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"happy dance" for my new Lemond

Old 05-09-10, 11:46 PM
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"happy dance" for my new Lemond

Found one! Thanks BBM, pics soon to follow
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She said it's from 1993, and that it was from the last year before Trek bought Lemond. I'm curious about where it was made and what exactly the frame material is. Came with a bike computer, the bottle cages and the pedals; she gave me her old clipless shoes too. Everything seems to be working, though one tire was bulging when I pumped it up, so I think I need to replace it before I ride on it. The pump was a previous thrift store find of mine.
Edit: Saddle is also mine, it had a turbo on it which looks like it got chewed on by one of the P.O.'s gigantic German shepards. I may need to hunt down a saddle without springs; it looks a little weird on this bike.
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You're welcome - glad you snagged it! I pointed you to it because Lemond's are known for the shorter top tubes. I thought it might be a nice fit for you, and it has a good Campy ergo group on it. If it fits, you'll really like riding that bike.

Congratulations!

Could be This One. If so, Columbus SL tubing. Nice.
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A thoroughbred road bike...really nice. The cable routing on the bars looks odd and uncomfortable and the seat is totally personal but otherwise it's top drawer. Keep your eyes out for NOS 8 speed campag cassettes. You can't use Shimano and they're getting harder to find.
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Really beautiful bike. Love the paint job.
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Congrats shopgirl! nothing like a "new to me bike" especailly a nice one like that. I think Lemonds used alot of Reynolds tubing but I am not sure, my only real experience with them was after trek bought them.

clubman that was kind of how it was done then, they didn'y have double groove bars.. I used to try and bring the cable out to the side a bit more but you have to be careful of binding
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Congrats shopgirl! nothing like a "new to me bike" especailly a nice one like that. I think Lemonds used alot of Reynolds tubing but I am not sure, my only real experience with them was after trek bought them.

clubman that was kind of how it was done then, they didn'y have double groove bars.. I used to try and bring the cable out to the side a bit more but you have to be careful of binding
+1, BG! I have the same issue on my Ergo-equipped Mondonico, and I found it really hard to get the cable to lie much farther to the side than on Shopgirl's bike. As long as the cable isn't crossing over the top of the bar where your palm wants to rest when on the ramps and tops, comfort is quite good. The setup on SG's bike is not bad at all, in my opinion.

Congrats, Shopgirl! That will be a great ride for many years to come.
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clubman that was kind of how it was done then, they didn'y have double groove bars.. I used to try and bring the cable out to the side a bit more but you have to be careful of binding
Thanks BG, I didn't realize that...my first (and only) ergo setup was on double grooved, anatomic ITM bars and just seemed tidier than that.
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Really, really nice bike. Change out a couple things, and it'll be perfect.
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Thanks to everyone who helped me out while I was looking these past few weeks...
I'm pretty sure this is the bike I got:https://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...loce&Type=bike
Just lists the frame as cromoly. The P.O. said the group on it is Veloce. I'd think if it were Columbus SL tubing there'd be a sticker somewhere saying so, and I don't see one here.
Bar tape color suggestions? I'm not a fan of the yellow, and it needs to be changed anyway. I'm also taking tire suggestions. FWIW I also changed the saddle to a black Brooks this morning.
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Ha, so it was you who bought it!

I'm glad, actually. I know it's tough to find good, small road bikes, especially at a good price. Congrats!
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personally I might leave the blue tires and try blue bartape and bottlecages. are you keeping the yellow pedals? I know I pooh pooh black wall tires alot but I really think they would look bad on this bike. some nice tan skinwalls will lighten it up a bit.
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Gorgeous bike! Great find!

(but that saddle belongs to a city cruiser; this baby is begging for one of these:




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I know, I don't really want blackwall tires on this bike either. I really like the tires it has on there, but they're bulging and splitting in places, so I think they both need to be replaced. I'll see if I can find anything good with gum walls, but performance matters more to me than looks. I'm keeping the yellow pedals just because I don't want to spend the money to replace them, and the cleats are still readily available. I may do red bartape, but matching red tires seems like it would be too much.
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I know, I don't really want blackwall tires on this bike either.........but performance matters more to me than looks.
That's the way to go about it - performance ber alles. The best performance clinchers in my experience, in the order I prefer them:

Vittoria Open Corsa Evo CX II
Vredestein Fortezza Tri Comp
Continental Grand Prix 4000

The Vittoria's are fantastic riding tires, but have the shortest lifespan of the three. But What A Ride. Well worth it, if you have the cash to blow on tires.

I like the Vredestein's a lot, but I'm on my first set so the jury is still out.

You can't go wrong with the Continental GP 4's. Inexpensive, very nice ride, good durability.
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Ha, so it was you who bought it!

I'm glad, actually. I know it's tough to find good, small road bikes, especially at a good price. Congrats!
Hell - I'd have bought that bike, if it had been closer.

I saw your post in the "are you looking for one of these" thread, and immediately sent SG a PM. It is another example BF successful collaboration, and the main reason why this subform is better than the all rest (recent silliness notwithstanding). We're all friends here - we look out for one another.

