Saturday, February 13, 2010

Detto Pietro Restoration

I finally got around to finishing the Detto Pietro. Repeated attempts to contact DP and find out more about the frame results only in returned, undelivered emails. Internet research finds very little information or documentation about Detto Pietro frames from the 1980's. They seem to be more well known for cycling shoes and helmets and the days of bike racing seem to be a lost period of time. Any information that a reader can provide would be appreciated.

This post will be basically a gallery of the bike as I have created it. I say that because it is not an exclusive component group, but I feel that would modifly it too much from the way my friend had it set up. Bikes are like that for most non-professional racers. Components are used and updated. Wheelsets are swapped. A bike is rarely as it is off the shelf, especially 20+ years after they were introduced. This one in particular was built up for Tom while stationed in Sicily, using parts that were desired, available and affordable. I have put one of my own seats on it because the Vetta was a bit too worn for restoration. A more period seat would be an option. The Wolber Alpine rims laced to Shimano 600 hubs were swapped out for a Campagnolo Record Crono/C-Record wheelset and the Modolo Brake levers changed to Campagnolo Victory to make the group all Campagnolo. This bike is in great shape for the age, and yes, I will ride it gently when the time comes because it must be experienced. Stay tuned for the Merckx Corsa Extra restoration, but for now, enjoy the photos.

Complete Parts List:
Detto Pietro Polare Frame & Bladed Fork (Columbus Tubing)
Campagnolo Record Crono Tubular Rims
Campagnolo C-Record Hubs
Campagnolo Victory Brake Calipers and Levers
Campagnolo Victory Shift Levers (Friction)
Campagnolo Record Headset
Campagnolo C-Record Crankset
Campagnolo C-Record Bottom Bracket
Campagnolo Superleggeri Pedals w/ Alfred Binda Straps
3TTT Record Pantographed Anza Stem
ITM Competition Handlebars
Regina CX Chain
Regina BX Freewheel (6 Speed)
Vittoria Rally Tubular Tires
Primax Seat Post
Thanks to for help identifying and to for help sourcing components.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Italian Lugged Steel

Every bike has a story. Less now than it used to be, but I guess that is the way many things have turned.

Before I was a bike slut I knew that a friend of mine was once stationed in Sicily during his stint in the Navy. It was there that he used to be a criterium racer on the weekends (I would assume). It was the mid 80's when Tom decided to buy a new Italian race bike.

Enter Detto Pietro. Produced in a small shop in Milan, Italy, Detto Pietro started producing quality bikes in 1895. Nearly ninety years later the lugged steel Italian beauty was purchased, raced, and slowly, over time, faded in the owners mind because of the priority shift that hits us all more than a few times in our short lives.

Twenty years later I became the previously mentioned bike slut...with pride. After the Giro d'Italia this year, I became interested in the obsession the Italians have with the biciclette. The weather, scenery and roads made cycling in Italy my favorite adventure so I started researching the history of professional cycling beyond my current knowledge base. I learned that restoring old bikes was profitable, especially if they are Italian Lugged steel frames with complete Campagnolo component groups. Even more so if they are actual race bikes. Vintage classics sounded like a great hobby for me because working on bikes is a hobby of mine. Making money off them would be difficult because I am... a bike slut.

After contacting my friend Tom, I headed out to his house for a beer and a peek at the bike that I knew needed attention. The DP Pantographed Anza Polare F.I.L. ended up coming home with me under the condition that I would not sell it. Here are some photos of it when I got it back to the shop. Notice the abundance of dust and a minimum amount of rust.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Giro d'Italia 2009

My efforts to plan the Nelson 90 quickly took a back seat to a new opportunity. Having considered a cycling vacation for a few years, it seemed slightly out of reach. That is until an acquaintance made it known that he was going to the Giro on a Trek Travel Tour. Very little arm twisting was required, tickets were purchased and the new bathroom at the cabin would be put on hold along with the Nelson 90.

Trek Travel puts on one hell of a gig. Although the main office planning was a bit vague for the money put forth, the guides and the experience made up the slack. Leanne, Christian and Jake, you have my respect and admiration. Unbelievable guides in a Grand Tour setting makes the trip of a lifetime. No... Wait. That is such a cliche. I can't call it a trip of a lifetime because it was SOOOO good, that I will have to do it again! If there is any way to request the three individuals you see below for a Trek Travel Adventure, do it!

To Hans and David, thanks for letting me tag along. What fantastic group all around. I managed to see all the cycling greats of the modern age.

Lance, sure!

Levi, of course.

But did you know about Carlos Sastre,

Jens Voigt,

Dave Zabriski (DZNuts)

and Ted King? Yes, Ted King! An American in Italy working for my man Carlos. Instant respect. Well Done Ted, Well Done!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Slowly Into Form

The mild Spring has gotten everyone excited about riding. I guess it has been fortunate for me that the weather is cooperating or I would probably still be in an unmotivated funk...

Sixty mile weeks turn into 70, and then into 90 and now into 100 as the number of rides goes up. The familiar feeling in my legs is back, an ache of pain that feels good. One flight of stairs leaves me light headed and dizzy. I have never understood that... A fifty mile ride can leave me physically fine and mentally excited, yet I have trouble with a single flight of stairs?

At 168 pounds I am still 10 pounds over my target racing weight. This is of little concern to me now that the desire to ride has returned. My diet has been slowly coming down in caloric intake and becoming more balanced so I know it is just a matter of time. Although the trip to Jamaica with Scope added seven pounds in seven days (gluttony), it will hopefully come off fast.

These markers, in mileage and weight, may seem odd but they can only be described as benchmarks from previous years. By serious cyclists standards, the mileage is low and the weight varies by individual. I may never win a race, but it is not my career, merely a passion.

