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Lucho Herrera’s Pinarello


To appreciate how big a deal it was for Luis Alberto (Lucho) Herrera to win the 1987 Vuelta, it’s best to read the passage in Lucy Fallon and Adrian Bell’s book, ‘Viva la Vuelta’ where they talk about the closing stage into Madrid.

‘Back home in Colombia, the radio commentary and TV coverage had the population mesmerised. With the entire country at a standstill, it made sense to declare the final day of the Vuelta a national holiday.

The streets of Bogota were deserted until Lucho crossed the final line. Then the nation exploded in joy, the first heart attack victim was registered, and the partying began in earnest.’

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John’s beautiful Pinarello.

Lucho Herrera’s Pinarello made such an impression on Scot John Laporte that he went out and bought one just like it.

Apart from the tyres and saddle, it’s pretty much how it was when it first saw the light of day; John bought his just as the first of Campagnolo’s ‘ergo power’ combined brake/gear levers arrived in 1992.

The frame, a ‘Treviso’ model came from south coast of England importer Dauphin Sport, which used to be run by ex-pro Tony Mills.

As befits the archetypal Italian frame, the tubing was double butted Columbus SL; in these days of sub-one kilogram framesets, a set of SL weighed in at around two kilos.

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Stamped BB shell.

The bottom bracket was investment cast, engraved with the Pinarello logo and had ‘trick’ cable routing.

Lugs were reminiscent of the famous Prugnat ‘short points’ and featured cut-outs; these certainly didn’t save much weight but were pleasing to the eye and enabled a better flow of solder through the lug at brazing stage.

Campagnolo supplied their famous forged ‘short’ drop outs which were chromed for durability — continual clamping of quick releases in the world of the pros means that paint work to drop outs doesn’t last long.

Front forks were all chrome with a semi-sloping crown engraved ‘GPT’ Giovanni Pinarello Treviso — the north Italian city and province which is home to Pinarello.

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Campagnolo ends and s/f hub.

The seat stays were capped with solid top eyes also engraved with the ‘GPT’ logo and featured a neat ‘pip’ just above the gear hanger on which to hang the chain whilst the bike was in transit.

The drive train side chainstay was chromed for durability; a chain bouncing on rough surfaces would soon devastate chainstay paint.

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The original C-Record seat post.

The seat pillar was the first element of the Campagnolo C-Record groupset, adjustable by a single easily accessible bolt, unlike the original ‘Campag’ seat pillar which required a special cranked spanner to adjust.

Campag’s ultra neat Allen key seat bolt nestled flush into the seat cluster to secure the pillar.

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Sachs bars and stem.

Up front, the: Sachs-branded (which was actually made by Modolo – thanks to Al Hamilton for spotting that) ‘bars and stem were chosen because of their futuristic — for the time — design; the Campag ergo power shifters look clunky now but were cutting edge back then.

Whilst Shimano were first to incorporate braking and shifting in the same levers, the Italian firm were the first to incorporate concealed gear cable routing.