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Old 04-10-18, 10:03 PM   #326
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I'm jealous of the people with a triple.. I built my bike around Mavic 851 RD.. I love the damn look of the thing.. so grey SSC chainrings and all..
I don't have a triple and I'm jealous of anyone with a Mavic SSC drivetrain!
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Finished prep today, the Early 72-73 Italvega Super Speciale squad is now ready for Eroica: my riding bike with the 700C x 35 Comoass tires goes with me today while the other two formconcours and display come up Friday with my Brother and his Bianchi.
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Old 04-12-18, 08:49 AM   #328
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Nice looking crew!! I would like to chat with you about Italvega, as I am in the middle of a patina build with my Gran Rally. I plan to run wider tires like my Mondia only 700c instead of 27". I would like to keep the Universal C-pulls. I will see you there with the other Bf's and CR folks. Joe

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Nice looking bikes! I'm only bringing the Raleigh, to ride, not show. I did make up a first pass BF nameplate sticker, mocked up to my 2016 number plate. The plate is smaller than I remembered. I thought I'd print the labels, these are .50" high x 4" long, use thin double stick tape back to back, then clear scotch tape one side along the number plate, so as not to obscure any sponsor logo, or whatever. Took about 5 minutes in Power point, to copy the BF logo, insert name, and play with the size. Its not supposed to rain, but a strip of clear tape on top of the printed label should keep the ink from running. I made helmet stickers this way, that have lasted for years.

If anybody is bringing blanks, maybe there could be a white space and we could write our screen name with Sharpie or something. The small number plate is a problem for those with longish screen names. Anyway, here's what I'm going with ...
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An alternative might be to just tape a long thin label directly to the toptube on both sides, just behind the headtube a few inches. I made a few, I think I'll just scotch tape onto the frame.

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Nice looking bikes! I'm only bringing the Raleigh, to ride, not show. I did make up a first pass BF nameplate sticker, mocked up to my 2016 number plate. The plate is smaller than I remembered. I thought I'd print the labels, these are .50" high x 4" long, use thin double stick tape back to back, then clear scotch tape one side along the number plate, so as not to obscure any sponsor logo, or whatever. Took about 5 minutes in Power point, to copy the BF logo, insert name, and play with the size. Its not supposed to rain, but a strip of clear tape on top of the printed label should keep the ink from running. I made helmet stickers this way, that have lasted for years.

If anybody is bringing blanks, maybe there could be a white space and we could write our screen name with Sharpie or something. The small number plate is a problem for those with longish screen names. Anyway, here's what I'm going with ...
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This is what I am riding on Sunday. Of course not the bike I have ridden very much, but what the hay.
I hope my strategy of gaining a lot of weight to go down the hills faster pays off.
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An alternative might be to just tape a long thin label directly to the toptube on both sides, just behind the headtube a few inches. I made a few, I think I'll just scotch tape onto the frame.
How about taping the label to the bottom of the number tags on the back of our jerseys? Easy to see when passing or being passed, and plenty of room to write your screen name.
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Good idea, too.
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Ok, so when should we meet for a photo op? The CR guys will have a tent in the picnic area and taking a picture around 2pm Saturday, good time, after lunch and stuff, any pre-rides, etc. maybe say 2:15-2:30 meet in picnic area and take pics around 2:30pm.

We can co mingle if you want.

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I'll be around for a little bit on Sat... Cal Poly Alum (wife and I) so I need to pay a visit to the bookstore before it closes..


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Just a quick summary:
Many of us got together for an hour or so of general hilarity and lie swapping on Saturday afternoon followed by dinner and the auction. Brad Yee presented Hospice SLO with a check for $700. My Bianchi sold at auction for I think $2600. I bought yet another Eroica frame (grandson #2 arrives in September). Dinner was marvy.

We mostly got together on Sunday am for a group pic and left at about the same time. Northbend immediately disappeared into the distance, while the rest of us sweated our way up Killer Canyon. Met up again at Halter Ranch but that's when the group began to string out. Davester, JCB3 (who is not only an excellent climber but knows all sorts of history about the Paso Robles area), Straightblock and I rode with non BF'ers John, Scott, Thor, YetAnotherAndrew & Carlos (and occasionally Ray) the rest of the day. John had a slow leak as did I after almost going over the edge into the creek on the downside of Santa Rita. Our group of 9 finished the 89-ish mile route around 6pm. Clearly we are the sloths of the biking universe although Straightblock came up with a number of reasons why we were actually faster than last year. So there's that.

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Just a quick summary:
Many of us got together for an hour or so of general hilarity and lie swapping on Saturday afternoon followed by dinner and the auction. Brad Yee presented Hospice SLO with a check for $700. My Bianchi sold at auction for I think $2600. I bought yet another Eroica frame (grandson #2 arrives in September). Dinner was marvy.

