Eddy Merckx Corsa Ragazza

Eddy Merckx Corsa Ragazza

There’s been a spike in the amount of Eddy Merckx related bikes and memorabilia on the web this week, and it’s not looking like letting up any time soon. It’s reassuring to know the legend of Merckx is, like the man behind it, enduring, and will continue to inspire. Melbourne’s Andy White of Fyxomatosis has taken a Corsa Extra and applied his connoisseur’s style to create a build especially for Eddy’s female fans.

Andy is a specialist in assembling vintage and NOS frames and components together in both traditional and ‘innovative’ ways. His complete restorations of steel road and track bikes have been completely sympathetic to its period, the next week might produce a Bianchi Strada frame converted to a single speed with Nitto risers, celeste grips and Phil Wood hubs. He won’t balk at porteurs or fixed gear mountain bikes either.

Eddy Merckx Corsa Ragazza
Eddy Merckx Corsa Ragazza

His ‘Corsa Ragazza’ features Nitto Promenade bars for a comfortable arm and riding position and a 1st Generation Campagnolo C-Record gruppo throughout. Andy’s humor is apparent: Campy crank bolts have been used to secure the pristine vinyl bar tape to the bars. The attention to detail is evident right down to the rubber on the road; a pair of Campagnolo’s Omega Strada Hardox clinchers is clad in Veloflex Pave tires. A rare San Marco Ladies Rolls saddle in perforated white leather ensures comfort is paramount.

Check out Andy’s blog, Fyxomatosis, for the latest updates on his builds and adventures, the latest being an epic 200 kilometer burn through the Victorian countryside in one summer day. If you liked his Corsa Ragazza, you can download a wallpaper for your monitor here.

PS: We’ve cut the price of the 2011 Cycle EXIF Bicycle Calendar to a bargain $9.95. Grab your copy now with no fear of missing out on a full year—we’ve included a bike for January 2012 as a bonus.

Eddy Merckx Corsa Ragazza
Eddy Merckx Corsa Ragazza
Eddy Merckx Corsa Ragazza
Eddy Merckx Corsa Ragazza
Eddy Merckx Corsa Ragazza
Eddy Merckx Corsa Ragazza
Eddy Merckx Corsa Ragazza

  • R41hpr

    This really makes me want to hurt someone…

  • That poor bike.

    • Phill

      Couldn’t agree more. I’ll never understand why anyone would put riser bars on a racing frame. If you want a comfy, upright position get a sportive frame. And don’t get me started on wasting that groupset……….

  • TD

    ^^^ hahaha! I love it when uptight bike nerds get their panties in a wad. I’ll never understand it, but whatever, it’s their misery, not anyone elses.

  • mrk_d

    I love that thing…and I’m usually one to like a ‘correct’ bike. Something about Albatross handlebars on a classic steel ride just does it for me.

  • Byron Loibl

    throw some drop bars on there and she’d be finished. i appreciate the bike and all, but saying this guy put his “connoisseur’s style” on it might be a bit much. he put some nitto bars on a great race bike, not exactly earth shattering. well-done on securing what looks to be NOS C-Rec group though.

  • Christopher A Moyer

    Once I got past my initial reaction that this was really wrong, I decided I like it. If I saw a woman riding this around town, I’d want to meet her. I bet you would, too.

    • just you wait till you see THOSE pictures. You’ll all be converts. ride safe.

  • R41hpr

    I dunno – I guess I’ll just never get over Misson Chicks in legwarmers and keffiyehs riding around on the super-bikes of the 1980s. We all tore our fingers open rebuidling bottom brackets on Univegas in order to be able to maybe club race the bikes in our dog earned pr0n Bicycling mags and buy Campy. Basso, Pogliaghi, Bottecchia, Somec, Rossin… If you rode one you were a god among mere Paramounts. I’ll never forget the day I laid hands on a C-Record grouppo. We worshipped these machines, these components, the builders, the racers. And now these bikes are, inexplicably, hipster irony of the highest order? I have the sad.

    I am now officially old and pissed off. At 41. Thanks, kids.

  • Wow, at 52 I couldn’t have said it better, except, yeah, you are a bit young to be so bitter. 😉

  • Erosandthanatos

    A 56cm is a bit big for a woman, eh? And why would it necessarily be for a woman, anyways? Just because it’s pink?

  • DIMITRI

    eddy would be pleased that all those years refining the tubing and geometry on his frames didnt go to waste