Friday, December 19, 2008

Reader Referrals: Campagnolo "No Name" Brakes and BMX Pedals





Thank you to the readers that forwarded links to these auctions. If you see something interesting, please let me know! velosniper@gmail.com.

This will be my last post for a week or so due to holiday travel. Thank you to all of you who read the site, I appreciate your time and feedback. Have a great week!

Campagnolo "No Name" Record Brakeset: Sold for $979.80 including shipping.

Up for auction is a set of Campagnolo's earliest NR Brakesets. This set was sold by Peter Rich at Velosport in 1969 to a friend of mine for a Ron Cooper.

The brake center bolt is different on these early brakes. Note the early washer behind with a beveled front to clear the Campy headcup. The caliper arms were sublty different also. The brake levers have the round hole on the underside. The original hoods had shriveled like Linseed oil on the top of a old paint can and were really difficult to remove. The campy brake cables are new and original, She used White housings on her bike....the original literature is also in the box. The enclosed Campy hoods are my last set of original shield hoods and have been stored in a cool dry dark place since the late '70's. Only out for these photos. There is some slight pitting on the pad holder wheel guides and a small chip in the anodizing on the left side of the front brake caliper.

I've seen these go for over $1,200 without the box. Here's a theory as to why they have no logo, from this CR List post:

Masi said the brakes were "unnamed" because of a sponsorship conflict between Faema and Universal. Masi said Tullio Campagnolo wanted Merckx to ride his new brakes and Universal agreed only if they were not stamped Campagnolo in large photogenic type. Masi also said that Campagnolo offered to sell the patent to Universal. The folks at Universal declined because they didn't think anyone would pay the high retail price for them, they were about triple the price of Super 68s...

Campagnolo BMX pedals-blue: Sold for $346.96 including shipping.

Campagnolo BMX pedals in blue. New,never used, never mounted.9/16 thread. Comes complete with the original, tattered box. And of course, very, very rare.

My first thought was that these were bound for someone's fixed gear, but as the reader that sent the link to me pointed out, there are serious BMX collectors out there as well.

I recall seeing these pedals on the rare and pricey Cinelli BMX bikes of the early '80s, as seen here (scroll down).

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Teledyne Titan Titanium Vintage Road Bicycle 70's Campy





Sold: $486.67 including shipping.

Likely won by: Manual Bid (more than 10 seconds before auction end).

You are bidding on an original 1970-s era Teledyne Titan Titanium Road bike.

This bike is in very good condition. The seat tube measurement (center to center) is 60cm. The top tube measurement (center to center) is 57cm. The bike has been built with a sweet set of components (see below).

The Teledyne Titan was the first American production Titanium bike. It was manufactured from 1973 - 1976 by the Teledyne Linair Corporation in Gardena, CA. A good website explaining the history is here: http://www.classicrendezvous.com/USA/Teledyne/Teledyne_titan.htm

Here are the components on this bike:

Dura Ace Headset

Campy Nuovo Record Front & Rear Derailleurs

Surgino Mighty Cranks

Surgino Bottom Bracket with Teledyne Ti Spindle

Suntour Superbe Brakes & Levers

Suntour BarEnd Shifters

SR Handlebars

SR Royal Stem

Avocet Post

San Marco Saddle

Sunshine Hubs - Rims Unknown

This seems like a pretty low price for this bike. The winning bid was $424.00 excluding shipping.

I included a few extra pictures to show the various components. There are condition issues, as evidenced by the fraying seat tube decal, but I have always liked that era SR Royal/Four-Sir stuff, as seen in the crest and machine work on the bars and the milled slot in the stem. Then there is those cool factory drillium chainrings on nice early fluted SR crank arms, albeit held on with rusty nuts. Note also that unusual Avocet seatpost, the Campy NR derailleurs and SL pedals, first-gen SunTour Superbe brakes, Teledyne Ti spindle, and the single most valuable component, the Superleggera alloy-railed Concor saddle. If the buyer is parting this out, he'll at least get his money back.

But what if he wants to ride it?

The Classic Rendezvous link in the auction says that the Titan was one of the first production Ti frames. Folklore says that these are fragile, flexible, one-season race weapons that were never meant to last. The seller promises this one is in good shape, but the specter of frame failure probably overrode the exotic nature of the bike, and consequently lowered the selling price. Either that, or we've all been distracted by the holidays and missed a bargain.

