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Old 07-01-07, 07:38 AM   #1
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Old 07-01-07, 07:42 AM   #2
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Hm.

It must really be porn, all I'm seeing are little red x's... .

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hmmm, I see something in your favorite color, Try this link if it doesn't show up:
http://picasaweb.google.com/jhollosy/RosaDeRosa
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That's MUCH better .

Too bad it's about 9 or 10 cm too big for me, hehehe.

It is a nice colour, isn't it?

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Very nice. How about some specs and details? What brake levers are those?

Nice photos too!

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I think the bike is a 1988-89 model, most likely 1989. The entire gruppo is Dura Ace. I believe it is all 7401, which would be the second generation of the 'modern' series. It is a 7 speed freehub, The wheels are Matrix Iso clinchers laced to 32 spoke Dura Ace. I also have two sets of tubulars, Mavic GP4's laced to 7 speed Dura Ace AX 36h, and Mavic GEL280's laced to 32h Dura Ace. I also have a set of Mavic GL330 32h DA 7 speed on the way. All are freehubs, and I have a pile of cogs, from 12 tooth all the way to 28.

I bought it because of the Dura Ace. I have a Cinelli that is a mix of first generation (7400) and AX, and have a large stockpile of spare parts, most of which I bought new back in 1984-85 as spares. Probably the only time in my younger days that I actually planned for the future.

I must say, that the De Rosa is the finest handling bicycle I've ever ridden, even with clinchers it handles better than my Cinelli. Besides my Cinelli, I also have a Guerciotti. All three bikes are SLX frames, but the De Rosa is the best of the bunch. All it lacks are white bottle cages, but I'm too cheap to go buy a new set when the black ones hold bottles perfectly well.
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Very pretty in pink.

You do need some OCP photo lessons, though.
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Ugo and sons do make some great frames! I like the white brake cables and bar tape.

I am not surprised the de Rosa rides and handles well, but I am surprised it is SO much better than your other two Italian steeds, which represent VERY respectable marques.
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Thats a wonderfull machine! I like the chromed chain stays!
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Very pretty in pink.

You do need some OCP photo lessons, though.
OCP?
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Ugo and sons do make some great frames! I like the white brake cables and bar tape.
I am not surprised the De Rosa rides and handles well, but I am surprised it is SO much better than your other two Italian steeds, which represent VERY respectable marques.
Me too. Maybe it's just thrill of a new ride, or differant stem lengths. I haven't even tried my best wheel set on Rosa yet. Even with the mediocre clinchers on it, it tracks better than the Cinelli, and just jumps when I say go.

I'm not giving up the Cinelli or Guerciotti, but Rosa is my new best friend. I wonder if the flat fork crown and De Rosa chain stays are that much better?

Now if someone will just trade me white cages for the black, it would be bellisimo!
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Obsessive Compulsive Poseur...

Somewhere in this vast space is a thread on how to pose one's bike properly for photos. I do like the way you did yours, though.

It's traditional to have the white garage door as the backdrop. But I liked the garden view, and the roughness of the tree trunk contrasted with the sleek smoothness of the bike .

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The garden view is fine, I think much better than the white garage door in fact, but for OCP rules:

1. NDS crankarm needs to be aligned with either downtube or chain stay.
2. Hide the valve stems - and horror of horrors, your tire labels are not aligned properly on your rims
3. Raise the saddle to an absurd height.
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Dang,

Here I thought bikes were made to ride. I hate the garage door shot, though digital cameras do focus better with them as a back ground. I just propped the bike upon a tree in the back yard, because the light was better, and really didn't pay attention to pedal position.

The tires are how the came from the PO. A friend suggested getting Veloflex Pave tires. I may do that, but I am going to try to make some of the tubular rims I have work with the drive train in the mean time.

I hope there are no objections to a Vittoria CX/CG combo on Mavic GEL 280 rims (ol skool Vittorias, properly stored for 25 years, waiting for the proper ride).

Believe it or not, this is the first set of clinchers I've had on a personal rider in 20+ years. I always mount tires with the inflation recommendation next to the stem on the beaters I flip. With tubulars, there is no choice. What is the OCP way to mount tires, or would that be tyres?

The saddle/handlebars are positioned how I ride. It's my bike, and I ride it nearly every day. Spot me for my age(56) and weight (165) and lets race!

All I have to say, is if any of you have the opportunity to get a De Rosa, seriously consider it. You'll thank me.
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Needs a white Regal.
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What!!! No outcry of sacrilege from the Campyphiles. Does this mean that we've finally convinced them that's it's OK to equip top end Italian frames with Japanese components? BTW, very nice bicycle.
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The saddle/handlebars are positioned how I ride. It's my bike, and I ride it nearly every day. Spot me for my age(56) and weight (165) and lets race!

All I have to say, is if any of you have the opportunity to get a De Rosa, seriously consider it. You'll thank me.
Old Fat Guy at 165#? I'm only 48 so you get a couple there, but I'm 200#. Recently I've been getting my ass dropped by a (fat like you) 63 y/o here in town for the summer.
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Old Fat Guy at 165#? I'm only 48 so you get a couple there, but I'm 200#. Recently I've been getting my ass dropped by a (fat like you) 63 y/o here in town for the summer.
I told you I'm not THAT fat, but could stand to drop a few. I'd love to get back to around 155, and maybe shed a few years too!
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GAAAAKKK! Shimano!



Just kidding. Outstanding example...even in pink

...am I ever full of it today (!).

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Old Fat Guy at 165#?....
No kidding - one of my legs weighs more than he does........
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Obsessive Compulsive Poseur...

Somewhere in this vast space is a thread on how to pose one's bike properly for photos. I do like the way you did yours, though.

It's traditional to have the white garage door as the backdrop. But I liked the garden view, and the roughness of the tree trunk contrasted with the sleek smoothness of the bike .

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has zilch to do with posing the bike, but everything to do with Posing along side the bike at
say, starbucks (one doesn't actually ride it).
do a search of OCP in road forum, tons on it there.

Nice bike, but you know that shimaNO on de Rosa is really tempting the cycling gods, what kind
of tempting you ask?
Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies. Rivers and seas boiling.
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The dead rising from the grave.
Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together - mass hysteria.
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Eddy put shimano on his Hour bike).

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Nice nice nice ... the white bar tape really pops - and it's very clean esp. for a bike you actually ride! Is it hard to keep it that way?
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Yes, there's OCP=the guy posing at Starbucks (although not the original at Pike Place Market!) who wears full kit and talks a good game, and then there's OCP bike posing=white garage door/hidden tyre stems/cranks at correct angle/seatpost sticking up at impossible height, etc.

I like the garden view, especially the one photo with the hostas .

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Nice nice nice ... the white bar tape really pops - and it's very clean esp. for a bike you actually ride! Is it hard to keep it that way?
Actually I just wrapped the bars that morning, they don't stay that clean.
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As far as Shimano vs Campagnolo... I think the Shimano stuff of that era is better, and it's less expensive.

I have been riding Shimano on my Cinelli since 1984, and haven't felt the wrath of the cycling gods yet. I do have Campagnolo SR on my Guerciotti, and it's on my Rossin that is in the process of restoring. They both work well, but it is hard to beat early Dura Ace for index shifting.

The fact that the De Rosa was Dura Ace made it easier for me to justify. As I mentioned above, I have a pile of spare parts for Dura Ace, and numerous sets of tubulars that are Dura Ace freehubs.

Here is my Cinelli, I'm not sure if I've ever posted a picture of it before:

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