A Lovely Reproduction: Lucho Herrera’s Pinarello

Retro Vuelta Winners Bike: Egan Bernal was the primary Colombian to win the Tour de France, however Lucho Herrera was the primary Colombian and South American to win a Grand Tour – La Vuelta a España 1987. Each Bernal and Herrera rode a Pinarello, Herrera later in his profession. Ed Hood has a take a look at a precise reproduction of Herrera’s Pinarello from Treviso.

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To understand how huge a deal it was for Luis Alberto (Lucho) Herrera to win the 1987 Vuelta, it’s finest to learn the passage in Lucy Fallon and Adrian Bell’s e book, ‘Viva la Vuelta’ the place they speak in regards to the closing stage into Madrid. “Again residence in Colombia, the radio commentary and TV protection had the inhabitants mesmerised. With your entire nation at a standstill, it made sense to declare the ultimate day of the Vuelta a nationwide vacation. The streets of Bogota have been abandoned till Lucho crossed the ultimate line. Then the nation exploded in pleasure, the primary coronary heart assault sufferer was registered, and the partying started in earnest.”

Lucho’s blue Pinarello made such an impression on Scot John Laporte that he went out and purchased one similar to it.

Other than the tyres and saddle, it’s just about the way it was when it first noticed the sunshine of day; John purchased his simply as the primary of Campagnolo’s ‘ergo energy’ mixed brake/gear levers arrived in 1992.

The body, a ‘Treviso’ mannequin got here from south coast of England importer Dauphin Sport, which was run by ex-pro Tony Mills. As befits the archetypal Italian body, the tubing was double butted Columbus SL; in nowadays of sub-one kilogram framesets, a set of SL weighed in at round two kilos.

The underside bracket was funding solid, engraved with the Pinarello brand and had ‘trick’ cable routing. Lugs have been harking back to the well-known Prugnat ‘brief factors’ and featured cut-outs; these actually didn’t save a lot weight however have been pleasing to the attention and enabled a greater stream of solder by the lug at brazing stage.

Campagnolo equipped their well-known solid ‘brief’ drop outs which have been chromed for sturdiness – continuous clamping of fast releases on this planet of the professionals implies that paint work to drop outs doesn’t final lengthy. Entrance forks have been all chrome with a semi-sloping crown engraved ‘GPT’ Giovanni Pinarello Treviso – the north Italian metropolis and province which is residence to Pinarello.

The seat stays have been capped with stable prime eyes additionally engraved with the ‘GPT’ brand and featured a neat ‘pip’ simply above the gear hanger on which to hold the chain while the bike was in transit. The drive prepare facet chainstay was chromed for sturdiness; a sequence bouncing on tough surfaces would quickly devastate chainstay paint.

The seat pillar was the primary factor of the Campagnolo C-File groupset, adjustable by a single simply accessible bolt, in contrast to the unique ‘Campag’ seat pillar which required a particular cranked spanner to regulate. Campag’s extremely neat Allen key seat bolt nestled flush into the seat cluster to safe the pillar.

Up entrance, Sachs bars and stem have been chosen due to their futuristic – for the time – design; the Campag ergo energy shifters look clunky now however have been innovative again then. While Shimano have been first to include braking and shifting in the identical levers, the Italian agency have been the primary to include hid gear cable routing.

Campag’s C-File alloy headset did the steering however is probably not their most elegant design.

The identical can’t be stated of the smooth ‘Delta’ brakes, the centre pulling internals of which resembled a Swiss watch; however they have been simply too delicate for the tough and tumble world {of professional} biking and Campag discontinued them in 1993.

The rear brake cable was hid within the prime tube – the gear cables ran by the underside bracket – and the seat keep brake bridge was neatly strengthened

Eight speeds was the configuration of the day; shifting was a lot much less delicate than it’s nowadays – pc designed ramps, pins and tremendous versatile chains with eleven velocity transmission have been nonetheless a method off. However when you’d grown up with 5 speeds and a worry of shifting as a result of horrific occasions that would happen when you muffed the change – eight velocity ergo was cool.

The C-File chainset had the fifth chainring fixing bolt secured into the again of the crank arm – a function that Campag have retained ever since, rings have been 39 x 53.

Rims and hubs got here from Vicenza – town which is residence to Campagnolo – File-C with gray Omega rims, spokes in chrome steel; laced by former GB mechanic, Sandy Gilchrist, with the entrance radial.

And while John has stored the bike ‘interval’ as a lot as doable, tyres do put on out and the Pinarello now runs on sticky Continental rubber. However regardless of his love of Lucho, metal tubes and historic Campag, unique carbon is tempting him; and the Pinarello simply may go to a great residence – in the proper circumstances. Regardless of my love of the historical past of our sport, I don’t go in for nostalgia about outdated bicycles – however that is one good machine.

The Postobón–Manzana–Ryalcao Vuelta crew and their Pinarello – Herrera rode for the crew in 1991 and 92

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