• jules

    very nice…

    on the other hand, if bikes could talk..

  • markpa

    “the Pinarello has only had one fairly gentle spin since it was built early 2015”
    I couldn’t do that much work to get it perfect and then not put it to use.

    • philipmcvey

      Couldn’t agree more. It’s a bike, it was designed and engineered to be ridden, not to be sat on a wall or pedestal. It is not a sculpture and it is not art, nor was it intended to be. Still, each to their own and credit where it’s due; it is a lovely job he’s done.

      • Laurens

        Yeah yeah all true but FGS get it out of the rainnnn!!!
        Cool bike, brings back memories of Der Jan and his battles with that other Legstrong person. Also makes me think back to a cycling trip in Germany I did. Every bike store was pink and black.

        • philipmcvey

          Ha! Fair point on the rain. It is cool – definitely a grower as my initial reaction was ‘I have not missed that magenta paint at all… or those tacked on seat stays’.. but now I feel much the same as I do when I hear the Chemical Brothers song; nostalgia for the late 90s.

  • Notso Swift

    Looks fantastic!
    If is a team bike do you have any idea who actually built it?

    • Todd!

      Pinarello built these bikes for them back in the day… They were notoriously slow to get the team on their full custom builds for their riders that year and a lot of them required straightening and repairs before they were ridden… Which ultimately saw the end of the relationship in 2003 because of this. The 2004 season saw the shift to Giant.

      • Todd!

        The stories of different frame builders building for the teams was right – because of the long lead times.

        But it was mainly the superstar riders that got the other frames built to Match their demand for bikes for specific events/terrains/conditions.

        • winkybiker

          I’ve seen frames with the same tube shapes and seat-stay configuration under a few different brand names. In fact I owned one as a winter bike for a while. The welds weren’t as nice as this one and probably a much cheaper tube-set. I can’t remember what it was branded. I’d always assumed they all came from a single source, but were just re-branded. The idea that same design was contracted out to different makers would also perhaps account for essentially the same design (if not tube-set) turning up under different guises.

  • winkybiker

    Lovely work. Really cool. You should ride it, though. (Disclaimer, I have a “display” bike on the wall – a 1976 Willier NR Cromovelato that I’ve never ridden)

    • Jeff

      Congratulations and thank you for these nice memories ! But why not white bar tape ??

  • Bones

    Did it come with a needle dispenser? You seem to forget that there were clean guys in the peloton that never got their just rewards because of these criminals. (They were committing fraud.)

  • Turtle Wilson

    Great story! A friend forwarded me your article. In the late 90s I lived in Germany and two villages down from Team Telekom great, Udo Böltz. I picked up his team rig and still have it today. I switched out the Record for 11sp Chorus and Swiss DT wheels w/ a PowerTap. However the rig still catches eyes and I rode it twice across Iowa for RAGBRAI.

    Now back in Germany for work, the rig is my loaner bike for cats traveling through Germany. A good friend just raced it in the Tour d’Energie here in Göttingen. It continues to turn a head or two…

    Those were great years living here in the late 90s as I integrated into the local riding and racing scene.

    Again, great article. Glad someone forwarded it to me.

  • Juan

    Ride the damn (beautiful) thing! It’s a tool not a jewel!

    This may give you some inspiration http://www.abovecategorycycling.com/botw-lunners-pegoretti-marcelo/

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  • Paul O’Connell

    Be sure to lube the hell out of that seatpost and remove it every so often. They were a nightmare for bonding into that particular frame ;-)

  • Shiffon

    This is the first bike from this series that I’ve actually wanted! I am a huge Telekom/T-Mobile fan, having lived in Germany for a number of years while they were at their peak (and decline!). Zabel was my first cycling love, and I was never more proud than when I cruised around in my T-Mobile Team magenta jersey (not pink!). You better get on that bike because otherwise I’ll be after it!!

  • John

    Ride it, ride it, ride it! That’s what it’s for – it’s a bike, notvan ornament. (But yes – only ob sunny days…)

  • Angus Clark

    Pins looking 10/10
    Bike looking 10/10
    Rig looking 10/10

  • Ashok Captain

    Salute. An A-M-A-Z-I-N-G restoration! Thanks for sharing.


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