If your superyacht gym is full…

Here's an interesting oddity I spotted in Italy this summer. I've never seen one before, but apparently it's called a "Bikeboat Up", made by Chiliboats. If you ever ride on one of these you're certainly going to attract some attention!

Battle of the lightest Italian steel frames: Colnago Tecnos vs Fondriest Xstatus 16.5

How does the lightest steel tubing made by Columbus and Dedacciai compare. In this blog post, let's find out!

This is a stretch…

As you may have also noticed, it’s fairly typical to see second hand bikes for sale with unusual set ups. Handlebars might be in an odd position, or the saddle might be at a jaunty angle, but this bike is at the weirder end of the setup spectrum. An otherwise nice Guerciotti (a fairly uncommon … Continue reading This is a stretch…

Fondriest Xstatus 16.5 restoration complete & retro bike review

If you've been following this restoration project, you'll know I picked up an early 2000s steel-carbon Fondriest road bike, and felt the need to restore this handbuilt Italian charmer to something approaching its former glory. At the very least I couldn't let something so special get trashed or converted into a fixie and end up … Continue reading Fondriest Xstatus 16.5 restoration complete & retro bike review

Hot off the press…

If you've followed the blog for a while, you'll know one of the things I enjoy is how many different engineering solutions there are for more or less the same thing. In the world of bikes and cycling technology, frame design is one of those many variables, and here's an interesting one I hadn't seen … Continue reading Hot off the press…

Check out the Velobricollection!

This week I finally got to adding a new page to the blog. A sort of virtual museum, highlighting the various road bikes currently in my collection, and a few that have moved on to new owners. Check it out and let me know what you think! https://velobrico.wordpress.com/the-velobricollection/

Fondriest Xstatus 16.5 (early 2000s) restoration part 3: Mavic Aksium Elite wheel service, freehub and cartridge bearings

I recently picked up a new project bike, an early 2000s Fondriest steel-carbon hybrid road bike, made of super-light Dedacciai EOM 16.5 tubing. Like most strays, this one looked rather sad and in need of attention to resurrect the goodness! On its first decent test ride (56kms, 760m climbing, 65km/h descents) I noted a couple … Continue reading Fondriest Xstatus 16.5 (early 2000s) restoration part 3: Mavic Aksium Elite wheel service, freehub and cartridge bearings

Vintage Gaggia MDF grinder restoration

Last year, as a covid-boredom-inspired project, I picked up two sets of vintage Gaggia espresso machines and grinders, all advertised as non-functional. Having got the espresso machine working, I set to the grinder, which appeared to work fine, but after goodness knows how many years without a clean, it really deserved some attention. It’s clear … Continue reading Vintage Gaggia MDF grinder restoration

Fondriest Xstatus 16.5 (early 2000s) restoration part 2: the basics

I recently picked up this early 2000s stray, in need of some care to bring it back to its former glory. Having picked it up and given it a once over, it was clear the fundamentals were sound. It's easy to overlook major frame problems in the excitement of a new bike purchase, so do … Continue reading Fondriest Xstatus 16.5 (early 2000s) restoration part 2: the basics

Fondriest Xstatus 16.5 (early 2000s) restoration part 1: the starting point

It’s always easier to start a new project than finish the ten already started. Trawling those internet adds for interesting opportunities is always fun. Which led to this purchase, an early 2000s Fondriest Xstatus. Fondriest is one of those well respected Italian bike brands, but that only geeks seem to know. Not really a household … Continue reading Fondriest Xstatus 16.5 (early 2000s) restoration part 1: the starting point