We mostly got together on Sunday am for a group pic and left at about the same time. Northbend immediately disappeared into the distance, while the rest of us sweated our way up Killer Canyon. Met up again at Halter Ranch but that's when the group began to string out. Davester, JCB3 (who is not only an excellent climber but knows all sorts of history about the Paso Robles area), Straightblock and I rode with non BF'ers John, Scott, Thor, YetAnotherAndrew & Carlos (and occasionally Ray) the rest of the day. John had a slow leak as did I after almost going over the edge into the creek on the downside of Santa Rita. Our group of 9 finished the 89-ish mile route around 6pm. Clearly we are the sloths of the biking universe although Straightblock came up with a number of reasons why we were actually faster than last year. So there's that.

Pictures to come, as well as excuses from the other participants...
I also finished around 6... I think I went slower downhill then uphill at times (if possible) rutted gravel is so sketch.
Killer was ok.. Halter got me though. Gave away my spare tub to a guy name John (who also finished just after 6..maybe same no BFer you rode with)...got hot foot off and on, thigh cramps on Halter, great rest stops, bumpy everywhere. This ride is made for modern gravel bikes with disc brakes. It's a doozy.
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This is what I am riding on Sunday. Of course not the bike I have ridden very much, but what the hay.
I hope my strategy of gaining a lot of weight to go down the hills faster pays off.
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I saw your bike after the race. It was on the rack right next to my white 65 PX10 and I was envious of your gold SLJ derailleurs and Mafac brakes. I snapped some pictures of it for my facebook page. Nice bike! How much did all that bling set you back?



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Great ride

I thought this year's event was even more fun than the last two... The new event center was nice and I heard there were a couple hundred more people this year. It was nice to have Deus Ex Machina there with there lovely espresso... Lots of energy at the concourse and swap meet. Here are a few photos...
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Joe Breeze came back home yesterday with two winners.

His 1984 road bike was "Best North American Bike" and the 1952 BSA race bike from the museum collection won "People's Choice."
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My oldest brother and I after we completed our ride. I am the fellow on the left.

My gearing of 42/23 kinda sucked, but wasn't that bad. The 25mm tubulars we both ran were perfect, and were plenty wide for all the conditions.

The Modolo brakes with Kool-stop pads worked great.

"Killer Canyon" is aptly named, and was no joke! After about 10 false summits, we finally crested the hill. We raced the descent, and I beat him down.......I had no choice, because he beat me up it! I also outweigh him considerably

Incredibly fun ride. Very well supported, and the stops were down right luxurious. We didn't stop too long at each, we were going for speed (sort of). We did our "Medium" route of 71 miles in under 6 hours.

We are already planning for next year, but I am going to run a 39/28 gear.

Funny race day story- I do the entire thing, and my bike is perfect. I finish the ride, get my medal, and the rear tire goes flat in the course of about 10 seconds once I stepped off the bike. If you look closely at the pic, my rear is dead flat.
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With @Straightblock (who is also from Fresno) and @jcb3on at the show on Saturday. I have the least Eroica-period-correct-worthy bike, but it's technically legal when running the right barcon in friction mode and I have good gearing for all the climbing on the Coastal route.

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I thought this year's event was even more fun than the last two... The new event center was nice and I heard there were a couple hundred more people this year. It was nice to have Deus Ex Machina there with there lovely espresso... Lots of energy at the concourse and swap meet. Here are a few photos...
Haha! I am in the first photo with my brother in the line up. Didn't get the memo on the BF'er meet.

I did get some NOS Maviv SSC stuff at the swap meet for a great price. Now I have to build a bike around the bits!
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Haha! I am in the first photo with my brother in the line up. Didn't get the memo on the BF'er meet.

I did get some NOS Maviv SSC stuff at the swap meet for a great price. Now I have to build a bike around the bits!
so you bought it before I could hoard it... I was looking for a triple.. after finishing I want a triple even more so I dont have to walk any of it.
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so you bought it before I could hoard it... I was looking for a triple.. after finishing I want a triple even more so I dont have to walk any of it.

