Friday, December 24, 2010

Sunday, December 12, 2010


Tis the season to be merry... what better way to learn how to work the rollers than to set up a BBQ, grab a beer, put on a santa hat and get the urban mixte rocking.

And another!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

N+1 or S

Looks like another build to me. Thinking of bringing the world of stencil art to the bike. Will either be a massive success or a catastrophic failure. Either way this little baby is going to love being thrashed around Lysterfield Park and that is a certainty!

The grey enamel primer will form a matte base for artistic endeavour to be layered upon. If you have any ideas pop them in the comments or email images to for consideration, mostly to check whether my limited creative skills are up to the task.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Is that an Eddy Merckx? In titanium?

Don't try and lift this frame or you'll feel the combined wrath of Jean Paul and his fearless sidekick Sofia Hazelnut!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Hubba Bubba - MX Leader

Remember that awesome pink Hubba Bubba original bubble gum?

Here it is, a shade darker...

More later on the paint scheme.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Perfectionist - Merckx MX Leader

Perfectionist (Oxford Dictionary)
Pronunciation: /pəˈfɛkʃ(ə)nɪst/
a person who refuses to accept any standard short of perfection

Here at Rewind we have been lucky enough to have seen a number of very nice Merckx bikes through our door.

This current Merckx is one of the last steel frames made by Merckx - believe this is a late 90s model.

The MX Leader is constructed with Columbus oversize steel tubing, based on the Columbus MAX tubeset. Story goes that Eddy was not satisfied with the MAX tubeset, so commissioned Columbus to produce a custom tubeset specially for MX Leaders, to Eddy's strict requirements. The MX Leader frameset was renowned for its stiffness, and was considered a "sprinter's frame".

"Columbus MAX tubing is ridiculously oversized and ovalized, to the point where it's simply too stiff for most of us. It's this kind of stiffness that has endeared Max to countless professionals, especially the big sprinters.

For most framebuilders, knowing MAX is Columbus' big gun is enough. But for Eddy Merckx, it had to be improved. Merckx had to have his own tubeset, tweaked to suit the rigors of stage racing and long one-day events for his sponsored pros (team Motorola, Team Lotto and team Telekom). It's short wheelbase, coupled with the stout pipes, let the MX Leader descend like nobody's business. Point the bike downhill, aim it at a corner's apex and you'll sweep through in a magic arc. Those fat, aero-shaped MAX fork blades do a terrific job of relaying tactile information from the hub to your hands. As far as high-speed handling is concerned, it's hard to imagine a bike being much better than this.

The MX Leader is a great bicycle, with timeless geometry and a short but storied pedigree. But it's more than a bike that will last you (barring rust or a crash) a lifetime. It is a piece of a legend."

This Merckx MX Leader was sourced from France, in original Merckx pearl white with blue logos. Paint condition was very very good, with no dents, dings, heavy scratches or any such damage.

Unusually, the paint was not a common or standard scheme, but one which we suspect was special ordered for a French Merckx retailer - Phida Cycles. We suspect that these frames may have been used as part of a racing team, and may have competed as part of a local or European race series. Evidence of such is that this example also has a number holder braze on just under the top tube. Given the condition of the frame, however, it is unlikely that this particular example turned too many miles in anger.

Some traditionalists say that original paint will always be better than a respray (and yes, if you are keeping pieces period, this may be appropriate), but because of the weird black fork/white frame/blue logos aesthetic, Rewind Cycle decided (perhaps foolishly) to embark on a Team replica paint scheme.

While the colour scheme is the predominant driver for the respray, there are a number of other reasons for this. Original paint, if in good condition, may be 15+ years old. In a production line paint system, the finish generally does not command the attention to detail that a one-off, hand refinished job will achieve - factory paint generally isn't as thick (more paint = more $), nor as glossy as a hand refinished job. Furthermore, since this frame was produced, paint technology has also moved on, so the paints themselves are also more consistent, and can achieve deeper lustre and finer metallics.

The next post will focus on the Merckx team paint schemes, and deliberation of which to choose. We will also describe the process to paint the traditional Merckx striped scheme.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sweet sweet Record

Ultra exciting delivery from the super efficient Germans are, it is not possible for me to be more excited.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Pump it up!

A lot a boxes have being released from customs into the eager hands of Rewind today. There are many gourmet parts that will be blogged for you to drool over but in the meantime check this out.

When I first got my Blackburn Mini about 8 years ago I thought I as the coolest kid on the block with my ultra small and shiny reinflation device. Then gradually I became less and less cool as friends pulled out smaller and smaller pumps.

Well check this out peoples! I might look like a bike molester hunched over the wheel furiously pumping away on this little bad boy but I'll guarantee you won't find a smaller one.

The journey ride

216km of road, a handful of snakes, four bidons of water (not enough), one pie roll and a third of a Vegemite sandwich made for a super enjoyable day in the saddle. Boudwah, Ace and The Sheriff pulled out all stops for a fun filled ride. There were rolling turns, hill climbs and some successful breaking up of packs (usually coordinated by Ace) along the way and just about every weather combination Melbourne could dig up.

