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Old 12-27-08, 07:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Road Fan View Post
Yeah, links are great, and I have about 1000 of them, but I really like pdfs better.

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There are free html to pdf converters out there. These are actually jpg's, so you could probably just save them.
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Old 12-27-08, 07:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Old Fat Guy View Post
There are free html to pdf converters out there. These are actually jpg's, so you could probably just save them.
As a pdf I can print out all the pages with one command, but not with jpgs. pdfs will print properly sized and with full resolution with any printer I choose, not so with jpgs. They can take a lot of farting around to come out good, and sometimes never show full resolution and become readable. It's more than I usually want to deal with.

Sorry, I just thought I'd ask.
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Originally Posted by Road Fan View Post
As a pdf I can print out all the pages with one command, but not with jpgs. pdfs will print properly sized and with full resolution with any printer I choose, not so with jpgs. They can take a lot of farting around to come out good, and sometimes never show full resolution and become readable. It's more than I usually want to deal with.

Sorry, I just thought I'd ask.
Actually, I just tried a random jpg from the site, it scaled perfectly and quality was good. Try it!
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Old 12-27-08, 08:17 PM
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Doesn't matter, it doesn't always work the same way for different pc's -I've been there. I'd really rather have a pdf. But don't sweat it, I read that article a few years ago.
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Old 12-27-08, 09:06 PM
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Just tried on the kids' new iMac. Works great! Thanks for the tip.
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Old 12-28-08, 11:38 PM
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I have a Colnago Saronni (1983 or 1984, frame number 25, badged as a Colnago) that is supposedly made from Aelle (seat post at 26.8 would appear to confirm that). But I stuck the bare naked frame on the scales recently and saw 2050 g, not the quoted 2300 g for a 54 cm frame. My guess is that the builder stuck a bunch of different frame tubes together, thus accounting for the less-than-full-Aelle weight. I think the toptube is a different metal, as it looked a slightly different colour and grain structure when I sanded the frame down before priming, but there's not much difference in top tube weights between various Columbus tubes: the main difference is in the stays.

The bike originally came with a generic Columbus tubing sticker, though, so the rumours that it IS an Aelle frame remain just that... Cyclomondo's replacement decal is also a generic Columbus tubing sticker. Some later Saronnis (the ones actually badged as a Saronni) have definitely got an Aelle Tretubi sticker, so there's no telling what the remaining tubes are made from. I guess they may have used some SL if they had it lying around in bulk...

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Old 12-29-08, 09:45 AM
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the chart does not show that Aelle was also offered as a variation called "Aelle R" and it was a notch above regular Aelle. If you have it, you can't miss the big red letter "R" on the Columbus decal. My understanding is that it's a *butted* version of the regular chrome-manganese Aelle tubeset (which is straight-guage)...if so, perhaps it's the closet thing that Columbus has to...531...
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Old 12-29-08, 10:25 AM
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Keep in mind that complete tubeset weights are often misleading. First of all, the set is going to weigh less post-mitering. Also, builders often don't use complete sets as packaged from the factory - those were created largely for marketing purposes. Also, just about every tubing type was available in a range of wall thicknesses - often these could even be requested if not offered as "standard." One would expect - and certainly hope - that a smaller frame would use a thinner gauge of tubing, whereas the "official" weight for that tubing set might refer to a different gauge, even for that same smaller frame size. Ideally, the point is to have the right blend of light weight and stiffness/ride quality, and a good builder (even a non-custom frame designer) will balance all of those considerations. A lot of these discussions of frame weights and tubing types amount to tilting at windmills, IMO.
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Aelle R was butted, but not that light. 2245 g for typical 54 cm frame.

see here https://www.classicrendezvous.com/Italy/tube_models_80s.pdf


for what it's worth, my Saronni rides better than my Guerciotti (sacrilege, i know): stiffer when out of the saddle, yet feels a little more forgiving and softer on rough stuff, but marginally heavier. (similar tubular wheels, bars and crankset). climbs better too if you put them both in the same gear.

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Old 12-29-08, 08:26 PM
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My old Torpado was Aelle R tubing, and was outfitted with mostly Campagnolo Record. A very nice ride. Can't comment on the weight, though, as I don't have an accurate scale.

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