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Old 06-29-15, 08:10 PM
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Originally Posted by redcaymatt
My Johnny Coast just after I got it back from Peter Weigle who did the '73 Porsche "aubergine" pain

t[IMG]Coast in fresh Paint by Mattballman, on Flickr[/IMG]
You have fantastic taste Matt.
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Thanks man, You've got some beautiful machines there yourself.

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You have fantastic taste Matt.
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I'm still tracking the original build history of this Serotta CSI that was re-imagined by Eric Estlund of Winter Bike's fame.

I bought the frameset for my youngest son who promptly outgrew the frameset before I could build it.

So, here it sits.

I'm still trying to figure out if I can make this fit me, as it is gorgeous and it would build up to be an exceptional all rounder.

With fenders and mid-fork braze-ons for front low riders, it might be well worth the effort.

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I love the Johnny Coast, very nice Matt.
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After 900 miles of use, our son has declared his Della Santa the best racing bike he has ever owned.

Granted, he's only 18, but he has had a few nice bikes over the years.

...and no this one is not going back to the University with him.

I like it too.

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I've been riding this luxury liner a lot lately.

My Bilenky Midlands tourer.

For some reason, I thought I might turn it into a sports tourer, but it's much too stout for that.

Super comfy and a real mile eater. Handles hills nicely and I can bring along quite a bit of stuff with the bags we have here at the house.

Changes since this pic include a SON dyno, an Edelux II light and Dyads front and rear. Mud flaps too.

So far, so good with the Strada Biancas. I have just over 1,700 miles on this set and they are still rolling well.

Hopefully they will last on our up and coming trip around Lake Superior later this summer.

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Originally Posted by gomango
I've been riding this luxury liner a lot lately.

My Bilenky Midlands tourer.

For some reason, I thought I might turn it into a sports tourer, but it's much too stout for that.

Super comfy and a real mile eater. Handles hills nicely and I can bring along quite a bit of stuff with the bags we have here at the house.

Changes since this pic include a SON dyno, an Edelux II light and Dyads front and rear. Mud flaps too.

So far, so good with the Strada Biancas. I have just over 1,700 miles on this set and they are still rolling well.

Hopefully they will last on our up and coming trip around Lake Superior later this summer.

[IMG]Untitled by gomango1849, on Flickr[/IMG]

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I like the fresh frames paint! His bikes are often stout/over built. Great for tandems.
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake
I like the fresh frames paint! His bikes are often stout/over built. Great for tandems.
Thanks!

I have zero reason to doubt that the frameset can handle anything I throw at it.

The paint is interesting though. The paint finish is really top notch/durable, however the color would not have been my first choice.

Kind of reminds me of an AMF bowling ball.

Just personal preference I guess, but it doesn't diminish any of the fun and enjoyment I get from the bike.

FWIW The tubeset is interesting. You can't see it in the pics, but all of the tubes are ovalized.

Has some nice features as well like the spoke holder on the chainstay and the pump holder is another nice touch.

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Originally Posted by gomango
Thanks!

I have zero reason to doubt that the frameset can handle anything I throw at it.

The paint is interesting though. The paint finish is really top notch/durable, however the color would not have been my first choice.

Kind of reminds me of an AMF bowling ball.

Just personal preference I guess, but it doesn't diminish any of the fun and enjoyment I get from the bike.
I've seen the paint color before...I actually really like it. His paint jobs are tough as nails btw.
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That's great.

The bike gets compliments here and there when I am out and about.

That's always welcomed and appreciated of course.

