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Old 06-15-21, 04:47 PM
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Chrome Ritchey from ebay/CL finds

So I couldn't resist this, chrome, good shape, my size, Campy HS, RDO's and CC rear brake.

Off to Bainbridge island I go, Cannonball run.

Great guy, we talk, he wasn't any more sure about it than I/we are. I'm getting ready to offer him less than asking and he says "these were on it when I got it", he pulls out the scratch built bullmoose and custom stem, also finds the cam plate for the brake.

I ask if the bars and stem come with it and says if you buy it and I think was about to say if I pay full asking which at this point I am planning to.

We talk for awhile more and his wife shows up says to him to see if I want any cycling shorts. Turns out they owned a clothing company and sold it after a good run with it and still had a bunch of inventory that did not go with the sale. He brings out a couple of storage boxes and says take all you want.

I grab 3 new pair and we talk some more then I hit the road. 400mi. round trip and I was back home.

I cobbled together some stuff to make it look more like a bike.












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And Tx to @sheddle for posting it to begin with.

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Old 06-15-21, 05:03 PM
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Jackpot! Those bars are over the top.
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Awesome!
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Originally Posted by ascherer View Post
Jackpot! Those bars are over the top.
That's what I thought, ding, ding, ding.

It still wasn't cheap, some things never are.
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Great find. Tom Ritchey has occasionally expressed interest in seeing examples of his early bikes, bars, etc. Maybe try getting in touch with him.
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WOW, talk about some slack angles. Sweet ride.
What group set are you going to use?
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Interesting and I like the proportions.

My wife would say you need to invest in some rose stakes.

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Originally Posted by Trakhak View Post
Great find. Tom Ritchey has occasionally expressed interest in seeing examples of his early bikes, bars, etc. Maybe try getting in touch with him.
That was already on my to do list, this frame has no s/n, only a single digit on the BB but their is one on efbay with several of the same features, Campy DO's, seat cluster with monster binder, original scratchbuilt bullmoose, stem and biplane fork but no CC rear brake.

Its an 82 so maybe mine is too although the roller cam rear brake is attributed to the Timber Comp in 84.

Lots of questions even with a lot of info on these.
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What a great fruitful trip! Thatís incredible!

How early do you think that is? Stem rod and bull moose...

Edit for my ADD...you said 1982. Beautiful brazing...
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Originally Posted by bwilli88 View Post
WOW, talk about some slack angles. Sweet ride.
What group set are you going to use?
It will be even more retro for now, Mafac tandem on the front with Magura levers, and I have a bunch of derailleurs, Shimano MT and Deerhead's, Suntour Arx, Mountech and others, plenty of thumbies in either too.

The crank may stay for now too, it has needed to get rethreaded to BSA so now it will, although I do have a French thread set of Campy SR pedals I swapped out to French spindles to keep the crank on a PX-10 unmolested. This crank was always earmarked for a project like this. It would have gone on the Merz MTB if it hadn't had a custom drilled by Jim Dyna Drive with pedal adapters that he also made.
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Originally Posted by merziac View Post
So I couldn't resist this, chrome, good shape, my size, Campy HS, RDO's and CC rear brake.

Off to Bainbridge island I go, Cannonball run.

Great guy, we talk, he wasn't any more sure about it than I/we are. I'm getting ready to offer him less than asking and he says "these were on it when I got it", he pulls out the scratch built bullmoose and custom stem, also finds the cam plate for the brake.

I ask if the bars and stem come with it and says if you buy it and I think was about to say if I pay full asking which at this point I am planning to.

We talk for awhile more and his wife shows up says to him to see if I want any cycling shorts. Turns out they owned a clothing company and sold it after a good run with it and still had a bunch of inventory that did not go with the sale. He brings out a couple of storage boxes and says take all you want.

I grab 3 new pair and we talk some more then I hit the road. 400mi. round trip and I was back home.

I cobbled together some stuff to make it look more like a bike.












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And Tx to @sheddle for posting it to begin with.
WOW! Awesome score!
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Originally Posted by jdawginsc View Post
What a great fruitful trip! Thatís incredible!

How early do you think that is? Stem rod and bull moose...

Edit for my ADD...you said 1982. Beautiful brazing...
Tx, I thought so too!

We really don't know year, roller cam on these is 84, but many 84's have vertical DO's, no s/n on this one and no other chrome ones that I have found.

Seems like these bar and stem are early along with over BB guides, Campy horizontal RDO's, etc.
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Wow!!!!


If I'd known that cockpit came with, I'd probably gone over to get it.
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Originally Posted by fender1 View Post
WOW! Awesome score!
Tx, agreed!
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Very cool, enjoy!
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Wow!!!!


If I'd known that cockpit came with, I'd probably gone over to get it.
Yep, but we didn't know, I actually started to go up last Wed. and realized I didn't have enough time.to not get out of Seattle before the middle of rush hour so I aborted.

Then made sure I had time but still didn't get out of there until 430?, and still had a good 45min. to an hour of stop and go as it was.

Couldn't believe it when he pulled out the bars and stem, then said they were included and gave me a 20 yr. supply of shorts too.
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Great score, merziac!

I saw the post here as well. It was a ferry ride and an hour and a half away. If it were another inch taller in the seat tube, I might have gone after it.

Looking forward to your build thread on it. Again, congratulations.
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Originally Posted by Roger M View Post
Great score, merziac!

I saw the post here as well. It was a ferry ride and an hour and a half away. If it were another inch taller in the seat tube, I might have gone after it.

Looking forward to your build thread on it. Again, congratulations.
Tx man, you may be waiting a loooong time for one that big to show up. Even as folklore has it that Tom built more big ones than average as he was a big un and thought there should be more of them to be had so he built more.

But it seems they are not to be found and this is a case where they will command a premium in more ways than one even being bigger. Which can be a deterrent but probably not on these.

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Beautiful machine!

I can tell you are excited by the run-on sentences!
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Nice Score! my 1985 Ascent has the same bars/Stem

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Beautiful machine!

I can tell you are excited by the run-on sentences!
Nah, that's my normal deal.

And Tx!

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Originally Posted by fleslider View Post
Nice Score! my 1985 Ascent has the same bars/Stem

Tx!

Very cool, more pics, had since new?

Seems like the stem styles are all over the map year wise.

Or they've been swapped around over the years.

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Oh and another thing, 12.6 lb. F+F, HS, HB + stem, BB, R Roller cam and RDO screws.
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Gorgeous and I'm super glad a C+Ver picked it up!


Any chance we can get a beauty shot of the rollercam?
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Gorgeous and I'm super glad a C+Ver picked it up!


Any chance we can get a beauty shot of the rollercam?
Tx!

So glad you outed it, the others didn't pounce even as I drug my feet, there was more to the story/deal and I got it.

Absolutely, standby.
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