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Old 11-08-18, 08:55 AM
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Post Your Flagship.

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.
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Old 11-08-18, 09:35 AM
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All my bikes are my favorite but this is my main steed when I do events

Bianchi Trofeo wif DA 7800

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Old 11-08-18, 10:19 AM
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it isnt old, but its traditional in tubing and easily my favorite, so ill post it with apologies to anyone offended by it being new.
built it in a framebuilding class last winter using Columbus Zona tubing.

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Old 11-08-18, 11:23 AM
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Tough call



For perceived quality and reputation. Titanio.





For rarity. Carré track bike





For all day comfort and style 531 Special





For the amount I spent on it...
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Old 11-08-18, 11:31 AM
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You know, I think I started a thread with this title maybe five years ago!

But I no longer subscribe to the idea. I can narrow it down to three or four bikes, but it's not easy.
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Old 11-08-18, 11:32 AM
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My flagship, until something can take it's place, if anything. No doubt DA9000 has something to do with it (including hubs).
It just works and works and works. I stop thinking about the bike in the first mile, and just ride.
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Old 11-08-18, 12:03 PM
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I have two, both of which are my fave while in the saddle. 92 PDG Paramount, and 79 Trek 930.
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Old 11-08-18, 12:12 PM
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mine 90/91 de rosa (though when done the 84 team miyata may be a contender)

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It's about Road bikes only?

Come over, bring your camera , and I'll show you my old RB1,
with older components..
that I used to have on my AlAn. in the 80's..
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My Campy equipped Pinarello Stelvio is the current flagship of my vintage fleet.
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Old 11-08-18, 01:07 PM
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2002 Mercian Vincitore custom road fixed-gear, currently due for bearing replacement in the Surly New Track hub and maybe a Dos Eno 17/19T freewheel on the flop side.
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My Rodriguez, a faithful copy of a 1980 Holdsworth Pro that I gave to my son. I allowed R&E to use a modern threadless fork and ten speed rear spacing, but as you see the old parts were all transferred to the new bike. It, and its predecessor, ride beautifully on wide sewups.


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My two "Flagships", to represent the CF and Steel sides of my stable...
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The Marinoni SLX Sports Tourer is the slight favorite. That SLX frame always feels a bit more responsive and makes me want to go farther and push harder.

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This one I suppose. It certainly gets the most road miles for club rides / long days. I finally realized it's the best descender I've ever built.
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It's not very old, but it is steel. This is my most comfortable all-day bike. The only thing I have changed from stock is to add a Brooks B17.



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QR Rear wheel

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2002 Mercian Vincitore custom road fixed-gear, currently due for bearing replacement in the Surly New Track hub and maybe a Dos Eno 17/19T freewheel on the flop side.
No problems with the QR rear wheel?
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Originally Posted by malcala622 View Post
All my bikes are my favorite but this is my main steed when I do events

Bianchi Trofeo wif DA 7800

I miss my Trofeo - was such a fun bike
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Mine is probably the Vitus 979 although it's not the first I grab. But, every time I am on it the smiles are large and the fun factor is huge.

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Originally Posted by romperrr View Post
No problems with the QR rear wheel?
The only problem with the QR rear fixed wheel is it offends the sensibilities of certain self-anointed experts in other regions of the BF world. My memory, though, is that St. Sheldon himself wrote about how the clamping power of the QR exceeds what one can achieve with track nuts, and I'll take his word over that of others who I regard as, shall we say, less qualified to make such judgments? Also, once upon a time Campagnolo actually cataloged track hubs with QRs, until velodrome officials allegedly decreed that because they had a fear that the QRs could possibly potentially lead to accidents, they had to be banned from tracks - or so the story I have heard goes.

In actual practice since 2007 it works just fine. Per Sheldon, use a steel skewer with an enclosed cam - mine is an M.M. Atom old enough to have a straight handle - rather than some boutique thing with an external cam designed for vertical dropouts.
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Originally Posted by scozim View Post
I miss my Trofeo - was such a fun bike
Ive felt that pain before. This is my 2nd Trofeo after selling my first one during an emergency situation.

Very fun bike.
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Flagship means different thing to different people...The GIOS in my line-up is not the most cosmetically perfect (lots of paint chips due to the mileage and a repaired rear drop) but I like the way it rides and when I look down at the pavement while moving and see that GIOS blue..well you get the point.
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