I have collected two bikes this week and both have been from original owners who for whatever reason are unable to ride again , hence why they have been selling their pride and joy .
First collection was what I believe to be from the late 80’s and is a Cycles Rossi of Nottingham road bike made with Columbus slx tubing and Cinelli bottom bracket shell . It is nice and light and came with a nice set of gold anodized “Perrin” hubs laced to a set of Mavic sprint wheels. Both Continental tubs currently fitted have issues i.e. the front one is heavily cracked so really only good for a spare whilst the rear seems to have digested its valve core so not quite sure how and if I can get that out and certainly can’t leave it in there as no doubt it will make an exit at the wrong time .
The brakes are Shimano exage all-round whilst the gearing is a mixture of Suntour non indexed levers , Campagnola chain set and rear mechanism with a Shimano front mechanism . The rest of the cockpit is made up with a 135 mm black quill stem and a set of Cinelli bars finished off with white bar tape that looks a bit grubby but will do the job for now .
Finished in what looks like original red paint that has some age related markings but is still very presentable with contrasting yellow decals , since these pics were taken the yellow brake cabling has been replaced by plain black ones . I have also cleaned and re packed the Stronglight headset needle roller bearings and cups as the steering felt a bit dry to operate and now feels silky smooth .
I feel with the above jobs done and another set of clincher equipped wheels fitted the bike is ready for some test miles to be covered so I can make an assessment on what other work is required .
The person I purchased this bike off was in his 60’s and had given up road biking due to having knee issues but could still ride an mtb . He was the second owner and had used the bike for over 15 years and had enjoyed covering many a mile with it but the last few years had little or no miles covered by man and machine . I felt like I was being vetted before I was allowed to take the bike away from him but a quick showing of some of the pictures on my phone convinced him that I would use and enjoy his old bike .