Reader’s rig: Bicycles are rarely seen in non-bicycle shop windows, but if you’re near the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, you’ll need to visit Pasanella & Son in Vintners to see the SW. Kotten truck bike. Marco Pasanella gives us a complete summary of this work of art.
name: Marco Pasanella.
position: New York City.
bicycle: SW Kotten truck bike. SW Cotten is a brand launched in 1969 by acquaintance Sam Cotten, who imported the frame from British master craftsman HB Hurlow. From the 50’s to the 70’s, Hurlow was known for his nifty old-fashioned detailing. Custom rugs, fastback stays with allen bolts, and hand-painted names (without decals) were part of his trademark. The tube is a double butted Reynolds 531.
Groupset: Campagnolo Nuovo Record Pista, Super Record Chainring, 50t-16
wheel: Campagnolo Nuovo Record hub, 36-spoke Champion Medaille D’Or rim, double-batted Robergel Trois Etoiles spokes, and hand-soldered for added rigidity. The tires are new. The original I believe was the Clement Pista Seta Tubular on the Silk Wall (!).
pedal: Campagnolo Nuovo Record Pista with Christoph’s toe clip and Binda strap.
saddle: Cell Italy Frit.
other: The handlebar and stem are Cinelli. The seatpost is Campagnolo, but it has been milled to reduce weight. It was a different thing at the time.
weight: About 18 pounds.
When did you buy it?
The bike was given to me in the late 70’s when my friend Jamie Ellis, a former New York Kilometer Champion, retired.
Why did you choose this bike?
It was beautiful, fast, and free!
Did you make any changes / additions?
I repainted it in the original Takiose color. I replaced the Shimano crankset with Campy Pista. We also changed the saddle from a huge Unicanitor suede to a small but uncomfortable SelleItalia Flite.
How many miles / kilometer do you run in a year?
There is no one on this bike more than I want to count, but I live in our wine shop (Pasanella & Son, Vintners) window.
What do you like about this bike?
I love the colors, old English fonts and steel details. The rug is also bordered with gold pin striping. Above all, I continued to be impressed by the generosity of this friend who wanted to help me as a teenager on race tracks and roads.
What is your favorite riding area?
I am fortunate to spend a considerable amount of time in Camaiore (Lucca), a small town in northwestern Tuscany where mountains and water meet. It’s an area with lots of great mountaineering and awe for cycling.
What is your favorite riding experience on your bike?
Another acquaintance, 63-year-old Francesco Moser, tried to grab his handle when he bombarded New York City’s infamous bumpy 6th Avenue. You can get a glimpse of what you must have felt to catch up with Lo Sceriffo on the cobblestones of Paris-Roubaix. Also, I won a Thanksgiving turkey at the age of 12 in my first race at Central Park in 1974 (there were two participants in my class. I came second. My The only competitor was the turkey).
Just replace the tubular when it dries.
The last word:
Except for the occasional ride in New York, I leave it in the window of my wine shop.
Marco’s SW Kotten Track Bikes can be found at: Pasanella & Son, Vintners115 South St, New York, NY10038.
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