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Old 05-21-09, 06:26 PM   #1
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The De Rosa is finished!

Ready for my first ride tomorrow morning!

Here is a pre-garage door shot, brand new tires and all.

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Whoeeee that's a nice bike!

Saddle needs to be level though, no? Personal pref. maybe?
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Soooooo beautiful! Great job! I love the blue into blue fading and don't even get me started on the cable routing.
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Whoeeee that's a nice bike!

Saddle needs to be level though, no? Personal pref. maybe?
Ha! When I took the photo, I knew someone would catch the fact that I accidentally tipped the saddle up when I moved the bike - I was adjusting the saddle and took the shot before final tightening and tweaking!
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That is a beautiful bike. Somehow I knew it was going to look that good! Bring that hot rod up to St. Paul sometime and we'll let em have it!
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Beautiful bike - nice groupset. Is the groupset '95 Record?
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Wow, the blue fade looks great on that bike. Nice doesn't seem to do that bike justice.
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Beautiful bike - nice groupset. Is the groupset '95 Record?
Thanks everybody! Hope it rides nice too, I'll be trying it out in a few minutes.

As for the group, very observant Gary! It's a combination of '95 and '98 Record (with a '96 Chorus headset).


EDIT: Rides nice too! I just got back, and after stopping to tweak and adjust here and there, I wound up liking the saddle tilted up a bit. I prefer having a level rear part to sit on. Otherwise I feel like I'm falling forward.

The bike is stiff, yet forgiving (like good steel should be)! Very solid on the road - where the Cinelli required more attention to go straight, the De Rosa just goes! Could be the slightly smaller frame (57 vs 59) has something to do with it. But so far, so good! I messed up getting LONG presta valved tubes with threading. I'll have to fix that soon - nothing like forcing your pump head off a threaded valve!

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Absolutely gorgeous.
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I messed up getting LONG presta valved tubes with threading. I'll have to fix that soon - nothing like forcing your pump head off a threaded valve!
I bit my tongue and didn't mention that because some people get very defensive about such matters and it effectively boils down to nitpicking. However, given the overall beauty of the bike and given that you have fessed up regarding the valves, may I also point out that you might want to shorten the rearmost bit of cable housing on the rear derailleur cable, and perhaps change the angle of the handlebars ever so slightly downward to get the classic Italian look and thereby place the brifters in the position they were designed to be in.
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I wondered about the rear derailleur cable housing. How do you know what length is best? Should the "loop" be smaller?

As for the bars, I'll play around with Brifter placement when I change the tape, but I just popped them off my old frame and stuck them on the new frame, housings and all. So the Italian look is flat lever hoods?
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I keep my aero levers so they have flat tops (no brifters in my case). Here is a link if you want to see how it looks:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3662/...2fdb2895_o.jpg
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One other nit-pick detail. When you change your tubes, it looks nice to have the tire logos on the same side of the bike and centered with the valve. These are small details though, that's still one hell of a bike.

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One other nit-pick detail. When you change your tubes, it looks nice to have the tire logos on the same side of the bike and centered with the valve. These are small details though, that's still one hell of a bike.

I thought you put the logos opposite the valves, to balance out the tire better?

Nice Trek! So, is my jacked Brifter angle due to placement on the bar, or just upturned bars?
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About the tires, maybe some people do it that way. That is just what I was told as a standard.

I don't know a whole lot about brifter placement. The rule of thumb for old levers was that if you put a straight edge on the bottoms of the drops the tip of the lever should be touching. I think I read that brifters are placed opposite of that though, but I have no clue.
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Wanna trade!! (I wish)

About the tires, maybe some people do it that way. That is just what I was told as a standard.

I don't know a whole lot about brifter placement. The rule of thumb for old levers was that if you put a straight edge on the bottoms of the drops the tip of the lever should be touching. I think I read that brifters are placed opposite of that though, but I have no clue.
These brifters are driving me nuts. Most newer brifters place the lever closer to modern bars. Mine stand pretty far away from most modern bars. They shift perfectly every time, so I'm not complaining about them, I would just love a shim to move the lever closer to the bar. I guess I'll eventually be going 10 or 11 speed, but until then...

Also, I had the most comfortable ride with the saddle nose tilted up slightly. I lost that feeling of leaning on my hands, and felt balanced on the bike! Having the saddle "level" wasn't working for me. Glad I accidentally pointed the saddle up a little!
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Also, I had the most comfortable ride with the saddle nose tilted up slightly. I lost that feeling of leaning on my hands, and felt balanced on the bike! Having the saddle "level" wasn't working for me. Glad I accidentally pointed the saddle up a little!
I've found the most comfortable tilt is with the nose slightly up, otherwise I'm constantly pushing myself back up the saddle. It's the difference between sitting on the saddle and being propped against it.

Lovely bike! A DE ROSA is the only other bike I really want. Getting one in my size, 62cm, is not so easy...
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AndyK,

A few points,

It's your bike, don't worry about the OCD bike police. If the bars are comfortable for you, ride it as is, is the seat suits you, ride it as is, if the shifting on the rear is fine, ride it as is, if the tubes don't leak, ride it as is.


Most importantly, RIDE IT!
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I thought you put the logos opposite the valves, to balance out the tire better?
I've heard this one before - its bollocks. If you trace its origins, I dare say you'll find that the originator was a poseur mechanic

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AndyK,

A few points,

It's your bike, don't worry about the OCD bike police. If the bars are comfortable for you, ride it as is, is the seat suits you, ride it as is, if the shifting on the rear is fine, ride it as is, if the tubes don't leak, ride it as is.


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I think it looks great!
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AndyK,

A few points,

It's your bike, don't worry about the OCD bike police. If the bars are comfortable for you, ride it as is, is the seat suits you, ride it as is, if the shifting on the rear is fine, ride it as is, if the tubes don't leak, ride it as is.


Most importantly, RIDE IT!
Thanks, I hear ya! The OCD bike police are just trying to help. But I agree, ultimately, every bike owner is different, everyone likes their own setup, and the way a bike is set up is very personal. I appreciate attention to detail - if my tire labels are in the wrong place, it's good to know. Will I put the bars in a position I'm not happy with? Nope. But it's nice of everyone to give me their opinions and advice.
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Fine tuning a new build is part of the fun, but ultimately OFG has got it right. Tomorrow, please ride the daylights out of it. Let us know what you think after a solid 35-40 mile ride. I'm riding a 60 mile route tomorrow on my SLX and if you would like to ask a question or two when you get back let me know. I'll be happy to give you a hand!
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