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.

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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Tomeshi

Tomeshi

Geplaatst door: op 27 Mei 2013 | 3 Reacties

This steel road bike from ’78 combined robustness, playfulness and a hint of adolescence. Go where you want to go, only because you feel like it.

Description:
– Nishiki frame, Kawamura steel, strong and solid
– Darkgrey powdercoat, red cabels
– Extra comfort with sprung saddle and broad tyres
– Sturmey Archer single speed freewheel

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Hutspot

Hutspot

Geplaatst door: op 12 Mrt 2013 | 2 Reacties

Its name referring to a classic Dutch potpie dish made of potatoes and carrots. Trendy design in orange/silver combination. A singlespeed with freewheel for comfortable city cycling.klassieke racefiets

Description:
– Former RIH ‘Luxe’ raceframe, height 59cm
– Equipped with original Shimano 600 group
– High Mavic ‘Open 4CD’ racerims
– Saddle and bartape made of qualitative Brooks leather

For sale: € 795

Batavus

Geplaatst door: op 30 Jan 2013 | Geen reacties

Gisteren heb ik deze stalen en erg gele Batavus binnengehaald. Aan de bevestiging voor het kaderplaatje te zien, is er serieus op gekoerst. Ik schat dat de fiets begin jaren 90 gebouwd is. De afmontage is een variatie van Campagnolo Record, Shimano Dura-Ace en Suntour Cyclone.

Inmiddels is alles er afgestript en is het frame bijna klaar om volgende week een nieuwe kleur te krijgen. Mijn idee is om er een ‘dark devil’ van te maken. klassieke racefiets retro oldskool bike wielrenner wielrenfiets design fiets fietswinkel

 

Zomerse toerfiets

Geplaatst door: op 7 Jan 2013 | Geen reacties

Een nieuwe klant heeft mij gevraagd een zomerse toerfiets te ontwerpen om in stijl mee door het Belgische landschap te fietsen. Als basis voor dit project ga ik deze prachtige RIH de Luxe gebruiken. Al lang heel lang wil ik met een RIH aan de slag en nu gaat het gebeuren. De fiets is volledig Shimano 600 afgemonteerd en in goede conditie. Over enkele weken zal op deze site het resultaat te zien zijn. klassieke racefiets retro oldskool bike wielrenner wielrenfiets design fiets fietswinkel

Yoi

Yoi

Geplaatst door: op 22 Okt 2012 | 4 Reacties

Build out of praised Japanese quality steel, this roadbike deserves to be called Yoi – meaning good. Crafted in Autumn its colors are a tribute to falling leafs in clear skies. Yoi is on display at Moooi in Amsterdam.retro design racefiets

Description:
– Koga-Miyata ‘Gent’s Racer’ frame from 1978
– Handpainted in Eastern blue metallic
– Equipped with Shimano ‘Arabesque’ 600 group
– Brooks B17 race saddle

For sale: € 995

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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Jan de Rat

Jan de Rat

Geplaatst door: op 9 Aug 2012 | Eén reactie

Rough, bold and fast. His crude way of life clearly visible. A real streetracer, a city rat.

Description:
– Jan Janssen ‘Tour de France’ frame
– Rusttreated and laquered
– KMC chain, Jagwire/Elvedes cabling
– San Marco ‘Roll’s’ saddle
– Continental ‘Ultra Sport’ racetyres

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