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Old 01-26-09, 04:14 PM   #1
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Guess where I went today????

All you guys get is this:

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Old 01-26-09, 04:27 PM   #2
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Waterloo or Waterford in Wisconsin?

I've never been in either factory so I'm just guessing.
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no, I think OP lives in Europe if I'm not mistaken?
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Those LOOK like carbon frames, though I could be mistaken...
Those tubes are just awfully big.
Either way... no clue.
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Merckx Factory?
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Merckx Factory?
That'd be the Pinarello factory now.
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You got it. My friend, the head mechanic of my LBS, hooked me up with the trip to the factory. In fact, I was going just to meet Eddy Merckx as my friend had called and asked if I could go meet him and to get somethings of mine autographed. Today was a Great Day!! Not only did I get to meet and chat with Eddy and get some autographes, I was also allowed to visit the Factory. Talk about being "hooked-up."
I also took some Pictures with him. He was so Cool! I'll upload some more pics later. Time to hit the sack.

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That'd be the Pinarello factory now.
Not yet, as they are still only "making"/painting "real" Merckx bikes here in Belgium. They are going to start with the "new" (EMX) models later this year, yet they did not say exactly how things are going to go down.
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Holy crap! That's one hell of a good Monday! Look forward to seeing photos and hearing details.
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You're right. Those are all carbon frames.
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I saw the title and figured you bought at least one other bike today.
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Today was a Great Day!! Not only did I get to meet and chat with Eddy and get some autographes, I was also allowed to visit the Factory. Talk about being "hooked-up."
I also took some Pictures with him. He was so Cool! I'll upload some more pics later. Time to hit the sack.
You sir... SUCK... HARDCORE!
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Wow.
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Very cool, can't wait to see the rest of your pictures.
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Wow.
I'd have a million questions.
That place and the Martin guitar place are on my bucket list.
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Guess what Monday excitement I had?

I went to my one room hole-in-the-wall LBS, and he was closed for winter...

(well done, Gilberto)
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Lucky *******!!
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WTF is that carbon garbage? Moderator! Get that junk off the screen!
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I was disappointed to see on their web site that they no longer make any steel frames...sad.
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Different frames but same cover-alls
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I think the guy in the bottom RH photo is brazing the gear cable stop to MY Merckx frame.

Time to wake up!! We need more photo's!!!
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I saw the title and figured you bought at least one other bike today.
HAH! Funny thing is that I did, yet I was/am more excited about meeting Eddy Merckx and going to the factory. Coincidentally, the bike is a 1974 Merckx in the Molteni colors. I don't know who the builder is but it's made out of Reynolds 531. I'm really hoping it's a Kessels made one. We'll see.

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I'd have a million questions.
That place and the Martin guitar place are on my bucket list.
I did too, but I only had a few minutes with Eddy Merckx and the "tour" of the factory was very brief since I went when it was almost closing time; 13:00.

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I was disappointed to see on their web site that they no longer make any steel frames...sad.
Well, that might not be the case in the future.
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Guess what Monday excitement I had?

I went to my one room hole-in-the-wall LBS, and he was closed for winter...

(well done, Gilberto)
It was a very good Monday! And all this is happening right before I depart. Man am I going to miss Belgium!

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Exactly. Also, the man Eddy Merckx is watching braze is still there. He was working on an Aluminium frame when I was walking around.
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Here are a few more. I'll post a few at a time.

This is the sign on the corner of the building that let's you know you have arrived.


Wait a minute! What's that in front of the entrance???
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OH CRAP!! Someone stole your wheels!!!
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