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Identify Clapton's Vintage Bike?

Old 10-21-10, 07:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Poguemahone
Jailbreak is a great record!
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Originally Posted by Zaphod Beeblebrox
^^I'd read he like a very thin neck on a guitar, actually I think I recall Martin claiming that their Clapton model uses the profile from a Women's guitar Neck.
Actually, the necks he ordered were far too wide for my liking. They were somewhat shallow in profile to compensate. I prefer an average width with a healthy 'V' profile. But, then I'm a bit weird as I use all 5 digits on my left hand. I tend to wrap my thumb for bass runs and barre chords.
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Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd
Jailbreak is a great record!
The other guy in the photo made better records than that.
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The "other guy" in that photo is the reason I have the musical tastes I do now.
Scanning top 40 radio, maybe 1979/1980(?), I heard an interview with him on the local "rock" station, couple of his tunes and I was at the local Flipside buying everything I could find. My favorite guitarist.
Wish I had a working turntable.
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+1 . Rory Gallagher was one smokin' hot guitarist. (Obviously, so too was EC.)
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Originally Posted by repechage
I noticed that, note the "ears" on the lugs and that the fork is all chrome... Who knows. Hopefully he knows how to use a quick release correctly, when bikes came in to the shop for service with the QR like that decades ago, the owner just "wound it tight" and ignored the cam. This is the reason for the CPSC locked and unlocked stamping on later units, which kind of helped.

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Clapton was an aspiring amateur bike racer before he became a professional musician.
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Originally Posted by Poguemahone
The other guy in the photo made better records than that.
Agreed, Rory Gallagher was a bad a$$! I dig classic country and Taste's version of "Movin' On" is good stuff.

Here's another guitarist that may be more gear obsessed than any of us. And that's saying something.


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Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd
Agreed, Rory Gallagher was a bad a$$! I dig classic country and Taste's version of "Movin' On" is good stuff.

Here's another guitarist that may be more gear obsessed than any of us. And that's saying something.

That can't be Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, could it?
Does he have lightning bolts painted on the bike too??
I think I like this pic better than Clapton's! biking cool, but not smug looking......looks like a real fun ride with Billy!

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I like Clapton's taste in bikes but it is a real shame he doesn't ride it. I also like Madonna's taste in bikes and I know she rides

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I never would have thought the Material Girl would go vintage in bikes and cars. I love woodies.
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Originally Posted by KOBE
I never would have thought the Material Girl would go vintage in bikes and cars. I love woodies.
See post #22 - the pic above of Madonna is the same bike and gear from the B/W pic I remember in People Magazine. In other words, at the time it was taken the bike wasn't vintage, but a modern, top-of-the-line De Rosa. She sure picked a fine steed, didn't she?
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Originally Posted by Poguemahone
Common misconception, foisted on us by a fiercy pro-British press.



Actual photo of guitar diety above Clapton, accompanied by my cousin and fellow Black Irishman, Phil.

(Actually, Clapton had some good moments with Delany and Bonnie as well; he took their backing band as the base for Derek and the Dominos. The first couple solo Claptons aren't bad, either, but then he decided to try and become JJ Cale. He failed at this. Cream always seemed pretty uninteresting to me, and Blind Faith a bit overblown. Both have moments, but Derek and the Dominos is his absolute peak.)

Of course, this is all stupid opinion, so you can disagree with it. And I like that Mr. C. Likes bikes. We had a thread in here a long time ago; apparently he was some sort of junior racer back when in the UK.

I'd much rather the star had a garage full of cool old bikes than a garage full of cars. Mr Clapton gets many points from me for this. But not enough to pick Derek and the Dominos over Irish Tour on the desert island (w/velodrome and road course, natch) that I might be stranded on some day.
Pgil Lynott was your cousin? Awesome. The Boys are Back in Town, Whiskey in the Jar - anthems of a mis spent youth.
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Originally Posted by jet sanchEz
I like Clapton's taste in bikes but it is a real shame he doesn't ride it. I also like Madonna's taste in bikes and I know she rides


Holy Crap. The B@#$% has my bike.
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Hey thats my first Car! '87 Grand Wagoneer oh yeah.
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Originally Posted by Zaphod Beeblebrox
Hey thats my first Car! '87 Grand Wagoneer oh yeah.
(OT) Unfortunately, seeing that Wagoneer pic brings back horror memories of riding with one of my bosses many years ago in one to a jobsite (his car). For some reason, he had giant turkey leg bones scatterd all over it's interior half wrapped in foil....we went for lunch that day and guess what he ordered in the greasy Hofbrau he frequented, Turkey legs, just turkey legs and nothing else. He liked them because they were cheap and big (and maybe matched his caveman appetite and eating style)...........I guess he took them to go too........Blechhhh. Since then, everytime I see a Wagoneer like that, I lose my taste for turkey......
The effect on me is so bad that I didn't even notice Madonna next to it!

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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude
See post #22 - the pic above of Madonna is the same bike and gear from the B/W pic I remember in People Magazine. In other words, at the time it was taken the bike wasn't vintage, but a modern, top-of-the-line De Rosa. She sure picked a fine steed, didn't she?
Yup, that photo is from the mid '80s. If memory serves me correctly, she got into cycling because she was dating her personal trainer, an Italian guy who was into cycling. I guess she probably told the guy to go out and buy her a nice bike...and at the time, a De Rosa would have been the best. I hope he got one for himself

Farrah had pretty good taste too but I doubt she rode around in that attire:

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Originally Posted by auchencrow
His QR is down at 7 O'Clock. (... And to think he used to be my hero! )
Who was it on Garmin Chipotle back then, who fell out of contention in a race because of a wheel jam due to an insecured quick release? He said in interviews that he will always have the quick release levers pointing down so that he could see at a glance that they were closed? It was Christian Vande Velde I think, maybe Tyler Farrar.
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Originally Posted by Oldpeddaller
Pgil Lynott was your cousin? Awesome. The Boys are Back in Town, Whiskey in the Jar - anthems of a mis spent youth.
All Black Irishmen are cousins, that's the way it works.
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Originally Posted by bigbossman
Holy Crap. The B@#$% has my bike.
....and my cabin car!

Just missing a snowplow and chains on the tires.

Not to mention a gun rack, and rod holders.

BBM, that is going to be one sweet ride you're building.

...and now back to the interesting rock star awareness session.

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He's a lover. He's a dreamer. He's a C&V bike enthusiast.

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Farrah can Track Stand!! Hot.


I remember watching a special about the Muppets and part of it included how they rigged that whole bike scene up where all the muppets are riding together. The only secret they claimed they wouldn't give away was how they got Kermit to ride a bike. Notice its a Left Hand Drive?

And thank you col. I'll be having Rainbow Connection stuck in my head for the next hour at least.
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Originally Posted by dbakl
Actually, fork crown looks wrong unless its a "B".
Years ago I'd read that he'd acquired a new Corsa A to complement the B that he'd already had for quite a while. Back in the day the B was the tool for ambitious Juniors who were still growing and Cat. 2s who didn't get bikes from sponsors.

Eric obviously likes Cinellis. So do I.
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Originally Posted by Zaphod Beeblebrox
Notice its a Left Hand Drive?
Well, duh... you can do that with a fixie! I guess Kermit's a follower of Sheldon Brown:
https://sheldonbrown.org/gunnar/index.htm#3
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Looks like Madonna has ditched us...
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