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'83 Basso Gap - new to me

Old 08-31-21, 04:51 PM
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'83 Basso Gap - new to me

Completed my first ride today on my new 1983 Basso Gap - measures 65cmx61cm, Nuovo Record everything except for brakes, which are Modolo Speedy. I was pleasantly surprised by how smooth and responsive the bike was, and that the 52/42 and 13/23 cassette didn't kill me. I was smiling so big on the ride, I was catching bugs in the teeth... It was wonderful. Tires and tubes were replaced with Clement LCV prior to the ride - tires that came with the bike were dangerous! Now I just need to get the seat and new bar tape sorted. Great day!







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Welcome to the Gap Club! You will loooooovvvvve it. They are perfection in my opinion...great mixture of quickness and stability, stiffness and comfort.

...amazed you found one in that size!
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Wow, Beautiful bike! Great shape too. I have a Loto myself. Great bikes! Any plans for it? changes?

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I love the blue color on your Gap. Before getting my red one I had a chance at a blue one but unfortunately it was a tad too big.





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Originally Posted by malcala622 View Post
I love the blue color on your Gap. Before getting my red one I had a chance at a blue one but unfortunately it was a tad too big.





Is yours an 83?
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Is yours an 83?
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Old 09-01-21, 04:04 AM
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Originally Posted by onyerleft View Post
I think that's a good year for the Gap because I didn't always like the two-tone paint jobs of later models. Also, later models did away with chrome and had rubber inserts for the top tube internal cable routing, which are fine until they disintegrate, then good luck finding replacements. You can't.

The only knock against Italian bikes of that era is that the geometry was too steep. We learned from Lemond that laid-back geometry is faster. Of course, you could minimize this disadvantage by gaining speed by other means, such as running wide tires with low psi but not so low as to get pinch flats. A triple crankset would help too but it could look out of place to the discerning eye as Campy racing triples came later. But ultimately, it's the strength in your legs that matters most.
Still lots of chrome in 1987! I assume you mean even later?


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Originally Posted by jdawginsc View Post
Welcome to the Gap Club! You will loooooovvvvve it. They are perfection in my opinion...great mixture of quickness and stability, stiffness and comfort.

...amazed you found one in that size!
Me too! I was shocked to find it, and didn't waste time handing over the $ when I did!
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Originally Posted by jjhabbs View Post
Wow, Beautiful bike! Great shape too. I have a Loto myself. Great bikes! Any plans for it? changes?

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I'm so happy with it right now, I don't dare make too many changes. Only plans now are a new saddle, probably brooks or selle anatomica, and some fresh bar tape and cables. The next plan is my biggest - ride it!
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A very impressive purchase They ride great!

Yours is in much better condition than mine. My gap was rattle spray bomb. I did a full paint resto. He's a shot of it as purchased and a couple before the build was completed. I painted a couple of years ago.



The Gap is built up with a mix of Tri color 600 and Dura 7400
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Originally Posted by malcala622 View Post
I love the blue color on your Gap. Before getting my red one I had a chance at a blue one but unfortunately it was a tad too big.





This is beautiful! Red bikes are always faster. What hoods are those? I have the modolo levers and NOS hoods command a princely sum on fleabay. The currently installed Dia-Compe ones look decent, but I like yours a lot more...
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This is beautiful! Red bikes are always faster. What hoods are those? I have the modolo levers and NOS hoods command a princely sum on fleabay. The currently installed Dia-Compe ones look decent, but I like yours a lot more...

The hoods are repop Campagnolo shield logo from a local seller here in Los Angeles.
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