I've been posting this lately, not quite complete.
thats a very slick looking bike
Guess I'll have to spend more of my bike forums times in the CV forum.
I don't know why, but for the first time ever, I was really upset by the damage done to a BIKE. I didn't even ride it for about 3 months. Every time I looked at it, all I could see was this:
Well I finally "got over it" and made a few changes to make it rideable. Here's a better look at the current set-up:
I don't know what to do about the damage. I'm eight months down the road from delivery of the bike and the shipper is STILL stalling on the payment.!!!
The gouge went right through the decal and the paint. It dented but did not penetrate the downtube. The right thing to do is to have the downtube replaced, re-spray the frame and replace the decal set. If I was still living in the US I cold probably talk myself into doing just that. Since I'm currently living just outside Paris in France, the cost, complexity and hassle factor of the repairs will increase exponentially.
So what's a guy to do? I think I'm just going to focus on the awesome ride qualities and overlook the "beauty-mark".
Don't worry, be happy!
I had a similar thing happen to me a few years ago, I bought a Colnago off ebay and when I recieved it the wheel axel had scratched the paint off the frame the size of a quarter. The guy I bought it from was very fair and offered to give me $200 back on the bike, I ended up spliting the difference with him and used fingernail polish to cover the paint. The fingernail polish did a pretty good job of covering it up, bike still rides great and you can't even tell from 5 feet or so away.
Guess this is a common bike packing mistake.
I think I'll give your fingernail polish trick a try once we get back above freezing temps. I hope I can find an approximate color match. If not, I guess I'll just go with a 'clearcoat' to keep the moisture out.
Oh well, its still an awesome ride.
I have installed Ultegra 9 speed STI's and a Mavic Axium wheelset with Michelin Pro2's on my Nishiki Modulus. I am awaiting the the new 6500 FD and chain and the job will be near completion. Lastly I'll sandblast and powdercoat; although I really hate to loose the decals. Pics soon. Love this thread. Lp
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Yeah, sorry, but that Benotto is crying out for a nice Nuovo Record group and some tubulars.
And what's up with all these bikes with a foot of seatpost showing? Are these people that have grown up with compact framesets and think anything else looks odd?
<edit> Oops. I apparently already made fun of the Benotto's seatpost, in response to someone who claimed "It all just fits".
Have I mentioned that you're all going to hell?
Here in France, things operate a bit differently. I purchased what is effectively an 'all peril' shipping insurance when paying for the shipping of the bike. The biggest reason for the delay has much more to do with the slower pace of business here in France than anything else. The second major factor is the French obsession with documentation and the bureaucratic process. (You don't want to know how long it takes to get a driver's license for example...) Its not better or worse than the way we do things in the States. Its just different.
Actually the seller is a very nice guy. Clearly he has little to no experience packaging a bike for shipping but really now, how many people do? It was his first time shipping a bike and I am confident that he did HIS very best.
When I put this whole thing in perspective its really kinda' simple. Its just a bicycle. It will be repaired or it wont. The shipper will pay up or it won't. I'll get over it or I won't.
My game plan: Ride it like I stole it and let every thing else fall as it may.
I just took the first spin on my newly completed retro Nishiki Modulus. I went with Ultegra 6500 components, Michelin Pro 2 tires, Mavic Axsium wheel set, Brooks B17, Eleven - Eighty One 42cm handlebars. It weighs 21.7 lbs. and rides like a totally different bike. Did I mention fast? I want a set of Ultegra pedals to complete the hardware group. My intent is to ride it for a few weeks and to either touch up the original white pearl, turquoise, and violet paint with an air brush; that would save the decals. Or take advantage of a freebie media blast and powder coat. The down side is loss of decals. I'll get a picture up this afternoon.
All smiles here!! Lp
I have attempted to get some decent sized pics up without success, here is a link if you want to look em. Lp home.triad.rr.com/mycoolstuff
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Shameless bump. Lp
^ That is so sexy.
Quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten.
"You can go in any bike store, order one off the wall and take it home," Fritz says, "But, with steel, you must look for it."
Very nice bike!! Lp
Hey, I read the bikes are not yours, but do you know what year the Benotto is from? How did he get the new brakes to fit on the old frame? Thanks.
What is the difference between 6500's and Ultegra? What year is you groupo from? Bike looks great!
OK, I'll play. Here's my MX Leader with (mostly) Record componentry. I believe the frame dates to 1999 or 2000; I bought it new in 2002. The seatpost and cassette are Chorus, and I committed heresy by installing a FSA Compact Pro crankset and BB. The wheels are Velocity Aeroheads built on Record hubs. The headset is Chris King and the saddle is my trusty Rolls. It weighs 20.5 lbs. as you see it, but it climbs like a dream. There is virtually no discernable frame flex on this bike.
I'll post pics of my winter bike, a Merckx Corsa Extra with 8 spd Ergo once I get it cleaned up.
"Ride lots." - E. Merckx
Nice bike. Lp
"Since I'm currently living just outside Paris in France, the cost, complexity and hassle factor of the repairs will increase exponentially.
So what's a guy to do? "
Take it to the Alex Singer shop for a repair quote?
I can see it now... I take my little Montello in for a little 'tweak' and €6,500+ later I come out with a 'slight upgrade'. Lets see how I can explain that one to the wife and kids (So, we won't have food or electricity for a few months BUT just look at daddy's new bike!)
Oh well, not in this life.
BTW, what was Alex Singer's address again?