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  • Thanks for everyones support and condolences.

  • This De Rosa Aerodynamica Pista arrived the other day, I'd been watching it on eBay for a month or so, and as mad as it sounds I felt a bit sorry for it, was built up with fair-enough parts but it looked fucking hideous,

    Anyways, as soon as it arrived I put some more track biased parts on it to give it a little dignity back,
    It's become my favourite bike, quite enjoying searching for worn-in parts to match it's knackered paint,
    I could restore it but it always seems a shame, I like a survivor...


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  • And this Nagasawa arrived yesterday,
    It's not finished as I don't like the White seat/grips, so I'm thinking about ordering a Black Kashimax Aero Suede and some Soyo Black grips,
    Build is all NJS as far as my limited knowledge knows, everything has the NJS stamp anyways,
    Some parts were from the white Samson, dunno whether to keep the Samson or not,
    Pedals were NOS boxed, from UK Ebay!! they weren't even listed as NJS but the stamp is there,

    Sparkly paint is very sparkly.


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  • Woah! Those two are both stunning.

  • Lovely builds - don’t know much about track bikes but they look the biz.
    Are there any velodromes in steel city that you could give them a blast on?

  • Cheers!

    I've never ridden any of them, I tried to ride a fixed gear bike years ago and hated it,theres have an electric mtb that I ride every now and again, would love to visit a velodrome though,

    These things are just aesthetic objects to me, I like the bare simplicity of them, I find them elegant I guess, they'll find other homes eventually, I'm just a custodian for a while, the Colnago will be the last to go,

    thanks again for peoples kind words,

  • You should make the trip to Manchester or derby with one of those. Manchester has the indoor bmx and a pump track in the park next door so you could give the whole fleet a good time!

    As an aside- Have you heard of ‘ride for charlie’? Nick Craig set it up after his son died suddenly. Great charity helping support young bike riders. I’m sure nick would correspond if you felt it might help, or put you in touch with someone more local.

  • Great looking Bikes, the De Rosa Aerodynamica Pista is a stunner and I agree that it looks way better with some Patina, definitely don't repaint it :) Not sure if period correct is your goal or not but I thought I'd share some info on two of your campagnolo seatpost. The Seatpost on the De Rosa is a late 80s Chorus Seatpost, a fluted Super Record with 1 Bolt would be the period correct option.

    While the seatpost on the Colnago looks very similar to the one above, just without the fluting, it actually is a later Campagnolo Record model which was part of the 8 speed Record groupset in the mid 90s.

    The period correct option would be the same 1-bolt fluted super record seatpost as the one above. Unfortuantely these are quite hard to find in 27.2 these days...

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