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    World Championship Bike 1952

    Built for Italy's fabled Fausto Coppi, this 56-year-old lugged steel classic merits a place of honor on the 50+ forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jet Travis View Post
    Built for Italy's fabled Fausto Coppi, this 56-year-old lugged steel classic merits a place of honor on the 50+ forum.

    http://rouleur.cc/recent-features/238-coppibike
    Absolutely agree, I didn't think they even had bicycles like that in the early 50's, I bet I didn't even know of ten speed road bikes until the late 50's or early 60's. BTW, I was born ing '48 so I was 4 yrs old when that bike came out.
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    You can go to this site to see several racing bikes, going back to
    http://www.theracingbicycle.com/Preservation.html

    Here's a 1936:

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    And a 1931 James ... I love the rear derailleur:

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    Interesting. I wonder how the top riders of today would fare if they rode a bike like that in the TDF? Quite well, I'm guessing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louis View Post
    Interesting. I wonder how the top riders of today would fare if they rode a bike like that in the TDF? Quite well, I'm guessing.
    Quite poorly, unless they put on new tires.

    I like how they have left it alone and didn't restored it to a shiny finish. They have honored its history.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Louis View Post
    Interesting. I wonder how the top riders of today would fare if they rode a bike like that in the TDF? Quite well, I'm guessing.
    So Louis, your suggesting that I return the 58 cm carbon tubular wheelset scheduled to arrive on my doorstep in mid-June? I was hoping to enter next year's tour. I've convinced my wife that the wheels are the missing piece.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allegheny Jet View Post
    So Louis, your suggesting that I return the 58 cm carbon tubular wheelset scheduled to arrive on my doorstep in mid-June? I was hoping to enter next year's tour. I've convinced my wife that the wheels are the missing piece.
    Jet, how in the world did you convince your wife? Mine has crazy ideas about wasting my paycheck on food, car repairs, clothing, and other assorted frivolous baubles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jet Travis View Post
    Jet, how in the world did you convince your wife? Mine has crazy ideas about wasting my paycheck on food, car repairs, clothing, and other assorted frivolous baubles.
    I caught her in a weak moment when I got paid for "unused vacation and bonus time" when I retired from working full time at the end of April. She called it a "retirement gift" that she continues to remind me about. She has 4 more days of teaching elementry school to complete her 31 years, followed by her retirement. She must have a "plan" for her retirement gift as she has hinted about a state that begins with H.
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    Let's see, Jet. There's Hawaii and then...well, you're just gonna have to suffer though it old man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allegheny Jet View Post
    So Louis, your suggesting that I return the 58 cm carbon tubular wheelset scheduled to arrive on my doorstep in mid-June? I was hoping to enter next year's tour. I've convinced my wife that the wheels are the missing piece.
    When are you gonna tell her about the podium girls?

    But seriously, congratulations on the new wheels.

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    nice, great read, thanks for the link
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