FOR SALE: 1961 Carlton Franco-Suisse Custom

UPDATE: I’m not sure why I haven’t written anything here, but this bicycle is for sale. It’s a 1961 Carlton Franco-Suisse, described as a touring bicycle, but a nice long-rider for day trips or the Eroica-type rider. I purchased this as a favor to the original owner, the brother of a very close friend. This bike was ordered as a custom in Lakeland, Florida in 1961 and is all-original except for some new tape, saddle, and “day-to-day” steel clincher wheels. I do have the original saddle (Brooks B17) and wheels (tubular with Campy hubs) which will be included with the bike.

It’s about a 62cm frame, if I recall. So it’s definitely for the larger rider or collector.

Please feel free to contact me with offers or comments.





FOR SALE: 2006 Flyte XLS 3 Cyclocross 60cm Frame, Fork, etc.

UPDATE: This bicycle is no longer for sale, although I suppose everything has its price, right? Now, the Flyte is fully-built with SRAM Rival, Velocity wheels and disc brakes. It’s a perfect rider for the dirt roads criss-crossing the plantations around Tallahassee, though I still have to go my Pugsley for real sandy stuff. Drop me a line and let’s go get muddy!

Here’s a good example of “best intentions.”

I purchased this frame and fork with the intent of giving cyclocross a shot in the winter of 2005/2006. I built up this bike, then looked at it….all….winter….long. I continued to look at it, hanging on my wall, for the next 2 years. Now, with definite running issues (knee related), I’ve come to realize that I’m just not going to be able to try cyclocross at all. Cycling is great, so I’m going to stick with my MTB and road bikes. No running. No muddy winters in Belgium. No cyclocross.

Anyway, you can have this built-but-not-ridden 2006 Flyte XLS 3 Cyclocross frame, carbon fork, stem, headset, seatpost, and bars for the low price of $450.

What it is:
* 2006 Flyte XLS 3 Cyclocross frame, 6061 Aluminum, 60 cm seat-tube(c-to-seatmast), 61 cm top-tube (effective 59-60cm or so, c-to-c)
* Stays are spread to 133mm, good for either road or MTB hubs (this was a factory option)
* Matching Flyte SLX carbon fork, disc-ready
* Matching 42 cm (c-to-c) Flyte oversize alloy bars, black
* Matching 100mm, 85 degree Flyte stem, black alloy with carbon faceplate
* Matching Flyte alloy seatpost, black
* Cane Creek integrated headset, black
* Frame and fork are disc- and canti-ready (braze-ons for both)
* Three sets of bottle cage braze-ons
* Includes headset brake hanger and rear brake hanger
* Includes seat collar, black

This bike is stiff, light, and very cherry for the guy looking to get into cyclocross with a minimum outlay. Taking this pictures, I’m pretty disgusted with myself for just time-capsuling it and never actually riding it. Pretty sad, really.



SOLD! 1995 Cinelli Super Corsa 58cm

UPDATE: The Cinelli, against my better judgment, was sold. (Thanks, Derek!) If anyone has a Super Corsa with a 58.5 or 59.0cm top-tube–the older the better–I’m certainly open to purchasing another one!

And the second classic sales item:

This is a 1995 Cinelli Super Corsa frame and fork, including a Campagnolo Record Headset. The color is Rosso Ferrari (my favorite). Most people know the Cinelli Super Corsa as one of the stalwarts of classic Italian bicycles. In a world dominated by carbon and aluminum, Columbus-owned maker Cinelli still makes the Super Corsa with lugs and steel, the way fine Italian bikes have been made for years.

If you like steel bikes, this is a steel bike that is guaranteed to please you. It’s fine for racing, riding, or just looking at. There are few things in the cycling world prettier. I have experienced few better rides than those I took with this bicycle. It was my dream bike when I bought it, and it continues to hold my heart and eye as the pinnacle of Italian cycling.

Mine has been ridden a bit. I am not the original owner, and received the bike with a few cosmetic blemishes that have been touched up. There’s nothing startlingly wrong with the bike (see the photos), but a few spots have received touch-up paint. There is no rust on the frame, inside or out.

