Motobecane Eclair 1986 (update 2)

I haven't posted any update on this project in a long time. A few minor repairs were needed, such as the front light doesn't work. I traced the problem down to a lightly corroded socket, rubbed it with some steel wool and now it works fine. The bar tape was loose but in nice condition, … Continue reading Motobecane Eclair 1986 (update 2)

Shimano Dura Ace PD-7900 pedal repair

Ah Dura Ace, the unobtanium of the bike world. The best of the best. Reserved for the pros. Having Shimano's Dura Ace components on your bike means you are a champ, or at least want to look like one. And perhaps most importantly, that you can afford to! The pros use Dura Ace pedals, can … Continue reading Shimano Dura Ace PD-7900 pedal repair

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

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

Is that structurally sound?

I came across this oddity while scouring local bike ads. I do enjoy an oddity! It's amazing and slightly terrifying in equal measure. Firstly as I've never even heard of a tandem recumbent before (is there a safety reason for that, or is this a stroke of genius?), secondly as this seems to be a … Continue reading Is that structurally sound?

Early 90s Flatera (update)

A little research revealed the origin of the name Flatera. Apparently it was founded in 1988 by Michel Flammer and Hans Temperli who had a bike shop Radsport-Geschäft FLATERA. So that's one mystery solved. Next I'd love to know where the frame originated, as I assume they didn't braze it themselves. Not sure how I'm going … Continue reading Early 90s Flatera (update)

Peugeot Oxford ladies’ bike (update)

So after some solid cleaning, trueing the wheels, cleaning and relubing the chain, faffing about reinstalling the basket (my goodness that was so much more complicated than I bargained for), and installing a new saddle, I think this little stray turned out quite smart after all. Not forgetting I hauled this out of a skip, … Continue reading Peugeot Oxford ladies’ bike (update)