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Old 05-16-19, 06:18 PM
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Happy Happy Birthday

This all starts with my H. Hagiwara Erba race bike, whose back stories you can find with a search of “H. Hagiwara Erba”. After starting with a $25.00 frame and fork it has been restored to this:



But it has been a work in progress, along with a mystery, “Who was H. Hagiwara?” The brand name too “Erba” seemed strange until I goggled it one day and discovered Erba, Italy at the foothills of the Lombardy Alps in the Lake Como region. Both one of the Five Monuments (one day races) the Classica delle foglie morte ("the Classic of the falling (dead) leaves") occurs near Erba, as well as a road from Erba that will take you to one the race’s most famous climbs the Madonna del Ghisallo which passes a chapel dedicated to Bike Racers. Mr. H. Hagiwara would have know both of these facts in branding this bike as an Erba, and so I have added to its’ brazed on race number card holder:



But here’s where we get to the birthday, mine near the end of this month. I thought could you find on ebay a Jersey from the Giro di Lombardia? What a cool addition to this bike and memorable birthday gift. That’s when I found that Craft had made a special edition set of bicycle jerseys in honor of the Five Mounuments, bike races. The Giro di Lombardia jersey celebrates the first year of the race “1905” and “foglie morte” the falling (dead) leaves, which the geometric shapes on the jersey represent.




Now comes the Twilight Zone music, when I looked the end of last week these jerseys were all available for sale in all sizes, so taking a look this afternoon I was shocked, many sites were sold out, but finally I found one site that had only XL and S left. Now I know a size S was somewhere back in middle school 50+ years ago, however a more asperational goal would be XL…and they still had one when I placed the order, hurriedly pre-approved with the wife/gifter, she’s excited too.

Just weeks until June 10th when I can ride again.
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Old 05-16-19, 06:35 PM
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^ Great stuff. Nice looking jersey.
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Really good looking bicycle, great job on the restoration. Excellent score on that rare jersey, and not on the trite, overused eBay sense of the term "rare".

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Happy Birthday in advance! What a great gift.
I'll bet June 10th can't get here fast enough.
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Thanks all, June 10th can't get here fast enough.

I've been allowed for a while to ride an upright bike trainer, therein I've discovered how did I ride a tractor style bike seat all those years as a kid, because now after about 20 minutes my butt is almost numb and a standing in the saddle stretch to get the blood back is a must. So I called the orthopedic surgeon in hopes that I can be allowed to ride the standard bike trainer, though with the handlebar raised up high (still under orders "no bending, twisting or lifting more than 20lbs.").

I will get the Stevenson serviced and ready to ride next week. Then the Stevenson tandem will follow as my wife/stoker is ready to roll too.

Again my thanks and really dodged a bullet, to have missed on this jersey would have been....
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Teaser alert.

This is the last, last change to the H. Hagiwara Erba. Currently it has NOS Sunshine Pro Am hubs with vintage styled new Araya RC-540 rims and new Challenge Criterium SC 23mm clencher tires with white sidewalls, they look and ride great, but this would not have been what Mr. Hagiwara would have had on this bike in the late 70s early 80s, then racers rode tubular rims and tires.

So these period correct Mavic tubular rims (from the mid-70s) with another NOS set of SunShine Pro Am hubs are going to be built into a wheel set later in the fall and then I will look for a vintage white/tan walled 23mm modern tubular tire to finish the wheel set.

With this, other than meeting Mr. Hagiwara, there will be nothing else left to do.

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Teaser alert.

This is the last, last change to the H. Hagiwara Erba. Currently it has NOS Sunshine Pro Am hubs with vintage styled new Araya RC-540 rims and new Challenge Criterium SC 23mm clencher tires with white sidewalls, they look and ride great, but this would not have been what Mr. Hagiwara would have had on this bike in the late 70s early 80s, then racers rode tubular rims and tires.

So these period correct Mavic tubular rims (from the mid-70s) with another NOS set of SunShine Pro Am hubs are going to be built into a wheel set later in the fall and then I will look for a vintage white/tan walled 23mm modern tubular tire to finish the wheel set.

With this, other than meeting Mr. Hagiwara, there will be nothing else left to do.
If only a tour of Lombardy on that Erba with that jersey...
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Well the plan is to drop a lot of weight in the next 3 years then at 70 to get there for a grail ride, maybe with a granddaughter or two, up the pass to the bike monastary.
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