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    PreciRay in Action!

    Posted by johnraymond on 25th April 2011

    Small Vid of PreciRay in action.  More step by step usage coming soon.

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    PreciRay

    Posted by johnraymond on 23rd April 2011

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    Snagged this “Wheel Building Machine” at Copake swap meet.  Cleaned up pretty well and is fully functional.  VAR still distributes these machines.

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    Silca Vintage Tire Pressure Gauges

    Posted by WayneBingham on 7th May 2010

    So, you want an accurate hand-held tire pressure gauge for those high pressure tires on your classic bike, but don’t want to chance the wrong mojo that might be conjured up by using some digital read-out thing?  Well, here’s the real deal.  Vintage  Silca tire pressure gauges.  I can envision a pro race mechanic in 1973 with one of these hanging around his neck, having just checked that the tire pressure on Gimondi’s bike was just right!These are new old stock, made in Italy by Silca and the lanyards are either red or blue.  There’s only a few of them, so please call for price and availability.

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    Bottecchia Project

    Posted by WayneBingham on 1st October 2009

    This is a vintage bike project we are working on for a local client.  It’s a 1968 Bottecchia Professional.  The frame was purchased at the Cirque du Cyclisme swap meet back in June.  We are outfitting it with an eclectic mix of vintage components, and a few “modern classic” bits too.  This Bottecchia is meant to be a “rider” not a show bike, and the parts were chosen to best suit the owner and the way he intends to use the bike.  At the same time, parts were chosen to create a bike that still maintains the original vintage spirit, and a bike that might be something like what the original owner had riden and upgraded over time.

    1968 Bottecchia

    As you can see by the size of the frame (63cm), our client is tall, and needs the right complement of components to get proper fit and function.  We’ve chosen a Stronglight 93 crank set (not shown) with 175mm arms, because we can use the desired 52/39 chain ring combination.

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    We are using a Cinelli 1A stem and 64-42 bars.  Brake levers are Modolo Professional, pulling CLB brake calipers.  Campagnolo Nuovo Record front and rear derailleurs and shifters are installed.  All the components came from our inventory.

    1968 Bottecchia

    Hard to believe that this frame is more than 40 years old!  The fact that it is nickle plated under the paint went a long way toward preserving it.  It has a few “battle scars” that needed to be touched-up, but nothing that will detract from the overall character and image of the bike.  The chrome still shines, the decals are intact, and the paint still gleams with a good cleaning and a simple coat of wax.

    We’ll post more pictures of the finished project, and then go for a ride with the owner!

    Cheers!

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    Pedal Power – Vintage Bicycle Patches!

    Posted by WayneBingham on 22nd August 2009

    Make Sweat not Smoke – Pedal Power – Gas is Dead – Don’t be an Engery Pig – Ride On!

    What better to do on a rainy Saturday at Velo Classique than to dig through yet another box of strange and interesting stuff.  Today’s discovery was a cool collection of bicycle patches from a era not too long ago.   It was probably about 1973, in the height of the bike boom when these patches were made.  Interesting that they are somehow pretty relevant now.

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    Sticker Shock! – Vintage Bicycle Stickers

    Posted by johnraymond on 1st August 2009

    Was sitting around Velo Classique this morning and ran across a small sampling of some great vintage bicycle s

    tickers.  We will eventually sell these but give us some time to sort them out.

    Vintage Bicycle Stickers - A small Sample!

    Vintage Bicycle Stickers - A small Sample!

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