Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Some vintage picks...

MAFAC's Racer centerpull brakes were the manufacturer's most common model. The little rack is not really a rack, though I didn't know any better until I looked it up (duh), but is rather support for a handlebar mount basket. MAFAC, began producing brakes, levers and tool kits in France following World War II. Their products were among the more common brake models seen on bikes from the late 1950s through the 1970s. This brake set is on an unidentified frame (there is a raised heart on the downtube, but it does not seem like a DeRosa) at the Velo.

This Olmo is set up as a smart little commuter or errand runner with that rear rack. I especially like that little "army" bell. I gave it a test ride - very comfy. However, with a little alteration this could be a cool cross-bike for certain cyclocross races. Nothing like the details on vintage Italian bikes; check out the great fretwork motif around the seatpost clamp.

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