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Old 08-07-20, 05:07 PM
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Originally Posted by due ruote View Post
Sorry to ask, but I guess I am having a senior block.
You're saying you need to lower the saddle? But the current seatpost can't go lower? Are these marked for max as well as min insertion? To my eye it appears it could still go down - what am I missing?
Finally, you mentioned needing a longer seatpost so you can go lower. That sounds backwards to me.
I hope this didn't come off as snarky. I am genuinely confused.
Not snarky at all.

The post is at the limit line for insertion into the seat tube. I suspect it's because of the aero section on the post being thinner that it was designed not to go lower than it is. I could just adjust down further, and might do that. I'm not a clydesdale so it could be alright.

A longer seat post is probably not accurate - was really referring to one that's not aero which would allow it to go lower.
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Now go find out what your wife really thinks. Not meant to be ugly.
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow View Post
Now go find out what your wife really thinks. Not meant to be ugly.
The comment today was "now you need to start selling bikes". Probably be more like parts. But, I do need to shrink the fleet a little.
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Originally Posted by due ruote View Post
Sorry to ask, but I guess I am having a senior block.
You're saying you need to lower the saddle? But the current seatpost can't go lower? Are these marked for max as well as min insertion? To my eye it appears it could still go down - what am I missing?
Finally, you mentioned needing a longer seatpost so you can go lower. That sounds backwards to me.
I was confused, too. Still am

Scott, that line is for minimum insertion - not maximum. You can lower that post another 1.5 inches if you need to as that round section extends up at least that high from the lug to my eye.

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I think he's trying to say that aero post can't go low enough before the skinny section is in side the seatube and looks wrong.
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Originally Posted by scozim View Post
The comment today was "now you need to start selling bikes". Probably be more like parts. But, I do need to shrink the fleet a little.
That should be relatively easy since almost all the kids have flown the coop. Aren't there at least 5 or 6 bikes that aren't even "yours"?

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Nice looking bike.
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Old 08-08-20, 07:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude View Post
That should be relatively easy since almost all the kids have flown the coop. Aren't there at least 5 or 6 bikes that aren't even "yours"?

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Nope - only 1
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Gorgeous workmanship on the fillet brazing, excellent rescue!
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One more possibility for the saddle height issue would be to use shorter cranks. Maybe not a practical solution though, unless you have some laying around.
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Currently has 170's. I thought about 165's but those might be tough to get in Campagnolo.

It's cleaning up nicely despite the anodizing issues with the large chainring. Maybe that's because the rings are French.



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Originally Posted by scozim View Post
Currently has 170's. I thought about 165's but those might be tough to get in Campagnolo.

It's cleaning up nicely despite the anodizing issues with the large chainring. Maybe that's because the rings are French.



Your first bike build in the new shop. Congrats!

I saw this bike at the yard sale, and again at Scotts house the other day. It really is a beautiful frame.the filet brazing is really something, and that blue in the sun is amazing. You did well.

Also, really envious of that shop. You'll have a great place to work on bikes and your Falcon.
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You'll have a great place to work on bikes and your Falcon.
A Falcon you say? Have a need of 4 hubcaps (I think I still have these and sure have no Falcon to put them on) sorry about the non-bike thread hi-jack...
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A Falcon you say? Have a need of 4 hubcaps (I think I still have these and sure have no Falcon to put them on) sorry about the non-bike thread hi-jack...
I have 4 full hubcaps for the 65 that I have repainted. The contractor is going to give me 4 Ford wheels that I can use to put them on. I have a 331 stroker in the car now and I'm not planning on running the skinny 185 whitewalls.

What are the ones you have?

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Your first bike build in the new shop. Congrats!
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Yep, why wait for insulation and drywall before using it. Just have to sit next to the wall that blocks the wind.

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scozim I will have to dig into the confines of my storage but I THINK they were "'61-'63 Futura" style caps, but MIGHT be the "'64-'65" style...its been years since I looked at these (and hope I didn't chuck them out or sell them already but....will be looking and LYK via a PM)
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Fabulous find, my favorite group too.
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Japanese? Tange/Champion, even Ishiwata. There's lots of mid late 80's Japanese seatubes.
IME, both Tange and Ishiwata take 27 mm posts
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IME, both Tange and Ishiwata take 27 mm posts
I get you, 27.2 as well. But it's a custom, there's a lot of 26.6 seat tubes out there and we don't know much other than it's a lovely, unusual bike. (and would probably have quality tubes )
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I believe True Temper OX used a 26.6 seat post.
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My best guess is Columbus SL at this time after hearing back from the builder that they used a lot of Columbus during that time frame. Just would be metric based.
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I posted about the yard/estate sale buy from this past weekend that was really like a swap meet. One of the bikes I posted that was for sale was a custom Rodriguez tandem. What I didn't mention is there was another Rodriguez - a road bike that looked to be about 30 yrs old. Fully Campagnolo group and blue - my favorite color. I didn't have the cash for it on Sunday and thought about it the entire way home. Part of the problem was springing for something like that is my wife who can squeeze a quarter out of a penny. Like most she doesn't understand N+1.

I had a custom bike for awhile - my dad's 1989 Spectrum titanium. It's a great bike but at 56 cm it was just a tad tall for me to want to ride all the time. So, it resides back at my dad's house in the basement as an enticement for one of my brother's to ride more. He hasn't so I'm hoping it actually ends back up with me in the future. But, having a custom built frame (granted used and not to my bodily dimensions) has always been a goal.

When I got back home Sunday I was surprised to find little resistance from my wife. Especially since I'm in the process of having a 36'X48' shop built and there's a lot of money being spent. So, with that, I headed back over the mountains to the Seattle suburbs to pick up my "new" bike this evening. It had better have been worth it. The drive over was an hour and 25 minutes. The drive back was 3.5 hrs thanks to road construction.

Photos are below - there are a couple of interesting things about it. The group (according to Drillium Dude) looks to be early Chorus. The chainstays are what I would call medium length at around 16.5 inches. The front fork will accept a low rider rack. Maybe it was built as an agile commuter? The frame is TIG welded (update: filet brazed) and has no lugs. The finish work is superb. Rear freewheel is a 7 speed, crankset looks to be 53-39. The rear wheel is a Mavic Open 4CD and the front is an aero Matrix ISOc with bladed spokes. Both are 32 hole.

The bike itself is extremely dirty but should clean up nicely. The grease and gunk on the rear derailleur is pretty nasty. So, I have my weekend chore assignment.

I'll change out the bar tape and throw on a Turbo saddle, tires, re-grease things that need to be and take it out for a spin to get the fit right.

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how much did you steal it for?
It wasn't a steal. But it was a fair price
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Originally Posted by unworthy1 View Post
If it is Columbus SL then 26.6 would point to Metric (I think) rather than the typical 27.2 of an Imperial seat tube, measure the OD of the main tubes with a digital caliper and factor in a little for paint, just for "skittles and grins"
With no collar at the top of the seat tube, the builder probably used a double butted tube (think downtube) rather than the usual single butted seat tube. The usual .9/.6/.9 'SL' size would take a 26.6mm seat post.

The single butted seat tubes really need a lug or a collar to take the clamp load.
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