Welcome to my
BICYCLE PHOTO GALLERY
I created this site to display photos of the current and former bikes in my collection. My main interest is Italian bikes from the 70's and 80's, but I've had a couple of American bikes as well.
I took all the photos in my garage. You can see and read about my photo setup (camera, lighting, backdrop, etc.) here.
I still have a few more bikes to add to the gallery (a list of them is at the bottom of this page), so please check back periodically.
Thanks for visiting. Feel free to write me with any questions or comments you may have to my email address.
Ray Dobbins (in Miami, Florida)
Updated August 14, 2012
NEW My latest project, a 75 Colnago Super, freshly repainted by Jack Trumbull at Franklin Frames.
I asked Jack to keep the paint very thin and to give it a low-gloss finish. He also mixed the Molteni Orange paint a little darker than what we normally see...which is correct but uncommon. There were many shades of Molteni Orange over the years, and most modern reproductions and restorations tend to go with a brighter orange. I am happy that Jack used this deeper orange, which is very elegant and very "vintagey" looking.
Decals are from Greg Softley, of course. Nobody else has quality and selection that he has. And just so I can say that I participated in the restoration, I selected and applied all the decals myself.
Now I have to decide what to build it with (either plain Nuovo Record or milled/drilled/polished Nuovo Record). Hopefully I'll manage to build it and ride it before somebody convinces me to sell it.
More pics coming soon.
Posted July 5, 2012
I have a few sets of photos I took of OPB (other people's bikes). I won't include them in the main list of bikes below because they were never part of my collection, but they are still worth a look-see, so...here is the first one:
Anthony Nguyen's 1985 Ciocc, recently restored in Italy by Giovanni Pelizzoli, Mr. Ciocc himself. Click here for see all the photos.
Posted June 24, 2012
WHAT'S FOR SALE
NEW FOR SALE: Campagnolo C-Record Gruppo with Century Finish Click here for the full description.
Posted August 14, 2012
FOR SALE: 1991 COLNAGO CARBITUBO (56.5 c-c). Complete bike built with Campy C-Record Ergo.
Price: $4,500. More photos coming soon. (Posted June 15, 2012)
WHAT'S NOT SO NEW
Splash Gallery of Horror Do you dislike Splash handlebar tape as much as I do? If you do, and even if you don't, check out this new fun section. (Posted September 10, 2010)
STUFF I NEED
NEW I need a tandem rear wheel (or wheelset), 140mm wide, with Shimano compatible freehub. An 8 speed cassette to go with it would be nice. If you have just the hub, in 40 holes, that may work too.
For an upcoming page on the CINELLI LASER, I'm collecting information on the history of this iconic bike. If you you have info on the origins of the Laser, who designed it and when, etc., I'd love to hear from you.
As part of my Laser history page, I will create a Laser Registry. If you have a Laser, please contact me.
THE D.I.Y. SECTION
HOW TO PAINT-FILL FLUTES AND PANTOGRAPHING My newest how-to page, right here. (Posted July 30, 2008)
PAINT TOUCH-UP TIPS As part of my Baby Blue 72 Colnago Super project, I put together a list of touch-up tips. You can find them at the bottom of this page. (Posted July 30, 2008)
As part of my Merckx Molteni Replica project, I created two pages about drilling and countersinking. There's one page for the chain ring I did, and another for the brake levers.
I polished quite a bit of parts for my De Rosa, so I decided to put together a POLISHING PAGE showing you how I polish aluminum alloy parts, here .
POLISHING SERVICES. For those of you who don't have the time, space or inclination to do your own polishing, I will be glad to do it for you for a reasonable fee. Contact me for a "polishing consultation."
And of course there's the PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS that you can find in my photo setup.
and now, the bikes...
1984 BIANCHI SPECIALISSIMA (58 c-c)
Sold to Steve Adams, June 2008.
1985 BIANCHI CENTENARIO (57 c-c)
Sold to Matt Harvey, November 2005.
1992 BOTTECCHIA EQUIPE (56 c-c)
Frameset sold to Yanko Damboulev, October 2005. Gruppo sold to [name withheld by request], October 2006.
1987 CASATI GOLD LINE (56 c-c)
Sold to Dr. Richard Elliot, December 2004.
