domingo, abril 2, 2023

Readers’ Rigs: Gios Torino Perfection!


Carbon, titanium and aluminum is all very good, however the fashionable supplies can’t come near the category and elegance of Marco’s 1973 Gios Torino, which was truly purchased in Torino. The acquisition was impressed by Roger De Vlaeminck, though Marco’s Gios is just not on the Flemish cobbles, however below the California solar.


Title: Marco Louie
Location: Oakland, California, United States
Bike: 1973 Gios Document
Groupset: First Era Campagnolo Tremendous Document
Wheels: 36 gap Campagnolo Document hubs, 14/15 DT Spokes laced 3 cross, Mavic Or 10 Rims, 14-23 Regina Oro 5 velocity freewheel, Vittoria Rally tubulars
Pedals: Campagnolo Tremendous Leggeri monitor pedals, Ducson toe clips, Binda toe straps
Saddle: Cinelli Unicanitor
Different: Cinelli 1R stem, Cinelli 64 Giro d’Italia Bars
Weight: 20 lbs


When did you purchase it?
2018 from Artwork Bikes in Torino, Italy.

flanders de vlaeminck
Roger De Vlaeminck; not in Roubaix, however the Tour of Flanders 1976

What made you select this bike?
I fell in love with this bike after seeing “A Sunday In Hell” as a child within the late 70s. The bike’s historical past with the Brooklyn staff and Roger De Vlaeminck in Paris-Roubaix and different Classics was very interesting to me.


Have you ever performed any modifications/additions to it?
I bought the body by itself, so all of the elements and wheels is perhaps thought of a modification. That being stated, the unique manufacturing unit spec seemingly referred to as for a Nuovo Document quite than Tremendous Document. The brake levers, crank arms, stem, handlebars, and seat publish have been badly worn and scratched once I acquired them. I eliminated their anodized end and polished them for this construct.


What number of miles/kilometers do you do a yr?
Roughly 6000 miles a yr distributed between 6 bikes – 5 classic metal and 1 fashionable carbon.


What do you’re keen on about this bike?
The journey traits of a metal body are one thing of a biking cliche by now. Suffice it to say that this bike has a “Goldilocks” high quality to the way in which it handles. It’s nimble and responsive climbing and cornering, but steady and predictable on descents. To enrich the standard of its dealing with, this bike is the epitome of a 70s biking aesthetic: traditional, uncluttered and understated. And who can’t love that Gios blue?


Favourite driving space?
My very own yard, right here within the San Francisco Bay Space, significantly the East Bay hills.


Favourite driving expertise in your bike?
The San Francisco Bay Space was among the many first areas of the nation to enter lockdown from COVID 19. Thankfully, we have been capable of proceed outside biking. With the ability to preserve driving all through these months undoubtedly helped me keep my bodily and psychological equilibrium throughout that hectic interval.


Future upgrades?
A 13-26 freewheel would undoubtedly assistance on the climbs. A pair of silk racing tubulars can be good if simply to listen to the hum of the tires on the street. Nevertheless, I not journey quick sufficient to justify their addition!


Final phrases?
I take pleasure in restoring classic bikes as a lot as driving them. It’s very satisfying to offer a second life to frames which have sat uncared for in garages and basements and getting them again to their pure habitat on the street.


I’m an unabashed biking Luddite. For me, biking is a way to flee the entire digital and technological stimuli of on a regular basis life. These bikes from the 70s and early 80s symbolize biking in its essence, free from issues about wattage output, aerodynamics and Strava KOMs.


Due to Marco for sharing his journey with us. Acquired a motorcycle that you simply’re happy with? Properly how about sharing it with fellow PEZ followers and getting it featured in Readers’ Rigs so we are able to all stare at it! Ship us a Readers’ Rigs submission direct to [email protected] and your bike might be featured in all its glory right here on the pages of PEZ.

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