Now as a bike shop I'm sure it wouldn't surprise anyone to hear that we get to see a myriad of different bicycles roll in through the door for repair. From the latest electronics found in Road and mountain bikes to the Rod brakes of yesteryear we get to see it all. Every now and then though a piece of cycling heritage or a bike that pays homage to an era of past greats rolls in and ignites an excitement in the shop that everybody wants to talk about. One such bike to have had this effect has been Bay Cycles' customer John Coopers' Lemond Chambery.
The Lemond Chambery pays homage to what was three times Tour de France winner Greg Lemonds second UCI World Road Race Championship. Held in Chambery, France in 1989 three weeks after Lemond had won his second Tour, the race was one of Lemond's hardest fought wins of his career.
Having spotted the Lemond on eBay John, a keen member and regular leader on CTC (Cycling Touring Club Torbay) rides knew he had found a real gem. The red and natural carbon frame of the 2006 Lemond Chambery was in truly exceptional condition. However, as a regular longer distance rider reliability and comfort are always paramount and John entrusted us at Bay Cycles to get the Lemond set up and working like new.
Keen to keep the bike as authentic as possible, John opted to upgrade the Lemond with Bontrager parts and tyres as the bike had originally been equipped with. Hub serviced Bontrager Race Lite wheels were treated to new Bontrager inner tubes and R3 tyres in black. With the Ultegra 10 speed transmission checked, lubed and running freely John opted for a new set of Shimano PDM 540 SPD pedals to help keep his feet firmly placed.
Having previously bike fitted John at Bay Cycles using the Trek Precision Fit process all the information on his most efficient Cleat, saddle and handle bar positions were on file to reference.
Moreover, with Bontrager's extensive range of stem lengths and angles available we were able to achieve a perfect handlebar position and match the other Bontrager components found on the Lemond. After the freeing of a slightly seized carbon seat post, (due to a lack of regular greasing) all three major contact points (Pedals, Saddle and Handlebars) where dialled in to John's Precision Fit. With the position all set, finally the handlebars were clad in new black Bontrager Gel Cork bar tape with the last finishing touch of two Chi Red RL Bottle cages attached to the Chambery's frame.
From the stunning red and carbon frame to the chrome of the badge, on completion the Lemond, Chambery truly looked every bit the modern classic.
For those of you with a keen eye you will also see in the photos John' attention to detail extended to the matching colour scheme and brand authenticity of a new Red, Black and White Bontrager Velocis helmet.
Whilst at Bay Cycles we were sad to see the Lemond, Chambery leave we were very grateful to John for trusting us with this project. Moreover we would like to thank John for allowing us to feature the bike in this article and look forward to seeing them out on a ride soon!