Hannes Wessels in Cape Town, South Africa has a very unique Bianchi that was rescued from the dustbin, repaired and repainted as a tribute to the Ducati Panigale Speciale. A beautiful looking bike with a great story.
With the UCI banning aero positions at the moment, it's very nice to look back at a time trial machine from the 80's. Neville's TT machine is a classic of its time and doesn't need any UCI approval as it 'was last used in anger in 1999'. This is a real Raleigh low-pro classic.
Normally associated with Ferrari, today's Readers' Rig is instead a Lamborghini styled Colnago C50 modified by its owner for his ultimate ride. A highly original custom paint job, Campagnolo record gearing, Zipp wheels and a light weight are just some of the features of this unique ride.
As a lover of high end bikes, our reader Andy from Connecticut was always going to get a special bike when he went bike shopping but instead of just another off the shelf option he instead went all out with a sweet custom Favaloro Puma XLIGHT from Italy decked out with full Campag Super Record of course. Bellissimo!
A big mix of gifts today: Castelli Alpha ROS 2 jacket, Velo’s Angel TT saddle, Alé men and women's long sleeve jersey, Basso Diamante SV bike, Lazer G1 MIPS helmet, Sports Optical direct lens technology, BlenderBottle Strada Protein Shaker, Campagnolo classic cycling cap, MOST Iron 6 multi-tool and Focus Formula from Fx Chocolate.
Officine Mattio (Mattio Workshop) is the largest Italian brand that you’ve never heard of, located in what I think is the most under-appreciated region in Italy for incredible cycling, Piemonte. Here’s the latest OM1, from the company pushing to keep cycling manufacturing INSIDE Italy.
Into December and the gift count-down is on: The Campagnolo BIG corkscrew, La Passione CC merino, Selle Italia Flite saddles, REAP Hyperbike, Bike Hugger bottle, Sealskinz waterproof glove, Silca Seat Roll Asymmetrico with BOA and Goldwin women’s long tights.
Peter Gowan has what has become quite a collectors item, a Kirk Precision frame made of magnesium. At the end of the 80s magnesium was the future... but then carbon came along. Peter has one of the few Kirk bikes still in existence, a fine example of the art.
It's good to see a sensible bike for the winter and wet days with mudguards, but also one that looks right stripped down for the sun. Adnan in Portland has a custom Drummond Columbus tubed frame built up with Campagnolo kit. A real beauty.