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.

Prima Vera

Prima Vera

Geplaatst door: op 11 Mei 2013 | 2 Reacties

This project comprised the transformation of a Koga-Miyata trekking bike to a trendy city bike. She was ready to ride at springtime.

Description:
– Custom lightgreen metallic powdercoat
– Several new parts with vintage look from
Velo Orange like: fenders, handle bar and rear rack.
– Pure quality with Brooks flyer saddle and plump handles

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Mr. Brown

Mr. Brown

Geplaatst door: op 28 Nov 2012 | Geen reacties

Mr. Brown is, naast zijn prachtige choco-aubergine gekleurde poedercoat, één brok kwaliteit. Als voormalige koersfiets is hij op het hoogste niveau afgemonteerd.

Omschrijving:
– Bottecchia frame van Columbus staal
– Mavic groep van zeer hoge kwaliteit
– Originele Mavic G40 vintage velgen
– Zeldzaam mooie achterderailleur

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Titan

Titan

Geplaatst door: op 29 Sep 2012 | 6 Reacties

The Gentleman’s Racer with allure. Indestructible elegance from the past redesigned to match today’s chic.

Description:
– Gazelle ‘Champion Mondial’ frame from ’76
– Sandblasted and applied with darkgrey powdercoat
– Equipped with Campagnolo Record & Shimano 600 parts
– Contrasting orange Elvedes cabling
– Brown Brooks saddle and bartape as a finishing touch

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