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Vintage Waterford 1200 tackles the "Tour de Acoma"

Old 09-20-16, 02:45 PM
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Vintage Waterford 1200 tackles the "Tour de Acoma"

The 15th annual Tour de Acoma near Grants NM was this past weekend. First time for me and I brought out the closet queen, 66cm Waterford 1200. I have never seen a hill like this one! 13.4% grade at one point, a lot of walking! You can see the two mile lead up to the hill so you have plenty of time to decide how to fail!

Glad I put the 28mm tires on, the roads were horrible for the most part. Beautiful country though!
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Old 09-20-16, 03:32 PM
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I've never seen a stem/bar/shifter setup quite like that. Looks as if it would be a hand full on a climb! Scenic country for sure.
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Now that's a big frame... more pics?

If for some reason I had to live in a state other than Colorado, I would move to New Mexico. Beautiful place.
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Originally Posted by shelbyfv View Post
I've never seen a stem/bar/shifter setup quite like that. Looks as if it would be a hand full on a climb! Scenic country for sure.
It's just a real tall Nitto technomic stem with extra wide drop bars turned up a little. I have a really long back and can't bend over like I once did, so up up and away!

I did pop a few wheelies on that hill!
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I love New Mexico. I used to go camping in the Gila wilderness area regularly. I need to get back there one day.
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Sweet Waterford, any idea what year?

I ride a 66cm frame too and tend to tilt my handlebars too, although not as drastic as yours. When riding the hoods it seems to give me something to push back against better.
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Sweet Waterford, any idea what year?

I ride a 66cm frame too and tend to tilt my handlebars too, although not as drastic as yours. When riding the hoods it seems to give me something to push back against better.
Not sure exactly mid 90's I think, I have the spec sheet on it somewhere, it's 66cm X 66cm, I can really stretch out on it! The first reaction I usually get is "your stem is way too far out of the steer tube, dangerous!" Well, Nitto made some really long Tecnomic stems and I was lucky enough to find two of them, there is 3 or 4 inches of stem in there, so no worries there, yes it looks odd, but I'd rather be comfortable than conform. Extra wide vintage drop bars. I bought the frame and built it up with all "yellow" vintage 105 components and an Octalink triple for climbing here in NM. I finally found a yellow letter rear derailleur which is not in these early shots.

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Nice bike!

The month and year it was manufactured is in the serial number stamped into the BB shell.

B07014 is the 14th Waterford frame built in February, 2007. The Waterford framebuilder's initials may also be stamped into the BB shell (DW=Dave Wages).

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Here is my 1990s Waterford that I am currently building up with a mix of Ultegra 6800 and some Dura-ace. I have hit a few snags building it up....getting close to finishing.
I wonder when it was build; no serial numbers. The original owner said get thought he had it built in the 1990s, but wasn't sure.
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That sounds like my old favorite climb in the hills above Malibu CA, Tuna Canyon. The city, in its finite wisdom, ruined a great climb (3.5 mi at an average grade of 12%) by making the road one way DOWN.

Great bike -- love the color -- too tall for me.
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