15 March 2013
A Flashy Racer Becomes A Classy Commuter
When you see a bike like this, you realize why people like me like steel road bikes so much.
I spotted this Pinarello, which appears to be from the '80's or early '90's, parked near the site of the former World Trade Center.
It's not so unusual to see old racing bikes re-purposed as commuters. It's most commonly done by replacing the dropped bars with flat ones, as the owner of this bike did. However, I'm seeing more old road bikes with "mustache" bars or the Velo Orange Porteur (which I love).
But it's still fairly unusual to see full fenders on road bikes from the '80's or later, with their short wheelbases and tight clearances. Older racing bikes, like the Peugeot PX-10 and Raleigh International, were made to accommodate protection from the elements.
That's why I was fascinated to see the Velo Orange hammered fenders on this Pinarello. They're narrower than the ones I have on Helene and Vera, but of the same style. It's funny how it can make what had been a flashy racing machine into a classy, classic commuter.