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Older Masi GC: what do I do with it?

Old 10-23-15, 05:17 PM
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Originally Posted by rootboy View Post
Sheesh. That's one beautiful road bike. I would leave it as such.
But I would definitely lower that seat post before I attached a saddle and sat on it.

I toured on it, commuted on it, it was my winter trainer, and I raced on it. Eons ago.

I found some Conti GP and Vittoria tbulars while going thru the attic. They are new. The base tape seems strong. I wonder if I could use them. Or just buy some new rubber.
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That machine does not look "sad" to my jaded eye. It looks gorgeous. And completely rideable with an overhaul, a saddle (those are kind of important in my experience) and a chain. I bet running some Scratch-X over it would make that Masi absolutely glisten like new.

It's also my size, if you take my meaning . . . .

Personally, I would not even think about turning it into a gravel grinder or a fixie, but that's just me. 'S your bike, do what makes you happy (short of chopping anything off the frame, but you know better than that) and makes you want to ride it. Because it 100% deserves to be ridden.
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Here are some photos of the Colnago. some might have seen the bike before as I have posted it a couple of times, sorry about that.

As one poster mentioned, the original Campy brakes are considered long reach by today's standards. The brakes have the exposed hex nut, not the recessed one. The tire pictured is 30mm, to get a 35 past the brake pads the tire has to be deflated.

The chain stays are scalloped near the bottom bracket which gives room for a wider tire. I don't think this scalloping carried over into many later frames.

And in order to fit the 35mm tire I had to remove the micro-adjuster bolt from the Campy horizontal rear dropout, again which is longer than later versions and jam the wheel as far back as it would go.

As I said, I discovered I liked it as a road bike more than a gravel bike, which i ride a steel Waterford cyclocross bike on now days.
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Old 10-23-15, 07:22 PM
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I say put it back on the road as a road bike. If you want lower gears use as large a FW as the RD can handle, and maybe get a long cage for the RD.

My Masi GC is the sweetest handling bike I've ever ridden. As it is now:
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Originally Posted by RR3 View Post
The original rear derailleur indicates, "Patent 1972"

Possibly relevant data point: the Pat 74 NR derailleur on my 72 Grandis shifts a 30T cog with no trouble at all, and would likely work on 32T cog. The 42/30 combo gets me up most hills pretty well.

If your Masi was mine (and I kinda wish it was) I'd just try a new freewheel and 32mm tires first on a durable clincher wheel set, if I was wanting to go gravel grinding. Looks like it has pretty slack geometry for a criterium bike, and would be just fine for dirt roads. It's not like you're preserving a pristine paint job and are worried about gravel chips in the finish.
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Thanks for the tips everyone.

I am going to clean and repack the bearings, mount some new tubulars, source a 14-28 FW, a proper seatpost, and then ride it once in a while. If it does not tickle my fancy, I'll list it on fleebay.
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@RR3 - Check with PastorBob on this forum for refurbished freewheels. I would use the sew ups you found that are NOS. If they have been in a dark space and somewhat cool, they may be fine. An indication would be if the rubber is checked.

As far as selling it, you might do really well here before going to the dark side.
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Originally Posted by SJX426 View Post
As far as selling it, you might do really well here before going to the dark side.
True dat. @RR3 let me remind you (in case you forgot), it's my size.
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If you get it ride ready with proper Campy and decide to sell on the bay , I'm thinking 1,800 . min.
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