Now - someone please find me a decent De Rosa in 54-55cm. Dammit.
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Originally Posted by shopgirl View Post

She said it's from 1993, and that it was from the last year before Trek bought Lemond. I'm curious about where it was made and what exactly the frame material is. Came with a bike computer, the bottle cages and the pedals; she gave me her old clipless shoes too. Everything seems to be working, though one tire was bulging when I pumped it up, so I think I need to replace it before I ride on it. The pump was a previous thrift store find of mine.
Edit: Saddle is also mine, it had a turbo on it which looks like it got chewed on by one of the P.O.'s gigantic German shepards. I may need to hunt down a saddle without springs; it looks a little weird on this bike.
Very niiiice, https://www.rivbike.com/products/show...ar-tape/16-207 I like how they use natural dyes.
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A thoroughbred road bike...really nice. The cable routing on the bars looks odd and uncomfortable and the seat is totally personal but otherwise it's top drawer. Keep your eyes out for NOS 8 speed campag cassettes. You can't use Shimano and they're getting harder to find.
Actually there IS one option if you happen to have to replace the rear wheel with a Shimano hub: you can get the spacer kit from Wheels Manufacturing that re-spaces an 8-spd Shimano cassette for use with Campy brifters and RD.
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Originally Posted by bigbossman View Post
That's the way to go about it - performance ber alles. The best performance clinchers in my experience, in the order I prefer them:

Vittoria Open Corsa Evo CX II
Vredestein Fortezza Tri Comp
Continental Grand Prix 4000

The Vittoria's are fantastic riding tires, but have the shortest lifespan of the three. But What A Ride. Well worth it, if you have the cash to blow on tires.

I like the Vredestein's a lot, but I'm on my first set so the jury is still out.

You can't go wrong with the Continental GP 4's. Inexpensive, very nice ride, good durability.
All excellent tire choices. Just add Veloflex Paves and you are in like flint.

Also, a Regal is the standard choice for me. Great saddles, and I am looking high and low for a red one. I have a new toy that is shipping as we look at these screens. It needs one badly.

........and diligently looking for a De Rosa for BBM.

Nice bike shopgirl. I like your attitude about performance.
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Also, a Regal is the standard choice for me. Great saddles, and I am looking high and low for a red one. I have a new toy that is shipping as we look at these screens. It needs one badly.
PBK has them for $68 now, but only in black, brown and white. Color ones are almost imposible to find.
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...You can't go wrong with the Continental GP 4's. Inexpensive, very nice ride, good durability.
Unless you have a really good tool, putting any Conti tire on is a bear. I've been running Grand Bois 26's. They have the classic look, provide an outstanding ride, and most definitely count as "performance" tires. $58.00 a tire isn't exactly cheap, but they wear pretty well, and imo are worth it. They are kind of tight to put on too though. Might want to look into a Crank Brothers,. Speed Lever.

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All excellent tire choices. Just add Veloflex Paves and you are in like flint....
Good grief, man, it's Flynn. "in like Flynn"

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I know, I don't really want blackwall tires on this bike either. I really like the tires it has on there, but they're bulging and splitting in places, so I think they both need to be replaced. I'll see if I can find anything good with gum walls, but performance matters more to me than looks. I'm keeping the yellow pedals just because I don't want to spend the money to replace them, and the cleats are still readily available. I may do red bartape, but matching red tires seems like it would be too much.
I agree with your fashion sense. Check the Grand Bois tires. They are skinwalls, which is the real-deal when it comes to performance tires. They're a good volume too, so you won't feel every bump in the road, and they are fast.

Red, tan, silver or white on the bar tape.

Those bottle cages don't really go with anything.
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[QUOTE=USAZorro;10792884]Unless you have a really good tool, putting any Conti tire on is a bear. I've been running Grand Bois 26's. They have the classic look, provide an outstanding ride, and most definitely count as "performance" tires. $58.00 a tire isn't exactly cheap, but they wear pretty well, and imo are worth it. They are kind of tight to put on too though. Might want to look into a Crank Brothers,. Speed Lever.

Good grief, man, it's Flynn. "in like Flynn"



Sorry, my Opa was the king of the incorrectly used idiomatic phrases. One of the joys of growing up in a house w/ non-native English sprechers.

Also, check out these Veloflex Paves on my De Rosa SLX. Great look, not so expensive, and a great way to blow off a boat load of aggression on the install.

https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4038/...6d951d7c_o.jpg
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PBK has them for $68 now, but only in black, brown and white. Color ones are almost imposible to find.
Richard Sachs site has the red one I seek at a mere $130. I'm holding out for a very nice used one at a much lower price.
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Richard Sachs site has the red one I seek at a mere $130. I'm holding out for a very nice used one at a much lower price.

I know what you mean... I really like the striped ones, but these are a bear to find reasonably these days.
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Hmm... silver Fizik tape might be an option. I was looking around today and saw some in a catalog that seemed to be a dark grey microsuede finish... if that is what I was seeing, that might very well be what I want. Gonna look into ordering that tomorrow.
I know the bottle cages don't go with anything, but purple is one of my favorite colors! (I can hear all of you groaning at your computers)
I picked up blue tires today. I had to go cheap til I get my next paycheck, so they're Continental ultra sports. Not great, but they'll have to do for now; all the more reason to get on and ride if part of my motivation is to wear down my tires as fast as I can, right?
I would love one of those Regal saddles, but after paying rent AND buying this bike, that will also have to wait a while. I've never tried one, though, and I'm pretty sold on Brooks; maybe I'll just see if someone wants to trade me for a b17?
Does anyone know where this frame was made? I still have no idea.
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