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Old 11-09-18, 07:22 PM
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Oh crap, what a silly question, flagship to me would embody all aspects of presentation, capability, durability, reliability, etc, etc, yada, yada.

That being said, for us the cool factor rates high and supports the rideability of C+V for me considering the bike of the moment, day, week, month whatever.

This would be the "collection" flagship, based on rare, oldest and well, cool, even though it won't/doesn't get ridden much.

The next two are neck and neck for daily rider "flagship" status as they are supremely capable and fabulous to ride in there own right with a ton of cool factor each.



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Mine is pretty new but looks old.

It gets used all the time
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Originally Posted by VintageRide View Post
Not vintage per se but equipped with some vintage components, it may not be my most used bike but it ended up being the most expensive so this Rawland Stag fills the spot. Loving those Compass Baby Shoe Pass EL tires, they were a very definite step up compared to the Hetres that they replaced.



That's really slick.
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I rode the Green 58 Paramount for about a month after I got it sorted, commuting and a couple of day rides to the Alpenrose velodrome, downtown and a Velocult ride, capable and fun in sparing doses.

The other two have lots of miles commuting and otherwise, the Merz went to Crater lake and the Silver Paramount went to the Columbia river gorge for one of my favorite rides to Cascade locks and back from John B. Yeon state park, they both excel wherever you ride them.
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A "Hat In The Ring" Paramount in that Brewster Green- that's so outrageously hot.
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Originally Posted by The Golden Boy View Post
A "Hat In The Ring" Paramount in that Brewster Green- that's so outrageously hot.
Tx! That's exactly what I thought.
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That would be my De Rosa Professional. Pics forthcoming.
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1946 Herse Competition - this bike was in rough shape and took a lot of effort to restore. Super light, cool components, beautiful workmanship. But the dilemma now is that it's a bit too precious to ride very much, which sort of defeats the whole purpose.


That is a magnificent bike- but I totally understand the conundrum.

As much as I'd love to have a Herse- I don't know if I'd want the responsibility of owning a Herse. There's a point that it's not just a bike- it's a Herse. Then there's me- I'd want to change things- I HAVE to change things... my favorite parts go on my favorite bikes... I have enough guilt swapping stuff off something like my Trek 720 or Miyata 1000- ramp that up 1000x and that's just the beginning of what I'd feel like with a Herse.
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Originally Posted by Chombi1 View Post
Fantastic, beautiful Cinelli Gary!!!
Just tried to get one too, just recently, but the stars did not line up for me......
Your bike kinda reminds me of my blue Montello though. .... At least you will not have to worry about the decals flaking off and messing up you coffin and suit.......unlike my Pinarello.....
You know, when I admire your fine Pinarello it reminds me of my Cinelli. Love your Pinarello........and that stunning ALAN of course!
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This is the bike I enjoy the most, so far. I vacillate on the criteria for "Flagship" bike. It is the one I am riding at the moment. This is a work in process as it is being converted from DA 7400 to a mix of Campagnolo. Since I bought it, the desire was for the Italian frame to be mostly Italian. Getting there with the only bits left are the wheels, including the hubs and cassette. Final truing is next. It will sport sew ups in the end. Eventually the drive train will be matched. Right now it is running perfectly well. My first bike with Ergo's or "brifters." It was originally DT DA7400. Nothing against DA, great group, it's just not Italian.

It is not as pretty as some here and that is where falls short in being a flagship bike. Well, maybe it is a Patina Flagship.

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Easy - Battaglin Cromor - TSD bike.

Why? First really good bike, first Italian, first Columbus, red, etc....

I've owned it since 1996. Started life as 7sp, updraded to 8sp, 9sp, then coverted to a single speed. The only original parts are the frame and seatpost.

Went into hibernation for a while and then was reborn as a 8sp "hill bike" for the 2015 Dairyland Dare.

Haven't ridden it since I picked up the Superior, but I will.

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It's gotta be the Volare...




It's gone through about four configurations as the bike and I figured out what exactly we wanted from each other. We ended up with a sweet blend of Dura-Ace, Cyclone, and Superbe that's built for speed. It also experienced some "only original once" decal removal (DA on chainstays) in the name of aesthetics, and will eventually see some H+Son TB-14s, at which point it will be complete. Either way, if any bike I've owned has truly been my bike, it's this one. So it gets the nod for flagship.
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Originally Posted by SJX426 View Post
This is the bike I enjoy the most, so far. I vacillate on the criteria for "Flagship" bike. It is the one I am riding at the moment. This is a work in process as it is being converted from DA 7400 to a mix of Campagnolo. Since I bought it, the desire was for the Italian frame to be mostly Italian. Getting there with the only bits left are the wheels, including the hubs and cassette. Final truing is next. It will sport sew ups in the end. Eventually the drive train will be matched. Right now it is running perfectly well. My first bike with Ergo's or "brifters." It was originally DT DA7400. Nothing against DA, great group, it's just not Italian.

It is not as pretty as some here and that is where falls short in being a flagship bike. Well, maybe it is a Patina Flagship.

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And there you have it, the "flagship" criteria can be many different things, loving the patina is a great reason imho when it adds to the draw of a particular bike.
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My Flagship ...



Old Iron Butt ...
Another vote for the Centurions ...
JD, Dallas ...
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I know most of us have more than one so show me your best one. Wouldn't be a bad idea to tell us why.
The Flagship of your fleet, your best bike.
Here's mine. Funny thing is its the most cosmetically challenged of my four but all things considered e.g. Dura Ace where it counts, favorite forks, etc.. it's my flagship. It fits like a glove rides like a souped up Cadillac.
I have exact bike to build. Same paint scheme. It came without wheels and a handlebar. I'm considering Mavic 501 hubs laced to Open Pro's. I have enough Shimano 105 and 600 stuff to complete if anything is damaged. Pro bars and a Brooks Cambium to complete.

I cannot wait. I have heard they are awesome bikes.
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My Flagship is my Centurion Pro-Tour is it an 81 and has 5700 version of 105. Half step of 49-46 with a 30 granny and 11-36 rear cassette. Nice leather bar wrap and a great Brooks Flyer. Bags are Acorn.

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I have bikes that would be considered more desirable and recognizable, but in terms of fun per mile my centurion is at the top of my vintage heap. Its springy but tight, I can cross chain without worry with the veloce setup, and it fits just right.

In terms of recognizeability and shiny it would have to be the Pinarello
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What a cool thread to wake up to!

Bike porn, indeed. This is a tough question for me because I've built different bikes for different "missions", and I'm always most enthused by whatever project I am currently working on.

But if I have to choose just one, it would be my Raleigh Super Course Roadster Conversion:









... because it's the only bike I have that has actually won awards.



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Beautiful picture!


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Beautiful picture!


Happy Veterans' Day - Thank you for your service!

+1 on all counts.
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My oldest and favorite 1964 Legnano Roma. Been riding it for 54 years, since receiving it new as a junior racer.
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My oldest and favorite 1964 Legnano Roma. Been riding it for 54 years, since receiving it new as a junior racer.
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Beautiful picture!


Happy Veterans' Day - Thank you for your service!
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+1 on all counts.

Roger that, guys. Thanks.


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