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Old 10-15-19, 06:28 AM
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@RobbieTunes, what was/is the title of that thread you started on sizing between 54/56 frames? I think I'll revive it instead of starting a new one.
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Old 10-15-19, 06:34 AM
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Originally Posted by madpogue View Post
Picked up a red/white '86 (?) Saturday. No wheelset, seller kept the Turbo saddle (part of the price agreement), but otherwise mostly original. $75. Sorry, no "as bought" pics, and no time to park it in front of a less busy background.



Came with a Profile clip-on tri bar, and a set of Look pedals from BITD (torqued down crazy tight!); I just swapped in some test ride pedals. For some reason, the brake cables were reversed ; maybe that was done when the PO installed the clip-on.

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Serial number begins N5M, but by all appearances it's an '86 bike, by the livery and build. Wasn't "rode hard", but was definitely "put away wet". That rust above the Tange sticker is no doubt from a frame pump. Other bits of bubbling like that here and there, around the front derailleur band, etc. Frame was absolutely dull from garage dust; the white panels looked like a bad gray smoke job. Cool "fade" handlebar tape was hacked up to accomodate the tri bar. Shift cables were so rusty it wouldn't shift. Much-maligned Sugino "measure this" seat post was NOT stuck, thank the stars. Frame is a 56cm, fit-wise, it's close on stand-over, but it's just right wrt saddle height. I may swap the Technomic stem for something with shorter reach. Otherwise, it's already a blast to ride.
Good score. For future reference, I think I like the darker wheel better than the back one on it. It would look wicked with a set of the dark ones.
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Originally Posted by markwesti View Post
@madpogue , congrats on the 86' . If it's a bit tall for you , I second the thought on the shorter stem . I ride a 56cm but I wound up with a 58cm bike (Bianchi) , put a 60mm stem on it and now the fit is good .
I also have two bikes with 60cm stems. And an 80 and a 90.
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Old 10-16-19, 05:19 AM
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So I'm like Bali hold my bike while I drink this beer .


IMG_0414 by mark westi, on Flickr
Looking as good as ever Mr. Westi....even with the chrome fork.
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Old 10-16-19, 05:28 AM
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Originally Posted by madpogue View Post
Picked up a red/white '86 (?) Saturday. No wheelset, seller kept the Turbo saddle (part of the price agreement), but otherwise mostly original. $75. Sorry, no "as bought" pics, and no time to park it in front of a less busy background.



Came with a Profile clip-on tri bar, and a set of Look pedals from BITD (torqued down crazy tight!); I just swapped in some test ride pedals. For some reason, the brake cables were reversed ; maybe that was done when the PO installed the clip-on.

My first bike made with:


Serial number begins N5M, but by all appearances it's an '86 bike, by the livery and build. Wasn't "rode hard", but was definitely "put away wet". That rust above the Tange sticker is no doubt from a frame pump. Other bits of bubbling like that here and there, around the front derailleur band, etc. Frame was absolutely dull from garage dust; the white panels looked like a bad gray smoke job. Cool "fade" handlebar tape was hacked up to accomodate the tri bar. Shift cables were so rusty it wouldn't shift. Much-maligned Sugino "measure this" seat post was NOT stuck, thank the stars. Frame is a 56cm, fit-wise, it's close on stand-over, but it's just right wrt saddle height. I may swap the Technomic stem for something with shorter reach. Otherwise, it's already a blast to ride.
Congrats and welcome to the team.
That is definitely an '86. Beyond the color scheme and components they're subtle differences between the '85 and '86. Notably wheel clearance, wheelbase difference, Forks and the shifters braze on.
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Old 10-16-19, 06:23 AM
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Originally Posted by seypat View Post
Good score. For future reference, I think I like the darker wheel better than the back one on it. It would look wicked with a set of the dark ones.
Agreed. I actually have an old long-forgotten wheelset built with 600 hubs from this era, and dark grey anodized Wolber Aspin tubular rims. Haven't used them since the old days of Tub-nasti. Now I'm tossing around the notion of actually putting some fresh tubulars on them, trying out the tape option.
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Congrats and welcome to the team.
That is definitely an '86. Beyond the color scheme and components they're subtle differences between the '85 and '86. Notably wheel clearance, wheelbase difference, Forks and the shifters braze on.
Thank you, and thanks for the additional intel. I do like shifter braze-ons. I was pretty sure about the year, just interesting that the 5M in the serial # indicates June '85; didn't realize they switched model years that early in the year.