I am selling this simply to make room for the bikes I’m keeping, at the behest of my dear spouse. This frame is, unfortunately, just too small for me, so I must make room for one with a 59 or 59.5 top-tube.

This is:
* 1995 Cinelli Super Corsa frame and fork
* 58cm seat-tube (c-to-c), 57cm top-tube (c-to-c)
* Made of Columbus Neuron steel
* chromed lugs, seat stays, chain stays, and fork crown
* traditional fastback-style seat stays
* non-original seatpost bolt on one side (don’t know why, but this one is fine)
* includes Campagnolo Record headset in all-alloy
* includes down-tube cable stops (Shimano) if you want to install modern lever/shifter combo
* requires 70mm Italian bottom bracket

Photos show the frame built and unbuilt. The name decal shown has been removed with no damage to the paint.



SOLD: Classic Framesets

So, I’ve finally found the bikes of my dreams, and the rest of these are just languishing away, unridden. My wife, with her own special way, has convinced me that they will be much happier, more-fulfilled bicycles if they are in someone else’s hands. Thus, with no small measure of regret, I introduce my “Frames for Sale” listing.

1985 Vitus 979, 59cm, Almost NOS

First off, a treasure of a Vitus.

This is a 1985 Vitus 979 frame and fork, with headset and seatpost. As you know, Sean Kelly won a pile of victories on these things. I didn’t win squat on this one, as it was purchased new-old-stock in 2004 or so, and hung on the wall with a Mavic group on it as an objet d’art. Yes, it is a bonded aluminum frame and no, the rumors about catastrophic disassembly are just not true, no matter what you heard happened to a “friend of a friend.” These frames are all-aluminum, heated, then bonded together with an adhesive in their lugs. Like most lugged frames, any problems with the bonds become apparent through rattles and other giveaways long before disintegration. I even have the number and address of a guy who’ll take it apart and re-bond it if you’re just freaked out at the prospect.

It’s a bit of a noodle to sprint on, but this translates to serious comfort over the long haul. I’ve rarely found a bike more comfortable; it’s right up there with my Moots Ti and my Kirk Terraplane. Plus, you’ll garner just as many comments and stares about the “cool bike.”

Again, this is:
* 1985 Vitus 979 aluminum frame and fork, 59cm seat-tube (c-to-c), 57.5cm top-tube (c-to-c)
* Ritchey Logic headset
* American Classic 25.0mm seatpost
* 68mm (English) bottom bracket
* anodized red with Mavic decals (easily removable if desired)

SOLD! You can purchase this rare, almost-never-ridden (about 100 miles on it) Vitus 979 for $350, plus shipping. SOLD!








Campagnolo and the aesthetics of cycling

There was a time when Campagnolo could be relied upon to provide the highest level of cycling style. Perhaps it wasn’t bleeding-edge technology, but it was almost invariably a durable yet beautiful component that anyone who fancied themselves a “cycliste” would proudly display on their Made-in-Italy wonderbike. Sure, Suntour and Mavic had a few neat parts, but Campagnolo simply exuded class.

What the heck happened?

Dressing three classic steel Italian bikes (a Cinelli Super Corsa, a Pogliaghi, and a Casati Ellisse), I immediately turned to Campagnolo, then just as quickly turned away.

Gone are the polished alloy cranks and the smoothly-rounded and engraved derailleurs. In their place are carbon fiber and painted labels.

And now, Campagnolo announces 11-speed. If the look of the new levers are any indication, it seems that the next-greatest-thing will renounce all ties with industrial beauty and swear its allegiance to all-form-over-function (as long as form is black). Now we can all look the same, no matter what components we purchase!

As it happens in most businesses, as soon as the void is created, a contender appears to fill it. Leave it to Shimano–who already bucked the trend some years back with the flowing lines of their all-alloy Dura Ace crankset–to introduce the 2009 Dura Ace line. Smooth lines, lots of shine, and clear attention to detail mark this set as the one to own for new bikes with a bit of classic style. Even better, those who want a carbon crankset can get one, but those who don’t can get the alloy. Who’d of thought of that idea? A choice!?

My money is now on Shimano. It works well–very well–and it looks good, too.