There's been a lot of talk lately about bike love and I thought I'd share a few of the recent examples of bike love that have been sent my way over the past few months.
David La Mar is in the early stages of restoring an early 60's Masi bicycle that belonged to his father and was a source of pride for his father. As you can see from the pictures, his father had every reason to be proud of the bike and you can also see that David has his hands full with this project. As David put it; I finally was able to dig the machine out of storage and see what I was in for. Was surprised that it wasn't in better shape, but at least everything was in one piece!
He is planning to have Brian Baylis do the restoration- can't go wrong there;
(Oh that gorgeous lug work; even Baylis is going to like this job!)
(I love those lugs!)
(Just a little too small for me...)
(5! I remember those days... remember when we only had 10 speeds- not 10 cogs?)
(Remember spending hours working on the straddle cable and getting the brakes set up "just right"?)
(An old toothbrush, a soft rag and a tube of Semichrome polish...)
What a diamond in the rough!
Next up are two bikes from John Price...
Enjoy your site! This is a new trainer ("trainer" he says... Ed) I just built I thought you might enjoy.
It's a 97 Corsa and I did a little retro bling bling to it!
("trainer" he says...)
(I think I cried the first time I ever opened a box of Campy Cobalto brakes.)
(Yeah, I know lots of people who ride trainers with Record 10 and Eurus wheels... yep...)
Bike number two in the Price collection is reasonably amazing as well; get your slobber gaurd ready...
(1976 Gran Criterium with original paint... and the vintage Campy work stand! I love the bike, but that stand just makes my knees weak. The first shop I ever worked in had one of these, but it belonged to one of the mechanics, who had raced in Europe and brought it back with him. I wasn't allowed to touch it- and with good reason.)
Thanks to both David and John for sharing the bikes that they are passionate about. This is the type of thing that really makes my day. I love this kind of thing...
So if you have pictures of a bike you have restored or just own and it has brought you joy, then send me a picture (or several). Add a brief note and I'll share it with the rest of the class. I live for community like this... thanks!