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Old 10-23-19, 10:44 PM
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the seat lug and BB shell have those 3 angled lines (milled slots) that was a hallmark of Silva but never seen this seatlug but have seen this version of BB shell before yet never registered it as "Silva" before. ANYhow, really great find and congrats on this SCORE!
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Old 10-23-19, 10:46 PM
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Gorgeous colors and frame! I'm glad the headset is Dura-Ace because you can put Dura-Ace on the rest of it pretty easily--it certainly, IMO, deserves it.
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Originally Posted by unworthy1 View Post
the seat lug and BB shell have those 3 angled lines (milled slots) that was a hallmark of Silva but never seen this seatlug but have seen this version of BB shell before yet never registered it as "Silva" before. ANYhow, really great find and congrats on this SCORE!
Same seatlug used on Daccordi Griffe.
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Old 10-24-19, 12:52 AM
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That's a lotta bike for 500 clams. Well done, Girll.
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Very nice bike, the paint job looks like where Landshark got their inspiration.
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Old 10-24-19, 01:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Insidious C. View Post
Same seatlug used on Daccordi Griffe.
Daccordi also had some very similar paint schemes, and used same rear dropout "socks". Gorgeous bike. Enjoy!
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Old 10-24-19, 08:18 AM
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
What's the R word?

ďRareĒ.
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow View Post
Curious, whatís so wrong about the tires? Size or ride quality?
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Why?
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Too skinny, methinks. (?)
I havenít really looked at the size yet, mainly I donít like black sidewalls. With tires this small it almost looks like there are just tubes on the rims.
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Stunning bike! Congratulations! Do you still have that Bianchi I shipped to you several years ago?
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
I havenít really looked at the size yet, mainly I donít like black sidewalls. With tires this small it almost looks like there are just tubes on the rims.
Fair enough, and aesthetics are certainly important for this frame. I am just saying theyíre pretty decent tires for what they are.
I had 25ís and they were about 27 actual fwiw.
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So glad I could help!

I can say first hand that this frame is even more beautiful in person. And in the sun, it really sparkles.
I love how flashy yet understated it is. The more and closer you look, the more you are impressed with how special it is.

It *needs* Dura Ace 7400 bits.

Or a complete Campy makeover.

Then again, the 105 stuff is in perfect order.

But it does NEED w-i-d-e-r bars.
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Old 10-24-19, 09:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Chicago Al View Post
Stunning bike! Congratulations! Do you still have that Bianchi I shipped to you several years ago?
thanks. Sadly no, and I loved that bike, I had to pass it along during an economic downturn I experienced.
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Originally Posted by Rocket-Sauce View Post
So glad I could help!

I can say first hand that this frame is even more beautiful in person. And in the sun, it really sparkles.
I love how flashy yet understated it is. The more and closer you look, the more you are impressed with how special it is.

It *needs* Dura Ace 7400 bits.

Or a complete Campy makeover.

Then again, the 105 stuff is in perfect order.

But it does NEED w-i-d-e-r bars.
yes wider bars are certainly in order. Thank you again for all your help. I am not so sure about the 7400, but I would love to find some nice SuperBee that isnít too spendy.
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Ah yes! Superbe would be ... superb

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yes wider bars are certainly in order. Thank you again for all your help. I am not so sure about the 7400, but I would love to find some nice SuperBee that isnít too spendy.
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Check out the Continental Grand Prix Classics. Skinwalls, 700x25 only, good tires and currently selling for around $30-$35 each. I got a set a few months ago when the price dropped for a one day Amazon sale. They don't really ride any better than the cheaper Conti Ultra Sport II, but they look nicer. I tried 'em on my purple Trek 5900 for awhile but moved them to a wheelset for the Ironman.
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
I havenít really looked at the size yet, mainly I donít like black sidewalls. With tires this small it almost looks like there are just tubes on the rims.
That's a reason I can get behind. I happen to like the Michelin Pros on my Mercian, I've been riding them for years. Used to have blackwalls and never quite liked them, until I decided to throw caution to the wind and got them in red sidewalls. Totally different vibe and great performance tires. Despite the current trend of skinny tire = bad, they are supple and comfortable. I've had them on many surfaces without incident.

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Old 10-24-19, 07:43 PM
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Wow! I come from the era where such a beautiful machine might have been referred to, in my circle, as "killer".


Remarkable color scheme. You really scored.
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Old 10-25-19, 07:24 AM
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Super-awesome bike/paint! That color scheme looks just fine in the 21 century.

Give the Pro4s a try. I run 700x23 on Chicago/Illinois roads with no issues.
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Old 10-25-19, 07:30 AM
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Sweet find. I've had to stop checking (and unsubscribe) that thread because my desires always outweigh my budget.
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Beautiful bike! What a score!
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Very cool paint! Nice score
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To tell the truth, I haven't read the thread but I've poured over the pics.......It's pretty special. Great buy Bianchigirll.
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That's quite a bike, and quite fancy paint for a Bertoni. Although every one I saw was built flawlessly, they've all been fairly straightforward, one-color paint jobs. This is almost too incredible for words. I certainly can't find the right ones

I bet you don't get rid of this one soon.

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That's quite a bike, and quite fancy paint for a Bertoni. Although every one I saw was built flawlessly, they've all been fairly straightforward, one-color paint jobs. This is almost too incredible for words. I certainly can't find the right ones

I bet you don't get rid of this one soon.

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I know. Most seem to be basic bread butter types, like that magenta Corsa with SL and the 600. I think it was '93 Univega didn't go Interbike for some reason so there was dealer show of seorts at there Mansfield Ma. warehouse. There were lots of frames with beautiful fancy paint schemes. I wonder now if Ben Lawee was trying to cash in on the almost bygone era of fancy Italian bikes that were fast losing to the empty promises of blase' carbon frames.

As long as the fit is good it will stick around for awhile.
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Bella bicicletta!
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