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What "strange" things do people notice about your C&V bikes?

Old 05-20-23, 11:23 AM
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As a mechanical engineer by education, my understanding of electricity is that you need to keep the magic smoke inside the wires and electrical devices, so I'm fully aligned with your comments.
Another secret is that light bulbs don't emit light, they absorb darkness. That's why a bulb that is about to "burn out" looks dimmer than a new bulb, it's getting full.
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Originally Posted by obrentharris
Pointing at the Silca pump that was painted the same color as my Bruce Gordon "How did you find a pump that matches the color of the bike?"



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That's a beautiful bike, man. Congrats.
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Old 05-20-23, 01:15 PM
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson
“What's that thing?” (pointing to Silca Impero frame pump)
What's with the pump questions?

Just last night riding to the big beer store, some kids were about to mount their lime scooters and were fascinated by my frame pump. They wanted to know if it was just for looks or if it actually worked.

when I told them not only works, but used it this morning, they were, "that is sooooo cool."

Didn't even notice the Merckx.

Of all the things to notice??

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Ok, on my regular country ride I got caught up in the "Onionman" triathlon race course today. Lol

I have my clunker '72 Gitane TdF and I don't have my cables set for my derailleurs so I have the rear set on '3' and I'm using a screwdriver to adjust the front. I only need one gear change for the whole ride. It's flat to me with one hill, lol.

So I pull over and adjust the front, and again this is a triathlon so these people are gassed from the swim, my normal pace had me pass like 15+ competitors. So im on the race course and I have to tell all i just passed I am fine over and over. I adjust and go on me merry way blazing up the hill passing the same group as a few minutes before. They know I'm not racing, but the one guy who is just dead weight racing says, what you do this for fun?

The amount of attention incredible, and being able to maintain a pace with all the younguns was fun for them as it was for me. I think this Must have been deep in the race these guys weren't passing me, that may been embarrassing I'm just not a spring chicken and on 50yr old bike lol.
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Old 05-20-23, 06:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Robvolz
What's with the pump questions?
... were fascinated by my frame pump. They wanted to know if it was just for looks or if it actually worked.
Didn't even notice the Merckx.

Of all the things to notice??
Rob, you cant expect many thing at once. They were already above par knowing it is a pump. By the way is this the "Tiger Tank Winter camo" de Rosa you got around Christmas? It looks nice...
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No, it is a 52 tooth big ring panto'd with Derosa. It had a drilled silly 54 on it and I swapped it with what I had laying around.

I bought a non-panto'd period correct 52t at Justyne's yard sale. I just haven't had the time to swap them out, that is all.

The bike is actually my Kessels, once owned and raced by a Molteni team member named Vic Schil. Here is his wiki page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Van_Schil

Yes, not the best of endings.

His name is on the bottom bracket.


The 73 "Tiger Tank Winter Camo" DeRosa is currently at the painters. As tempting as it is, I am not painting it Orange.
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I did have a guy pull up next to me in the Local State Park. He was from Austin and on a Classic Motobecane that had been converted to a fixy. It was a nice looking conversion with the decals and paint cleaned and fairly intact. All the bosses had been left in place. He pointed to my down tube shifters and said, "so that's what those are for..."

We laughed...
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