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7-Eleven Corsa Extra: Best looking 1980s bike?

Old 06-09-22, 06:07 AM
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Originally Posted by non-fixie View Post
No.

Not this one.
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Old 06-09-22, 06:46 AM
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I once facilitated a Battaglin bike for a BF member in the Italian livery. Got to keep it for a week before handing it over. It was a sharp looking bike. I don't think that guy posts anymore. I wonder what happened to him?
He's alive and well. I talk to him quite often
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Not this one.
Exactly. No chromed fork or stays? Non-aero brake levers? Atrocious 1970s graphics? Yuk!
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Old 06-09-22, 08:04 AM
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this is where I post a pic of mine!
That is a beauty, need to see more pics!
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Here's a Corsa (not Extra) I restored a decade ago:



It was my first full restoration, with new paint by Allan Wanta. Looking back on it, I went a little too "matchy-matchy" with the red tires. But still, I think it holds up.

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Originally Posted by Pogliaghi View Post
That is a beauty, need to see more pics!
here's one more - different saddle
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Anyone else want to deck the halls with boughs of holly?
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Anyone else want to deck the halls with boughs of holly?
or how about a slurpee? Let's not forget the reason for the colors.

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ha! my ex-girlfriend used to call it "the Christmas bike"
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Meh.
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The 7-eleven Merckx is right there for best looking 80s bike. For total kit, my vote is for La Vie Clare. The Look Reynolds 753 Equipe in pearl white is also one nice looking bike!

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Originally Posted by smd4 View Post
Exactly. No chromed fork or stays? Non-aero brake levers? Atrocious 1970s graphics? Yuk!
The question was about 'looking good', so it all depends on your definition of 'good', I suppose.

IMHO a 'good' bike is one that wins races. And these did (TI Raleigh team). Maybe more than any other. Built by Jan le Grand in Raleigh's Ilkeston SBDU shop, between '74 and '84.

The lack of chrome was a 753 thing, I believe. Atrocious graphics? I don't think they slowed down the bike a lot.
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Originally Posted by non-fixie View Post
The question was about 'looking good', so it all depends on your definition of 'good', I suppose.

IMHO a 'good' bike is one that wins races. And these did (TI Raleigh team). Maybe more than any other. Built by Jan le Grand in Raleigh's Ilkeston SBDU shop, between '74 and '84.

The lack of chrome was a 753 thing, I believe. Atrocious graphics? I don't think they slowed down the bike a lot.
The problem is it can get confused with one of these. A lot of companies did the copycat paint jobs on their lower level offerings, though.

https://www.gumtree.com/p/bicycles/v...ace/1431365158

https://www.ebth.com/items/7529938-v...rd-ace-bicycle
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You could say the same for one of these.

https://forums.thepaceline.net/showthread.php?t=213720

New low end bike. (Eddy Merckx content)
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Originally Posted by embankmentlb View Post

The 7-eleven Merckx is right there for best looking 80s bike. For total kit, my vote is for La Vie Clare. The Look Reynolds 753 Equipe in pearl white is also one nice looking bike!

My only issue with it is the lack of chromed fork and stays. To me, that's the epitome of high end 80's bike looks.
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Simplistic Primary Colors vs. The Whole Spectrum

Can you see the numbers below?





So many beautiful color choices in the spectrum....



Artistic colors:










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Originally Posted by seypat View Post
The problem is it can get confused with one of these(..,)
I'm sure Raleigh's marketing department was counting on just that. Win on Sunday, sell on Monday.
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I'm sure Raleigh's marketing department was counting on just that. Win on Sunday, sell on Monday.
True.
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I personally would vote for any that are painted the color "orange".


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I've owned that Cinelli jersey. I'd argue it still stands up.
A bit-character in the movie "Thelma and Louise" made that jersey iconic (at least for me). T&L get pulled over, but get the drop on the cop. They put him in the trunk of his cruiser, using his gun to shoot out the car's radio and add some ventilation holes in the trunk lid for good measure. After they've been gone for some time, a cyclist with dreads, smoking a blunt, and wearing the same Cinelli jersey comes rolling up to the police car. He hears the officer asking for help, so he blows a load of smoke from his blunt into one of the bullet holes. Classic

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Think about how hard it is to design bike graphics uniquely and well.

The various late 80's, early 90's EM color schemes are way up there with "let's see how this looks."
They had a consistent character and underlying similarity that just sort of went together.

The Colnagos of the same time were more over the top, and love 'em or hate 'em, they delivered a reaction upon eyes-on.

This '88 model model was hard to beat for living in box outside the box. 1987-1989, "traditional" was the exception.
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The Colnagos of the same time were more over the top, and love 'em or hate 'em, they delivered a reaction upon eyes-on.
Put me in the "love 'em" category (and yes, I know taking a picture with the right brake lever in the "open" position is poor form):
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7-Eleven perhaps the best of the Merckx liveries, although I also like the clean lines of the Panasonic.
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