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Old 02-24-11, 08:00 PM   #676
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Well, would you look at that! Suddenly there's a slew of beautiful steel bikes with aluminum fenders, fat-ish tires, big clunky french style handlebar bags, Brooks saddles, no brifters in sight... maybe even some friction shifters!!! Let the annihilation begin...
Mine has STI shifters and I need to get a handlebar bag.
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they are indeed the DC's. i love 'em. i didn't have canti bosses on the bike-- and i also needed a front rack, and ain't too partial to the look of one with d clips around the forks-- so i split the dif, and went centerpulls with the ENE front rack that lives on the centerpull bolts. super glad i did. besides the fact that i really don't like dual pivot brakes.. they feel cheap. they DO NOT feel like any old squishy weinmanns either... not quite as monster modulation as a paul racer-- but man are they way better than any tektro i've ever laid hands on.

oh.. and meanwhile-- full friction.
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Old 02-26-11, 12:03 AM   #678
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...The RM1200 is definitely on my short list. If I see you there you'll have to ride slow so I can keep up. The downtube shifters really slow me down, ya know.
If you haven't done it yet, you definitely need to give it a go. It's a beautiful ride and IMHO it's the easiest of the 1200ks, at least of the half dozen I've done. I have no problems riding slow, especially on brevets. I do them for the enjoyment of riding them. I haven't done a 1200k in much less than 80hrs. They are not races for me. When I want to race I enter "races" like the FC508 or RAAM. Those are races! As far as your down tube shifters and fenders handicapping your speed, I'll just leave my light on so the generator works all the time. That should cover it, plus some! That's of course if you could be see in the company of one of those fenderless carbon wonders...I'll probably be riding my 27lb Calfee tandem. Pics of my new brevet bike to come soon.
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This is my fully loaded mostly self sustaining summer-touring set up century bike. I am yet to Rando officially and this is how I have done a lot of my riding so far, completed 6 consecutive daily centuries in October on this. Day 3 pictured...

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... I've always been partial to the panel paint jobs on those Masi's. Very classy.
You don't say. My '08. Still my favorite bike after all these years and miles (until April when my Soulcraft arrives). Handles my commute or a 300k with equal grace.



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Very nice. What are those handlebars? Looks like a nice shape for long rides. What's the gearing? Fixed or coastable?
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Old 03-03-11, 10:24 AM   #682
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My Century Bike - Waterford St22

Completed many centuries and brevets....but not on this Wateford.......this weekend will be the first.




Gilles Berthound Bag, Nitto Cages and Rack, Supernova Front Light, White Industries Wide Range Double, White BB, SS couplers, Paul Brakes and Moon Unit Hanger, Soldered Cables, Honjo Fender, Brooks saddle, Nitto Everything, Phil R. Hub, Ultegra Drivetrain, Brooks tape, Schmidt Front Hub. SWEET!

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Old 03-03-11, 03:27 PM   #683
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Very nice. What are those handlebars? Looks like a nice shape for long rides. What's the gearing? Fixed or coastable?
The handle bar was stock on the '08. It's a Masi design, and they have something similar on one of the new cross bikes, but much shallower. It's pretty nice once you get used to the flare. Especially the long ramps. It's geared 42-16/18, a White Industries double freewheel. I pulled the fixed cog off the flip side as it's completely worn out.
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Completed many centuries and brevets....but not on this Wateford.......this weekend will be the first.




Gilles Berthound Bag, Nitto Cages and Rack, Supernova Front Light, White Industries Wide Range Double, White BB, SS couplers, Paul Brakes and Moon Unit Hanger, Soldered Cables, Honjo Fender, Brooks saddle, Nitto Everything, Phil R. Hub, Ultegra Drivetrain, Brooks tape, Schmidt Front Hub. SWEET!

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HEY.. i know that bike very well!
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HEY.. i know that bike very well!
Yes Dan.......was expecting you to comment!
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Old 03-09-11, 05:10 PM   #686
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HEY.. i know that bike very well!
I can also confirm that this bike is not mere legend. I have been in it's presence!
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^Classic! I love it.
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ive done a century on my panasonic

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My new rando ride. Took it out on her maiden voyage this past weekend. 300k and no problems. A few more pics over on my blog for those who are curious.



