Eddy Merckx Professional, (fully pantographed ), circa 1983

This was possibly part of my greatest ‘shed finds’ to date,bought as part of a job lot, which included a damaged Alan roadbike, a Gazelle Champion Mondial AA frameset , Gazelle Champion Mondial AB roadbike with Campagnolo Victory gruppo…and a 35 litre rucksack full of Campagnolo.

I paid a modest 150 Euro for the lot, and had a mission and a half getting home as I travel without car.

I took everything by tram and train home,and had to walk with the rucksack, a frame over each shoulder, and a bike in each hand.I think it was the euphoria of the find that kept me marching .

I initially turned up at the vendor’s home to buy the Alan and the Gazelle Champion Mondial AA,when I arrived I was greeted by a kind lady and her male friend,and was told the lady’s husband had past away, but had been a bicycle enthusiast.When the deal had been concluded,the lady told me her late husband would have been happy the items ended up with me.



Full Eddy Merckx pantographed Campagnolo Super Record gruppo.

The rear triangle stays were really quite corroded, the frame actually sounded like a set of maracas if you shook it due to loose particles inside, so as the frame was too big for me, I sold it.

Soon after, I managed to find another Eddy Merckx Professional, in my size and in better condition..

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The Professional model comes with De Rosa fork crowns, as the brand collaborated with Eddy’s factory in production..


I will use yellow Benotto bar ribbon, Campagnolo gum lever hoods, and either a suede or yellow Concor Super Corsa saddle, and I will build a wheelset.

Alan Super Record Cyclocross (CX)

Well, after completing the recent Alan Super Record build,and enjoying the ride quality so much, I couldn’t resist the chance to get an Alan Super Record CX frame set when the opportunity arose…

(pics are vendors)



Fortunately it came with a Campagnolo headset, unsure if Nuovo or Super Record, and I think the in situ bb is Shimano, I will build with a Campagnolo Nuovo Record gruppo, possibly 1×6 speed.

The top tube is flattened in the mid section, to enable easier carrying on the shoulder over obstacles .

The Worlds most expensive ‘Oma Fiets’ (Granny Bike)?

Having had the pleasure of living and experiencing cycling in the Netherlands for a number of years, I became familiar with the term Oma/Opa fiets – basically translates to Granny/Grandad bike…





Generally used as workhorses for shopping or pottering around the Buurt (neighbourhood), you can see practically hundreds chained up around train stations, like Amsterdam Central…


These bikes can be picked up for next to nothing second hand, either on local online auction sites, or flea markets like Waterlooplien…


Earlier today I cam across this , from luxury French travel goods brand Moynat…


The Malle comes with luxury upholstered picnic trunk,complete (and resplendent) with porcelain goblets, china plates and silverware .

The cost?

approx. 33,650.00 pounds sterling!

Is there actually a need for this?

available via Moynat

Alan Super Record


This was initially a salvage project, after I found this early to mid ’80’s Alan Super Record left to rot in a garden…


without decals, I cleaned the frame up, sadly there were quite a few scratches,


 the drive side down tube shifter boss was missing..


and I noticed a pair of hairline cracks across the seat stay caps..

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which pretty much meant the frame is a write off. I could perhaps have sought a machinist’s help in making new stay caps, but did not relish the idea of removing the old.

I then came across an earlier Alan Super Record frame, with lug cut outs, which was the right size for the spare forks…


I had a Campagnolo Victory 7 speed gruppo waiting, (all bar the brake levers),a Campagnolo C Record headset, and as the bike is destined to be a commuter/rain bike, decided I would use combined brakes and shifter units on drop bars…


(Pictured in commuter mode with lights and spd pedals)

As the frame is an earlier model, the rear spacing is 126mm.

The Campagnolo “brifters” are in fact 8 speed, which would need 130mm rear spacing, or an OLD hub,but they are also compatible with a 7 speed freewheel, which is what I made do with until I make a suitable 8 speed wheel set…here’s some more pictures with Campagnolo Victory toe cage pedals…

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The gruppo is used, which I’m comfortable with as it gives an overall “original condition” finish.

I always though that the name ‘Alan’ is an amalgamation of Aluminium Anodised, but it is in fact from ALberto and ANna Maria Falconi, the brand owner Lodovico Falconie’s children’s  first names.

The Alan company launched in 1972, and also built frames for other brands, including Colnago


New Bag!

I finally decided to ‘pony up’ for a decent back pack , after looking around quite a while.

Given the rise in bicycle use, ‘lifestyle’ apparel and accessories are readily available.

I looked at and coveted quite a number of bike suitable back packs available on the North American market, some really cool stuff, but, the costs seem ridiculous given that I’ve bought high end vintage bikes at less than these bags, combined with shipping costs and import duty, these beauties were beyond me.

Then I found this..

molle bag

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It’s a Army surplus type 25 litre rucksack, constructed from cordura, with MOLLE straps.

Its has enough storage compartments for me, and is waterproof , due to being internally proofed .


The bag has two main compartments, which will take a small to medium laptop or tablet, and the rear has the capacity to insert a water bladder. The front two smaller sections have MOLLE webbing, with the larger suitable for attaching my Kryptonite lock enabling external carrying, so I don’t have to open the bag in the wet.


The rear is well padded, with a waist strap,MOLLE straps on the shoulder straps and a couple of handy D loops. The brand logo on the bag is ‘Kombat.UK’, and I bought it on a well known online auction site for just 25 pounds sterling!

Thanks to my new friend ‘Uncle’ Glen for providing the vibes during this shoot ….


( I found the Giant at a dump and have been using it in shit weather, shame to have seen it left to rot) .