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Awesomeness! My restored Ron Cooper is done!

Old 03-20-16, 07:59 PM
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Awesomeness! My restored Ron Cooper is done!

The last time I rode this bike was at Eroica in Gaiole, Italy way back in October. After months at the painter's, I got the frame back and just today finished assembling it, in the nick of time for Eroica California, coming up in three short weeks. Here's the bike, even more pristine than when I first assembled it in 1981:


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Very nice!
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Old 03-20-16, 08:43 PM
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Nice! In fact too nice for gravel.
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Beautiful!
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Stunning!
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Beautiful!
Agreed.
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@davester, who painted it for you? Looks great!

Nice geezer gears too!

Can tell you photographed between raindrops this afternoon. I waited to long to go out for a ride today.

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Very nice, and classy!
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Originally Posted by verktyg View Post
@davester, who painted it for you? Looks great!

Nice geezer gears too!

Can tell you photographed between raindrops this afternoon. I waited to long to go out for a ride today.

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I do believe that's the one Ed Litton painted for him. Took forever (as he always seems to do), but you forget about the calendar when you pick it up.
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Originally Posted by verktyg View Post
@davester, who painted it for you? Looks great!

Nice geezer gears too!

Can tell you photographed between raindrops this afternoon. I waited to long to go out for a ride today.

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Ed Litton painted it.

I definitely need those geezer gears. Yesterday I rode up Mt Hamilton (44 mi, 5300') on my Miyata, equipped with roughly the same gear set, and used all but the lowest of those gears. Some climbs around here are even steeper (as you no doubt know).

I barely got to ride the Cooper today. right after the photo session the heavens opened up and dumped.
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Very nice, looking forward to seeing it in person in a few weeks!
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Sweet. Love the color scheme.
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Awesomeness is correct!
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That is beautiful! In the 1970s my buddies and I had a lot of respect for that marque. (I still do.)

Of course, I am partial to white with a red head tube and a red band on the seat tube. I should probably also try your sharp-looking red brake cable housing and red handlebar tape on the Sieger -- which brand/type did you use? Also, what precisely is your gearing?
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That is beautiful! In the 1970s my buddies and I had a lot of respect for that marque. (I still do.)

Of course, I am partial to white with a red head tube and a red band on the seat tube. I should probably also try your sharp-looking red brake cable housing and red handlebar tape on the Sieger -- which brand/type did you use? Also, what precisely is your gearing?
I used Shimano Dura Ace BC-9000 cables and Fizik Microtex tape. There was a website with a cable evaluation a while back and these came out by far the best of all the conventional cables in terms of reduced resistance. They're a bit pricey but I value my braking ability.

The gearing is 13-28 7-speed IRD freewheel with 52-42-30 chainrings, using a redclover triplizer and a TA small chainring. The cage on the rear derailleur is made by Soma and available various places. If you go this route make sure to set the rear derailleur spring to its highest tension, or be prepared for deadly chain suck.

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Ron Cooper goes Faema color scheme.
Looks handsome.
Ed has a good reputation in general if you go face to face and ignore the calendar.
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To put it simply, I LOVE this bike. I love everything about it...the paint, the brand, the brooks...and as lovely as everything is individually, it has a beautiful synergy as well.
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Byoo-tay!

Ride fast and safe.
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Thanks for the pics - she turned out perfectly. Love the gearing options; you should have no problems with Eroica's climbs with that setup!

What a classy, understated build. Gonna look great with some dust and mud on her

Congrats!

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It appears that your rear brake pad holders are in backwards...
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Originally Posted by repechage View Post
Ron Cooper goes Faema color scheme.
Similar, but the Faema bikes were bright white. Mine is a very creamy off-white.
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It appears that your rear brake pad holders are in backwards...
Nope. the Superbe holders are double-ended.
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It appears that your rear brake pad holders are in backwards...
Suntour Superbe holders are closed on all four sides:

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Gorgeous! Glad you got it back in time for Eroica CA.

Btw, what tires are you using? They look nice and plush (with just enough clearance).
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What a nice C&V bike. A pleasure to look at, a pleasure to ride on.
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