Monday, 15 October 2012

The Vintage Road Racer

Retro Bike
Retro Bike

How annoying is that? Going to work by bike and back home,
by bus.
Lately my city commuter was stolen just in front of my working place.

Anyway one thing was for sure, I need a new bicycle.
My coworker offered me his old Boschetti road bike, from the 80's,
which immediately turned into my new project.....:
"The Vintage Racer"

Boschetti road bike
Boschetti Road Bike

I started to disassemble the entire bicycle, checked all the parts
and decided which I keep using. As well I wanted a new paint.
The frame had to be prepared with sanding and cleaning.

Bike frame
Boschetti Frame

My workshop/cellar now also turned into a small (very)
spray booth.
I chose a metallic silver for the frame.

Bike frame
Spray painted frame

With the newly ordered parts arriving, the reassembling was
about to begin. The idea was to combine the silver frame with
brown leather that gives the racer a vintage look.

fixie singlespeed
Vintage Racer

As you can see in the picture above,
I replaced the drop bar with a flat bar.
I like the look of a fixie or single speed,
in this case the difference is that i kept all
the gears. As well I preferred to keep the
entire Shimano 600 system inclusive the
bar end shifters which were transferred to
the flat bar and now required adapters
to get them work.

Flat Bar Road Bike
Flat Bar

It finally looks fine for me and a stolen bike turned into
an opportunity.

Retro Bike
Retro Bike

Monday, 3 September 2012

Switch The Light

This lamp is actually not really vintage.
The Lumo Wall Panel is just great in
style of the 60's and 70's.

Lumo Wall lamp
Lumo Wall Panel

It looks even more amazing at night
when the lights are on.
Switch the light!!!

Switch The Light
Lumo Wall Panel

Since I'm going green and work with environment friendly stuff,
I switched to energy saver bulbs. I had a hard time finding these.
Finally found, they look just fine even if they're a bit smaller.

Switch the Light
Lumo Wall Panel

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Vintage Pioneer Amplifier Obsession

Since I got my first Pioneer Amplifier, I'm obsessed
with the design and impressed with the quality.
Let's start with the "smallest one, this was my first.
Pioneer SA 506

Pioneer SA 506
Pioneer SA 506

Then I felt like wanting some more Power
and got two sizes bigger. unfortunately
the power amp blew off.
Pioneer SA 706

Pioneer SA 706
Pioneer SA 706

After getting infected by the "vintage Pioneer flu"
I looked for something more slim to connect my TV.
I thought, this might be a good solution.
Pioneer SA 610

Pioneer SA 610
Pioneer SA 610

Later I started to think of a real setup
just to enjoy good quality and clean sound.
I love this one!!! Working perfect since years!!!
Pioneer SA 9500 II

Pioneer SA 9500 II
Pioneer SA 9500 II

The small brother, I saw on Ebay by coincidence.....
In super mint condition, just had to get it:
Pioneer SA 8500 II

Pioneer SA 8500 II
Pioneer SA 8500 II
Pioneer SA 8500 II
Pioneer SA 8500 II

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Vintage Hifi and Sound

"Remember the good times" I like to say if
it comes to hifi and music. Introducing my
little setup and two of my favorite LP's

Vintage Hifi Setup
Vintage Hifi Setup

In my opinion, one of the best albums ever!!!
Curtis Mayfield Superfly

Curtis Mayfield Superfly
Curtis Mayfield Superfly

Not nearly as famous but another great album
of the austrian musician Kurt Hauenstein is.....
"World of Today" by Supermax

Supermax World of Today

Monday, 20 August 2012

Favorite Vintage Collection

In this post I'd like to share
photos of some of my favorite items.
I enjoy looking at these things.

Thorens Turntable
Thorens TD 318

The Thorens TD 318
is in great condition and
looks beautiful.

The following Photographs
don't need any comments
Just enjoy looking at it.

Swissair Lighter
Swissair Lighter

Vintage Chevy Impala
Chevrolet Impala

Voigtlaender Vito CLR
Voigtländer Vito CLR

Leica R4
Leica R4 & Voigtländer VSL 3E

Rocket Skateboard
My custom made rocket skateboard
with vintage eagle trucks

Panton Magistretti
Panton Chair & Magistretti Tessera Table

Murano block Vase
Murano Vase

Vintage Bicycle Bell
Vintage Bicycle Bell

Sunday, 12 August 2012

The Funky Seventies

During the seventies, items often had funky designs
and were super colorful.
One of my favorite was the Weltron model 2001
space ball radio with 8-Track.

Weltron 2001 Space Ball Radio
Weltron 2001 Ball Radio

At the bottom of the swiveling base is a giant rubber suction cup,
making the radio extremely stabil on a smooth surface.
Although it has a handle which makes it mobile, it is quite heavy.
It's round form and the chrome ring gives it a spaceman look.

Weltron 2001 Space Ball Radio
Weltron 2001 Ball Radio

Weltron sold a few other models. A rectangular-shaped
radio/8-track set is fairly common, usually at
lower prices than this unusual model.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Urban Bicycle

Retro Bike
Retro Bike

My wife loves old bicycles same as I do. So we started to look
and tried to find a used vintage bike to pimp.
A friend finally found his sister's bike, from the early seventies,
in his dad's shed.

old bike
Old Bike

I decided to disassemble every single part and rebuild it with
a totally new urban style look. Since it was the wish of my wife,
I used a matt baby blue for the frame and the mud guards.

baby blue frame
Baby blue bicycle frame


Retro Bike
Retro Bike

Most of the parts were replaced with nicer
and more functional accessories. At least
my love was delighted when she saw it
and I think it is a cool
urban cruiser

Retro Bike
Retro Bike