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!

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

Gan solo…!

https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/976/cpsprodpb/7B43/production/_118855513_mediaitem118855071.jpg (photo credit: Terry Blackburn) No, not a typo. All will be revealed below! Imagine my surprise when Twitter and the BBC News lit up this week with crowdsourced paparazzi spotting Harrison Ford in cycling gear, in Newcastle upon Tyne and Northumberland. It must be pretty creepy to be monitored and documented constantly (which I'm … Continue reading Gan solo…!

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

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

Fondriest Xstatus 16.5 (early 2000s)

A new acquisition, soon to enter the workshop. This one is in need of a little TLC (it wouldn’t be fun if it didn’t) and definitely seems a “diamond in the rough”. As far as I can tell it’s an unusual early 2000s frame with Dedacciai EOM 16.5 steel tubing (the thinnest and lightest they … Continue reading Fondriest Xstatus 16.5 (early 2000s)