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Old 10-01-11, 07:22 AM   #1
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Introducing My 1974 Carlsbad Masi

Well, I've been holding out on publishing pictures of this bike until I got the top tube refinished due to some large paint bubbles under the cable clips. But now that's been fixed by Jim Cunningham and the folks at Cyclart so here it is, my 1974 Carlsbad Masi Gran Criterium, MC98. Other than the top tube refinish, the rest of the bike is original. I bought it from the original owner, he even gave me the original receipt.

I have ridden it on a couple of centuries and several local rides, including one trip to the Velo-Retro group ride, over the past couple of years. It rides and handles wonderfully and climbs as well as any bike I have.













Hope you like it - Jim
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Old 10-01-11, 07:26 AM   #2
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very nice!
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Beautiful ! How well did Jim match the paint? Very well I suspect. Great bike.
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Sexy!

Tell us more about the top tube repaint. Did he paint the whole top tube or just spot paint?

How long have you had it? What size is it?

I'll be introducing a near identical twin some time soon, and have the same issues with the clips. Unfortunately, there's a small dent under one of the clips as well.....
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Gorgeous, you are a lucky man!


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Nope it stinks, LOL!

It's GREAT!!! Cycle art does such a good job with everything I have ever seen that bears their name.

enjoy it!
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Beautiful. I used to spend some time in Carlsbad as a kid, I had an aunt, uncle, and cousins there. Wild times, great place. For that matter, wild place, great times! We probably made a visit in '74, in fact. The downside is that we had to drive nearly 2000 miles, including a LOT of desert, to get there!

I always perk up when a "Carlsbad Masi" is mentioned. Cool bikes! I'd love to have one someday.

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Old 10-01-11, 08:43 AM   #8
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Very beautiful!
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That right there is everything a '70s race bike should be. Really fine. So what was the price on the original receipt?
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Sweet bike! Congrats!
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Great color for it!
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wow!
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That right there is everything a '70s race bike should be. Really fine. So what was the price on the original receipt?
This is a good question
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When they first came out, in Southern California $575., quickly to $595, then $625, $635, $695, $725, $795, $825, $850 by 1976.

The very first bikes got a Jersey too, basically the first bike a dealer ordered.
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Nice!

I like that you addressed the issue at hand and didn't re-finish the whole bike. Proper restraint in my book.
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When they first came out, in Southern California $575., quickly to $595, then $625, $635, $695, $725, $795, $825, $850 by 1976.

The very first bikes got a Jersey too, basically the first bike a dealer ordered.
$2513 in 2010 dollars, fwiw. I have no idea what that will buy today, but I'm pretty sure it won't be state of the art.
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Wow, you all are great! I will pull out the receipt tonight. Yes, Cyclart did a great job. The repaint was from the head lug joint to the rear end of the top tube, feathered in around the original Faliero Masi signature decal. I can hardly tell - it's beautiful work. The rest of the bike is so honest - wear and scratches in the paint, a little rust issue here and there but nothing worth retouching. I am really happy to preserve it as original as much as possible.


biked - I also spent some wild times in Carlsbad in 1974 during the 500cc Motocross World Championship round there. And, yes, that's one of the reasons I had to have this Masi! Also, one of the guys I used to race with in 1974, who had been riding a Centurion, showed up one day with a brand new Carlsbad Masi for one of our Thursday evening races. I'll never forget that.

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I had a 74 and it was awesome. Sadly I sold the frame and fork to a collector. I broke even but I regret selling the bike. Congrats. The twin plate fork is the best riding fork ever. I mean bumps don't seem to go away but it just seems so stable...like the frame tracks so good. Have fun.
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It looks like Jim did a beautiful job matching and feathering the paint. Fantastic bike!
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biked - I also spent some wild times in Carlsbad in 1974 during the 500cc Motocross World Championship round there. And, yes, that's one of the reasons I had to have this Masi! Also, one of the guys I used to race with in 1974, who had been riding a Centurion, showed up one day with a brand new Carlsbad Masi for one of our Thursday evening races. I'll never forget that.

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I felt like I was the luckiest kid in the world traveling to Carlsbad to visit relatives.....it seemed that it was the motocross capital of the world. I got to do stuff out there that I only dreamed about at home. My cousins were nuts, but very cool to hang out with as long as it was only for a week or two a year. I'm not sure I would have survived much longer.
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Beautiful. Wow.

Could I ask for a before and after on the top tube? Just curious and always interested in restorations. Thanks!
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When they first came out, in Southern California $575., quickly to $595, then $625, $635, $695, $725, $795, $825, $850 by 1976.

The very first bikes got a Jersey too, basically the first bike a dealer ordered.
I finally found the receipt. Dated May 9th, 1974, from The Bicycle Shop in Concord, CA. Masi 61 cm - $690.00 plus $10.00 extra for half-step 50-46 chainrings and Oro cluster, "Champ de Mondo" tires, and 120 stem for $745.50 total price.

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