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Old 12-05-18, 09:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Salamandrine View Post
My black Masi was one of a special all black edition. Perhaps it was your bike that inspired it? They were built with Columbus SL instead of Reynolds 531, and originally equipped with Dura Ace. I'm not sure how many they made. I'm thinking edition meant like 3 or 4. I did see another one once, in Santa Cruz IIRC. I was told mine was made by Keith Lippy. Presumably they all were.

Here's another pic for this year's edition of December is Black Bike Month.

The "article One" Black, Carlsbad "no flags" Masi was built by Confente for Jerry Ash for the '75 season.
No chrome either, chainstay diver helmet braze ons for bar-end shifter cable stops on the downtube. Columbus SP tubing.

I ordered mine Sept 1976. Arrived October, 32 spoke wheels among other items. I ordered a painted crown, arrived with chrome. Regular Carlsbad serial number scheme.
Yes, from the small numeral stampings and the fork bend, I do think Lippy built yours. He was a good builder.
Left the trade and by rumor returning a bit.
Later there were more without flags, a number of reasons, utilizing damaged transfers, lack of skill to apply the full graphic, varnish fix transfers are a Skill.
This was after your bike, say 1979, note in the Breaking Away Movie, the primary starring Masi has no flags.
Things got ironed out by 1980- the full graphic returned.
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I have a 1962 Rudge Sports. I keep it at my mother in law's place in Florida where my wife and I visit every year.

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Here is my wife's Trek 7.3 FX.

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Old 12-05-18, 12:36 PM
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Originally Posted by L134 View Post

Speaking of Keith Lippy, here is my 1978 Lippy (tweaked somewhat since this photo):
And on the Natchez Trace in 2017:


Wow that's cool! Thanks for sharing. Great to see it's still being used for its intended purpose. Kind of funny to know he was building that crazy custom touring bike at around same time as my bike. I like the double water bottles on the DT. Why not, if it's a big frame and being used with bar ends.
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Originally Posted by repechage View Post
The "article One" Black, Carlsbad "no flags" Masi was built by Confente for Jerry Ash for the '75 season.
No chrome either, chainstay diver helmet braze ons for bar-end shifter cable stops on the downtube. Columbus SP tubing.

I ordered mine Sept 1976. Arrived October, 32 spoke wheels among other items. I ordered a painted crown, arrived with chrome. Regular Carlsbad serial number scheme.
Yes, from the small numeral stampings and the fork bend, I do think Lippy built yours. He was a good builder.
Left the trade and by rumor returning a bit.
Later there were more without flags, a number of reasons, utilizing damaged transfers, lack of skill to apply the full graphic, varnish fix transfers are a Skill.
This was after your bike, say 1979, note in the Breaking Away Movie, the primary starring Masi has no flags.
Things got ironed out by 1980- the full graphic returned.
Those are some interesting details. Thanks. Interesting that you noticed the fork. I've always thought the fork on this bike was particularly graceful. Slightly larger radius bend I suppose? I got this in IIRC December 1979, slightly used obviously. It had Martano black rims, and I think they were original. First bike I ever saw with black rims. I couldn't afford it. The guy I bought it from needed the money so slapped some silver Nisi rims on it and knocked the price down to something I could handle - barely.
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first (very short) ride today! still need to tape the bars but its a rider!

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Originally Posted by Salamandrine View Post
Wow that's cool! Thanks for sharing. Great to see it's still being used for its intended purpose. Kind of funny to know he was building that crazy custom touring bike at around same time as my bike. I like the double water bottles on the DT. Why not, if it's a big frame and being used with bar ends.
And, I didn’t even have to go off topic! I had been thinking of posting but then your post pushed me over the edge.
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You know what I especially like about Black Bike Month? Nobody posting purple or dark silver or navy blue in dim lighting and calling it black. Black is black. All the other months are consistent colorwheel disasters.

December, I salute you.
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Originally Posted by Fahrenheit531 View Post
You know what I especially like about Black Bike Month? Nobody posting purple or dark silver or navy blue in dim lighting and calling it black. Black is black. All the other months are consistent colorwheel disasters.

December, I salute you.
I posted one black bike a few pages ago. But all my other black bikes are a different color.
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And, I didn’t even have to go off topic! I had been thinking of posting but then your post pushed me over the edge.
If you need any more encouragement, IMO your Lippy touring bike deserves its own thread. I think the California custom builders of the 70s were doing some interesting and innovative stuff, and it's a style that's been somewhat overlooked. Lippy was right up there with the best of them, and that bike is a particularly cool example, with the custom racks and all.
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Nice bikes!

I started on a such when 12-13 years old. Was a little big to me, but who new that time.


USSR-1977. Everything original, except handlebars.
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A nineteen sixty-something Dunelt that I restored for my daughter:





My own `72 Raleigh DL-1:





And my nineteen eighty-something Pashley Path Racer (converted Roadster):





One day I hope to build up a Cannondale Black Lightning in a similar style. Black bikes rock!


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Here are my three first year Black Lightnings--54,56, & 58 cm. V/r Shawn

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Here are my three first year Black Lightnings--54,56, & 58 cm. V/r Shawn

That's a nice little squadron you have there!





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Old pic, but 72 Sport scorcher.
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Originally Posted by deux jambes View Post

Very nice plunging neckline!
Who is the builder?
Brent

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Originally Posted by obrentharris View Post
Very nice plunging neckline!
Who is the builder?
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Thanks for recognizing that! There’s many such details throughout this frame.

The builder’s name is Gary Earl Hale. Once upon a long time ago, Gary built frames in Eugene, OR.

The photo you’re looking at is taken from the Portland CL ad which the bike’s original owner posted recently.

Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to take the bike into my own possession. I anticipate posting a show and tell thread sooner than later.

Until then, here’s one from yesterday just after purchasing it in downtown PDX...





And one after bringing her home to Eugene...



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Originally Posted by obrentharris View Post
Very nice plunging neckline!
Who is the builder?
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I was going to say that's like the line down the back of a stocking. Either way, that's some sexy. This thread's got it going on.
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Ok. No more teaser pics. Took the new machine out for a spin this cold December morning, and found a proper backdrop...


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Originally Posted by deux jambes View Post


Thanks for recognizing that! There’s many such details throughout this frame.

The builder’s name is Gary Earl Hale. Once upon a long time ago, Gary built frames in Eugene, OR.

The photo you’re looking at is taken from the Portland CL ad which the bike’s original owner posted recently.

Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to take the bike into my own possession. I anticipate posting a show and tell thread sooner than later.

Until then, here’s one from yesterday just after purchasing it in downtown PDX...





And one after bringing her home to Eugene...


Nice bike, and cool story!!! No riding back from Portland to Eugene?

Are you leaving it single speed, or going with multi gears?

What tire size is that?

I have a bike just about your size, also purchased in Portland, but waiting for me with one of the bike forum members to go retrieve it. But, substantially more battered than yours,. probably requiring a full restoration.

If you catch the TRAIN, then it goes on a hook in the baggage car, and not laying down.
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