Tuesday, February 10, 2015

52 Years Ago The Human Locomotive Ran Out of Coal...

This Radiocorsa tribute ran two years ago. OK, so it didn't take me the whole time to do the subtitles, but things sort of rand away from me... here it is.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

More Ferrari Bikes By Colnago

After my last post, I dug a little deeper in the archives to find more Ferraris.

The 2003 CF3

The CF3 presented to Schumi. Not sure where I got it, but I have this as a photo!

Going back in time, I presume, to the 2002 CF2 mtb?

Caption says only 500 were made. I'm assuming this is same-generation CF2 road.

I think this last one is from Bicycle Guide, May 1988. "Ernesto Colnago's latest masterpiece, developed with the assistance of Ferrari Engineering, is constructed of carbon fiber tubing joined to fiber lugs. Power transmission is handled by an eight-speed gearbox controlled by a single lever; braking is hydraulic. Current plans call for the 18.7-pound prototypes to be tested in professional competition before production models are offered to the public late next year."

And from around the web...

Never saw this one before, but Ochsner is selling this Ferrari tandem for $29,999!

Another one that must have passed me by. Is this actually a Colnago?

Ferrari Prologo saddle?!? Bravo, Salvatore!

Finally, check out this page for more drool-worthy carbon from Italy

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Just Ordered A Ferrari With Custom Leather...

OK, sorta!

I had a Selle Italia Ferrari Novus saddle back in 1997 and loved it. It looked great on my Saeco CAAD3 back when that was cool (and top of the line). I just found a bargain on eBay, as it was very used and scuffed. No problem, that's where Mick from Busyman Bicycles comes in. I've admired his work for some time now and it was just a quick email exchange and paypal transfer to convince him to make the Masini Ferrari saddle! He's booked through November (I'm in the wrong business I guess) but may make an exception for me.

I put my best hack photoshop skills to the test and designed the following...

Should flow with my top tube. Note the reverse-embossed lion!

So there are really just two car brands worth discussing, right? Somehow, Ernesto Colnago convinced those of the prancing horse (does everyone know the story of Francesco Baracca and the Ferrari logo?) to collaborate on bicycles some twenty five years ago. I wasn't able to do the same with Lamborghini, although I did have a number of productive meetings with them at their factory... and what a factory it is! Props to BMC for pulling them in... making decisions can be easy when you really want to do something! But enough griping, I do enough of that offline.

So it's back to the archive I go. Always one to save Italian bike porn, here are some of my favorites.

THAT is how you tease a product! Cover it, and lend the fastest name in the world to it.
These copywriters had it easy!

Anatomia e stile, indeed. No translation necessary.

Save those box tops!

Remember these guys?

I could easily be talked into a V1-r

Hell, even a Colnago mtb... the CF12

"Speed With Style". These guys barely changed the headline!
Anything for an excuse to put a Ferrari in the picture. But really... Vetta!?!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

And a Tribute to Coppi...

I've had this design for four years now. I finally have a use for it. I'm going out on a limb here to say that Paul and Dylan will be the only toddlers with Fausto Coppi / Campagnolo Cambio Corsa t-shirts on...

Front is the design of the two levers and translates to "... good enough for Fausto, good enough for me" while the back states "All I need are two levers and four gears".

l'Eroica T-Shirts for the Boys!

Dylan and Paul will be supporting me in style in a couple of weeks, sporting these one-off Cicli Masini supporter t-shirts I just made.

"Forza, Babbo" is a very Tuscan "Go, Daddy!" while "te brüsa tanto 'l cü!" is a take on the Ganna quote of "my ass is on fire!" This time, however, it's "your butt is on fire!" just to keep it safe for the under-two crowd.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Cicli Masini Welcomes New Sponsor Challenge Strada Biancha Tires!

A business friend from way back in the Saeco days when his Oval TT forks and bars, Morgan Nicol is another one of those really connected guys in the pro road team world. He was the one who introduced me (and Cannondale at the time) to the 3M team in Belgium as well. Now with Challenge, Morgan and I were discussing all the latest team movements at Interbike when I noticed the Strada Bianca on display.

"If you're going over to l'Eroica again, why don't you try these," said Morgan. And just like that, I was trying to talk my way out of the show with a pair of tubulars wrapped around my neck. Good thing I had an exhibitor badge on (from a competing tire company, no less). So with that, I'm proud to announce that I'm "officially sponsored" by Challenge tires for l'Eroica! Thanks, Morgan!

I told him about my trip to Italy after the Tour this summer where I found my new wooden rimmed wheels in a potato-chip like state. I jokingly asked if he had any super-curvy tubulars in the warehouse but fortunately, Challenge tires has a bit more production control than that!

The one thing you need when you have wide wooden rims is a set of fat, strong tubulars with wide tape (you don't want the tire casing to be glued down or rub on the edge of the rim). These should work perfectly, if only the guys who threw tacks down in 2012 decide to give it a rest this year.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

HandCraftedNOBrand Shoes!

Even more l'Eroica preparation, this time for the feet. I've been using an old pair of cheap black leather cycling replica shoes with a plastic sole... and velcro straps! When they're hidden in the clips and straps, it's not too offensive, but this year I've decided to go all in...

Hand-crafted in Padova by Sergio Calegher and Simone Segalin in their shop that dates back to 1934, these shoes are perfectly-reproduced 1920's shoes that may last me through all my future l'Eroicas. They use antique tools, methods and only the best material. Just a Facebook message away, they responded today with a posting of my finished shoes ready to pick up in Gaiole. They even made a second pair to ensure I was in love with the style and fit.

HandCraftedNOBrand can be found here. Order yours now and you may get them in time for l'Eroica! Don't let the price of their fashion shoes and boots scare you away... I may start saving up for a pair of those now!

Getting the boys ready for l'Eroica!

Yeah, I said it. Crazy or not, we're taking the boys to Europe in a couple of weeks while they still fly 'free'. Quotations because I'm not so sure $1000 in taxes on free tickets qualifies as 'free' anymore.

We're taking the opportunity to see all or most of our Swiss and Italian friends, landing in Zurich and spending a couple days in Basel before heading South to paradise. We'll be at the start of Milano-Torino to see our Milanese friends and the pro cycling crowd, then East to see all my Liquigas-era friends in the Veneto before heading to Tuscany. Janelle has a friend with a 'castle' near Siena, where we'll stay through l'Eroica (I know, nice friend, huh!?!).

That said, in addition to their knickers, poor-boy hats and argyle socks, Dylan and Paul intend to be the best-dressed vintage infants at the event! Some Photoshopping and ironing of logos, and we're now ready for a bit of sewing to make these Stucchi and Bianchi jerseys real!

Paul is already walking a half-dozen steps at a time and we're pretty sure Dylan will take his first steps while in Italy... it's going to be an interesting trip!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cicli Masini SN 2 is almost ready!

This Evo frame has been in the hands of Chuck, my expert painter, for some time now. The good news is that it's almost finished and I can get that EPS group mounted up and get back on the road in time to get 'in shape' (I realise this is a relative term) for l'Eroica!

After this Cicli Masini bike, the Masini Evo should be a worthy follow up!

Matches the jersey perfectly.

Just a little touch up left. But, difficult straight lines on non-straight tubes.