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Old 12-04-20, 08:09 PM
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Originally Posted by brian3069 View Post
I think if this was a poll, 90% of the community would say keep the Somec.
Actually, by my count, the Somec is winning 8-0!

I'm going to sleep on it, but unless I wake up tomorrow morning to the sound of Ugo De Rosa himself knocking on my door, asking to have a coffee with me so that he can try to convince me otherwise, it looks like the Somec will get the nod.
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Old 12-04-20, 08:32 PM
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Originally Posted by robertorolfo View Post
Actually, by my count, the Somec is winning 8-0!

I'm going to sleep on it, but unless I wake up tomorrow morning to the sound of Ugo De Rosa himself knocking on my door, asking to have a coffee with me so that he can try to convince me otherwise, it looks like the Somec will get the nod.
If you truly wanted a sad sink hole project, this could fit the bill but since this happens often enough without going there on purpose I can't imagine doing so.
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Old 12-05-20, 07:52 AM
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Originally Posted by brian3069 View Post
I think if this was a poll, 90% of the community would say keep the Somec.
Only because this is the internet and no one is supposed to agree, I believe it would be nearer to 98%
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I legitimately laughed reading this thread, but I guess I'm not surprised to see you here also.


Okay, so in my defense, a crackhead in San Francisco really pulled a machete on me and slammed my bike against the ground front wheel first, putting a crease in the down tube. This kind of thing isn't uncommon in SF.


Secondly, building that bike up was a sort of pandemic passion project, and this harebrained deal kinda made sense in the moment, but is admittedly fanatical in hindsight. Still, let me know if it's not your cup of tea and I'll buy it off you. No matter what, another will pop up eventually, and I'll be collecting parts in the meantime.


Also, didn't know you were in the area. What'd really be a hilarious is if we ran in around Bushwick/Ridgewood.
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Old 12-07-20, 03:10 PM
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OK, so the SOMEC is a 54 square.
I happen to have some 56 square frames I'm looking to get rid of....
Anyway, it's an idea. I no longer have a DeRosa, though.



A three way won't work because my smaller frame gets the short shrift. (Wait, that's not like it sounds....)
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Old 12-07-20, 03:38 PM
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Originally Posted by coreylee View Post
I legitimately laughed reading this thread, but I guess I'm not surprised to see you here also.

Okay, so in my defense, a crackhead in San Francisco really pulled a machete on me and slammed my bike against the ground front wheel first, putting a crease in the down tube. This kind of thing isn't uncommon in SF.

Secondly, building that bike up was a sort of pandemic passion project, and this harebrained deal kinda made sense in the moment, but is admittedly fanatical in hindsight. Still, let me know if it's not your cup of tea and I'll buy it off you. No matter what, another will pop up eventually, and I'll be collecting parts in the meantime.

Also, didn't know you were in the area. What'd really be a hilarious is if we ran in around Bushwick/Ridgewood.
Ha, good to see you here. I was just about to email you, but I guess things have come full circle now.

I really did/do feel bad after seeing how passionate you were about that frame. As promised, if it doesn't work out for me I will definitely let you know. In the meantime, what is your ideal size? Is it a 54, or were you just going to make that work? I have a 56 (or maybe it's a 57) Bianchi Campione D'Italia that I have been thinking about moving along.

As for Brooklyn, I rarely venture south of Greenpoint unless it's for something specific (and even then that's usually just to show up some carbon bike dudes over the Pulaski bridge). I prefer the stuff to the North into and around Astoria.
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Get a bigger seatpost and stem! That Somec is gorgeous!
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Originally Posted by robertorolfo View Post
Ok, let's try to get some pics going, just for the sake of it. Starting with the De Rosa:





I could be wrong but I don't think that the De Rosa is EL-OS, it's EL. The EL-OS sticker should have the words Over Size in red on either side of the Columbus Dove. EL is not nearly as regarded as EL-OS.

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Originally Posted by Choke View Post
I could be wrong but I don't think that the De Rosa is EL-OS, it's EL. The EL-OS sticker should have the words Over Size in red on either side of the Columbus Dove. EL is not nearly as regarded as EL-OS.
The Bicycle Info Project :: Columbus tubing chart
Yes, I've heard that the EL-OS is usually preferable to the standard EL, but I've also heard that a lot of EL-OS bikes came with regular Columbus EL decals until the specific EL-OS decals were available.
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Originally Posted by robertorolfo View Post
In the meantime, what is your ideal size? Is it a 54, or were you just going to make that work? I have a 56 (or maybe it's a 57) Bianchi Campione D'Italia that I have been thinking about moving along.
I can manage a 54 to 56, but it's all good. I'm gonna wait it out and see what happens. I feel like if I buy something else I'm going to regret it.

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As for Brooklyn, I rarely venture south of Greenpoint unless it's for something specific (and even then that's usually just to show up some carbon bike dudes over the Pulaski bridge). I prefer the stuff to the North into and around Astoria.
I've ridden around where you're talking about before and I like it. There's much less to worry about on the road. I noticed a lot more cyclists up there too. How's the scene?
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Originally Posted by coreylee View Post
I've ridden around where you're talking about before and I like it. There's much less to worry about on the road. I noticed a lot more cyclists up there too. How's the scene?
Not so sure about the scene, as I'm almost always riding alone, but Vernon blvd is nice once you get past the main strip in LIC (going North). You get long stretches of road between lights, which is definitely rare in that part of the city. Plus, the bike lane is decent and usually not crowded, and you can also ride in the street with few issues.
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Yeah, long blocks and hill climbs are kinda hard to come by out here. Fortunately, there's a lot to explore and I can always get a climb in on the bridges.
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