As kids, we all encountered a Fauxnago or two in the neighbourhood, but this is the real deal. Sergio Fauxnago was employed at the Colnago factory during the late 70s, before he was frog-marched off the premises by Ernesto himself, over an artistic disagreement.
Sergio wreaked havoc on the Italian racing scene by plastering his own decals over random frames in an effort to undermine Ernesto’s credibility, but he also produced a few frames of his own—from Columbus ‘Tubo Idraulico Speciale’.
Jokes aside, this is the epitome of the improvement that can be made to a cheap frame—if you already own a small amount of technical skill and can match your bar tape and cable housing to your decals. Andy ‘FYXO’ White took a standard Charge Plug and a budget of $900 to apply his own style.
For a full feature on his well-read FYXO website, Andy outlined the steps and components required to turn a generally mediocre bike into a ‘Super Commuter’. After scoring the ubiquitous Plug on eBay for $599, Andy stripped the frame and sent it off for powder coating.
Cyclomondo supplied the decals, designed with a satirical touch. A ‘Regalesque’ saddle was sourced via eBay and tires, bars, levers and tape were also found online, including the H Plus Son TB14 wheels. The original stem, headset, bottom bracket, Sugino crankset and brake calipers stayed.
The cake’s icing was the indomitable Cycle Underground chain ring. Andy has been selling the BREV. FYXOMATOSIS edition for years and they’ve been extensively field-proven. Here’s an exclusive offer: enter ‘cycleexif’ on checkout for free postage WORLDWIDE including Saudi Arabia.
All orders include free FYXO sticker packs. Overall, the Fauxnago is an impressive machine. After selling back the bars, levers, post, saddle, wheels, freewheel at the Bicycle Swap Meet, the entire cost came in at $935. Quite inspirational, for a fun, rock solid and weather-proof bike.