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Old 05-10-10, 06:23 PM
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Worth the effort?

While browsing Ebay, I came across this listing.

I don't know a whole lot about Gios, but it seems to me that with a little bit of effort, this could be a pretty great bike. The paint is unoriginal and rather rough, but the bike itself seems pretty solid. If I were to put in the effort to get it painted, decal it correctly, etc, could this be worth it?
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Oh yes!!!

This is an excellent price for a Gios (yes it probably is an early 80s Super Record frame; those coins on the fork should be copper). It has been upgraded with 90s 8sp Campy Ergos. The ergos look like veloce.

This is what the bike looks at its original state:

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And take a look at this

Inspiration!
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Originally Posted by splytz1
And take a look at this

Inspiration!
yeah, Ray Dobbins: that guy sure can take the photos! A little too over-the-top in the drillium dept. for my taste, but ya got to admire such attention to detail, and the rounded cranks not only look great, they are probably less prone to cracking...bravo, Ray!
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Definitely worth it. Great price on a top tier bike. Just make sure you get the right decals and the particular distinctive blue color paint. This bike is as good as they get.
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I would seriously consider it, but that shipping wow. I had a chance to ride a customers Gios for a weekend and although it was a bit big it was a nice bike overall. I think I put more miles on it in two days than he did in 5 or 6 years.

I need a drillpress!

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Originally Posted by unworthy1
A little too over-the-top in the drillium dept. for my taste
Yeah, this pulley cage, in particular... looks like it would snap in a stiff breeze.

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I made an offer of $300, which was accepted, bringing the total cost with shipping to $450. I'm a little nervous, but the prospect of owning a Gios is pretty exciting...
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Just to update this thread...I got the bike not too long ago, and decided to keep it. This is what it looks like now:



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I think 1987 is pretty close for the year. Looks good. I would move the control levers up. Looks like you need a dust cap on that pedal perhaps.
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Originally Posted by repechage
I would move the control levers up.
Adjusting Ergos for comfortable use in the drops, on a non-anatomic bar, is next to impossible. You can position them so they look good - and therefore will be very uncomfortable - or so they look ugly, but are user-friendly.

Admittedly, the OP's entry-level Mirage brifters on the GIOS should be - ironically - easier to position, and more comfortable then the split-lever versions. The downshift lever - by virtue of being part of the upshift lever - sits farther forward; it is easier to press.

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Originally Posted by cudak888
Adjusting Ergos for comfortable use in the drops, on a non-anatomic bar, is next to impossible. You can position them so they look good - and therefore will be very uncomfortable - or so they look ugly, but are user-friendly.

Admittedly, the OP's entry-level Mirage brifters on the GIOS should be - ironically - easier to position, and more comfortable then the split-lever versions. The downshift lever - by virtue of being part of the upshift lever - sits farther forward; it is easier to press.

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I agree that the levers are a little low, but they're tough to position on Cinelli Criteriums. I'm going to attempt to improve the positioning.
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Originally Posted by Young Version
I agree that the levers are a little low, but they're tough to position on Cinelli Criteriums. I'm going to attempt to improve the positioning.
Criteriums? Ouch. They're tough to position anything on, and neither Ergos nor STI's get along with them at all. I'd offer to trade you a Giro D'Italia, but all I have right now are Campione Del Mondos.

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Originally Posted by cudak888
Adjusting Ergos for comfortable use in the drops, on a non-anatomic bar, is next to impossible. You can position them so they look good - and therefore will be very uncomfortable - or so they look ugly, but are user-friendly.

Admittedly, the OP's entry-level Mirage brifters on the GIOS should be - ironically - easier to position, and more comfortable then the split-lever versions. The downshift lever - by virtue of being part of the upshift lever - sits farther forward; it is easier to press.

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these shift fine both on drops and on the hoods and they are not Mirage . The bar is a Cinelli Campione, btw:

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Originally Posted by EjustE
these shift fine both on drops and on the hoods and they are not Mirage
You must have longer thumbs than I. I could probably upshift in the drops, but downshifting would quickly become a chore.

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Originally Posted by cudak888
You must have longer thumbs than I. I could probably upshift in the drops, but downshifting would quickly become a chore.

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I give you that (about downshifting.) I take my right hand off the drops and onto the hoods when I downshift. Nobody's thumbs are long enough to downshift ergos on the drops
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Originally Posted by EjustE
I give you that (about downshifting.) I take my right hand off the drops and onto the hoods when I downshift. Nobody's thumbs are long enough to downshift ergos on the drops
I found that this particular setup with Giro D'Italias seems to work. Not perfectly, but I can just get my thumbs on the paddles without overdoing it:



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I adjusted them a couple centimeters and they feel significantly better. The levers flare out a little, but it's not excessive.
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