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A New Old Friend - 22 Pounds of Pure Heaven

Old 06-29-06, 02:48 PM
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Originally Posted by onkey
looks pretty cool, although its kind of a peice of junk. why not restore a good frame bike a serotta or something? i guess it would cost a bit more
^ WTH?
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Different teammate in college had a smoke chrome Pinarello TSX.

VERY droolworthy too.

Congrats again!

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Originally Posted by onkey
looks pretty cool, although its kind of a peice of junk. why not restore a good frame bike a serotta or something? i guess it would cost a bit more
I assume this is a joke.

Heck, I have a mid-grade Tange #1 frame from 1989 that I custom painted and use for commuting, and it is by far, one of the smoothest bikes I have. Thought much heavier than your average bike, it is a surprisingly wonderful ride. As a matter of fact, I ride it about 90% of the time compared to my other carbon and Ti bikes.

I can only dream of how wonderful a refined steel frame like this is to take out on a bright sunny day along the roads of Portland.
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Rad- nice ride!
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Rad, I need to stop reading your threads. I could say the devil made me do it but I liked the paint scheme and it fits so I added another frame to my collection:

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[QUOTE=fmw]Rad, I need to stop reading your threads. I could say the devil made me do it but I liked the paint scheme and it fits so I added another frame to my collection:

Shhhhwwweeeeet!!!! - Do give us the details - year, tubing, plan for build...etc...

Where did you find it?

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Originally Posted by fmw
Rad, I need to stop reading your threads. I could say the devil made me do it but I liked the paint scheme and it fits so I added another frame to my collection:

Shhhhwwweeeeet!!!! - Do give us the details - year, tubing, plan for build...etc...

Where did you find it?

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It is an Ebay buy. It isn't here yet and I have no good answers to your questions. It is brand new according to the seller. It can't be very old since it is filet brazed. I'm guessing late '90's but it's just a guess. I have no idea what I'm going to do with it yet. The first task will be to find a fork, I suppose. Let me know if you have some good ideas.
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[QUOTE=fmw]
Originally Posted by 55/Rad

It is an Ebay buy. It isn't here yet and I have no good answers to your questions. It is brand new according to the seller. It can't be very old since it is filet brazed. I'm guessing late '90's but it's just a guess. I have no idea what I'm going to do with it yet. The first task will be to find a fork, I suppose. Let me know if you have some good ideas.
Didn't you just buy a different frame not to long ago?? Your avatar. Dude.....seek help I'm teasing, I'd be lying if I said I haven't been cruising through the steel frames in e-bay Very nice looking frame, BTW
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Originally Posted by fmw

Didn't you just buy a different frame not to long ago?? Your avatar. Dude.....seek help I'm teasing, I'd be lying if I said I haven't been cruising through the steel frames in e-bay Very nice looking frame, BTW
I've got a 1989 Bottecchia for sale - size 55 with a matching chrome fork. Columbus SLX tubing. Very good shape.
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BTW Rad, I have an early '90s Bicycle Guide with a special ad section for some importer here in the U.S. and in it there is a section for Giordana. If I remember correctly one of them is black and white just like your's. I'd scan it for you but my scanner is broken. I used to stare at all those steel bikes for hours.
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Did it look like this? BTW, it's not black, it's black cherry.

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Hmm...that may be the exact same one. Lot's of cool frames in there.
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Some one's dising your bike rad. Are you sure you made the best choice. You could have got one of these
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Some one's dising your bike rad. Are you sure you made the best choice. You could have got one of these
Dude - post a bigger picture so we can get a good look. Is that a FIR rim on the front?
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I have to admit that looks very nice. Kind of like driving around in a classic var . Ok its a little slower but the style and unique experience more than makes up for hard numbers.

So any news on the "other" frame you have that is being painted?
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Originally Posted by 53-11_alltheway
I have to admit that looks very nice. Kind of like driving around in a classic var . Ok its a little slower but the style and unique experience more than makes up for hard numbers.

So any news on the "other" frame you have that is being painted?
No. It was supposed to be done yesterday but I didn't bother to check and I certainly didn't receive a call. I'll go over next week only to be told "I'm sorry".

As for the heavy steel being slower, I'd say that only partially true. While I certainly can't accelerate or sprint as I do on the carbon or alu bikes, once up to speed, this baby just moves. It's kind of like a heavy Mercedes - it may take awhile to get up to 65 mph but once there, it's takes surprisingly little energy to sustain it.

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^^^ What he said.


Hey, what about that Gios? Beautiful frame, but what's with the aero front wheel? Did something happen to the original?
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Originally Posted by 55/Rad
No. It was supposed to be done yesterday but I didn't bother to check and I certainly didn't receive a call. I'll go over next week only to be told "I'm sorry".

As for the heavy steel being slower, I'd say that only partially true. While I certainly can't accelerate or sprint as I do on the carbon or alu bikes, once up to speed, this baby just moves. It's kind of like a heavy Mercedes - it may take awhile to get up to 65 mph but once there, it's takes surprisingly little energy to sustain it.

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I get a kick out of describing a 22 lb. bike as heavy. My favorite steelie (Basso Gap) is 5 lbs. heavier than my Litespeed and I average 2/10 of a mph. faster on it than I do on the lighter bike. Obviously the weight isn't making much difference.
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^^^ I've had a differant experience. I have a 22mi I commute which involves about 1200ft of climbing.

With my 30lb steel Centurion commuter, the best I have been able to average is about 16.8mph on only one ocassion. My usual is about 15.5-16mph.

I once road my 14.9lb carbon Trinity bike with Rolf Elan Aero 1295g climbing wheels. I averaged 18.7mph the one time I rode the commute, and I didn't even push as hard as I could.

On the flats I can cruise my steel bike just about the same as my lightweight bikes. But when I hit any type of hill, the differance is significant.
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RAD! I'm not sure how I missed this thread, but after our discussions, I had to do a search on "Giordana" for surely a bicycle as Heart stopping beautiful as your C-Record Spica, had a thread of its own....?

I was not disappointed and must have been under a rock while this was going on (must have been while I was away)

Beautiful, simply beautiful and inspiring! That donor Bott was an excellent find, and I would say landing that at the price you did is the equivalent of finding that Vintage Alfa Romeo in some old guy's barn that he was just looking to get rid of.

Good Job! I can't wait to see the next evolution of it
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Originally Posted by 531Aussie
that generation of Campag cranks are my all time favourites!

Even better: the ones with the embossed logo. I was DEVASTED when the companies
stopped embossing
Like these Puppies here?





Not very Good pictures, sorry.... Once I get them I'll post more.

Apparently C-record was engraved for 1 year only

I actullay don't mind the Screen logo like Rad's and have even thought of running paint into the engraving.
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Nice job as always! I am always impressed with your sense of style and timing. Beautiful bike. You need to put a site together like the Japanese guy with all the Bianchis.

Nice bike. My wife caught me looking at another frame this week and almost had a small farm animal. I might have to settle for repainting the Madone.
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Ah, good bump 14Max. I'm collecting great 'build' thread links to add to my website. This one is certainly one that should be on the list. (With Rad's approval of course)
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Originally Posted by 55/Rad
Gone retro this summer...
I only joined the forum in recent history so I'll put my compliment in late...

Rad, this bike shouts CLASS!

Love the brakes! Nicely done!

You and Viper cornering the market on Old-School-Steel, err, Style or something?

Nicely done.
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