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Old 01-25-22, 01:15 AM
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Originally Posted by mackgoo View Post


I'm assuming this to be a Galmozzi; work in progress?

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Old 01-25-22, 01:17 AM
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I found this Sparrow frame on Ebay late in 2010; as luck would have it, it was available locally at a small shop in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle. Before the auction ended I was able to talk to a shop employee to get some details, and confirm local pickup, too. Serial number suggests 1979 production, from a builder who torched out of Missoula, MT for less than a decade. Won the frame for around $250, then began building it up with Campy NR/SR - and a somewhat special wheelset. I'd found a pair of Weinmann A124s (concave section) which were anodized black(!) and laced them to a NOS pair of Phil Wood hubs; the rear was a Hi-Low.

The first ride was an eye-opener: the fat chain/seat stays and something about the fork made for an extremely stiff and responsive bike. It especially excelled at climbing; each pedal stroke seemed to transfer 100% of the power directly to the rear wheel - and not a hint of BB flex. However, it was fatiguing to ride over 30 miles as the frame transmitted everything and really did beat you up. Because I rarely rode it (and because I had three orange bikes), I began the process of trying to sell it way back in 2018, first as a full bike, later as frame/fork/BB/HS. It finally went out the door in early 2021, to a new owner who'll hopefully give it more exercise than did I.



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Old 01-25-22, 01:25 AM
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'86 LOOK during a race at the old Ziggurat building in Laguna Nigel circa '87. Still gets ridden a lot.


The TT bike, long gone.


I also put some racing miles on the Parkpre.




A few others that I've acquired since my race days ended but are still race-worthy even if I no longer am.

'73 Speedwell Titalite


'80 Colnago
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'85 De Rosa in da roses.

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90 Merlin

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Old 01-25-22, 05:16 AM
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I see what you did there DD!
I will start with the oldest and work my way up. Shouldn't take long.
Although this isn't ridable any more, It still exists on the wall and in parts bins. It was the top of the line in 1972. It really doesn't need a description, nor do any of the others that will follow.
However, it is a bike that survived my ignoring it for nearly 30 years as it was transported from garage to garage with occasional attempts at riding it. Then when the situation was ripe, it enabled me for a couple of months until a stupid young woman pulled in front of us at 6:30 in the morning while we were enjoying a ride to work at about 21 mph on Baseline in Beaverton OR. Purchased in 1973 used, it has less than 1000 miles on it with me. Parts are in really good shape except the wheels that were bent and the saddle that is wearing time.
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Old 01-25-22, 06:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude View Post
Show us your cycling version(s) of a Formula One car. No MTBs, touring rigs, or hybrids; no rack eyelets or room for fenders - just pure road racing machines. Some collect and display them, some still ride the snot out of them. Here's a place for them.


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I would like to add to that "no list" a wish for a certain proportion/difference between saddle height and stem height if going pure racing. I have difficulties when seeing what could be pure racing bike - with the stem level or above saddle height.,,















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I don't race, but I'm pretty sure both of these bikes have,


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Early 70s
Bottecchia & Zeus


Almost all original on this ‘72 GdI. But nothing original on the Zeus

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Old 01-25-22, 07:16 AM
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Mondia Super from 1980. 531SL frameset




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Old 01-25-22, 07:21 AM
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Pinarello Super Record 1984 or 85. SL frame.


OK, baby blue handlebar wrap doesn’t exactly scream Race
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1985 Merckx SLX (repaint) and 1989 Falcon 531c

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Originally Posted by Dean51 View Post
You want Racing? How about an '86 Tommasini Racing.....

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Cant argue this model infact I can +1 as I have the same model and it is as fast and racy as any other steel I have including my Colnago Master's which I love to ride AFAP (As Fast As Possible) incase this is not a commonly known acronym which really means I limit the machine.

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Well, there's this:

And this:
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Originally Posted by bikingshearer View Post
By the time I get done triplizing stuff, any road-racing frames imprisoned in my stable have been rendered non-racing and non-racy. Pretty? Yes. Fun to ride? Oh, yeah. Racing-capable? Not so much, especially with the engine that powers them . . . .
This made me think of the Amish near me, who sometimes buy retired harness race horses to pull their lightweight buggies.
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The only bike I'm riding at the moment (3-4 days each week) is my '82 Lotus Super Pro Aero.
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Then there is this one - yet to roll on my local roads, but soon

1986 Bianchi Vittoria (or Trofeo)

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1982 Holdsworth Avanti,
but I've replaced the original Regina 14-19 freewheel, and it's got Mavic Monthlery tubular rims instead of Super Champion 58.


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Next up in age is the Bottecchia. Originally bought in 2014 because it had chrome head lugs and chrome, it is a Giro D'Italia and transformed into a Professional with the components that would fit from the crashed Le Champion. It is a nice ride and a good replacement for the Le Champion. Decals need to be added. Another one of those oldies that had longer wheelbase and often eyelets but still top of the line for the brand. The difference between the Pro and the GDI is not the frame but what was hung on it. The next one will have a more traditional racing geometry. And to @styggno1 point about saddle height relative to handlebars. All my drop bar bikes have about a 2-inch drop of the bar.
The seller was a guy who cruised estate sales and found this bike. He didn't know what he was selling, and I didn't know what I was buying. He preferred the cleaner look of the decals removed. Rats.

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I see what you did there DD!
How to keep a thread alive 101

Nice to see the (sadly no more) Le Champ here as your first entry; looking forward to the rest!

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Great thread. I will contribute soon.

I was looking for the "Add to Cart" button on several that have been posted...

The TS Isaac is wonderful. Love the color. Mine doesn't qualify for the thread.
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