Minna: An Alan Super Record CX Bike Restored

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The Alan Super Record CX is a vintage Italian bicycle originally designed by Lodovico Falconi in 1984. An aluminum racing bike, the design has a frame that is relatively light and sporty like the commuting bikes of today, so it makes for a great custom build. In a moment of luck, the Netherlands-based builder Junior Hoefsloot found one such frame in good condition in a scrap metal yard. He salvaged the part, taking it back to his workplace, Villa Boerebont MOER. A philanthropic foundation and shop, Villa Boerebont MOER trains underprivileged youth in the life-long skills of woodworking, bike mechanics, farming, and baking, ultimately helping them gain confidence and financial independence. Hoefsloot and the young people work together to create quality fixed-gear and single-speed bicycles for customers. Refurbishing and re-imaging the Alan, the team paired the frame with another found part, a chromed Tange fork, and set the design aside until they found the right finishings. After a year, the project finally came together when Hoefsloot received a roll of automotive 3M adhesive wrap. The wood-like finish inspired Hoefsloot to resurface the Alan, and, within two weeks’ time, the frame was wrapped up and outfitted with donated parts such as a Sturmey Archer crankset, a polished SR stem, a Mavic 610 bottom bracket, customized fenders, turbo tyres, a Brooks saddle and grips, and a handmade leather bag. Named Minna, the bike is bright and warm in appearance: not bad for its second life.

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Holly is a poet from Kentucky. She grew up first in a Sears house, then on a farm. She studied English and Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College and moved to Manhattan for love. As an occasional jewelry-maker and museum patron, Holly favors wearable and functional design but is eager to see work that challenges her aesthetics. Read more and connect by visiting her blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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