The route was from Melbourne to Sorrento and back with a little extra for a couple of us. The hills were short and sharp and we ripped them apart while making loud comments about the possibility of 'repeats' to annoy the riders we were overtaking. The remainder of the route was pretty flat giving the big ring a serious work out.

It was awesome to see so many Melbournians out and about and living it up. Never fails to amaze me how many people love to give it a go!

Thanks to the boys for the company and the trash talking. Looking forward to some serious Alpine training over summer.

- The Sheriff

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Back at Mordi...

....BP sprints have already been called.

Sorrento Pie Rolls

According to top nutritionists the best sustenance half way through a 220km journey ride is the one and only Pie Roll. Comes hot and tasty with and odd smile from the bakery chicks.


Oh don't take me to, a Franky-town!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

What the?!?

I've heard of cyclocross bike, trials bikes, touring bikes and fold up bikes but what on earth is this?

Monday, October 11, 2010

Spring UAM Urban Assult Mixte

Rewind Cycle has completed a spring clean, and as a result is offering this UAM Urban Assult Mixte from the stable for auction. The eBay link can be had by clicking here. The full build list is also noted therein.

Alternatively, just leave a comment and your details and we'll get back to you.

Get it while it's hot - "Treat the wife. Treat somebody else's wife. It's a lot more fun if you don't get caught... it's a deal, it's a steal, it's sale of the f*king century"*.

*blatantly stolen from "Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels"

Monday, October 4, 2010

How to handle nerves...

Winning a World Championship is pretty exciting stuff and sometimes you may get a little nervous. If this happens to you just pull over to the side of the road, relieve yourself and get then get on with winning!!

Thursday, September 30, 2010


Another Merckx (Team Telekom colours) from the Rewind Cycle stable. It's sat as a frame for some months now, as we're trying to figure what to do with it. Another road bike was mooted, but it's younger brother (a post to come) will be taking on that role.

It has been mooted that it Team Telekom be built as a commuter, as the paint is not in the best shape, but the fear of it being a thief magnet is giving us second thoughts.

A bit of history - Team HTC-Columbia started out life some years ago as the Stuttgart Team (still on Merckxs), quickly changing names to Team Telekom.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

El Cheapo Foot Retention System

The clips just didn't feel right on Saturday so after a little web research and a trip to Bunnings I have now equipped the Hillman with some super sweet, super tough toe straps. Cost of the 50mm webbing (rated to 400kg) and high adhesive hook and loop was $47 which can make about three pairs of these little suckers. Easily adjustable and very snug!

...and don't forget....


First ride out for the Merckx and Hillman running fixed on Saturday. Wasn't fantastic weather, but wet roads + new fixed riders = easy street skids.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Hillman rides again!

After months hidden away in the shed building up a thick layer of dust the Hillman has been given a new lease on life. Thanks to some sweet-as Felt/Alex R390 Track wheels from Eddie the track master and some bits and pieces from the House Of Rewind. A late night session saw all the bits come together to make an extremely light bike and very exciting ride. Now it's time to get it out on the road and lose some skin!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The BH gets some bits!

Fresh in from Bike24 in Deutschland come the first bits that will adorn my new BH G3. This round of parts consist of a Selle Italia Flite Genuine Gel Ti316 test saddle, a Thomson Elite x2 stem and the 3T Ergonova Team carbon handle bars. The next order will be the wheelset and groupset which will be ordered in a month or two. I am still debating whether to get the 11 speed Campagnolo Chorus groupset or the 10 speed SRAM Force groupset. If you have an feeling towards or experience with either of these groupsets I would love you to let me know your feelings with a comment.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Eddy! ready to roll...

Really need to take some pictures of it in the day - the indoor light just does not do the paint justice!

Specs as follows:
  • Eddy Merckx Corsa 56 C-C, refinished by Motorcycle Crash Repairers (Tullamarine), resplendent in Kawasaki ZX-10 Orange Pearl
  • Phil hubs, Velocity Deep V rims, DT Swiss bladed spokes (radial fr, 3x rr), Vittoria Rubino Pro tyres
  • Tektro brakes, Cane Creek levers, Jagwire teflon cables, white Jagwire outers
  • Nitto Dynamic 10 Stem, alloy bars, Deda white bar tape
  • Campy seat binder bolt, Miche Supertype post, WTB saddle
  • Campy Veloce 170mm cranks with Miche 1/8" 47T c/ring, Miche sealed b/b
  • 18T ACS freewheel, KMC 710-SL 1/8" chain (17T All-City fixed cog)

Assembled by the RewindCycle crew.


Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Vitamin Eddy

Should probably be Vitamin C, but the pink Merckx Strada has finally got it's new paint courtesy of Troy at Motocycle Crash Repairs. The colour is Kawasaki ZX10 Orange Pearl, and it looks fantastic.

For some reason the colours have adjusted when uploading; the orange is BRIGHT even by night, so I am sure by day it will just explode.

More pictures to follow.