Art’s Cyclery Employee Bike Check

Art’s Employee: Eric Benson

Position: Co-Owner

Bike: Eddy Merckx 10th Anniversary Columbus TSX with Campagnolo Record

About the Build:

With a quiver of more than 20 bicycles, this Eddy Merckx is especially significant to Art’s Cyclery co-owner Eric Benson. It’s the only bike lucky enough to be displayed in his office. Because Eddy Merckx was his role model growing up, values from the Cannibal were instilled in him at a very early age such as the importance of teamwork, persistence, and a love for competition. Eric is old school and his love for all styles of bikes has never faltered.

This particular frameset is the 10th anniversary model and was created with special internally rifled Columbus TSX tubing. When steel was in its heyday, tubing manufacturers experimented with different ways to make frames lighter without sacrificing stiffness and rifling the tubes was one answer. Built up with period correct Campagnolo Record officially makes this a bike time capsule. Sometimes one has to look back on the past to move forward, and this beautiful bicycle is definitely a reminder of that.


Frame: Eddy Merckx 10th Anniversary Columbus TSX
Fork: Columbus TSX Unicrown Fork
Headset: 1987 Campagnolo Record
Wheels: 1987 Campagnolo Record Hubs laced to Campagnolo Sigma Box Section Tubular Rims
Brakes: 1987 Campagnolo Record Delta
Crankset: 1987 Campagnolo Record
Chainrings: 1987 Campagnolo Record 52/42
Chain: Union 7 Speed
Bottom Bracket: 1987 Campagnolo Record
Shift Levers: 1987 Campagnolo Record Friction
Freewheel: Sachs 7 Speed 12-19
Front Derailleur: 1987 Campagnolo Record
Rear Derailleur: 1987 Campagnolo Record
Seatpost: 1987 Campagnolo Record
Saddle: Selle Italia Turbo Special
Stem: Eddy Merckx Cinelli XA
Bars: Cinelli Giro D’Italia 42cm
Tires: Vittoria Corsa CX Squadre Prof. Handmade Tubulars700x23
Pedals/Cages: Campagnolo Record with Campagnolo Leather Straps
Water Cage: Elite
Bartape: Cinelli Leather

Extras: Chrome Silca Pump, T.A. Eddy Merckx Bottle, Campagnolo Skewers, Eddy Merckx Bar Ends, Campagnolo Housings and Cables.