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MY "TEN SPEEDS"

 

 

CAMBIO RINO SP - INTRO

FINDING THE CR SP

BUILDING THE CR SP

RIDNIG THE CR SP

 

BICYCLES OF CANADA

  

FINDING THE CAMBIO RINO SP

I find vintage road bicycles all the time, these days.  I guess that I average about two new finds each week.  Spring, of course, produces many bicycles while mid-winter produces very few and the few produced are hard to locate.  Though there are roughly ten bicycle finding procedures that produce bicycles, one new one has proved to be incredibly productive.  Sadly, to use Bike Finding Procedure #11, you must be prepared to enlist the services of lots of people who will act as volunteers to an organization known as Bicycles for Humanity.  Thunder Bay has developed such a chapter and has been collecting bicycles ever since.

Bicycles for Humanity - Thunder Bay has collected well over two and a half thousand bicycles in the past three years.  Approximately two thousand of those have been sent to Africa or released back into the TB community, once again with needy people being the target recipients.  Volunteers who put in their time and effort are welcome to lay claim to any bicycle that is donated to the B4H-TB cause.  And that is how this beautiful old Cambio Rino SP found its way into The Old Shed.

Though B4H-TB collects bicycles year round, the group organizes Bike Donation Drives twice a year.  In the space of roughly 24 hours, between 400 and 500 bicycles will be dropped off at the shop.  People who have no means to drop of bicycles are invited to call me and arrange for a time when their donated bicycles can be picked up.  It was on just such a pick-up that the Cambio Rino SP introduced itself to me.  I was immediately taken by the bicycle and laid claim to it just as quickly.  All I would have to do is present my request for the bicycle to the B4H-TB Steering Committee, laying claim to the bicycle through the Earn A Bike Program implemented by our organization.

I should add that the lady who donated the Cambio Rino SP also donated a gorgeous Norco Magnum Special Edition at the same time.  The Norco was too small for me, plus I already owned a near mint example of my own, the only other bicycle to enter my collection through the B4H-TB Earn A Bike Program.  But that is another story.

The day I approached the address for the bicycle pick-up, I was greeted in the drive way by both bicycles.  I knew immediately that I was looking a good bikes, even before I could tell what make they were.  As I walked towards the house, my excitement grew.  The Cambio Rino was sort of hidden by the Norco and it was not until I was up close that I realized what I was looking at.  Elation!  Though the Cambio Rino 2000 I already had might have been a better bicycle, from a components point of view, the "SP" sported a superior frame and fork set.  To add icing to the beautiful cake, the "SP" was absolutely original, right down to the tubular tires set.

While ogling the two bicycles, the lady who had offered the bikes came up and introduced herself.  Sandy works at one of the local bicycle shops and had heard of the B4H-TB endeavour.  The two bicycles she had decided to donate were not hers to begin with.  Rather, the man and lady who had purchased the bicycles new had both been in a terrible car accident, claiming their lives.  Their bicycles had been in storage at Sandy's house at the time of the accident and there they remained for another twenty years.  When the bicycles were presented to me, it was obvious that neither had seen much use.

Sandy and I discussed the virtues of the Bicycles for Humanity effort as well as how she came into possession of the bicycles.  Her story was a sad one since the lady who had ridden the Norco Magnum SE had been her best friend.  And, considering how old the bikes were and how old Sandy appeared to be, her best friend must have been taken in her early twenties, at best.  Anyway...

The loading of the two bikes took only a moment, but during that moment, many features caught my eye.  The frame set was full Columbus SP chrome moly tubing.  The forged drops were unmarked but cleanly installed, suggesting that the person who built the frame set knew what he/she was doing and cared enough to do it well.  The nicest thing about the frame set, in my humble opinion, was the fact that the cosmetics were absolutely original.  What few paint decal chips there were had not even been touched up.  The bicycle was in very nice "as found" shape.  And it looked to be my size.

The C-R SP, at 54cm was a perfect fit for me.  My plan for the day changed and I decided to get the bicycle home immediately.  I had no intention of filling the pick-up truck full of old bicycles that might well damage the cosmetics or mechanics of the C-R and Norco.  Home we all went and both road bikes were quickly deposited in The Old Shed.  I had full intention of having a much closer look at the Cambio Rino once my chores for the day were behind me.

NEXT - BUILDING THE CAMBIO RINO SP

 

 

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