Here is Aedan’s 70s Fausto Coppi 10-speed. After reading Aedan’s message, I was curious about this “Hirondelle” he spoke of, and in the process looking it up, I happened on a another more fancy bicycle blog that the Rivendell-types among you will enjoy. Enter Ecovelo.info where I found one these mysterious (to me) Hirondelle fixies. Oh, and when you’re done looking at the Hirondelle, get-a-load of the HTMWBCAVZT on the Coppi!
Aedan from Maine
Two nights ago I was on my evening ride, (Hirondelle fixie) and passed a friend of mine on his bike. After chatting for a bit, he told me he had an old Italian road bike in his garage, that he didn’t ride anymore. He didn’t want to see it sit anymore, and he told me I could have it if I planned to ride it. So, yesterday morning I drove over to his place on my way to work. after taking the front wheel off, it fit perfectly in the back seat of my saab, which surprised me. Once home, I immediately removed the drop bars and used the last flatbar I had lying around. Took the brakes off, cleaned and lubed them, put the front one back on. New lever, new cable. Then ziptied a yellow water bottle cage on for the final touch. I adjusted the derailleur levers tension, filled the tires to spec, and went out riding. I immediately loved the way this bike handles, and it’s my favorite road bike now. I know it’s from the seventies, but I have no idea as to the model, or what year exactly. thanks for a great site, It’s provided me with lots of inspiration.