There is an exhaustive article on the Teledyne Titan on that CR page that is worth reading.

P.S. A final note on the importance of presentation and photo quaility: I intentionally left out the shot of the full bike. The flash blew it out, and the bike is presented oddly, with bar-ends and awkward bar/seat/wheel proportions in general. I think that it might have actually eroded the selling price as much as stories of cracked Teledynes. Do you think it was the photograph, are these simply odd bikes in a 60cm size, or am I off base here?

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Price Porn: Vintage Campagnolo Early 1960s Front Derailleur RARE!


Sold: $192.28 including shipping

Likely won by: Manual Bid (more than 10 seconds before auction end).

This listing is for a RARE vintage Campagnolo rear derailleur from the early-1960s. This is the 1st Generation parallelogram design with the built-in cable stop. Given its age it is in absolutely amazing condition. The chrome on the cage is virtually perfect; there is no rust, pits or corrosion. Just some very minor marks (on the inside only) from the chain. From 5 feet away it looks brand new.

The minor variants of early Campagnolo Record front derailleurs are numerous. Generally though, the defining characteristics of this derailleur are the above-mentioned cable stop and the lack of a circlip on the upper/outer parallelogram pivot.

While it could be used on any standard bike, the most appropriate frame would have a corresponding braze- or clamp-on cable stop on the downtube near the bottom bracket, and the cable would run through a short section of housing between the two.

As framebuilding fashion veered first towards clamp-on (late 1960s), and then braze-on (mid-70s) bottom bracket cable guides, the vestigial stop was eliminated. The Velo Retro Campy Timeline shows that the circlip was introduced in 1972, but doesn't indicate when the stop disappeared; I suspect it was years earlier.

Somehow, the housing stops on the downtube shifters survived much longer, decades after full-housing derailleur cable runs were common. Anyone know why?

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More on Campy Fronts here.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Recommended Blog: velosvintage




I came across the velosvintage blog recently and thought I would pass along the link.

The author focuses on team-issue race bikes. Posts are remarkably well-researched and illustrated with period magazine photos and other historical info. It is written in French, but this link will take you to an imperfect Google translation in English. Posting seems to be somewhat erratic, but here's hoping he keeps going.

Photos, top to bottom: a Tout-Mavic 1988 de Gribaldy Team KAS Vitus, Renault-Gitane rider Willy Tierlinck standing next to an on-strike Bernard Hinault (Tierlinck's 1978 Gitane is featured on the blog), and a closeup of the well-worn seat cluster on Serge Perin's 1980 Team Miko Mercier.

Monday, December 15, 2008

EARLY 80's RALEIGH TEAM PRO 59 TRACK SB4121 753 CAMPY




Not Sold: Buy-It-Now at $1,060 including shipping. Now Relisted and sold at $661.33.

SUPER RARE FRAMESET IN ORIGINAL CONDITION, NO DENTS, SUPER CLEAN INSIDE, MINOR SCRAPES AND PAINT CHIPS, NORMAL FOR A 35 YEAR OLD FRAMESET, JUST A WONDERFULL FRAMESET

COLLECTERS ITEM, MADE IN THE ILKESTON FACTORY FOR PROFESSIONEL TRACK RIDERS

27.0 SEATPOST, ENGLISH BB THREADS, 120 REAR SPACING, FORK HAS HOLE FOR FRONT BRAKE, FORK CROWN IS A ROAD ONE, ORIGINALY THE HOLE WAS FILLED WITH BRASS.

MADE OF SUPER LIGHT 753 TUBING, CAMPY DROPOUTS, WORKMANSHIP IS SUPERBE


Greatest livery of all time? Maybe not, but it's way up there. And how cool does the 753 sticker look against the red seat tube?

TI-Raleigh was Peter Post's powerhouse team of the 1970s and early '80s. They later morphed into Panasonic. Le Grimpeur recently wrote further about TI-Raleigh in this post.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Merckx Week: Eddy Merckx Corsa frame Campy C Record group Cobalto




Sold: $750 Buy-It-Now, Free Shipping.

The Frame Set is from around 1988-89. The Group is from around 1986-87. I'm the original owner of the complete bike. No denying it, this bicycle has been ridden hard, raced on training rides Tuesday and Thursday nights.

