Saturday, 31 December 2011

Some more Sean Yates

Yates competed at the 1980 Summer Olympics, finishing sixth in the 4,000m individual pursuit. He also competed in the 1996 Summer Olympics. As an amateur in 1980, he won the British 25-mile individual time trial championship, and took the national record for 10-mile time trials with 19m 44s. As an amateur Yates rode for ACBB in Paris with fellow British riders John Herety and Jeff Williams. Yates quickly became known for his incredible turn of speed and power. He turned professional in 1982 for Peugeot cycling team riding alongside Graham Jones, Robert Millar and Stephen Roche. He then moved to Fagor in 1988. In 1989 he then joined the American team, 7-Eleven and then in 1991 Motorola, where he rode with Lance Armstrong. He was British professional individual pursuit champion in 1982 and 1983. currently director at Team Sky.

Friday, 30 December 2011

Duell -from the Netherlands

In the 1980s & 1990s, Jan van Dalen was one of the most highly esteemed master frame builders in The Netherlands. Duell is his home brand, he still builds top end steel frames today. more about dutch frame builders here-
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Thursday, 29 December 2011

Ciocc from Italy to Australia?

Ciocc, (say like CHEE-OH-CH) for the passionate cyclist, is a brand that recalls the early days of the great Italian handcraft tradition of road frames. It was 60 years ago that CIOCC, working from a small artisan shop, produced high quality frames for some very demanding pro riders. Sixty years later, CIOCC is still visible in the professional ranks as a confirmed leader in the world of road bike frames. Stefano Bonati, Cesare Biondi and Biffi Giuseppe - owners of Ciocc - realise the importance of the company's origins, traditions and attention to detail. Ciocc is a market leader of dream-worthy frames that become instant classics and timeless in themselves as well as evolved carbon frames.

"Frame maestro of Ciocc was Giovanni Pelizzoli. Ciocc was his nickname (local dialect for "poker faced" thus the Ciocc badge of four aces in a cross formation). Claudio Corti won the 1977 U23 Worlds on a Ciocc at San Cristobal, Venezuela, hence the name of their signature model. They also had a model called "Mockba 1980" Giovanni Pelizzoli later help found and design all of the first models of the Masciaghi tubed Fausto Coppi frames when that company was formed. Reportedly many pros rode repainted Cioccs in the 1980's
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Tuesday, 27 December 2011

RIH - Amsterdam Holland since 1921

more here-
 RIH was formed in 1921 by the Bustraan brothers in Amsterdam Holland. The name RIH is for the name of an Arabian stallion ridden by one of the characters in a Karl May novel which was very popular at the time (and still are in Europe). RIH's first championship was in 1924 when Jan Hijzelendoorn (a butcher) rode a Bustraan brothers frame to the sprint and 1 kilometer titles in the Dutch National Champions. In 1928 the firm moved to its present address in Amsterdam Also in 1928 Willem Bustraan Jr joined the business with his father and Uncle. In 1948 Wim van der Kaaij joined the RIH business as an apprentice, he is the current owner of RIH It is estimated that RIH frames have been ridden to over 350 national championships in both road and track events and 63 World- and Olympic titles

and knocking up a frame here-

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Daccordi rollin out of Italy since 1937

The company began in 1937 with Giuseppe Daccordi and a partner. The start of World War II required suspending their business but they were able to re-start after the war ended. During the 1960s son Luigi joined his father in the business.

Friday, 23 December 2011

Milan show 1989

shamelessly stolen from - click on the image to see it bigger.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Tour de France Prologue winners-

Thierry Marie - 1986, 1990, 1991
Jelle Nijdam- 1987
Chris Boardman- 1997 , 1998
Erik Breukink -1989
Guido Bontempi -1988

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Masi - Milan and Southern California

Renowned bicycle artisan, Faliero Masi passed away on Tuesday, January 4th. His world-famous atelier under the curve of Milano's Vigorelli Velodrome had created some of the greatest racing bikes of the 20th Century. Masi built bikes for many of cycling greatest champions. Masi was predominantly a "servizio corse", building less than 1000 frames per year, mostly for trade teams and racers.
With the worldwide bike boom of the '70's, Masi's creations like the elegant Gran Criterium became famous around the globe. Eventually, Faliero Masi sold the rights to his name to an American company, who made Masi bikes in Southern California
more here-
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Saturday, 17 December 2011

1982 World Track 4000m Amateur Pursuit final UK.

Rolf Golz (West Germany) v Detlef Macha (East Germany) in the 4000m amateur pursuit final. At the 1982 World Track Champs Saffron Lane, UK

Friday, 16 December 2011

Rychtarski - Poland - over 30 years experience

"Mr. Rychtarski is one from the best polish frame makers. If somebody know Orłowski frames, mr. Rychtarski was teacher mr. Orłowski".

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Basso - Northern Italy- hand building bikes since 1977 "The force that pushes the company Basso to search for innovative solutions is the true tradition of Italian cycling, where the history of cycling is alive and runs every day in the passion of its characters. One of our first creations, the Gap, was a bicycle dedicated to a Basso of the past, Alcide’s brother, who won the World Championship in 1972. Since then, “Basso racing bikes” is the goal and the faith behind each and every one of our new products".