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Old 04-18-10, 05:58 PM
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The Bike Cave...

I'll show you mine if you show me yours...







Spent the afternoon cleaning and sorting and organizing but still haven't tackled the desk.

I hear a clean one is the sign of a sick mind anyways.


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Looks like the shingles on the roof are on their last legs. Might want to have it checked before something bad happens.
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just where exactly in western canuckistan are you..? and do you lock your cave?
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Why's the chain dropped off on that blue Pug of yours? Keeping the spring tight on that old Simplex?
And what's up with that green bike hanging beside that celeste Bianchi? Interesting that is has chainstay U-brakes and what looks like an integrated rack. Neat looking, whatever it is.
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"The superhero, Bicycle Repairman has his own Bike Cave! See how he uses a camera!"

Couldn't resist.

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P.S.: What's with that Bianchi you have hanging there?
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Originally Posted by Amani576 View Post
Why's the chain dropped off on that blue Pug of yours? Keeping the spring tight on that old Simplex?
And what's up with that green bike hanging beside that celeste Bianchi? Interesting that is has chainstay U-brakes and what looks like an integrated rack. Neat looking, whatever it is.
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Must have dropped the chain off when I was backing her up into her spot... but that's a good idea to save that old JUY 543 from undue stresses.

The green bike beside the Bianchi is a custom made Arvon rando frame that I have for display purposes as there is no way I could ride a 66 cm frame...



Was playing with a new to me 8.2 mp camera today and am still figuring this out... it does have a macro and low light setting and my old camera does not work worth crap in low light conditions.

The Celeste Bianchi is a lower end sprint frame I picked up for 0.00 because it had a damaged fork which has since been repaired... the Victory crank set and headset are worth more than the frame but it will make a nice beater for someone as it is too big for me.

The cave gets locked up like Ft. Knox every night and I have a rather vicious guard dog that does not take well to strangers messing with stuff... the alarm system is also pretty handy as it will wake me and I am only 30 steps from the shop and am meaner than my dog.

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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
The Celeste Bianchi is a lower end sprint frame I picked up for 0.00 because it had a damaged fork which has since been repaired... the Victory crank set and headset are worth more than the frame but it will make a nice beater for someone as it is too big for me.
*Ahem* - what size is it, and can you make those Victory components disappear from it?

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Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
*Ahem* - what size is it, and can you make those Victory components disappear from it?

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It is 55.5 dt and 56.5 tt... measured from centre to centre.
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
It is 55.5 dt and 56.5 tt... measured from centre to centre.
"DT" or did you mean ST?

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Sorry... seat tube is 55.5

Just took some pics and am uploading them.
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I guess I posted a pic of that Bianchi in the catch of the day thread some time back... you can see the issue with the fork here.



Just took these... the fork is looking much healthier here and the new camera works a little better is less than perfect light.




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Shoot. Two centemeters too small.

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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
The Celeste Bianchi is a lower end sprint frame I picked up for 0.00 because it had a damaged fork which has since been repaired... the Victory crank set and headset are worth more than the frame but it will make a nice beater for someone as it is too big for me.
That's more like a mid-level Rekord frame. Columbus Tre-Tubi with Bianchi forged drop-outs. They are a real decent riding frame.
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The dropouts are Gipiemme, the head tube is pressed and not cast, and my friend the frame builder and ex pro racer describes it as being a sprint frame... which is not a bad thing although it makes for a heavier frame and fork.

I will agree that it probably rides pretty nicely... the fellow who gave it to me said he enjoyed riding it from time to time.

I have not ridden the bike since it was acquired but will have to take it for a spin once I put everything back together... it is a spec too tall for me which is so often the case when I find bikes and if I played around with some things I could make the Bianchi an okay fit... but I already have a Ron Cooper that fits me like a glove.
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Originally Posted by Ragooch View Post
That's more like a mid-level Rekord frame. Columbus Tre-Tubi with Bianchi forged drop-outs. They are a real decent riding frame.
I worked on a Campione d'Italia this afternoon... this is a nice mid level Bianchi with a much nicer frame and much better lug work. It had suffered some grievous damage when it's derailleur snapped and got pulled into the rear wheel but the glory of steel is that it can be saved.

One only has to look at the seat cluster and other lugwork to see this was a production frame and again...it's not a bad piece of work but people seem to get blinded by the celeste paint work and overlook the finer details.



I have many bikes that have much finer lug work that would not get a second glance because they are the wrong colour and do not say Bianchi.

It is still a nice frame but is definitely entry level in my book... the Campy bits and celeste paint do take the bike up a few levels.

Anyways... I want to see your bike caves.

We can discuss the heirarchy of Bianchis and framebuilding elsewhere.
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Anyways... I want to see your bike caves.
I'l post some photos in a few hours, It a bit of a mess at the moment!
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Always a mess, but here goes....





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I have a few pics of my Bike/man cave and although it is not as big as some of yours it's what gets done inside that matters.Now My personal bikes live in their own shed so all that is in here are bikes I am working on and most of them have to be wheeled out in order for me to work comfortably.










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The cave is large, but unfortunately shared by three families on our "compound" and most of the junk in there is courtesy of the contractor brother-in-law. There is a lot of space for more bikes. There's also space for a bed in case the number of bikes gets too much for my wife.











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Good start guys...here are a couple of pictures of mine from a while back. Next time I am home for more than 27 hours I will have to get some updated pictures of mine. It has been cleaned up quite a bit since these were taken. My cave is an 8'x40' shipping container with a divider on one end creating a conditioned work area on one end that is about 8'x12'.

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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
Must have dropped the chain off when I was backing her up into her spot... but that's a good idea to save that old JUY 543 from undue stresses.

The green bike beside the Bianchi is a custom made Arvon rando frame that I have for display purposes as there is no way I could ride a 66 cm frame...



Was playing with a new to me 8.2 mp camera today and am still figuring this out... it does have a macro and low light setting and my old camera does not work worth crap in low light conditions.

The Celeste Bianchi is a lower end sprint frame I picked up for 0.00 because it had a damaged fork which has since been repaired... the Victory crank set and headset are worth more than the frame but it will make a nice beater for someone as it is too big for me.

The cave gets locked up like Ft. Knox every night and I have a rather vicious guard dog that does not take well to strangers messing with stuff... the alarm system is also pretty handy as it will wake me and I am only 30 steps from the shop and am meaner than my dog.

Hey that is my size!

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Always a mess, but here goes....





If that's a mess there is no way I'm ever posting pics of my cave(s)!! I think I may have eaten off of dirtier floors...
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Hey that is my size!

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You must be freakishly tall... figure this frame is good for someone who is at least 6 and 6 and the long stays are good for folks who also wear much bigger shoes.

It is an older build and the chainstay brake mount is evidence of that... the new frames are more conventionally equipped and as customs could be set up any way one liked... most are getting disc mounts and have tandem spacing in the rear to cut down on rear wheel dish.

I have a frame like this coming in my size as a demo model and it should be arriving this week... I can't wait to start logging some miles and some of those will be to go and start an apprenticeship as a frame builder. This commute will be 140 km although I will probably get a lift one way to save me some mileage and time.

Am liking the other caves and love this frame... whatever it is.

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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
I'll show you mine if you show me yours...
I keep my bikes I ride downstairs in various location, but I do my major work in an attic crawl space.

Not much has changed since I last posted it,


work area,



current bike on work stand,




If you crawl though the first door thats the wheel room,



The door to the left of the work area is the input/output box
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Here are a few pics of my bike cave














A few more pics of the basement bike workshop
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