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Old 05-22-17, 04:03 PM   #1
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Question on Ritchey Road bike from the late 80s or early 90s

A friend came to me with an old bike that had been moldering in his garage, Its a Ritchey Road bike and I have narrowed it down to something after 1986 and before 1991 based on decals, its tig welded not lugged and most of the info on the web points to "oldmountainbikes dot com" as a resource for catalogs etc. but that site no longer exists. The campy components are also in this general time period. I have reached out to Ritchey on their website but also wanted to ask the forum.

I am wondering if any of you might know the year and model of this frame and more importantly the spec on its seatpost as I need to find a new one, calipers get me in the 26 mm range and St. Sheldon's database only has late 90s models so I would love to know the actual spec. Any help would be appreciated.

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I have better pictures on Flickr but I am not allowed to post a link yet apparently but you can find them if you Search for Ritchey Road bike, they are in a RoadieRyan album.
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I got the electronic calipers up and running with a new battery and it appears the inside diameter of the seatpost tube is 26.0 so I am going to pick up a used post and test it out. Would still love to hear from any Ritchey experts/owners/past owners out there.
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Welcome.

That Ritchey will be nice.

You have some nice photos.
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The Frame as it came to me by Ryan Surface, on Flickr
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Super nice bike. I'd dump the aero-bars and bring it back to life.
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they were the first things to go!
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I doubt you're getting an accurate read even with digital calipers, the inner seat tube diameter is notoriously difficult to measure but a 26.0 would be very odd for a frame of this era. I'd start by guessing 26.8 and be prepared for anything in the range up to 27.2. This is very likely made from some sort of popular tubing of the day: Tange, True Temper something like that, right? Any sign of a tubing decal or remnants?
OK, found the flickr album and this is Ritchey LOGIC steel alloy tubing, custom drawn for him by Tange...I'll STILL go with something between 26.8 and 27.2 as the most popular seat post choices for Tange steel back in this era.

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I have a hard time posting links on my phone but I found one reference that said 26.8. It's very common for the lug to be squashed from someone tightening a too-small post.
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I doubt you're getting an accurate read even with digital calipers, the inner seat tube diameter is notoriously difficult to measure but a 26.0 would be very odd for a frame of this era. I'd start by guessing 26.8 and be prepared for anything in the range up to 27.2. This is very likely made from some sort of popular tubing of the day: Tange, True Temper something like that, right? Any sign of a tubing decal or remnants?
OK, found the flickr album and this is Ritchey LOGIC steel alloy tubing, custom drawn for him by Tange...I'll STILL go with something between 26.8 and 27.2 as the most popular seat post choices for Tange steel back in this era.
Thanks for the advice, the folks at Ritchey didn't have alot to add but I can pick up used 26.8 and 27.0 posts locally and try them out according to Sheldon's database of seat posts the late 90s Ritchey Road frames were 27.0 The tubing by the way is as you say Ritchey Logic - Super Tubing by Tange

[IMG]Tubing decal by Ryan Surface, on Flickr[/IMG]
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I have a hard time posting links on my phone but I found one reference that said 26.8. It's very common for the lug to be squashed from someone tightening a too-small post.
Thanks for the advice and the reference! I think 26.8 is where I will start and be prepared to go from there, the only reference I could find was the Sheldon Brown database of seat post sizes and it had Ritchey road bikes of the late 90s at 27.0
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Welcome.

That Ritchey will be nice.

You have some nice photos.
Thanks EOM its nice to hang out with folks who appreciate vintage road bikes, I have to give most of the photo credit to Apple and how easy they make it take and edit photos with something I carry with me every day, back when I had a small digital camera I hardly ever remembered to take it, now I take pictures of where I parked my car to help me remember where I left it lol.

Hoping to breathe some life back into the old Ritchey.
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Hoping to breathe some life back into the old Ritchey.
It will be well worth the effort!
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