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Inherited an 80's Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra, but it's too large me. Any options?

Old 10-25-16, 09:48 AM
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I'm not sure about the idea of keeping the bike intact for a tall son or grandson. I know a lot of young people who are kind of into riding, but have no appreciation for vintage bikes. It's likely to be 'just an old bike' that the youngster is supposed to cherish, without any good reason.

It's the OP who clearly has a deep attachment to this bike and it's connection to his father. He doesn't want to get rid of it, through trade or sale. The question seems to be, how to actualize this connection. The bike isn't just the frame. Those are the shifters and brake levers his father handled thousands of times, those are the derailleurs his father fussed over and lubed and adjusted, those are the wheels he trued, and so on. The frame is almost certainly too big, and the handlebars may well be too, but there's a lot of the real connection in all those components. Hang the frame, put the components on another frame that is as close an equivalent as can be found, find the same handlebars in a smaller size (if necessary) and enjoy the reincarnated bike the way it's meant to be enjoyed -- on the road.
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I found the serial number and an online decoder ring. It's a Corsa Extra (obviously) and an 88/89 model. I measured the frame, and am slightly confused by the measurements. I happened to be using an imperial units measuring tape, and oddly, all of the measurements appeared to be whole number inches. I know it was a full custom frame, and this sounds like something kooky my father would have requested.

Anyway, I measured:
TT = 23" = 58.42cm
ST = 24" = 60.96cm
DT = 25" = 63.5cm
HT = 6" = 15.24cm
Crank = 172.5mm (printed on the arm, thankfully).

I have a slightly shorter torso for my leg length, so I fit 50cm and 52cm TT's better than 54cm. My current 54cm bike only fits with a steep + shorter stem. While I think I could get the seat to BB measurement right on this bike, I would never get the reach to something sane for my body. Luckily, the crank length is sane for me.

Another oddity is that the fork and *all* of the stays are chrome. Most of the pictures online I've found only have one of the chain stays chromed. This frame has both chain stays and both seat stays are chromed 90% of the way from the rear dropouts to the rest of the frame.

As many suggested, I think I am going to try to find a similar frame that fits me, and keep the original frame as a memento.
Whats the likelihood that I can reused the fork? I know the steerer tube can be cut down to match a shorter headtube, but the length of the fork itself would be a mess to modify.

I've seen a 54cm frame on ebay, but it's a different color and has a good deal of cosmetic damage. I don't mind the alternate color (blue + white vs red + white) as it still captures the original pattern, but the damage I can see is enough to concern me about the damage I don't see. I've also seen a 55cm in the same color as my current frame. How often do these bikes show up? Do I need to consider jumping on these, or should I wait for the perfect frame to show up?
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I'm almost certain that if you make a project of looking for the same bike in your size, it will be a tremendously fulfilling project. When you find the bike, in your size, it'll "be" your dad's bike, just rideable for you.

For me, somewhat analogously, it was about finding the same model bike that my dad bought for me growing up. And it meant everything.

Definitely go this route.
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Originally Posted by Kelbesq View Post
I found the serial number and an online decoder ring. It's a Corsa Extra (obviously) and an 88/89 model. I measured the frame, and am slightly confused by the measurements. I happened to be using an imperial units measuring tape, and oddly, all of the measurements appeared to be whole number inches. I know it was a full custom frame, and this sounds like something kooky my father would have requested.

Anyway, I measured:
TT = 23" = 58.42cm
ST = 24" = 60.96cm
DT = 25" = 63.5cm
HT = 6" = 15.24cm
Crank = 172.5mm (printed on the arm, thankfully).

I have a slightly shorter torso for my leg length, so I fit 50cm and 52cm TT's better than 54cm. My current 54cm bike only fits with a steep + shorter stem. While I think I could get the seat to BB measurement right on this bike, I would never get the reach to something sane for my body. Luckily, the crank length is sane for me.

Another oddity is that the fork and *all* of the stays are chrome. Most of the pictures online I've found only have one of the chain stays chromed. This frame has both chain stays and both seat stays are chromed 90% of the way from the rear dropouts to the rest of the frame.

As many suggested, I think I am going to try to find a similar frame that fits me, and keep the original frame as a memento.
Whats the likelihood that I can reused the fork? I know the steerer tube can be cut down to match a shorter headtube, but the length of the fork itself would be a mess to modify.

I've seen a 54cm frame on ebay, but it's a different color and has a good deal of cosmetic damage. I don't mind the alternate color (blue + white vs red + white) as it still captures the original pattern, but the damage I can see is enough to concern me about the damage I don't see. I've also seen a 55cm in the same color as my current frame. How often do these bikes show up? Do I need to consider jumping on these, or should I wait for the perfect frame to show up?
I really want to see some photos now! Would the fork length differ on different sizes of the same frame? You're using the same wheels and brakes, so fork length should swap over, unless there's something I don't understand.
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I really want to see some photos now! Would the fork length differ on different sizes of the same frame? You're using the same wheels and brakes, so fork length should swap over, unless there's something I don't understand.
I'll put up some photos this evening.

I'm sure the fork would work, but it might change the geometry a bit if a 52/54cm frame used a different length. It might change the angles and as a result the handling. Probably not a big deal.
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"Nothing Is Better Than A Bike That Fits" That is first thing you see on custom iconic American Frame builder Bruce Gordon's website.

Nothing is better than a bike that fits


Maybe just get another bike that fits you and keep your Dad's Merckx around for awhile. Down the line you may want to do something with it. In mean time I can understand you wanting to keep it and ride it, but if the bike frame size is too large doesn't make sense as a rider.
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Keep the original frame and fork together.

And when looking for another Merckx in your size, look for one that comes with its own original fork. While not always the case, a missing fork is at least a red flag that it *may* have been involved in a frontal collision (which often destroys the fork, but can also damage the main frame tubes as well).
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Old 10-26-16, 09:56 AM
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33 post about a Eddy Merckx and not one pic........
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Old 10-26-16, 11:03 AM
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Old 10-26-16, 11:28 AM
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That is beautiful!! That Chorus group is my favorite component group. I think that is the only other Thermx wheel cover I ever saw besides mine.

Too bad it is too big for me that is a great bike.
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When I die I want my bikes in the hands of those that can appreciate them. If it didn't fit the beneficiary, I'd want them to parlay it into something that did. I bet your dad feels the same way, and you aren't dishonoring him by making what was his into something for you. You honor him by riding a bike and thinking about him...at least that's how I see it.

I sold my father's bike, which didn't fit me. Sometimes I feel wistful about it...but not that often. At the end of the day, it's all just stuff.

Agree with RHM - make a photo of the bike.
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If you really want to ride that stuff (and old chorus is great, but I still wouldn't ride it very often) I would swap the parts over and sell the frame. Maybe it is the fact that is would fit me perfectly and the idea of it being on a well makes me sad, but I think your dad would just be happy you share his passion for bikes. Finding a similar frame and swapping parts would be a good way to make something more special out of what was his. Make it your own, don't keep it as his and allow it to languish.
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