Last weekend I got busy with the paint stripper. First up was the fork. I left the stuff on overnight, but nothing had happened when I checked the next day. Two days later still nothing. Thank god for that, because after I applied the paint stripper, I got a once in a lifetime opportunity to buy the coolest CX bike I have ever laid eyes on: Roger de Vlaeminck's custom built Colnago cyclo cross bike.
far as I know Colnago only built steel CX bike for professional
cyclists. This frame seems to be based on the Colnago Super. The bike
features a beautifully drilled and pantographed Campagnolo Nuovo Record
parts group, a custom drilled 3TTT stem, Mafac brakes, Mavic Monthlery
rims and a Selle Royal saddle. Aside from the saddle, the whole bike in
great condition. Given its age (the rear derailleur is stamped 'patent
76') I would say that is pretty unique.
I plan to keep the bike
as original as possible. Unfortunately the seatpost is too short for me,
so I will be keeping my eyes open for a longer one. The saddle and
pedals will also be replaced. Currently the bike is equipped with
Challenge Grifo XS tubulars. I am going to give the tubulars a try, but I
will probably lace in some clincher rims.