The Guerciotti Project: The Reveal
At long last I can share with you the finished product. The whole affair took longer than the gestation period of a human baby (exactly a year, in fact), and like most babies, it was a hell of a lot of fun to make, then almost broke my back, and, in spite of a multitude of imperfections, I love it to pieces.
For those of you who followed the build, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. For those that didn’t, and as a reminder to the rest, here is where we started.
In spite of ‘great bones’ – not so pretty, but we all knew that with some lipstick and a little loving, she had real potential. This was my first ‘bike makeover’ (the guys hate it when I call it that). I detailed all of the steps of the build here in the blog, and even added a specific category here. So if you want to know the whole story and have some time on your hands (like if you’re in jail or something) go ahead and give it a read.
With the eternal winter finally over, I send my newest minion Mark out yesterday to take pictures of the finished bike, which I brought to HQ in my car, wrapped in sixteen layers of bubble wrap.
So without further ado, here she is in all her splendid purpleness.
Here are the bike geek particulars:
Stem and Handlebars – Ambrosio (Natural Cycle)
Brake hoods and levers – TRP Tektro (new)
Decals – Cyclomondo, Australia
Front wheel – Ambrosio (donated by Coach Rick)
Tyres – Panaracer Paselas (new)
Crank & 53 Chainring – Gipiemme (came with frame)
Brakes – Campagnolo (donated by Brad Enns)
Back Wheel – Mavic (donated by Coach Rick)
Freewheel Hub – Campagnolo (new)
Seatpost – Campagnolo (donated by Coach Rick)
Saddle – Selle San Marco Royale (donated by Andrew at Natural Cycle)
DT Shifters – Campagnolo (Recycle a Bicycle, New York)
There is nothing terribly fancy or expensive about this bike. But every single piece of it has a story, and roughly a million people helped make this build possible. First, Johnny S. and Cheryl who wanted this frame to get some TLC.. Brad helped get the stem unstuck and donated brakes. D.O.D and Lyle provided valuable welding services. Brother Al ordered the fancy decals, and wisely stayed away when I installed them. Adrian from Olympia and Andrew from Natural Cycle provided hours (yes hours) of advice, help and encouragement. Paul at Villian Ride Co. lovingly sanded, filled, and powder-coated the frame, all while dealing with my neurotic panic attacks about the colour. Coach Rick raided his basement to help me find the perfect parts I needed, and some I didn’t. Cousin Adam, Ian, Dan, David, Mark, and Louie from Twitter all provided parts that almost but didn’t work. Some I’ll give back, but hopefully the rest will be put to use in the next build! And of course Mark took these sexy shots.
I would be remiss if I didn’t thank the hubby for giving up countless hours of hockey watching to listen to me babble on about this project, and most of his tools, which have either been misplaced or broken.
And finally, thanks to Tomek, who at the start said this bike was an “ugly old Italian man”, which made me that much more determined to make it Cipollini sexy.
Beautiful Andrea! Probably costs as much as raising a child or two!
Have really enjoyed following this project – what’s your next one?
A bike shed! haha! Thanks Carolyn!
Wow Andrea!! I am seriously impressed. It’s beautiful.
now I have to redo your portrait.
Oh my goodness, what a beaut! Well done!
Well done. Chapeau!!
It is certainly a thing of beauty and I have really enjoyed following the project but I want to hear how it rides…I’m hoping it isn’t all form and no function.
Cool idea with the gear levers but no cables. Saves having to ruin it by filing off the lugs. Gonna copy that on the Claude Butler I’m about to tackle. Thanks.
Sweet ride. Hope you have many enjoyable commutes… in style of course.
Gorgeous Andrea!! I’m really impressed at all the hours you spent making a bike you can be proud of. (Love the color!}DOM
But….. but…. there’s no motor……
Tabernacle! Gosh darn it, that is beautiful. Chapeau. Those brake levers drive me insane, I’d go back to downtube shifters so I could have those levers. Nice.
That … is … a …. beautiful… bike. WELL DONE!!!
oh god-get rid of the brifter things
Hey, thanks for checking out this post and the bike. Actually, they are not brifters, just brake levers. But they are larger than the typical vintage ones, so easy to mistake. Cheers!
I’m about 2.5 years late on this posting, but its because I just recently discovered your blog. I love your writing.
You did a great job of bringing this bike back to life. Very well done!
So are you riding it?
Hi David. Better late than never! Thank you so much for the kind words. Bringing the bike back to life was an amazing project. And I certainly am riding the bike, As much as possible. It’s probably my favorite in the stable, but don’t tell the other bikes because they tend to be jealous. All the best!
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