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!?!