1967 CINELLI MOD. B (57 c-c)
Purchased from Edward Albert, December 2005 - Paint and decal restoration by J. Peter Weigle.
Sold to John Short, March 2007.
1982 CINELLI SC (55 c-c)
Sold to Jeffrey Shale, December 2004.
1979 CIOCC SAN CRISTOBAL (58 c-c)
New York Show Bike - Sold to Tom La Costa, December 2004 (except the saddle which I sold to Lou Deeter).
1971 or 72 COLNAGO SUPER (58 c-c)
Purchased September 7, 2007
Sold to (gotta look for the name!), October 2009.
1972 COLNAGO SUPER (57 c-c)
Sold to [name withheld by request], December 2004.
1979-80 COLNAGO MEXICO ORO (56 c-c)
Not available for sale or trade.
With Colnago wooden rims and pantographed hubs
1980 COLNAGO SUPER (52 c-c)
Sold to Carl Schmits, November 2005.
1983 COLNAGO OVAL CX (57 c-c)
Sold to Tom La Costa, March 2005.
1987 COLNAGO ESSAMEXICO (57 c-c)
Sold to Tom La Costa, May 2005.
1988 COLNAGO DUALL (57 c-c)
Sold to Oscar de la Guardia, January 2005.
1992 COLNAGO MASTER (57 c-c)
Sold to Eric Maves, July 2004.
1986 DE ROSA (56 c-c)
Purchased on eBay, May 2006.
Sold to (name coming soon!), June 2009.
1979 GIOS SUPER RECORD
Sold to Dr. Alejandro Rojas, June 2009.
Very cool with lots of milling and drilling by yours truly. You can see the eBay listing here.
1979 GUERCIOTTI (NEW YORK SHOW BIKE)
In NOS condition all its life, it has gone to a new home where it will continue to be appreciated as a piece of art. You can see the eBay listing here.
Sold to Kevin Moran, July 2008.
1974 MASI GRAN CRITERIUM (Italian, 58 c-t)
Sold to (can't find the name!), May 2009
Purchased on eBay, August 2005.
I want to thank the following people for their help in sourcing parts for this bike: Nick Zatezalo, Hon Lee, Phil Sieg and Ken Denny. I hope I didn't forget to mention anybody - if I did, please let me know.
I took photos of the frameset and close-ups of the bb shell when I first got it in August 2005, so some of the experts on the C.R. list could use them to help me confirm the date of the frame. The consensus is that it could be as early as 1972, but not later than 1974. It was sold to me as a 74, so that's what I'm calling it. My thanks to Tom Sanders, Jack Gabus, Bob Hovey, John Jorgensen and Brian Baylis for their help in dating the frame.
The Masi was set up a little differently by the time I sold it. You can see the eBay listing here.
1984 MEDICI PRO-STRADA (57 c-c)
Sold to Hervι Massacet (France), May 2006.
1990 MERCKX CORSA MOLTENI REPLICA (57 c-c)
Sold to [name withheld by request], December 2007.
1990 MERCKX CORSA EXTRA 7-11 (56 c-c)
Sold to Dave Warfield, August 2004.
Early 1980's PALETTI CRONOS (56 c-c)
Components sold to Greg Softley, June 2005 - Frameset sold to [name unkwown], August 2005.
1987 PARAMOUNT 50TH ANNIV. ED. (57 c-c)
Sold to Paul Wilson, June 2008.
I sold it without the 50th Anniversary gruppo (which is available for sale or trade). You can see the new setup (the eBay listing) here.
The bikes I have that I still need to photograph are:
- 1983 Cinelli Laser (Strada model)
- 1990 Colnago Carbitubo
- Coming soon: 1971 Masi GC
- Also coming soon: 76 Colnago Super - Molteni replica
Some of the bikes I've owned but sold before photographing:
- 1970 Cinelli SC
- 1979 Cellini (flat black and gold plated frameset, with black anodized & gold plated Super Record gruppo)
- 1984 Colnago Arabesque (with complete Colnago 30th Anniversary gruppo)
- 1986 Colnago Equilateral
- 1989 Merckx Grand Prix (Reynolds 753)
- 1990 Tommasini Diamante
- 1991 Tommasini Velocista
- 1992 Guerciotti Pista
Updated August 14, 2012