Zeus track crank set

Another not every day rendez-vous: Zeus Criterium Pista track crank set.
Will be a long shot to collect other Zeus parts and a matching frame.
165 mm cranks with typical (odd) Zeus 119 (?) mm BCD
3/32" chain ring 53T.

Ofmega Mistral shifting components

Nice set of shifting components: Ofmega Mistral.
No idea about quality and function, but at least it's different.
To be completed with other Mistral parts and Modolo (?) brakes.

Ofmega Mistral group set

Ofmega Mistral: not the most common group set.
Actually, it's not a complete group set, but a few components and completed with some parts from other (CX, Super Competizione) series.
Very eye catching are the crank set and the (composite) rear derailleur and shifting levers.
Note that not all "Mistral" parts are on the group set photo below.
There are also high flange track hubs and track pedals.

This track crank set is 165 mm long and the 5 mm spider and chain ring have a BCD of 144 mm.
The 52T chain ring is narrow, designed for 1/2x3/32" chains.

Campagnolo Electa saddle

Something you ould never buy to ride. Heavy, totally over-engineered, ridiculous, expensive.
But a must have for a collector.
So, here it is: Campagnolo Electa pneumatic saddle. Complete with box, bag, pump and instruction leaflet.
Not even developped by Campagnolo. The technology and manufacturing is by Fugazzi (check: Air Dea saddle), but of course, the Campagnolo logo makes it really hot and desirable, although a Fugazzi is even more rare.
The bladder, which can be maintained and even replaced (but where the hell would you find spares?) when the leather cover is removed, can be inflated with a dedicated pump to a very low pressure of 0.4 - 1.2 bar, which equals 4 to 8 time squeezing the "inflator". This depends on the rider's weight and preference.

Gazelle track, Shimano Dura Ace 10 mm pitch

I bought this Gazelle track frame, 55 cm, for my 2nd Shimano Dura Ace 10 mm pitch group set.
Unfortunately, the geometry is a bit strange (very shallow seat tube angle, long top tube) and too old for both my taste and for the group set. Frame kit is approx. 1968, while the group set is approx. 10 years newer.
Not a great combination, not ridable for my or my son, so I took it apart again.
Here's a full spec.

Frame and fork: Gazelle track, Reynolds 531, 55 cm centre - top

Headset: Hatta Swan

Cranks: Shimano Dura Ace 10, FC-7000, 1xx mm, xx T / xx T

Bottom Bracket set: Shimano Dura Ace track, BB-7500, BC thread, 107 mm axle length

Hubs: Shimano Dura Ace 10, HB-7020, 36 H front, 32 H rear

Rims: Nisi Corsa Stretto tubular, dark grey anodised, 36 H front, 32 H rear

Spokes: DT Swiss Competition, 2.0 - 1.8 mm, silver

Tyres: Vittoria Corsa CX tubular

Sprocket: Shimano Dura Ace 10, SS-7000, BC33 x 24 TPI threading for special Dura Ace 10 hub only, xx T

Chain: Shimano Dura Ace 10, CN-7000

Pedals: Kyokuto (KKT) Pro Ace Track

Toe clips: MKS steel, chrome plated, size L

Toe straps: Alfredo Binda 

Saddle: Ariake Jaguar II

Seat Post: Suntour Superbe, 27.2 mm

Stem: Cinelli 1A, xx cm

Handlebars: Cinelli Criterium No. 65, xx cm centre - centre

Bar tape: Ambrosio Ribbon white

Cinelli Volare SLX

Cinelli Volare SLX is a very nice saddle, rare, very much sought after.
The original is from the 1980s, but a remake is still sold.
Comfort-wise not my personal favourite.
There are several versions available, al the same shape, same padding, but different styles of leather.
Smoothe leather, suede, perforated, ...
In the 1980s, not many of these saddles were sold and used, which makes these saddles rare now.
What makes the Volare SLX so wanted nowadays is unclear. Same as for the Maestro. Well known name, pretty rare.
I got this saddle in pre-used condition, red textured suede. I hate red and differently coloured saddles and because this one was also a bit worn, I decided to dye it black. Easier and more nice with smooth leather than with suede.

Vitus 992

My Vitus 992, tribute to Sean Kelly, Festina, 1992.
Ready for quite a while and done several tours on it, but never placed it on this blog.

Frame and fork: Vitus 992, 57 cm centre - centre.

Head set: Vitus integrated (Stronglight)

Cranks: Shimano Dura Ace FC-7402, 170 mm, 52/39T (odd, I know)

Bottom Bracket set: Shimano Dura Ace BB-7400, BSC, 112 mm.

Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura Ace RD-7402

Front derailleur: Shimano Dura Ace RD-7403 "braze-on"

Shifting lever: Shimano Dura Ace SL-7402 down tube shifters 2x8 speed

Brakes: Shimano Dura Ace BR-7402

Hubs: Shimano Dura Ace HB-7400 / FH-74003 , 36H

Rims: Mavic, Open Pro SUP, 36H

Tyres: Michelin Dynamic Classic 23 mm

Sprockets: Shimano CS-HG90  12-25T

Chain: KMC X8.93

Pedals: Look PP256

Saddle: Reydel Pro

Seat Post: Vitus, 25.4 mm

Stem: 3ttt Record 84, 13 cm

Handlebars: 3ttt Competizione 44 cm outside - outside

Brake levers: Shimano Dura Ace BL-7402

Bar tape: Bike Ribbon white

Also a bar/stem combo available for this bike with STI levers ST-7400 and Dual Pivot brakes BR-7403.

Alfredo Binda toe straps

And some more new Alfredo Binda toe straps.

Selle Italia Super Turbo

Another edition of the famous Selle Italia Turbo saddle.
Another attempt to keep their successful Turbo saddle alive. Not really nice with the plastic windows with a decal behind it.
It's said that it has a bit more padding at the nose and at the back.
Nice leather grain.
Quite difficult to find this type of saddle, it's becoming rare.

Campagnolo track cogs

I got myself some new goodies.
Not for riding, but for posing. Nice for a collector if a track bike should have all components right, brands matching.
For riding I use durable steel sprockets, no matter which brand, as long as the number of teeth is correct and the sprockets width matches the chain I use on that particular bike.

Last year I got myself a set of old Shimano Dura Ace track hubs with an aluminium 16T 1/2x1/8" Campagnolo track sprocket on it, last week I bought 2 pieces of aluminium 16T 1/2x3/32" ones from my nice neighbour at a bike jumble.

Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra sneak preview

Frame resprayed and decals applied, now it's time to pick it up!
And to look for some components to assemble.