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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 01-23-04, 09:04 AM   #1
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Happy valentines day!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...category=22681
This baby is coming home with my wife today. She got it for me as a valentines day suprise gift but is absolutly horrible at keeping secrets. The tracking #'s say it's on the truck headed to her office.
I am a happy man.
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Old 01-23-04, 09:20 AM   #2
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Italian and curvy. Can't go wrong! Nice looking frame.
Be sure to post pics when you get her built up.
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Old 01-23-04, 12:33 PM   #3
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This baby is coming home with my wife today. She got it for me as a valentines day suprise gift but is absolutly horrible at keeping secrets. The tracking #'s say it's on the truck headed to her office.
I am a happy man.
Do you think the rear drops have enough slope for chain tension allowance?
If you happen to get the right gearing combo it should work out ok. If not, what then? New track ends? That is what I finally had to do in order to get the gearing combo I wanted. Hope it works out.

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Off hand, two things I would do with that frame..... cut off the derailleur hanger and get an ENO hub for that vertical dropout.

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I'm going to play with it and see what I can get it to do with the current drop outs. They're not vertical, they'll have some play, I'm thinking around half an inch, we'll see when it gets here this evening. If I can't get what I need with the current drops then I'll get an Eno. It's just a beautiful frame. I think it really needs to be ridden and appreciated for the art it is, even if I do have to get an Eno. The buildup is going to be slow. I've also got a really small Bianchi coming in the mail to build up as a SS commuter for my sister who's going to cooking school in NY starting late this summer. That bike has to take priority, so it might take me 4-6 months to gather the parts I need. In the mean time I'm going to hang it in my bedroom.
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In the mean time I'm going to hang it in my bedroom.
Martha Stewart would not approve.
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Old 01-23-04, 02:06 PM   #7
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need. In the mean time I'm going to hang it in my bedroom.[/QUOTE]
Sometimes letting it wait and see what developes is a smart thing. Often solutions will present themselves with the passage of time. It is nice eye candy in the interim.

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Cool thats one cool frame and its so pretty
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Old 01-23-04, 11:18 PM   #9
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wow

a bike fit for a song (i'm thinking of outkast)

that's awesome, you are a very fortunate fellow.
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Old 01-24-04, 06:23 AM   #10
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After the kids went to bed last night I sat it in the middle of the living room and just stared at it. It really is beautiful. I fear that outfitting it in a way befitting it is going to become expensive. On that note, does anybody know of a company that makes polished bullhorns?
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On that note, does anybody know of a company that makes polished bullhorns?
Nitto makes two styles, one is a flat bullhorn but it is a grey aluminum color. The other is more polished but has a 2-1/2 inch drop. There are probably others but those are the two that I know about and have on two of my bikes.

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i wanted that bike sooo bad!!!

good to see it has a good home though.

i would set it up as a road bike though. with a campy pista crank up front, with like, a 49T chainring, and an old 5 speed in the back. downtube shifters and TT levers. that would be one sweet ride.

i would probably ride my (pinarello) road bike more often if the front end was dropped like that...it's trapped behind the fixies screaming for attention right now though...
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Old 01-24-04, 05:46 PM   #13
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I've actually considered shifting ability on the bike. I'm still not sure what direction I'm going to go with it. I just keep staring at it trying to decide what to do. It's so freaking sexy.
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Old 01-24-04, 07:41 PM   #14
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i'd say find some old campy stuff and BLING BLING!!! supa fiiine TT bike! oh, and the old school cinelli TT bars...the curvey ones...maybe i'm thinking of the old nitto TT bars? the ones i'm thinking of are steel and chromed...they almost look like older road bars turned upside-down...i'll try to find a picture later.
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here is a link to the handlebars i'm talking about. i think they're either the first ones pictured, or the last ones pictured. the curvey ones...

just think of how sexxxxxy that bike would look with oldschool downtube shifters, with those bars with older road-type levers...in the big ring up front and the little cog out back...ooooh yeah! HOT NESSSS!!!!!
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just think of how sexxxxxy that bike would look with oldschool downtube shifters, with those bars with older road-type levers...in the big ring up front and the little cog out back...ooooh yeah! HOT NESSSS!!!!!
You sure you're not a retrogrouch aging bikie/hippie in disquise?
Totally agree on the bars, maybe a nice C-Record gruppo?

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hehee...i might just be a retrogrouch...
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If my pockets were full I'd really be able to put nice stuff on there right off the bat. If I did that though It would be years before I actually got to ride it. I'm probably going to make a few compromises and make myself a bike that is a mishamash of mostly cheap parts initially. As time goes on I'll gradually replace stuff until I get it where I want it to be.
I'm definately not a retrogrouch, but some bikes just look right when done up a certain way.
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hehee...i might just be a retrogrouch...
yup, just read your retrogrouch post in General section.
the only problem I see is you'll start cringing when ever someone
posts a pic of a tasty old italian steel frame "fixed". Every one
I see on e-buy I think, I can't do that to such a nice frame, needs
Nuovo Record gruppo. . . sigh.

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i already cringe when someone does that...but it's only really bad when they start threatening to shave off the shifter bosses and cable guides. convert it to whatever you want, but for the love of god, leave the frame intact!
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I think that there is way too much emphasis placed on keeping the supposed integrity of shifter bosses and other "road fittings" on bikes that are converted to fixed gear. It is not like they are museum pieces. They are probably one of 10,000 such frames if they are from the major makers and unless they have particular historical significance: ie, Fausto Copi"s' or Gino Bartali's or other such bikes, it is perfectly ok to modify to your own desires.
I know that this is possibly not a majority view, but it is just a bicycle, one of many, if it is of no particular historical significance. If it is of signifigant
historical interest, then by all means preserve it in it's original form. This is especially true of a major makers frame that has been left to rust or otherwise abused. If you don't stop the deterioration it will then disintegrate with time and will not be fit to ride. If you want to choose to restore it to it's original form then great, but if you choose to change the frame by grinding and painting then that is also fine. Why not rehabilitate the bike to a new use and enjoy the bike in it's new form? Just my own opinion.

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