Oh yeah! In that soft pack after the first stop, if you stand up, it's over......spin out city!
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Really enjoyed having the chance to meet and carouse with all of you gentlemen on Saturday night. (Don’t have any idea why I wasn’t more hung over on Sunday?) And starting out the ride with everyone Sunday morning. In the confusion of the first climb I seemed to lose everyone so I decided to just keep plugging along by myself. My continual nemesis through the preparation for Eroica reared it’s head again on Sunday. While tromping around on my shoes in the parking lot for pre ride pics and the like, the slot on my left cleat bent closed so it would sit on top of the pedal but not engage. Anytime I tried to drop my heels climbing or on the very numerous rutted bombed out cyclocross gravel sections my foot would drop backwards out of the toe clip. I rode that way until the lunch stop and borrowed a screwdriver from a mechanic to try and pry open the slot. It didn’t work, but in all the tromping around I did succeed in making the right shoe not engage the pedal any longer either. So other then about 14 near death experiences, when my feet parted ways with the pedals at 20 mph on rutted crappy roads, and having no way of bunny hopping ruts or pulling up or back on the pedals it was a storybook ride. Just before I got to route 1 I caught up with a gentleman on a 62cm Cinelli SC (Frank Duncan) and since we shared the same diesel like riding style he suggested we ride together. When I got to the bar rest stop I immediately quaffed a pint of beer and a banana, which fortified me for the last 14 miles. Frank and I ended up finishing together around 4:45 on the 89 miler and another friendship fostered by this crazy sport was started.
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Really enjoyed having the chance to meet and carouse with all of you gentlemen on Saturday night. (Donít have any idea why I wasnít more hung over on Sunday?) And starting out the ride with everyone Sunday morning. In the confusion of the first climb I seemed to lose everyone so I decided to just keep plugging along by myself. My continual nemesis through the preparation for Eroica reared itís head again on Sunday. While tromping around on my shoes in the parking lot for pre ride pics and the like, the slot on my left cleat bent closed so it would sit on top of the pedal but not engage. Anytime I tried to drop my heels climbing or on the very numerous rutted bombed out cyclocross gravel sections my foot would drop backwards out of the toe clip. I rode that way until the lunch stop and borrowed a screwdriver from a mechanic to try and pry open the slot. It didnít work, but in all the tromping around I did succeed in making the right shoe not engage the pedal any longer either. So other then about 14 near death experiences, when my feet parted ways with the pedals at 20 mph on rutted crappy roads, and having no way of bunny hopping ruts or pulling up or back on the pedals it was a storybook ride. Just before I got to route 1 I caught up with a gentleman on a 62cm Cinelli SC (Frank Duncan) and since we shared the same diesel like riding style he suggested we ride together. When I got to the bar rest stop I immediately quaffed a pint of beer and a banana, which fortified me for the last 14 miles. Frank and I ended up finishing together and another friendship fostered by this crazy sport was started.
Yikes! I can definitely see that cleat issue as a major problem. Hmmm. Maybe the plastic cleats have something going for them!
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Yikes! I can definitely see that cleat issue as a major problem. Hmmm. Maybe the plastic cleats have something going for them!
Well, funny you should mention that. I bought a pair of Vittoria 76's and some of the look mtg vintage plastic cleats before I went this route and did a 65 mile training ride with 6000 feet of climbing with the same issue. The plastic gets buggered up by anything you walk on and closes up the slot.
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This was my first year attending, and I had a great time doing the coastal route. I regret that I didn't get a chance to meet more of you, as I was in town with my wife / young kids, and a cousin, so time hanging out & talking bikes beforehand was limited.

I rode my 1976 Centurion Semi Pro, and had absolutely no complaints with it's performance. I swapped the stock 52/42 Sugino Mighty crankset out for a more knee / hill friendly Sugino Mighty Tour with 48/34 chainrings. That, and a 14-34 freewheel meant I was able to ride much of the climbs. For tires, I went with a wonderful set of Veloflex Vlaanderen 27mm tubulars. No flats at about 60/70 psi, and I didn't baby them. (I was doing 20-30 mph down some of the gravel descents.)

I probably overdid it while climbing Kiler Canyon, so my legs felt like mush for most of the climb to Mt. Cypress, and really all the way to the pier at Cayucos. I was worried at how baked I was feeling by the half way point, but a longer rest at the pier, along with a Coke seemed to make a big difference. My wife and kids met up with me just outside of Cayucos with signs cheering me on, and that really helped. :-) The climb up Santa Rita rd went on for what seemed like forever, but was actually only ~15 miles. I do appreciate how even the grade was -- nothing over about 8%, so I just settled into my low gear, and ground it out. Once over the ridge, the rest of the ride was beautiful, with nice rolling terrain.

In a fun twist of fate, I met two nice guys while waiting in line for packet pickup - Bryan from Carlsbad (In my backyard), and Carl from Canada. We leapfrogged and ran into each other at every rest stop, and wound up riding the last ~15 miles to finish together @ about 4:45 pm All in all, a wonderful, if tough ride, through gorgeous countryside.
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What a fun weekend! Hanging with the C&V Wizards beside the Magic Bus was a kick. This wa my second Eroica CA and I took a bit longer to finish the long route this time rolling in at around 7:00. Andy Hampsten rode the long route this year and that was pretty cool to be part of that group for a while. After the French fry stop, I never saw him again. Brockd15 who's real name is Brock kept me company on his Lovely Davidson here and there over the 130 miles and then rode away for good on the last part of Santa Rita. My gears were inappropriate again at various times and next year, my plan is to arrive in Paso Robles with better legs. If any one has pictures of that Record or Gran Sport equipped Bianchi in general concourse (1955?) I'd like to see the gears. I should have taken more pictures.
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