Velobrico: looking back at 2021

Many of us ended 2020 thinking "good riddance", and full of hope for 2021. This year certainly was better than the last, despite covid still gatecrashing our party, and hanging around! Still, many things thankfully returned to normal and overall it's been an active year for me. Strava tells me I did 234hrs of activity … Continue reading Velobrico: looking back at 2021

The black art of printer repair: fixing the Brother MFC-J4410DW ink absorber and standby circuit issues

A guide to fix a Brother MFC-J4410DW inkjet printer displaying commonplace ink absorber and standby circuit issues

Vintage Baby Gaggia 1970s espresso machine restoration part 2: Yeah baby!

We complete the restoration of a vintage 1970s Gaggia Baby espresso machine and discover, coffee nirvana!

Motobecane Eclair 1986 (update 2)

In this post, we progress a little further on the French commuter road bike

Shimano Dura Ace PD-7900 pedal repair

A guide to servicing and adjusting Dura Ace PD-7900 road pedals

Fondriest Xstatus 16.5 restoration complete & retro bike review

A real world review of the Fondriest X-Status early 2000s road bike.

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

Check out our guide to disassembling, servicing and cleaning an early 1980s Gaggia MDF coffee grinder

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

Some progress and a first test ride for the early 2000s Fondriest X-Status steel frame road bike

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

We get the early 2000s Fondriest X-Status steel road bike project home, check it out and see what needs to be done to get it out on the road