constructeur rear rack – and a Brooks ochre Challenge tool bag. Riding comfort is supplied by Grand Bois 700 x 28c gumwall tyres.

Although it truly is a Giant Cadex, no visual reminders remain. All stickers were sanded off and a new transparent coating was applied. Its decal now hiding under a ‘Design by VeloVintage‘ logo. Last Sunday the now finished bike starred in a final photoshoot. With that came the moment to say goodbye to it and return it to its owner.

Leather saddles – How you can break them in quickly

Geplaatst door: op 14 Jul 2015 | Geen reacties

Leather saddles need breaking in. Period!

If you ever bought a new leather saddle, you know that they start off being hard and tough. Not a pleasure to ride on by any means. It can take many miles of cycling and up to a year before the leather gets  a little flexible and starts to take your butt’s shape. Once you reach that point it will be your best friend. And, if you care for him a little, will be so for a very long time. Cause, on the upside, leather is very durable.

Especially its luxurious look, its craftsmanship and reputation for quality are what draws me to the Brooks collection of leather saddles. Although less so now, they also used to produce a large array of coloured saddles. Something I happily combined in my bike designs. However, I found the saddles too hard and I did not put them on my own bike. This changed when I came across a blogpost that mentioned Lon Haldeman’s method for breaking in a leather saddle WITHIN A WEEK. This sparked my curiosity and I started his method that same day. Btw, Lon himself claims he does it in a day!

In a nutshell – the full method is explained by himself – it involves soaking the new leather saddle in warm water, giving it a long massage, riding it and applying lots and lots of mink oil. So far I broke in three leather saddles – two Brooks Professionals and one Brooks B17 – and in each case I found his method to work really well. Not only do the leather saddles become very comfortable to ride on (especially the B17) they also get this nice vintage patina.  One point of criticism is that the coloured leather saddles loose their paint quite easily. Take care what trousers you wear while breaking these in.

So all you need to get going is some mink oil – I got a tin from Red Wing boots – a cloth and a towel.

Back to DIY page.

Marron, a Miyata road bike

Marron, a Miyata road bike

Geplaatst door: op 19 Feb 2015 | Geen reacties

Distinguished elegance in vibrant brown.

Description:
– 1981 Miyata road bike
– Brown metallic powdercoat
– Dualspeed kickshift rearhub
– Brooks ochre saddle & bartape
– Basil chrome carrier & wire basket

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Coureur

Coureur

Geplaatst door: op 31 Mrt 2014 | Eén reactie

Being all about speed and precision, this bike is called Coureur. Designed for racing the city any time!

Description:
– Jan de Reus raceframe, 555mm
– Powdercoat in seventies Opel purple
– Singlespeed with freewheel, 16/42 gear ratio
– New ‘Cambium’ Brooks saddle

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Lagua Riche

Lagua Riche

Geplaatst door: op 29 Jan 2014 | Geen reacties

Lagua Riche, meaning rich waters, is an anagram of the client’s name. On his request this bike was designed using a high quality raceframe.

Description:
– Gazelle ‘Champion Mondial’ AA frame
– British racing green powdercoat
– Ideale ’39’ racesaddle
– 16/42 single speed gear ratio

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Koko

Koko

Geplaatst door: op 29 Jun 2013 | 4 Reacties

This former RIH bike feels totally at ease in the world of fashion and design. Build in commission for one of the owners of an Amsterdam fashion boutique.

Description:
– Powdercoat in celeste colour
– Chrome fenders and vintage Steco wire basket
– Broad tires for easy cruising of the Amsterdam ramparts
– Leather Brooks Colt saddle in contrasting purple

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Anamatic

Anamatic

Geplaatst door: op 17 Jun 2013 | 2 Reacties

A very comfortable ride for both city and countryside, this ultimate ladyracer with chrome basket to put your bag.

Description:
– Koga-Miyata ‘Road Mixed’ frame from 1979
– Extremely comfy, broad Panaracer tyres
– Original vintage Steco basket
– Ochre Brooks bartape and San Marco saddle

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Neighbourfood Market

Geplaatst door: op 15 Jun 2013 | Geen reacties

Net af. Nog geen naam. Een eerste kiekje. Morgen in de verkoop op de Neighbourfood Market. Deze Koga-Miyata uit ’79. Voorzien van vele mooie details en onderdelen.klassieke racefiets retro oldskool bike wielrenner wielrenfiets design fiets fietswinkel vintage