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Old 09-10-07, 12:17 PM   #1
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Took the Old Girl to the Races

She's still a fine machine. And what a topic of conversation.

Can you pick out the 83 Guerciotti?



This is just before I got swallowed at the finish sprint

And then after:



She was a pure joy to race and quite frankly still a fast machine.
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Nice going ... you're easy to spot by the brake cables sticking up in a sea of flat-topped bars.

Meanwhile, the leader in the 2nd pic appears to be headless.
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Right on! I rode my '89 Marinoni at the local club races this year. Only real difference with new Vs old is the new ones steer a lil quicker cause the fork rake is a lot less usually, and well them integrated shifters are quite nice! The weight difference isnt a big issue I think, maybe only in acceleration.
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Those are a pair of great photos. Gives one a nice inspirational feeling that steel can still knock the socks off the C/F'ers. Got any more pictures?

I only wish I could have been there with my (still yet to be completed) '78 Guerciotti GL. Infiltrate the ranks of the modern machines!

Hell, if I could get my '83 and '84 frames built up (plus my '90, which is already operatable), we could start a vintage Guerciotti roadbike team...

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Good on you boyo!
I've never been a racing type, but as is said in Ranger school, 'suck up and drive on!'
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Those are a pair of great photos. Gives one a nice inspirational feeling that steel can still knock the socks off the C/F'ers. Got any more pictures?

I only wish I could have been there with my (still yet to be completed) '78 Guerciotti GL. Infiltrate the ranks of the modern machines!

Hell, if I could get my '83 and '84 frames built up (plus my '90, which is already operatable), we could start a vintage Guerciotti roadbike team...

Take care,

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As the adage goes here with those who really know, its the MOTOR and not the machine entirely. You could throw Merckx on any steel framed bike during his prime and he would still smoke all those racers in that field.
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The most important component on any bicycle has always been the man or woman on the saddle.
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As the adage goes here with those who really know, its the MOTOR and not the machine entirely. You could throw Merckx on any steel framed bike during his prime and he would still smoke all those racers in that field.
Very true, I'm not discounting that. Point is, there's a whole bunch of CF'ers that don't care to believe that until they've seen it done...and not by Eddy either.

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You need more sun.

The bike, however, is very beautiful.

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Just a couple of observations. My other racing bike is a Moots TI Compact with Ultegra 9 speed. This is a great bike indeed. Comparatively they do feel different and race differently. But in this race in particular I really felt that I was at no disadvantage. Well slightly perhaps. My Guerciotti has 83' Campy NR. There was one instance in this race where I missed a shift but really that was due to my lack of skill in shifting the friction levers. I have gotten pretty good at it lately and I presume soon enough I will be able to shift cog to cog under race pressures. I practised with this bike on my Wednesday Worlds race rides to get proficient.

The weight of the bike was inconsequential. There was hardly a hill in this race. What I found is that I actually raced smarter. I could hear the rest of the field for example clicking up shift as we crested a hill and rolled down to the next one then click, click, click back down to climb. Where as I for example would not even bother shifting at the hill crest and just soft pedal it out to the next roller already in the proper gear.

I actually felt under racing stress for a few moments like I was a part of this machine. My hand just found the levers and my legs adjusted the drive train in preparation for the shift and the shift just happened. People seem to be scared of DT shifters like they are going to crash or something but then think nothing of grabbing a water bottle mid pack.

Kurt if more pics come up I'll post em' for ya.
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the pictures are not working for me which makes me sad
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