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Got a "L'Eroica" bike? Intentions?

Old 02-26-18, 01:26 PM
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Compass would be a good bet, Hugh. Paselas work well, too. I rode on Vittoria Rubino Pro III's two years ago, which are a nominal 28 but measure an actual 26mm and I thought they were lacking in volume. Last year rode 650 X 42 Compass tires, very floaty, but overkill...38's would have been better.

This year will likely be on either Continental GP4000 SII 28's (often measure out to 30mm on a wider rim like a TB14) or Pasela 32's (which in my experience also tend to measure out around 30mm). Not divulging which bike yet...
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The "rules" have changed some. Most any IM will qualify.
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The "rules" have changed some. Most any IM will qualify.
Yeah but half the fun is getting an old bike and then tweaking it to deal with those hills and roads.
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Yeah but half the fun is getting an old bike and then tweaking it to deal with those hills and roads.
And the other half is tweaking these old legs.
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And the other half is tweaking these old legs.
Exactly. I am going to stay old school hard man with the 53-42 front, put a 12-28 on the back and expect to do some walking.

Thanks for the tire info Doc. I have a 28 on the rear now, could maybe get a 30 on there but I havenít joined the big tire club yet, so will likely stick with 26 or 28.
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I used Compass Bon Jon Pass 700C x 35 Extralights on Mavic MA3 rims and Campagnolo LF hubs - the ride was quite comfortable at 55F/60R and I'm 205# so the bike (72 Italvega Super Speciale) probably carried 240 pounds overall. As long as you have the fork, stay and brake clearance, wider tires work really well for this type of ride.

For some reason, on the downhills, I was consistently rolling past most riders starting at roughly the same speed. I'm sure my overall weight has something to do with it, but the Compass tires makes it easy to go fast. But the one downside is because of the tire/wheel overall size increase in height/diameter, it makes the gearing just a little bit worse. I was using a 14-26 Suntour 5 speed freewheel with a 52-42-31 Campagnolo NR triple - I wasn't quite trained enough so I walked the worst hills on the 40 mile ride, but this year I'm in better shape so hope to do a bit better. I've sourced a better drilled Triple with 74BCD inner so I'll switch to a 28T up front and try for a 28 or 32 in the rear.

Got to get any advantage mechanically you can at my age.

Did RobbieTunes ever get a good Eroica Candidate and who in this thread is going to Eroica this year?
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Did RobbieTunes ever get a good Eroica Candidate and who in this thread is going to Eroica this year?
Not yet. I have an '84 Klein I'd use if they'd let it in, after I swapped out brake levers and pedals.
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Not yet. I have an '84 Klein I'd use if they'd let it in, after I swapped out brake levers and pedals.
With only 5 weeks to go, would you shoot for this year or next? We have a fellow who rides a very nice Klein in our Veloc-Retro ride and it would be a great bike to use.
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Kleins are aluminum and thus not permitted. If they were I'd be bringing one of My Fabulous Cannondales...


I offered him one of my rides, but Robbie has other plans
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I'll be riding the same bike I rode in 2016, but this rainy Saturday morning drillium should
make the hills a little flatter...

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Kleins are aluminum and thus not permitted. If they were I'd be bringing one of My Fabulous Cannondales...

I offered him one of my rides, but Robbie has other plans
Well, maybe there would be a chance depending on model and year of Klein. Klein started making frames and bikes in 78 so there's a few years which may be eligible. If serious, probably should discuss with the organizers by email or phone and see if it might be allowed, assuming compliance with the other parts regulations.

Relevant wording in 6.1 Bicycles in the Regulation section of the Eroica website.

Historical Bikes (also called Bici Eroiche, in Italian) are all road racing bikes built in 1987 or earlier, with or without gears, as those built in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. These bicycles most likely have a steel frame, but also other types of rare frames are permitted, such as the aluminum frames built by Alan and Vitus, with screwed or glued joints, the Exxon Graftek frames of the late 1970’s with carbon tubes glued to aluminum lugs and Teledyne Titanium frame set made in the 1970's and some aluminum frames that were built in the 30'S.

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Originally Posted by Cassave View Post
I'll be riding the same bike I rode in 2016, but this rainy Saturday morning drillium should
make the hills a little flatter...


Sweet! Great looking drillium VO crank, my BIL rode one in 2016 and loved it.
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