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Old 06-20-20, 12:49 PM
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Just Gonna Drop This Out Here...Richard Sachs Content

After many years of looking, finally found an early production Richard Sachs frame in my size. Long story about obtaining it, but finalized in a middle of the night meeting in a hotel lobby. Shipped it directly to Jack at Franklin Frames, who did an exceptional job (no surprise!) of recreating the iconic early Sachs paint scheme using original decals obtained from Richard. Components are Shimano Dura Ace 7400 six speed...with a few conceits that observant C&V'ers will likely suss out.

The ride is, as expected, sublime and relatively fast, even with the 30mm Vittoria tires. O Loop in 1:55:15, pretty good for 32 miles (actually anything under 2 hours on that hilly training route is pretty stellar).




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AMAZING - what makes us ride faster!
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Easily the prettiest bike I've seen on the forum in a long while.

I keep looking at the pics, as there are such thoughtful details everywhere.

You must be thrilled.

Congrats.
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Beautiful! What a treat it must be.
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...have you gone onto e-Richie yet and asked for the original frame order history ? Apparently the one I have here was ordered through the Toga Bike Shop in NY.
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Oof! Hope to see it sometime in the near future!
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A "New" Saxsation. (insert TM, copyright)

From the DuBois lug era.
Nice, a appealing respray too.

Smart choice of waterbottle cages
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You have let some very nice bikes move on to others in the past. I would like to be considered first if ever you part with this one. With some lifestyle changes oh my part, perhaps I will live long enough. An framed 8x10 of the rear dropouts would be fantastic.
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I like the fork lugs. 🤔😉 Congrats, Doc! 👍
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This is really a nice bike.

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That is beautiful. I love the color scheme. The anodized valve caps are a nice touch.
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I would have liked this multiple times if the only option weren't to unlike and re-like as I wouldn't unlike this. Let's just say a Richard Sachs frame can give you a pretty stiff downtube
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That is something indeed. Also reminds me that the man himself indicated that the specific fork pantographing here dates back to 1978 (or at latest, '79):

https://www.bikeforums.net/21007207-post23.html

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Stellar bike!
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That’s a standout in a really nice collection Doc. Beautiful lines.
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Thanks to all. The kind words are appreciated.
I was so lucky to find this when I did, where I did.
Mrs. Doc was amazingly patient with the entire process.
Yes, it’s a 78.
Surprised nobody has yet picked up on the conceits....
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FD?
Chainrings?
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Wow, Doc! That it is beautiful, everywhere the eye lands. The big chainring is quite something! Would that be one of the “conceits”?

Or are they the cushioned tape, clipless pedals and wireless computer?

Whatever, we are waiting to hear more about it’s ride and handling qualities.
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Where’d you get ahold of these bar plugs?
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The FD is indeed a 70 series Shimano 'cross unit. Very versatile, great for shifting unusual ring combinations. Actually slightly finicky when it comes to trim in this application, so may go back to a nice clamp 7400 FD in the future. Why that FD?
Bercause of the chainring combination- it's a 48/34. Wait, how do you put a 34 inner ring on a Dura Ace 7400 130 BCD crankset? Why, you start with a 6206 triple crank (same design aesthetic but 110/110/74) and send it over to forum member Stephen Needle in England. He milled it down, polished it up to a mirror finish, and pantographed the Dura Ace logos:




But there's more. Discuss!
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The FD is indeed a 70 series Shimano 'cross unit. Very versatile, great for shifting unusual ring combinations. Actually slightly finicky when it comes to trim in this application, so may go back to a nice clamp 7400 FD in the future. Why that FD?
Bercause of the chainring combination- it's a 48/34. Wait, how do you put a 34 inner ring on a Dura Ace 7400 130 BCD crankset? Why, you start with a 6206 triple crank (same design aesthetic but 110/110/74) and send it over to forum member Stephen Needle in England. He milled it down, polished it up to a mirror finish, and pantographed the Dura Ace logos:

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That crankset puts a very positive light on counterfeiting! Looks like you might have laced up H+Son TB14s? Keep meaning to try these.

Thanks for sharing a terrific build. Lots of details I hope to incorporate into my own.
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As for the DA conceits, thinking the rear hub may be for a 7 or 8 speed?

If that’s correct, you now have to share your source for those fabulous hoods with the rest of us.
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Were there recessed brake nuts in 78?
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