Sunday, March 23, 2008

Adam's Breakaway Cross

Adam Lovell's Ritchey Breakaway Cross, hastily snapped on Friday afternoon as he hustled out the door with his just-finished new toy.
Intended as an allround commuter/tourer/cross sled, and built from a mix of new parts and drivetrain from his old BMC Streetfire.

Frame_________________Ritchey Breakaway Cross 56cm
Headset________________Ritchey WCS Logic
Bottom bracket__________Campagnolo AC-H
Crankset_______________Campagnolo Veloce CT 34/50
Brakes_________________Avid Single Digit
Brake levers____________Cane Creek Drop V
Shift levers_____________Campagnolo Record 10 speed bar end
Front derailler__________Campagnolo Veloce CT
Rear derailler___________Campagnolo Veloce
Wheels________________Fulcrum Racing 5
Tyres_________________Continental Contact Reflex 700 x 37
Sprockets______________Campagnolo Veloce 13-26
Saddle_________________Fi'zi:k Pave
Seatpost_______________Ritchey WCS 27.2mm
Stem__________________11cm, something we found
Handlebars_____________Ritchey BioMax 26.0mm

Friday, March 14, 2008

Taking stock

On the Breakfast Ride this morning, Amy Taylor interrogated me as to exactly how many bikes I have, and I was unable to give a definitive answer.
As far as I can remember, this is the current inventory:

1995 Benson nowadays with 9 speed Campagnolo
Ritchey Breakaway, currently disassembled to touch up the paint
2002 Benson Demountable

1969 Gillott
1969 Hurlow
1963 Condor Italia a neglected size Small Retro Ride loaner
80's Echelon Spectra, aka Team McCall
1981 Cecil Walker

Off Road
2007 Gt Peace 9r singlespeed

Ritchey Breakaway Fixed/singlespeed

In stasis (mosly frames):
1956 Holdsworth Whirlwind (with broken seat tube)
1956-ish Holdsworth Zephyr
1952 Claud Butler Olympic Sprint
1958 Flying Scot
50's JRJ road/track
Esposito the mystery Italian
A putative Rory O'Brien
Olympic mystery Australian road frame
Some manky Legnanos

Seen at the March Retro Ride

Gary Ulmer's Zeus, originally belonged to his father Ron who represented New Zealand at the 1938 Empire Games.
Later, Ron Ulmer was the owner of Bluebird Cycles in Petone, whose shop sticker can be seen on the Zeus' downtube.
Gary rode this bike when he returned to racing in the late 80s, before passing it on to daughter Sarah who began her illustrious career on it.

Vic Crutchley has owned this Carlton Franco-Italia bike since 1964, a reward from his father for passing his O levels.
Most of the parts are original, though Vic fessed up to swapping the 27" high pressure wheels for Fiamme Red Label tubulars after a couple of years.


Thursday, March 06, 2008

Mark Battley's Frejus

Mark Battley has, more or less, finished the Frejus Super Corsa that I sold to him (misidentified as a Tour de France) a few months ago.
You can see his before and after photos here.
He can't rest too long on his laurels though, because he has the ex-Bruce O'Halloran 1968 Colnago that caused a brief frenzy on the CR List earlier in the year.