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.
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.