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Good-looking bike, but unless the camera did funny things, that top tube is the shortest I've ever seen!
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My first ever century was in 1989 (RAGBRAI, Iowa) on a Frankenstein bike built around a Chiorda frame found in a dumpster.

My second Century was in 1991 (Also on a RAGBRAI) on this 1987 Trek Elance 400T:


My third Century will be this coming Sunday May 01 (Minnesota Iron Man Bike Ride) on the same bike!
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The newest of the "Cycles Noel" marque is a 700c "sportif" frame, meant for club rides, fast centuries and 200ks, etc. It is typical of 1940s-1950s French builds, but isn't directly copied from anything in particular. Overall I'm quite pleased with it; it's the lightest and fastest bike I've built. I got the fenders too close to the tires, though, and will be installing some slightly smaller tires to compensate. I also "improved" my fork raking jig, with the result being a very cheap-looking "kink" instead of the nice tight radius it used to make. Progress...

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This was my primary rando bike a few years ago, now re-purposed as the ultimate "muletisme" for off-road riding. I spread the stays to 145 and added a "pac-man" braze-on for a drum brake. Then I turned and polished an Arai drum and installed it on a pair of Shimano's tandem hubs laced into 40-hole 650b rims.



I use it as a drag brake for long, unpaved downhills. It's connected to an old friction mountain bike shift lever on the handlebars, so I just set it to provide the required level of modulation for the conditions, and use the rim brakes where necessary. I used to have a problem with overheating rims in such situations, but no more! I also added interrupter levers to give me an additional spot from which to brake. My hands used to cramp from holding the brake levers on long downhills...

And finally, the super low gearing - 30 ring and 12-32 cassette - allow me to climb essentially anything, even with my kid's trailer attached (note the hitch under the saddle).

Between the extra cables and levers, and the fact that I touched up the powdercoat around the new braze-ons with a rattle can, it's a pretty unattractive bike in my estimation - but it's also one of the most enjoyable in my collection. And you should see the looks on the faces of the guys with the dual-suspension downhill bikes!

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Is that a rear fender on the front? Nice work overall.
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Thanks, Robert. The fenders are the "undrilled" 35mm Honjos Velo Orange is getting rid of. It's an "extra long" front, per V/O. Still not enough to keep my feet dry in the rain, but I'm not putting a mudflap on "performance" bike.
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Anyway, one more bike and I'll give everyone their thread back.



This is my recently completed restoration of an early Raleigh Sports. Stainless rims, Soma "Lauterwasser" bars, and marshmallow-like Velo Orange sprung saddle. Slowest bike I guess I've ever owned, but truly enjoyable once you give up any pretense of keeping up with, well, pretty much anyone else. Longest I've done so far is a "metric" century; 62 miles. Some day when I have plenty of time, I'll take it for an Imperial century - at an average of 12 MPH (not counting breaks to tamp my pipe ) I'll need a long summer day to get it all in!
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Six Jours, those are some beautiful and extremely useful looking bikes you've built.
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The newest of the "Cycles Noel" marque is a 700c "sportif" frame, meant for club rides, fast centuries and 200ks, etc. It is typical of 1940s-1950s French builds, but isn't directly copied from anything in particular. Overall I'm quite pleased with it; it's the lightest and fastest bike I've built. I got the fenders too close to the tires, though, and will be installing some slightly smaller tires to compensate. I also "improved" my fork raking jig, with the result being a very cheap-looking "kink" instead of the nice tight radius it used to make. Progress...
wow. thems nice wheels! how 'bout the noel with the silver one's fork.. man would that be sharp.
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Thanks guys!

Too bad the silver one's fork (also a "Cycles Noel"; I just never got around to decalling it) is for 650b - with cantilever bosses.

I like the "sportif" well enough that I'll probably make another fork for it someday. I used a Ritchie crown (that I've had floating around for the last few years, waiting for a suitable project) but he no longer sells to small builders. Maybe I'll try the fancy crown and blades Jan Heine/Compass Cycles is selling...
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