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Fixed gear
Fixed gear
Theory & practice


Spring 2005

The frame was sent to me by a friend in Milan. He found it in a cellar’s friend, whom curiously enough was the technical director of a track racing team. The bike was used exclusively to go like madmen on a track, it’s in home weld aluminum with big bars to make it resistant and not nice. Even the painting was horrible to look at so I took it off straight away (trust me it was awful).

I repainted it respecting the natural ugliness of the frame. I used a paint you would use for floors and passed it over with a sponge, adding a little chili dust to enhance the character of this little fury.

The rotational mechanism are a mixture between the best there is today and a little traditional (that was the best back in the day); the hubs are incredibly smooth, fitted purposely for track racing, 28 spokes, with high flange for a better rigidity on the wheel. The central movement belongs to the same family as the hubs and it moves with the same smoothness as if it was laying in a puddle of oil. The garrison is Gipiemme from the 70’s. the ratio is 48/17, that can develop nearly 6 metres; perfect for Rome, even though I’m getting used to the 7,12 of Dora Nera

Here too the handlebars are brass.

Joyeuse was the name of Charlemagne’s sword, and in archaic French it means “enthusiastic about love”.

Very sprinty and reactive, thanks also to the short chariot and to the front geometry.

It doesn’t weight.

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