Overall I would rate the bicycle and equipment a 7 out of 10
Here are the particulars of the bicycle: * Eddy Merckx Corsa Frame set: Frame is 61 cm center to center of the seat tube. 62 cm center to top of seat tube. 59cm top tube center to center. I believe the Corsa is a blend of Columbus SL and SP tubing. there is no rifling in the seat tube so I know it is not SLX. (the Columbus sticker is missing) On the bottom brackets shell: non drive side stamped S 10 on the drive side B with 7468. * Fork tips, rear drop outs, and drive side chain stay are chrome. * Though this frame is missing paint here and there it's never been crashed or on dumped on the ground. The C Record groupo: * The groupo came of a Bianchi Mondela frame set that I had raced on in school. The frame, Bianchi, cracked at the bottom bracket, hence the Merckx. * The groupo has been in a fall. The only significant damage was to the brake levers. see photo. * The goupo is complete with front and rear derailleur, friction down tube shifters, C record headset and bottom bracket and crank set. 175mm in lenght. 53x39 chainrings. C record seatpost. * The Brakes are the rare COBALTO, complete with blue jewel, and blue etching on the brake arms. * The brake levers are first generation of areo levers/cable routing. (original brake hoods and top caps on both levers) * Wheel Set: C record hubs front and rear, 32 holed. DT spokes. Mavic MA 40 Rim on the front and a new MA 3 on the rear. (suntour superb freewheel 6 speed. must have purchased on sale...) Bar, Stem and Saddle: * Cinelli handle bar Criterium: 65/42. 42cm wide. * Cinelli stem: 1R areo model with internal wedge * Saddle: San Marcos Rolls, state of the art back in 87. What's missing: * tires and tubes. handlebar tape. * cables and housing. * the crank arm bolts are not original, replaced later during a overhaul. (should be able to purchase on ebay!) * I have the brake blocks and holders, for the front brake, the nuts and washers are missing, as is the cable adjuster. (youre local pro shop will have these) rear brake is complete. * Throw in extra: campy dust cap removal tool for the hubs.


This Buy-It-Now auction ended eleven minutes after it started. That's a strong indicator that this bike was under-priced.

I like the old-style downtube graphic and single color paint scheme on this bike, it has a very purposeful look. With a little effort and minor expense, the buyer will have an unusual, desirable Merckx worth maybe twice what this went for.

The authoritative Merckx Serial Number database is a subsidiary of tearsforgears.com, home of the best Merckx info on the web.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Merckx Week: EDDY MERCKX TRACK TIME TRIAL FRAME CAMPAGNOLO DROPOUTS !! PROTOTYPE !!





Sold: $790 including shipping.

!! only one frame of this type exists worldwide !!

DARK BLUE COLOR
600c FRONTWHEEL 24"
700c REARWHEEL 28"

from the 90s. the frame is in good condition with few chips. this frame was special produced by eddy merckx for a pro race driver. the saddle tube is very special at the top with an extension and two seat bolts. it was made for more stability for a large driver.


The double seat binder is really odd; I wonder what they were trying to solve with this solution.

We're a long way from this time trial bike here.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Merckx Week: 1969 Masi Faema Colors Eddy Merckx Replica


Please pardon this shameless re-blogging...

Although I just saw it, Sexy Race Bikes wrote about this amazing bike last month, saying:

Alberto Masi built this frame with original left-overs from the back of the Vigorelli shop in 2008. Note the cut-out chain stays.

Noted! Click the pictures or see the original post for more and larger photos.

Where have we seen those chainstays before?

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Merckx Week: Young Axel Merckx's Personal Framesets



Merckx week continues with two framesets reported to have belonged to an amateur Axel Merckx:

c1984 MERCKX FRAME SET 48cm =nice= Axel's bike?: Sold, $626 including shipping.

Merckx Road Frame Set Dating from ca. 1984

AXEL is stamped on the bottom bracket

Is this Axel Merckx' bike when he was 12 years old??? I bought this bike in Belgium. Columbus tubing Chromed front forks Nicely pantographed Little signs of use; visible in the photos

Height: 48cm (19 inch) center-center

Top tube length: 50cm (19.70 inch) center-center

On Nov-24-08 at 08:44:52 PST, seller added the following information:


As someone told me very kindly this frame set is older than 1984.

