Pinarello VENETO– New Vintage Bike

The students and teachers are out for spring break this time of year. I mostly spend my time riding my bike, working a little in the yard, turkey hunting, and hanging out at the Bike Pedaler in Columbus, Georgia. It was at the bike shop when I spotted this gem being assembled. It is the new old school bike from Pinarello and is a beauty to behold. There are only 500 of them made, and the shop owner said this one is the only one that has been imported into the United States, at this point.

The paint on the steel frame is gorgeous. It has a deep pearl-like luster to it. I like the down tube shifters (ignore the zip ties . . . the bike was being built when I took these pictures). The only thing that I would have liked to have seen is a true throw-back bike, with old school braking system and period derailleurs. I know that they made it to be ridden today, but I think a true collector piece would be cool to have it exactly the same way it was back in the day.

WP_20150330_005The way the seat and chain stays are left with a polished steel look is nicely done and tied into the seat tube flawlessly. The detail of the old Pinarello lettering is also a nice touch.

The imitation Brooks saddle is a bit strange. Pinarello, being the large company it is, maybe should have worked out a deal with Brooks to put the real deal on there. The bike weighs a little less than a 1978 Buick Electra, but it is still an incredible bike; one that I would love to own. It can be purchased for around $3500. Here is what it will look like when it is finished or visit here:

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