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Old 10-16-19, 10:11 AM
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Can't go wrong with a pair of these .
https://www.ebay.com/itm/CONTINENTAL...QAAOSwm49dPVVp

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Can't go wrong with a pair of these .
https://www.ebay.com/itm/CONTINENTAL...QAAOSwm49dPVVp
I know it's false economics, but that's almost as much as I paid for the bike. And yes, I get it, tires and brakes are NOT where you want to skimp. Well, I'm in no hurry, and the fall chill is reminding me that, believe it or not, the biggest swap meet east of Betelgeuse (give or take) is only a few months off.....
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Old 10-16-19, 04:48 PM
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If it makes you feel better I'm the same. Pretty sure every bicycle tire I've ever bought has been between on closeout between 5 and 20 dollars. Of those the few that were over 10 I cringed a little those times.
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Old 10-17-19, 01:03 PM
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madpogue thought he got a good deal .
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Road-Bike-2...p2047675.l2557

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Old 10-17-19, 01:53 PM
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^^^^ Nice wheelset for the extra $50-ish. But it's missing the original shifters and brake levers. I'd say it's a jump-ball.

I can't help but wonder if the seller forgot to put a reserve on it. Ooopsieeee.
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Old 10-17-19, 05:15 PM
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Originally Posted by madpogue View Post
I was pretty sure about the year, just interesting that the 5M in the serial # indicates June '85; didn't realize they switched model years that early in the year.
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Originally Posted by markwesti View Post
madpogue thought he got a good deal .
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Road-Bike-2...p2047675.l2557

Holy cow! Great deal!

(Do you need those aero bars? I've been looking for a pair like that.)
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Holy cow! Great deal!)
$196 shipping. 😧
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Old 10-18-19, 12:48 AM
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(Do you need those aero bars? I've been looking for a pair like that.)
(Ding) You've got a PM.....

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$196 shipping. 😧
$121 when I pulled it up. Based on distance to ship, no doubt.
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(Ding) You've got a PM.....

$121 when I pulled it up. Based on distance to ship, no doubt.
Only $80 to ship here!
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Holy cow! Great deal!

(Do you need those aero bars? I've been looking for a pair like that.)
Time to re-show the full monty….
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Time to re-show the full monty….
those shifters...
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
Time to re-show the full monty….
Ooooohhhhhh! Aaaaaaaaahhhhh!
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Time to re-show the full monty….
Exquisite exception to my overall dislike for reduced-spoke wheels. This one gets a pass.

Wish I could get away with yellow tape. Awesome in most contexts, doubly so here. But for me, it gets dirty-icky if I just look at it.
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These are still sitting on my local CL. If someone wants them, let me know.

https://richmond.craigslist.org/bop/...982670936.html
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Wish I could get away with yellow tape. Awesome in most contexts, doubly so here. But for me, it gets dirty-icky if I just look at it.
Specially for you!
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These are still sitting on my local CL. If someone wants them, let me know.

https://richmond.craigslist.org/bop/...982670936.html
I'm all set, Patrick, thank you.
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Specially for you!
Took me a second to see what you did there....
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(...those aero bars? I've been looking for a pair like that.)
Another BFer had a bunch of aero bars for sale recently, very affordable (Scott and, I think, Profile). But I think he said they were going to a donation center or dumpster if nobody claimed them. Check back a couple of months in the two ongoing Centurion Ironman threads, I think he posted pix there.
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