Vintage racing bicycles: The most important tips and Gagdets

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Vintage racing bicycles: The most important tips around the classy Retro Bikes

Vintage road bikes are since years on the rise. And in the long-gone Hipster no longer ride on the Retro-Bikes in the big cities.

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It does not need bells and whistles much to be the Star on the road. A lot of Hipsters and Amateur cyclists swear for a couple of years in Vintage road bikes. Here are the most important tips for beginners and cool Gadgets that make the nostalgia-Bike to be a Superstar.

Basically, it is a road bike with a Whisky. Je oller, desto doller. With a small difference: The fine Bourbon or Single runs accompanied by the throat, and eventually, even the finest bottle is empty. On a steel racer from the cult of the 1970s and 80s Colnago, Pinarello or Bianchi forging – to name only three, have Cycling fans with a bit of slope to the nostalgia of a whole lifetime of enjoyment. Yes, the classic cars on two wheels, weigh a few kilos more than the outrageously expensive model made of carbon fiber, the triathlon machine with in built-in hydration system, or the city bike with the fancy 14-speed hub gear. Comfort is now also different. Nevertheless, part of several decades-old wire boom ass – no longer just in large cities such as Hamburg, Berlin or Munich. And also the replicas, the so-called Vintage road bikes, can mostly see.

Instead of the Tour legends Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault, the tortured on their two-wheelers laboriously through the Alps, pedalling the Young and the Old nowadays, with the dashing Oldies casual, to work, to school, or ride just for the fun of it by nature. Very comparable to the bikes in the Vintage style with the steel of the 1970s, all the horses and yet they are always an eye-catcher.

Vintage road bike: cellar, flea market or dealer

It is a good Portion of luck to find on the Internet or even on the flea market such a piece of jewelry. This is also why some producers have specialised in recent years in Vintage road bikes. The Berlin Bicycle forge Chrisson has several of them in the range. Sporting eleven kilograms weigh in on the Retro Bikes. The are still a few kilos less than the classics of yesteryear took to the streets. Instead of the classic (and rather uncomfortable) frame circuit as Merckx and co. took advantage of, is here connected to the brake levers. Their Urban Bikes such as the Vintage Road N7 the inventor from Berlin in addition to the classic racing handlebars. Speed junkies that like to pull vigorously at the under arm, but also models with the racing version.

Dusty pieces of jewelry you should pay attention to

Lucky, the want to encounter in the cellar on a long-forgotten road from grandpa’s time, or in the network and it’s a bargain to beat, should be before the first test drive, at least be careful. The steel frame is robust and durable, because when Soldering the pipes with sockets worked and the jewelry pieces are plated in the rule, at least partially, without a trace of the time, but also not temporary. Dangerous it is, especially if the frames are warped or dented. Wheels that have been standing for 20 years or longer in the basement, can rust from the inside. Here it helps the wheel once to raise, turn around and open up your ears. It trickles Inside, it could indicate rust. Otherwise, simply, the tubes once with the Hand to leave, to possible dents, or dangerous cracks.

In the case of complete wheels, the saddle should be replaced. The balancing act of comfort and Retro look have been, among other things, the experienced saddle makers by Selle Italia. Came out a Reissue of the legendary “Turbo”. The classic from the year 1980, therefore, comes in the nostalgic brown-and to remind us of the times of Miguel Indurain and Laurent Fignon.

No matter whether you purchase new or network Fund – also a Vintage road bike must be roadworthy. It also includes a StVZO-certified lighting. Of course, true to style, this chrome-plated Front light “Made in Germany”operated via a Dynamo hub , and by means of a rotary knob supported. The illuminance shall be 25 Lux.

Pimp it up: funky Gadgets and Styling tips

In the fight against inclement weather, also helps in the Vintage road bike sheet only protection. However, instead of complicated mounting of small nuts and Screw plug-satisfy solutions. It is now available in all shapes, colours and daring Designs. They fit under all standard saddle models and are mounted in the blink of an eye. Otherwise, they take away in a backpack, no place. rie:sel Design from Dresden, in addition to funky Comic motifs in black-and-white and candy colors Designs for Retro bikers who prefer Understatement.

Now it makes little sense to swing in a winter coat or a summer dress on a Vintage road bike. This is not, in the worst case only dangerous, but also damage to the clothes. Especially because it is suitable to the noble Oldie racers also Outfits that will take you back Radnostalgiker final in the Golden days of Cycling. Plain, with stripes in soft pink, celeste-green or the rainbow colours of world champion and on the chest, the nostalgic lettering of legendary brands and Teams such as Bianchi, Campagnolo, Molteni, Peugeot and others. Alternatively, short sleeve than long sleeve Jersey or jacket. The Frankfurt road bike-Rock’n’Roller from the “guilty 76 racing team” designed her own collection. The Wind block jacket in black-and-grey-Vintage-Style windproof, water-repellent and can be folded when weather is nice, loose and in the Jersey pocket.

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