Vintage Eddy Merckx Professional, full pantograph, circa 1983, Gazelle Champion Mondial AA Special and an Alan circa 1985

One my most recent bike buy, I picked up quite a haul.

I initially turned up at the vendors house to collect two framesets , one being this Gazelle Champion Mondial, which came with Gazelle pantographed down tube shifters…

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and an Alan, circa 1985 which came with a Campagnolo pantographed Super Record 25mm (!!) seat post.

The vendor was a very nice Lady, who said the frames belonged to her husband, who had passed away.

She told me he was a keen rider, so I asked if she had anything else, as I saw some wheels sticking out of tarpaulin in her garden, and a decent sized shed.

She said she did, and I lifted the tarpaulin and discovered a Gazelle Champion Mondial AB with Campagnolo Triomphe, although rusted and with a seat post stuck right up to the seat clamp, and this, and Eddy Merckx Professional with full pantographed stem and Campagnolo Super Record gruppo !

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The rear triangle was very corroded outside and in, as there are particles moving inside, and as it’s too big for me,  I will pass it on, and keep hold of the gruppo for now. When I got in the shed, I found enough Campagnolo components to fill a reasonably sized rucksack, so I paid, thanked her profusely, and headed off home.

saarf@Critical Mass, London,26/9/14

I attended the London bike Critical Mass this evening, quite a turnout!


I turned up on the Colnago Rabobank Lux Dream CX

(try saying that after a few Red Stripe beers!)

The event is every last Friday of the month, and starts at the South Bank by the National Theater, on the saarf side of the River Thames..

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cyclists turned up from 18.30, some with sound systems, and set of around 19,30, across London’s Waterloo bridge…

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then we went through the underpass on the right hand lane of the other side…

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which, regrettably , is where I suffered a battery fail following this shot…


we cut across to Oxford Circus, did the length of Oxford street, down to the Notting Hill area, across to Kensington, then Knightsbridge, finishing up outside Buckingham Palace.

Here’s a link to Mass

Who are we? What are our aims?

We are not sure, opinions seem to differ. There are probably as many aims of CM as there are participants. Each person comes there with his or her own idea of what it’s about, and the sum of this makes up the Mass. We have no organisers and no planned routes and this website does not try to be representative of CM in any way.

Critical Mass achieved its international name following the first ever ride in San Francisco back in 1992, where it was christened ‘Commute Clot’. It was then “noted that, in China both motorists and bicyclists had an understood method of negotiating intersections without signals. Traffic would “bunch up” at these intersections until the back log reached a “critical mass” at which point that mass would move through the intersection”. Film ‘Return of the Scorcher’ also features the scene which led to the adoption of the name “Critical Mass” for the rides which now occur around the world.

The London monthly rides started in April 1994. 1995-96 reports. Videos from the 90s. It isn’t just for cyclists, sometimes there are wheelchairers, skateboarders, roller bladers, roller skaters and other self-propelled people. Cycle sound systems often play music on the ride.”

Colnago Dream Cyclocross (CX) Rabobank Team

After the heartache of letting the Dual go due to size issues, I got lucky…

I managed to get a Colnago Dream CX, in the exact same Rabobank Team decor as my Lux Dream roadie!

(pictured more or less as found)


It came with Rabobank Team spec Dura Ace 7700 , apart from Ultegra 6700 crankset , Shimano wheels, and unknown calipers, I changed the stem, saddle and bar tape