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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 5:11 pm 
rBoTM Winner
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I've been asked by a few forum members to give a detailed overview of each of my road bikes in my collection.

The first bike I will feature is my favorite, and the bike that started everything for me...The Alan Carbonio with 1st Generation Campagnolo C-Record.

As a teenager the Alan Carbonio was my dream bike, I remember looking at Cycling Weekly around the 1985-6 period and seeing an advert for the bike with full C record groupset, I think it was a Geoffrey Butler Cycles advert that I saw, and use to spend hours looking at the advert and dreaming about owning and riding such an amazing bike...In my mind, at the time, no other bike looked as classy as the Alan Carbonio!

Now, some 25+ years on, I finally own that bike, and it's exactly how I remember the bike was spec'd in the advert. Obviously the bike has been assembled from parts sourced all over the world, and mostly via Ebay. The frame came from Laguna Beach USA, it was used and showing very small signs of wear and tear, but other than the decals not being "like new", the frame tubes and lugs are in amazing condition...Even now, I think I was lucky to find a frame in such outstanding condition.

The next faze of the build was the hardest to achieve, and this was finding a brand new Campagnolo C-Record 1st generation groupset! As you can imagine, this was going to be near impossible, damn expensive and extremely hard to find! However after much time and patience I managed to locate bit by bit the full groupset. Buying such classy parts in as new condition was always going to be a challenge, because most items of this age suffer from wear and tear through being knocked about in bike shops leading to surface scratches...Well another good result with the groupset, is that it's all like new, with vertually zero damage.

The rims are also new, and if i'm honest I would have preferred to fit Campagnolo Sigma Pave Hardox rims, but these are like hens teeth even in a second hand state, so the Record Pave rims were laced onto the C Record hubs, shod with original Vittoria CX tubs and fitted to the bike..Oh and not forgetting the brand new Campagnolo alloy freewheel(which was a crazy price!).

The Cinelli bars and Cinelli Record stem are an obvious choice, as is the Turbo saddle which is a genuine 1985 date stamped brand new part.

The end result is teenagers dream come true, and to this day I still think it's one of the most beauitful bikes ever made!


Will I ever ride it? They say you should never drive your heroes(Lamborghini Countach in my case), so the same applies to the bike; so no, I will never ride it!

Enjoy the pictures, sorry they are not studio quality..

Mark. :D

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 7:31 pm 
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Magic, been waiting for the first installment of your bikes.

Lovely bike and sounds like you have had fun sourcing the parts and building it up.

Shame not to ride it though. Just knowing you could if you really wanted to would be far too much temptation for me.

Cheers for posting up the thread, its another one I can keep revisiting.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 8:48 pm 
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A bit blurry, but I get the idea: awesome bike! :)


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:19 pm 
rBoTM Winner
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Yeah sorry about the photo quality, when I feature my next bike, I'll use my slr to get some real high quality shots...

Mark


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 11:35 pm 
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A fantastic looking bike! You must have incredible will power not to ride it. Interesting to see you've gone with radial lacing too.

I'm looking forward to the next instalment.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:39 pm 
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That looks bloody lovely mate. Thanks for sharing!
Really top rate...looks right


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:43 pm 
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You are insane though .... you have to give it a blat....


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 1:05 pm 
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Hi Mark,

Congratulations, great story and a great bike. I think the hunt for parts is all part of the fun, even though it doesn't seem like it sometimes. You must be very satisfied with the result after waiting 25 years for this bike.

Your story reminds me of my own except in 1985 I did actually have enough money build my ALAN. I too admired the carbon frame but was advised to choose the aluminum frame as the safer, proven option, which sounded like a sensible decision at the time. Seeing your bike in such wonderful condition is a great joy for me, thanks.

The only other thing I can say is you really must ride it. You will never know what a wonderful bike you have unless you do. Hey, you only live once, and none of us are getting any younger, so indulge.


Cheers.





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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:06 pm 
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Fantastic bike, cant wait for the next installment.

One of my favorite parts is the freewheel, how weird is that?


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:24 pm 
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The bikes looks great with all those great components. I'm also on the camp of those who say: "Yes, please, ride it!" 8)


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