As the schedule takes shape there is one serious flaw. The envelope containing 4 entries into the Chequamegon 40 (including mine) was not selected in this years lottery. The season ending race with my friends from Chicago, Marquette and local areas will not happen. This is the first time in 6 or 7 years that I have missed the cut. I hope that we still continue the tradition and get together that weekend to ride trails, party and view the race as spectators for once.

This morning it is raining, and I should be watching the Amstel Gold Race on Versus, but they have chosen not to cover that race this year. They will also not be covering the Giro d' Italia. What a big mistake. You see them hyping the Tour de France with commercials when Lance's real desire is the Giro this year. Sure, he may be up there, but I think if all goes well for Contador, the Tour de France will be his race to lose.

Today is about yard work and trail work in the light rain falling. I must be prepared so there are no excuses when the weather is nice. It looks like later this week we might hit 80 degrees and it is still April. It was only a few short weeks ago that there was still snow on the ground. Things are happening fast...

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Bikes, Beer and... Babes?

This is rediculous. Blogging is not that easy when your personality doesn't give a shit. Arguably the worst season, no, make that the first season where I went backwards in progress. It hurts the ego. After letting the season die, I decided to take a brake and recharge.
What does a guy do in an extended offseason? Brew beer I guess.
What did you expect, that I would actually get to editing the videos from the 24/9 or the Chequamegon. Yes I wore my helmet cam and would like to get to both video segments, but until I get a video compatibility problem fixed and find the time to edit it, I think it will wait. Adobe Premiere Pro does not like the audio on the camera file. I would assume that audio would be good and if you know me and video editing, I will not just put the raw file on the internet. Some day I might get to it, but until then, I have rekindled an old passion...brewing. I have pictures to post soon.

For those of you wondering, my buddy is doing fine after thyroid cancer surgery. It was fun to see him and long overdue.

Brew on until you can Ride on. Babes will have to wait.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Blog This

Who has time? Time shows no mercy. I was at the Seeley Lions Pre-Fat race in Seeley Wisconsin talking to Ron Raymond and he suggested that there should be an award for people with jobs and families because we never have time to train like the ones winning. I thought it was a valid point until they called his name up on the Podium. Then I realized that I wouldn't win that award either. Then again, why should he win it if he can get on the podium and has a job and family? Oh well, I am okay with the fact that I am an average Mountain Biker. I did finish in the top half in the Expert Class. It was a very rough and satisfying race. Coming off a week straight at the cabin, it is a wonder I even finished.

My son entered the Cub Race and had little boy tip over on him at the start. He was dead last, even behind a trike. Teetering on the edge of tears, "suck it up and catch them" exited my mouth while giving him a push start. He impressed me that day by doing a great job at fighting back, passing many before the short race finished. Pride.

Back to the lack of blogging time. So much has happened, it seems pointless to go through it all.

I golfed in my work related event and my back managed to stay in. All the same, I visited the chiropractor the next morning after too much to drink. I had to finish packing with a serious hangover and then it was off to 24/9. I will post details, video and pictures when I have the time to get it done.

Another post I want to do is the Rock Lake Cluster and the taking of Mr. Kay's ear. Good stuff.

I built a mini ramp in the workshop. Sort of an afterthought to the skateboard I bought my son for his birthday. That would make a nice blog as well.

The Cheq 40 is approaching fast and that will be another post if I don't break my leg on the mini ramp. I'll be back soon...

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Two Races Down

The Cable Area Off Road Classic is usually a race I look forward to. This spring it was met with anticipation as the first race, but that was mixed with dread because I was not in the shape I was in in Mid-March. I finished 8 minutes slower than last year. That is an eternity considering I would have liked to shave 3-5 minutes off the previous time. There is little consolation in the fact that everyone seemed to go a bit slower this year.

I was a techno geek on the start line, trying to get my new Vholdr camera dialed in, and fumbling with the Garmin GPS. I still have not had time to upload the video I took of the race. When I do figure it out, I will post a bit of the footage.

The first WORS race of the season for me was #3 in Wausau at 9-Mile. I loaded up my new race rig Karma (see photo) for a late departure on Saturday. Leaving great weather was not good for my kids, but it was also good for racing. Just over two hours on the road and I met Mr. Kay for a pre-ride. He was racing with his three boys, brother in law and nephew Long Hair. Bobby T also made the trip for is first MTB race in about ten years.

It was a fast course....too fast. Ron and I must have missed the rock garden. Over dinner with the Kay Klan, I was convinced of this. Back at 9-Mile, Karma proved to be an excellent rig for camping. I am not sure I have slept that well in a while. Two vehicles down was another Westy, camping with his family. Brian and I had a chat about the VW's and how much fun they were. I was now more confident in my purchase/investment.

Once the race started, I quickly found Mr. Kay ahead of me as usual. I contemplated letting him stay there but the competitive nature got the best of me. On the first real climb, Kay's single speed lagged a bit and I passed him.... immediately regretting it. Settling into my mid race complacency, I was passed by Russell, and knew that Kay would be sucking his wheel. A quick glance back at the end of lap two confirmed my suspicions. That look was enough to boost me I guess and a 36 minute lap yielded me only 30 seconds on Kay. I think if he would have been on a geared bike he would have toasted me.

Speaking of toast. Long Hair Kay roasted the Comp Class for geared bikes. Nice Job out there!

The photo of the start is Bobby T's race. He finished in good shape despite leaving a bit of blood on the trail. Welcome back Bob!

Thanks to Twin Six for chatting with me. I wear your apparel proudly fellas. See you at the 24-9 Ryan and Brent.