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 Bike24.com, 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!!