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  1. This is almost as bad as the rivendell thread.

    This is almost as bad as the rivendell thread.
  2. "I'm French! Why do you think I have this...

    "I'm French! Why do you think I have this outrageous accent?"

    - John Cleese, the holy grail
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    I found the following catalog image: ...

    I found the following catalog image:

    http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r128/splytz/Merckx_sil_80s_L.jpg

    and am rebuilding my 82 merckx closely following those lines. Should be done in a few...
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    My perspective is always that I can get a...

    My perspective is always that I can get a beautiful old bike for less than I would pay for a garish, (to me) aesthetically displeasing modern road bike. I ride a ton but don't race so I don't see the...
  5. Maybe it's time for a nap, then. Welcome to...

    Maybe it's time for a nap, then.

    Welcome to C&V!
  6. Couldn't agree more. I'm sure it's me, but I just...

    Couldn't agree more. I'm sure it's me, but I just don't get what's wrong with higher spoke count, traditional low-profile box rims for your typical application, C&V or not.

    I'm talking...
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    Great stuff. I'm curious about the pulley wheels....

    Great stuff. I'm curious about the pulley wheels. Are they replacements?
  8. My early 80's merckx came with ambrosio super...

    My early 80's merckx came with ambrosio super elite 19's. And yes, please post pics!
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    Also, the handlebars need to be tilted up about 5...

    Also, the handlebars need to be tilted up about 5 degrees.
  10. Some guy and some tools: ...

    Some guy and some tools:

    http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r128/splytz/catalog_cover_2010.jpg

    When my dad died, I sorted through all his old tools. He was an engineer, auto mechanic, and...
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    And then there's the cognitive dissonance of...

    And then there's the cognitive dissonance of seeing someone riding all upright on that thing like it's a Rudge or something.
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    The internally geared hub is a neat idea, sure,...

    The internally geared hub is a neat idea, sure, if your plan is to destroy that minty De Rosa frame in the cold, rainy oak bay winter.
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    "De Rosa Citybike Build"

    Not mine.

    http://oakbaybikes.com/de-rosa-citybike-build/

    :crash:
  14. Plus, they stopped fluting the crankarms b/w 85...

    Plus, they stopped fluting the crankarms b/w 85 and 86 (iirc). So if the crankset is original, it's a pre '86 bike, unless for whatever reason it was built up with older parts.
  15. + 1 I bought a set of NOS Ambrosio Nemesis rims...

    + 1 I bought a set of NOS Ambrosio Nemesis rims off Ebay for cheap. You just need a little patience and to know what you're looking for.
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    Maine... ...

    Maine...

    http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r128/splytz/IMGP3040.jpg

    Maine...

    http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r128/splytz/IMGP2983-1.jpg

    My (now crashed :( ) De Rosa...
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    The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles, Jan Heine ...

    The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles, Jan Heine

    focus is on French Randonneurs, Herse and Singer and the like

    amazing photographs.
  18. As for the year, I would guess early 80's, but...

    As for the year, I would guess early 80's, but check the bottom of the bottom bracket shell for a serial number. There should be a letter at the beginning which will help date the bike.
  19. Nice score, and you did a great job cleaning it...

    Nice score, and you did a great job cleaning it up. Why do you need new wheels?
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    Or just... cream. ...

    Or just... cream.

    http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r128/splytz/cc672-4stembadge.jpg
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    Poll: I have to post this link. ...

    I have to post this link.

    http://raydobbins.com/splash/splash.htm
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    I've heard that De Rosa actually built some of...

    I've heard that De Rosa actually built some of the early Merckx frames. The construction details (lugwork, geometry, "beefy" seat stays, dropouts, etc.) between my 1980 De Rosa and 1982 Merckx are...
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    Which Modolo brakes for my '82 Merckx?

    Both sets are modolo professionals; the gold are the 1st gen with no model stamp (off my crashed-on-halloween De Rosa :(). The bike came with the darker set, which is a pretty indescribable (and...
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    Is that red and white splash handlebar tape?...

    Is that red and white splash handlebar tape? Jeez.

    Can't wait to see a shot of the whole bike in proper light.

    What a beauty!
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    1985 (?) Univega Sportour w/ mostly Shimano...

    1985 (?) Univega Sportour w/ mostly Shimano Tourney components, IIRC. Bought for me by my dad, also too big & was told I'd grow into it (I did, eventually). I was 12 or so.
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