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Old 11-24-08, 10:18 PM   #1
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First post. Hello to all Classic and Vintagers

Hello to everyone here. My name's Manny and I've been lurking about a bit on (Cudak888) Kurt's suggestion that I visit the forum. I met him while scoping out a bike he was flipping, and mentioned that I had an old 753 Merckx with a complete (almost) Mavic group. I think he posted a couple of pics the day I showed it to him. After having shelved my cycling gear a number of years ago for other, more complicated interests, I decided to start riding a bit after knee surgery this summer. I was starting to get back into cycling again when I met Kurt, and I've since caught the bug in full and I'm finding that I've got some catching up to do.
Kurt has been a good enabler and a wealth of knowledge.

I'm Looking forward to interacting with this group in the future, and as a warm-up here's a few pictures of a couple of Merckx's. The Gran Prix I've owned since new in 1990 and the Corsa Extra I bought from a really nice guy in Miami that bought it new around the same time. I ordered the Gran Prix with the Mavic group and interestingly, the Corsa Extra had also been fitted with a Mavic group.

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Old 11-24-08, 10:20 PM   #2
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great bike! and an unusual group, as well. Mavic was the SRAM of the 80's...not Shimano, not campy, what you needed to make a statement. And the parts worked well, too. I have a Mavic group on a Vitus, and it works as well as anything in period...you'll do your knee right if you wear that frame out.

Wuzzup with all of the Merckx's? Seems like there are a lot of 'em getting pictures posted lately...
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Old 11-24-08, 10:35 PM   #4
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Wuzzup with all of the Merckx's? Seems like there are a lot of 'em getting pictures posted lately...
I dunno. It's taken me nearly twenty years to post a picture of mine.
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Old 11-24-08, 10:40 PM   #5
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Very nice bikes. Welcome to the board.

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Old 11-24-08, 10:45 PM   #6
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nice frames, reminds me of the bianchi I had not too long ago, the internal routed cabling and what not. very nice
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Nice to see you here, Manny. I knew it would be only a matter of time before we would get you in here

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Old 11-24-08, 10:50 PM   #8
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Thanks Kurt. And thanks for pointing me over here.
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so kurt, I'll push him over and you grab the bike... ok...
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Not my size, not yours either!

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aaaawwww man and here I thought we were going to have some fun.
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oh and welcome to the forum nine14six, it is very nice to meet you.
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Thank you bmaxwell, a pleasure meeting you as well.

I know where a nice and shiny Paramount can be found. I hear the owner just finished restoring it.
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Welcome to C&V! Great frames but I just love the Mavic!
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nine, is the paramount your size... I'll push him over and you grab the bike. OK
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Welcome to C&V! Great frames but I just love the Mavic!
I agree, I really like the design. The RD looks almost industrial. They do the job quite well to boot.
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nine, is the paramount your size... I'll push him over and you grab the bike. OK
No, but after a few beers you might be able to talk me into trying to nab it from Kurt if it's your size. We'll have to wait until he falls asleep, assuming he doesn't sleep with it.
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ya well we could spike the beer, and then he would never know, except here again it would be miles too large for me... I am the one in love with a dacorrdi 49 oooohhh and I am falling hard for that frame.no chrome american steed will do when there is italian on the brain.
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Lucky for me, neither of you ride 61cm.

Too bad, bmaxwell, that you never got to meet my short-lived (pardon the pun) De Rosa. 49cm, if I recall right - perhaps closer to East Hill sizing:



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HI Manny and welcome to the forums .
i can realte to taking a break from cycling . it happens .
I myself had a 7 year period of not much cycling at all , but 8 years ago i started cycling again its been a terrific 8 years now back in the saddle .

You will see that there are several Eddy merckx owners here on the boards i am one of them .
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Oh this makes me feel good! Sort of like when a member invites a complete stranger to come to worship one Sunday. Gives me goose bumps.

Well done Kurt! And welcome Manny, to the Congregation of Vintage Inclusiveness. Now bmaxwell, you better behave yourself girl!
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Lucky for me, neither of you ride 61cm.

Too bad, bmaxwell, that you never got to meet my short-lived (pardon the pun) De Rosa. 49cm, if I recall right - perhaps closer to East Hill sizing:



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Both bmaxwell and I would be tussling over that one .

Nine14six, we're glad you made your way here (and of course, thanks to Kurt for leading the way).

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bmaxwell, that Merckx frame looks my size. you hold em I'll grab the frame
(whats wrong with this picture????)

nine14six welcome to the forums.
Take a nice leisurely spin around the Grove for me, and maybe Matheson Hammock (sic).

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