Schorly not?

A new arrival to the Velobrico workshop, an early 2000s (?) Schor. I know very little about this bike. Swiss manufacturer. Frame presumably carbon, reminiscent of the Giant TCR Composite. Awesome groupset… To be honest I never got over selling the Campagnolo Record carbon shifters and periodically reminisced about them, so now as well as … Continue reading Schorly not?

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)

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/

A black cat!

Still more crazy framed bikes for sale locally. I’m a sucker for naked carbon, but... Those handlebars look like an electricity pylon! Those tri-spoke carbon blade wheels could chop your arm clean off! That saddle though, what a work of art! No idea how that derailleur works. If indeed this has any gears? You sure … Continue reading A black cat!

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

More oddness!

The weird frames just keep coming. The super weird head tube, the droopy handlebars. And the colour matched green tyres... This one makes me positively queasy 😆