I like to hear the finish is durable as well. Guess I'll put it to the test later this summer out on the road.
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1979 Richard Sachs


1994 Rivendell ( first year built by Waterford )


1996 Richard Sachs


Ibis Mojo ( all steel )


2000 Rivendell ( all Mavic various years )
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Originally Posted by Ecrevisse
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1979 Richard Sachs


1994 Rivendell ( first year built by Waterford )


1996 Richard Sachs


Ibis Mojo ( all steel )


2000 Rivendell ( all Mavic various years )
Incredible bikes...especially love the blue Sachs.
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My Hunqapillar designed by (whisper mode)Grant Petersen, built by Waterford from Kaisai 8630 tubing. It's a goanywheredoanythingonanysurfacefullyloadedforbigboys bike.



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The Waterloo built Trek 720 and Trek 730




Awesome Treks. Is the 730 a 1979 or 1980?
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1975 Eisentraut Limited. One of two, the other being in need of tender loving care.


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Originally Posted by Pemetic2006
Awesome Treks. Is the 730 a 1979 or 1980?
I'm pretty sure it's a '79 model year with a '78 braze date. IIRC it's Nov of 78- I'm sure I could do some research, but I'd guess this is among that first few groups of "non-TX" bikes that were started in '78.

It was built as a 736 with an Arabesque 600 group on it- right now it's rolling with Suntour Cyclone derailleurs, Sprint shifters and Superbe brakes and levers. The crank is a Stronglight 99 BIS. Everything about this build is so superior to the Arabesque stuff... The Arabesque stuff looks SO cool, but the Suntour stuff just works so much better.

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My 1987 Ron Blanton, a builder out of Fresno, CA. Made from Reynolds 531P tubing:



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Originally Posted by The Golden Boy
I'm pretty sure it's a '79 model year with a '78 braze date. IIRC it's Nov of 78- I'm sure I could do some research, but I'd guess this is among that first few groups of "non-TX" bikes that were started in '78.

It was built as a 736 with an Arabesque 600 group on it- right now it's rolling with Suntour Cyclone derailleurs, Sprint shifters and Superbe brakes and levers. The crank is a Stronglight 99 BIS. Everything about this build is so superior to the Arabesque stuff... The Arabesque stuff looks SO cool, but the Suntour stuff just works so much better.

I have no experience with Suntour - but will. I have a 1982 614 I bought a few weeks ago that I have yet to ride, except for a test ride before purchase. It has Suntour DT shifters, a Cyclone M II RD, and various other components. I love my 910 so I hope to enjoy the 614 as well.

My 910 is all Arabesque and I like but I have nothing really to compare it to, except lesser Shimano stuff.

I've gone back to look at that 730 a few times - beautiful bike.
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What's going on here??!!
Three pages on this thread and still not one Medici bike posted yet??!!
Here!:

Sure it's still just in primer.... just like one's American highschool buddy's car would be.....
All the parts and wheelset are in for this build, and I'm thinking Ed Litton to do the respray and graphics, but my very limited budget is making me now lean towards doing a Duplicolor spray bomb job instead???
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Are those Sriracha (Rooster) sauce bottles? Too cool!
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Originally Posted by PeregrineA1
1975 Eisentraut Limited. One of two, the other being in need of tender loving care.

1991 Ed Litton. Currently the primary rider.
I met Ed Litton in the waning days of Eisentraut, 1973 after I crashed my Peter Mooney and needed someone I trusted to straighten the fork. Called the shop, talked to Ed, watched him straighten the fork like a pro. I ordered a new one form Peter. unpainted. Took the fork and frame to Ed's new shop in Richmond the next year. He stripped and painted the frame with a beautiful and perfect Imron job, the likes of which I will never see again. (That stuff was heaven and hell in a can. Heaven - the durable, deep finish you could get that, beat up as it is will look better in 15 years than any paint job I replace it with, and hell - an ecological disaster and incredibly harmful to anyone coming contact with it.)

So, while Ed has never built me anything, he is one of my favorite builders. Down to earth, his word is good, his work is excellent. I used to look forward every year to the Alpenrose Velodrom Challenge because a fellow who raced the San Hose Hellyer velodrome came up each year with his Litton. And I get to see him every so often at trade shows.

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