The name script on the seat stays and fork crown dates it as ca.1980. The shifter cable routing above the BB dates it as pre-1983. It must have been resprayed and fitted with later transfers.

I've asked Axel Merckx if he can remember this bike ! I'll keep you informed.

Nov-26-08:
Q: have you heard from Axel? concering the frame
A: No, not yet. It's 3 days ago now that I sent him a message...


EDDY MERCKX PROFESSIONAL 7-ELEVEN TEAM FRAME SIZE 63: Sold, $858 including shipping.


EDDY MERCKX PROFESSIONAL 7 - ELEVEN TEAM

SEAT TUBE C/C =63 cm
TOP TUBE C/C = 56 cm

OVERALL CONDITION IS STILL VERY GOOD, BUT THERE IS SOME DAMAGE ON THE TOP OF THE SEAT TUBE NEAR THE REYNOLDS DECAL - SEE PICTURE. THIS BICYCLE WAS SPECIALY MADE FOR AXEL MERCKX - THIS IS A ONE OF A KIND BICYCLE ! AS MERCKX ONLY MADE 1 OF THESE, THIS IS AN EXTREME HARD TO FIND COLLECTORS ITEM !!!!!

Nov-21-08:

Q: As an owner of 7 Merckx frames and bikes dating back to 1985 I was wondering when Axel Merckx actually used this bike. In 1989 he was only 17 and did not turn pro until 1993 ( Motorola) he was never a member of 7-eleven. Besides the old books and brochures I have on Merckx frames show the team issue bikes to have chromed seat and chain stays. This is a differat color scheme, though the serial number indicates this bike was made in 1989. Please provide more info please.

A: hello, THIS IS THE STORY OF THE FRAME : we bought this frame a few years ago. the previous owner (a MERCKX dealer) told us that the frame had belonged to AXEL MERCKX. as it is a large frame, that could be possible. so I sent an email with some pictures and the BB number, to the MERCKX factory to ask them if this was true. a few days later they answered : 'de patron' as EDDY is called by his mechanics, confirmed that this frame was made for his son AXEL ! he also confirmed that the bicycle was still 100 % original !!!!. it is, as you say, true that AXEL never was a member of the 7-eleven team. he only used this bicycle for training. he also confirmed that the bicycle was sold after some time to a MERCKX dealer. THE SAME DEALER FROM WHOM WE BOUGHT THE FRAME !!! As I say in the description : this is a bicycle that was specialy made for AXEL : a one of a kind !!!!! A PRESENT FROM THE GREATEST TO HIS SON !!! normaly they did not use Reynolds tubes but Colombus. also the fork was normaly chromed. I can send you the MERCKX email, but of course it is in dutch. Hope I answered your question well. thanks for visiting my auction and thanks for asking. Kind regards, Karl


Axel would have been about 8 years old when the first frame was built, so the size could be right. I was surprised by the radically short top tube on the later bike. 63x56 is a very strange combination. Maybe his proportions evened out as he grew up.

Can't know for sure, but I don't think that the Axel provenance really impacted the selling price of these frames much. A 753 Merckx in 7-11 colors is a valuable frame, and 48's are hard to find. These are riders, not wall hangers, with a little bit of cool history thrown in.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Merckx Week: EDDY MERCKX DECAL / STICKER - NOS - NIP

For no particular reason, I'm going with an Eddy Merckx theme this week. Let's start off easy.

Seller zairebunia has several vintage Eddy stickers up right now.

NOS - NIP EDDY MERCKX DECAL / STICKER DIMENSIONS : 8 X 15.5 cm

DATES BACK TO THE 70's. THESE ARE ORIGINAL DECALS - NO REPRODUCTION! IN THIS NEW CONDITION RARE AND HARD TO FIND COLLECTORS ITEM OF THE GREATEST BICYCLE RACER EVER : WINNER OF: 5 X TOUR DE FRANCE - 5 X GIRO - 4 X WORLD CHAMPION - 524 VICTORIES ON THE ROAD !!!!


Buy-It-Now: $9.12 including shipping.

Buy-It-Now: $7.85 including shipping.

Buy-It-Now: $9.75 including shipping.