Eddy Merckx Team Motorola MX Leader Time Trial

Picked this up yesterday from a fellow collector , (thanks again Peter!) , an Eddy Merckx MX Leader time trial frameset , with Columbus MXL tubing…

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I picked up an ITM Dual time trial cockpit and a set of Dura ace7402 brake levers..

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The Robin Williams Bicycle Collection auction

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The late Robin Williams was a rider and prolific collector..

“In total, 87 bicycles from Williams’ collection are being auctioned off. Proceeds will be donated to two charities Williams supported: The Challenged Athletes Foundation and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. ” source Mashable

The auction is being hosted online by Paddle8 , and amongst the 87 bicycles is a Colnago x L ‘ Carrera Futura Pista , possibly what will be the highest yielding of that limited number of frame sets.

Mr Antonio Colombo and saarf.london

Whilst at the Colnago factory , I told the saint that made it happen , Laura , that I’d ridden a Cinelli Laser tandem at L’Eroica XX Gaiole , that weekend just past…

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,thanks and respect to Colombus brand manager Federico Stanzani for making this happen, a true L’Eroica Hero, I met him on the 137km first feed stop with an slr camera over his back,( great to meet you Federico ) , pictured below with my ‘Concurse D’ Elegance 2016 ‘ enterant , a 1984 Colnago Super CX , made with Columbus steel…

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Laura said she’d worked with Mr Antonio Colombo himself , and that his art gallery  maybe of interest….so off I went…

img_3119  I was greeted by Mr Colombo’s assistant , who showed me round the gallery , and very kindly let me picture this, one of 21 Cinelli Laser Pista , signed by Mr Colombo..

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 I was then introduced to Mr Antonio Colombo himself…

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Mr Colombo was kind enough to talk with me for a while, a truly amzing man, we talked about what he’s doing with Red Hook, Mike Giant, and the Mash crew , and a little about art, a true inspiration to me, to be with him and Mr Colnago on the same day is something I will never forget, I just wish I asked Mr Colombo about his time with Keith Haring.

Thanks to Laura @ Colnago, Federico @ Columbus

Mr Colombo’s asssitants,

and Mr Colombo, thank you for your patience and hospitality, and thanks for the joy you bring!

Mr Ernesto Colnago, his factory and saarf.london

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After I completed the 137 km and ‘Concurse D’ Elegance’ at L’Eroica XX Gaiole 2016,

I went to the Colnago factory , where I was greeted by Laura , and left my bike in the work shop  area.

I asked if she minded answering a few questions and she very kindly introduced me to Alex Colnago , who was also very , very kind by letting me ask him a few questions .

The first I asked was if there are any distinctive marks on Gloria race bikes circa the mid ’60’s which would indicate his Uncles hand , sadly there are none.

I could have sat for years talking to Alex about his Uncle and the brand , but did not want to take up too much of his time , Laura then led me into the musuem…

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I was floating on air just being on the premises to be honest , so did not have

the presence of mind to be on point with picture quality , so please forgive …

these are the C40’s that smashed the Hell Of The North..

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and a Gloria Mr Colnago himself rode when he raced…

I was left alone to take some more (poor) images , and did not want to overimpose on

such hospitality by spending too long , so I left , and went back , thanking Alex and Laura

then , it happend

Laura said words I will never forget…

“Mr Colnago is in his office now, you can go and see him…”

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such an amazing man , I was like a little boy , I pledged my loyalty and said I would never let him down .

Thank you Laura for making it happen , thank you Alex for your patience with me ,

and Mr Colnago , thank you for the joy you bring.

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saarf.london @ “Concurse D’ Elegance” L’Eroica XX 2016 , Gaiole , Chianti

My first L’Eroica, Gaiole ride, and I made the ‘concurse’….

I arrived on the friday afternoon, and soaked up the vibe…

 There were over 7100 bicycles in the whole event , and this year , the XX aniversary event , was the first year of the ‘Concurse D’Elegance’ , less than 100 bicycles made it, including my Colnago Super CX…

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the bike faced serious competition..

I was blessed with the company of two other qualifiers from the U.K., Bob with his beautiful Hetchins who achieved 3rd place !!!

and Dave with a beautiful Gios Torino ,  seen in the crowd here in his Brooklyn jersey..

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Dave’s Gios Torino won an award as well i think…

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so I was over the moon that my two new friends won, I never expected anything , I was just happy being there…

On Sunday, I did the 137 km ride…here with a 6 a.m. start..

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and at the finish , after two downhill crashes and a few hill walk ups..

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