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Old 10-12-06, 02:50 AM   #1
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Help needed in deepest darkest France

Hi All,

Who out there remembers a Californian bike company called Abici?
And more specifically, their Aero tubed frame called the "Time Machine" which was a Tri/TT/Track frame.

I have a bare "Time Machine" frame that I'd really like to build up to match my Abici road frame but as the company has gone under, I'm struggling to find a source for a seat post clamp (a model internal to the teardrop shaped seat tube) and the little cable stops that fit into oval cut outs on the top tube/seat tube?

Any hints/help greatfully received. Here in France, the average LBS conversation usually starts with the word "Non..." and a gallic shrug of the shoulders

In my research so far, I've been told (but not physically tried) that the Cervélo clamps won't fit. One guy suggested trying to identify the tube set first (how?) and the closest other bike I can find on the web (without being sure) would be the Santa Cruz Roadster (uses 6066 Tubing, whatever that is...). And lastly, if I'm not being clear, maybe the attached skect would help?


So short of mugging any passing rider you see on a Time Machine, I'm open to any and all ideas

I sure hope I get somewhere...

Bye for now
PaulR
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Old 10-12-06, 09:38 AM   #2
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can't help but i'll bump ya. where are you in france? my wife and i are scheming , saving, and planning to move there someday. right now we love the dordogne area, but aren't sure if we'll be able to handle the wet winters. ahhh to be in france.....
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Old 10-12-06, 10:15 AM   #3
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Hmmmm...

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can't help but i'll bump ya. where are you in france? my wife and i are scheming , saving, and planning to move there someday. right now we love the dordogne area, but aren't sure if we'll be able to handle the wet winters. ahhh to be in france.....

Hi SurferBruce,
Nice to meet you. You'll have to excuse my not being as 'hip' as I should be (France has it's advantages, but it sure isn't 'hip') as I don't understand what being "bumped" entails
Nevermind, I'm glad to hear you like the idea of living in France though I sure do miss CA weather. I'm near Orleans - no rolling hills here like in the Dordogne area - this is flat as a pool table but 40+kph avearge rides are a reality when the Credit Agricole 2nd squad come out to play during the week ;-)
Now go find me an Abici seat clamp ;-)
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Old 10-12-06, 07:37 PM   #4
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That sketch looks very much like a Specialized Allez seat clamp, same shape also 27.2. If its not exact you may be able to mod. How are you with steel filled epoxy and a file?
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Thanks,
I'all add SPecialized to my potential list of sources.
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Old 10-16-06, 04:27 AM   #6
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The answer to the quest...

I'm posting this just to complete the story for anybody else who is searching in the future.

I'm getting my seatpost clamp from www.chucksbikes.com. 75$+Shipping

TTFN
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