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Old 11-14-10, 11:08 AM
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Looks like I made a big mistake, BBM. When I was out in the Bay Area a few days ago I should have got over to your place to see this Primato after it was finished.

How did Cody like that meatball?
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Old 11-14-10, 11:23 AM
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Originally Posted by bigbossman


Beautiful bike. Are these hubs Record or Chorus? I ask because I have these same wheels but know very little about them.
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Very nice, BBM. Bikes like this are beautiful, yes, but mostly they're meant to ride. Fast.
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Originally Posted by well biked
Very nice, BBM. Bikes like this are beautiful, yes, but mostly they're meant to ride. Fast.
Must... not... comment...

Biting tongue.
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Old 11-14-10, 11:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Old Fat Guy
Must... not... comment...

Biting tongue.
Go ahead, I can take it. Biting tongue is no good.
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Originally Posted by well biked
Go ahead, I can take it. Biting tongue is no good.
Directed at BBM, not you.
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Old 11-14-10, 12:08 PM
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Gorgeous!!! What color blue is that? What years did they use it? Where can I find one in a 48-49?

Just lovely.
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Originally Posted by Im Fixed
What year is it?
I really don't know - mid 90's, I would think.

Originally Posted by noglider
And what's your inseam? What is that shade of blue called?
My pant inseam is 30", frame is a 55cm square, I'm told this color is called Mica Blue. In person, it looks more like an opalescent lavender.

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Looks like I made a big mistake, BBM. When I was out in the Bay Area a few days ago I should have got over to your place to see this Primato after it was finished.

How did Cody like that meatball?
Yes, you did. thanks for lunch! Cody has not had the meatball yet..... but he will, and he will eat it too fast to enjoy it properly

Originally Posted by jet sanchEz
Beautiful bike. Are these hubs Record or Chorus? I ask because I have these same wheels but know very little about them.
Hard to find silver Record 10 speed.

Originally Posted by well biked
Go ahead, I can take it. Biting tongue is no good.
OFG is offering up yet another barb about my speed, or lack thereof. About an hour after this photo was taken , I managed to squeeze my "fat gut" nicely into the drops on the 66's, and rolled out to 45mph. Downhill, of course.

RE: the triple business. A triple is more or less a standard double with bailout gears, just in case. It's there for occasional use - if you stay on the top two rings there is no difference between it and the 52/42's that you vintage Luddites cherish so much. There is no shifting penalty, and negligible weight penalty.

I have trouble imaging why anyone wouldn't want one.... unless they lived is some flat featureless God-forsaken environ, or perhaps raced.
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Beautiful bike BBM!
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Old 11-14-10, 12:22 PM
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Originally Posted by smoore
Gorgeous!!! What color blue is that? What years did they use it? Where can I find one in a 48-49?

Just lovely.
Thank you. The color is Mica Blue. I'm told by Gomango that it is a rare color to be found stateside. He says he's seen them on The Continent, but seldom here.

It took me a long time to find any acceptable Primato in my size, never-mind being fussy about color. This one fell into my lap, after I had settled for a more pedestrian red one.
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Originally Posted by bigbossman

I have trouble imaging why anyone wouldn't want one (triple).... unless they lived is some flat featureless God-forsaken environ, or perhaps raced.
I was busy yesterday, quite a Vegas striptease on the reveal. The bike is quite handsome with the white tape and saddle, and remember guys, many Pro's for the most serious stages of the tour add a third ring for the day.

I am coming to the conclusion until I can ride more, like at least 10 hours a week, that a "compact" 50/34 may not be a bad idea. I have a 14% grade of just shy of 1,000' in elevation to climb home, and 42 x 24 is not very friendly.
The VO 110 bcd cranks are handsome, but I really want a 50 instead of a 48.
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My pant inseam is also 30". What made you choose 175mm cranks? I think the longest I like are 170mm, and one of my favorite bikes has 167.5mm. I think this is why I don't like mountain bikes.
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Originally Posted by noglider
My pant inseam is also 30". What made you choose 175mm cranks?
Honestly, I can't really tell the difference between 170, 172.5, and 175. Since I already owned these, they went on the bike.

This bike is built with a mix of Chorus and Record. I bought the frame-set, and either already had or traded into the rest.

The wheels are borrowed from my Cinelli, which will get a new wheel-set built around the Chorus hubs that are sitting on my desk..... or maybe get these back when the new wheels get built.

The stem came from a RobbieTunes trade, the bars from Bikingshearer, the saddle from Mhendricks who traded it to me for the saddle I traded into with DRietz. The Chorus Ti seat pin and new pedals came off the "Replica 57" De Rosa that I sold a few weeks ago, and most of the rest of the hardware was either in my parts pile or stripped off the late-great Dancelli (whose carcass hangs forlorn and forgotten in my garage).

3speed found the Chorus shifters for me at a Madison, WI bike swap and the KMC XL chain came from Pricepoint, who actually beat PBK on the price. Those are the only two components I bought expressly for this build, with the exception of the bar tape.


So - that's it. Another parts-bin bike, built on a singularly beautiful De Rosa Primato frame. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.
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Old 11-14-10, 02:01 PM
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It's pretty damn impressive, not surprisingly though. Your work and choice of colors and components shows real good taste. I am impressed

And I thought I had found the coolest bike, in My Titan... sigh


I guess I need to flip some more bikes..
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bumped to top, just because.
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So that's where the SLR went. Y'know, those shoes lasted me many miles before I finally saw my toes after a fall. Well worth the trade!
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Saddle is too low.
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Am i the only one that wants to see the fork crown and head tube lugs?

what year?
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Originally Posted by Epicus07
Am i the only one that wants to see the fork crown and head tube lugs?


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Humph! I wish I had "parts bin" bikes like this!

Seriously, that is one nice bike. And I'll bet it's simply a joy to ride. Well done, sir, well done.

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Humph! I wish I had "parts bin" bikes like this!

Seriously, that is one nice bike. And I'll be it's simply a joy to ride. Well done, sir, well done.
Thank you, and thank you for going out of your way to get the shifters for me. Those things are slick, and I really appreciate you going back and negotiating for them on my behalf.

The Ciocc is slated to get stripped down, so I'll be replenishing the parts bin with some more decent stuff and have a full box o' parts just waiting for the next frame to drop from the sky. Parts are pretty easy to accumulate.... finding the right frame is the nut that's hard to crack.
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Absolutely no problem on the shifters. Like I said before, I don't know much about pricing on that stuff and I just hope it still worked out in your favor with the shipping.

You'll just have to let me take it around the block if for some reason I'm ever in California.
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The complete bike looks real good. Hopefully, my playful ribbing came across as well intentioned as it was intended to be just that.
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Originally Posted by bigbossman
Hard to find silver Record 10 speed [hubs].
I did, though.


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Thank you. The color is I'm-Very-Secure-In-My-Manhood Blue, and it matches my man-purse . . . .
FIFY.


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This one fell into my lap, after I had settled for a more pedestrian red one.
Jealousy really does not become you . . . .





In all honesty, it looks better in person than it does in the photos. it is a joy to behold. Almost as nice as my red 1986 or so Professional . . . .
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