Thursday, September 29, 2011


This two-wheeled beauty is 54 cm center to center.

It has a full Campagnolo Super Record groupo except the Suntour retro friction downtube shifters and Sugino 75 carbon aero brake levers.

The Campy Super Record hubs are laced to Synthesis Ambrosio Super Professional tubular rims. This bike is an Italian racing machine.

Sheldon Brown, who we trust in all things, has a lot of nice things to say about this bike here.

This bicycle is available for purchase. $1,500.

by John Wade

Monday, September 26, 2011

Carlton Professional

This bike is a 56cm center to center Carlton Professional frame from the late 60s. Carlton was a high-end frame-building workshop that was purchased by Raleigh in 1960 and eventually took over all of Raleigh's high-end road builds.

This bicycle was manufactured by Carlton, under the Carlton name. Oddly enough, the Carlton name had too good a reputation for quality, and eventually the "powers that be" at Raleigh decided it was eclipsing the Raleigh brand and making it more difficult to sell Raleigh branded product. So, Raleigh stopped producing bikes under the Carlton name.

This sweet ride has a full Zeus groupo except the Sugino crank (it was probably considered an upgrade at the time, but now we would rather just have all Zeus components).

The Zeus components are highly regarded, and were basically a high-quality Campagnolo knock-off. They also made frames.

This bicycle is available for purchase. $1,200.

by John Wade

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Concord Pro 1 Gets a Face Lift

I acquired and restored this bicycle about 2 years ago. The Pro 1 was the top of the line for Concord. I was wondering why this bike had not sold. As I studied the bike it just had no panash.
So into the rack it went. I had originally left the thick-form bar covers on and wrapped over them with black cloth. The white finish on the paint was rather dull. The brake calipers and cables were just dull and tired looking. Just difficult to get excited about. Soooo......

I took the brake calipers apart for a thorough polishing to a bright shine.

Off came the bar wrap, brake calipers, and cables. A little polishing compound and wax brought the finish on the frame up to standard. Chrome polish to the chrome and now it shines like new.

Yellow, Yellow, Yellow. Replaced the black rivited saddle with a brite yellow one. Yellow cable housing & yellow cloth bar tape with several coats of schellac.