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Yet Another... Polti-COPPI Team bike 1995 -- bought yesterday

Old 12-21-10, 12:19 AM
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Yet Another... Polti-COPPI Team bike 1995 -- bought yesterday

I finally got some photos of the 3rd bike that came out of Joes and my trip to Alameda.

Having a go at uploading...

Note "Reparto Corse" decal on seat tube, Genius sticker on downtube. Spinergy's were actually in fashion at the time. Also note panto'd post and "top racing" stem.

In the background:

1964 green Varsity w/Carbon-10 Ergo levers and Team saddle. Was 38lbs, now 32lbs!

1972 green Gitane TDF (bought for $20)

1979 Peugeot U09 SS w/HUGE Sport Computer. ($60)

1991 white Raleigh Team 753 (bought for $30)

My CX/MTB/Crit racing bike, yellow 1893 replica, Cheltenham-Pedersen with hammock saddle.

Enjoy the photos! The Coppi cost me about $800 all told, and came with a Polti jersey, bottles, and team photo.
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Old 12-21-10, 12:22 AM
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You also have a Pedersen! But not a usable livingroom, in regular domestic terms.
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Old 12-21-10, 12:54 AM
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Sweet bike. I would love some better less distracting pictures with closeups.

That being said. I love your living room. You must be single
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Color matched Spinergy's are a nice touch. Cool bike and a great collection.
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You also have a Pedersen! But not a usable livingroom, in regular domestic terms.
Not just a Pedersen, a racing Pedersen. Rarest of the rare, built and raced by yours truly.
I'll have to get a thread going on that one? Here's a preview pic in cyclocross configuration: ...
Also note newly-acquired 1971 Schwinn SuperSport in the background.

Work on the living room underway, what with the holiday season upon us.
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sorta into cycling, arncha dddd? looks like a lotta fun
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come on dave! youve got to get that coppi by itself to really have the guys here appreciate it! maybe get some pics of it outside away from the rest of the herd
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Are those the Spinergy rotating carbon blades of death?

(I know they exist, but I don't know what they look like)

Edit: Yes, these may be. Evidently they either came with inboard bearings (= failure prone & first 2 designs) or outboard (third and last design) that are not as prone.

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Indeed, I need to take better photos. I've been busy last 24hrs trying to get a Christmas-gift Trek 1200 all updated for a 17-yr-old female, so once the bike's done and the weather allows, I'll do better!

Also, yeah, the rear Spinergy has rough bearings, the left side bearing housing is unusual and I'll have to investigate.

I loaned half of my garage space to a relative when he got married and left the country for a time, but he's back and I need to reclaim garage space so I can free up indoor living space. Luckily there's a comfortable living space on the other half of the large livingroom.
I hope the bikes don't mind going back out to the garage.
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Have I been drinking or did you say that you put ergos on a Varsity?
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As hard as it is to believe, it is there in the photo. (black ergos hanging off green handle bars)

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well, thats dave for you. he does crazy stuff like that. one thing he loves to do on a group ride is to drop the less experienced riders (well come to think of it, any rider) on hills when hes riding a varsity. he loves bringing those old schwinns on group rides while all the other riders have their 2000.00 plus new cabon bikes. great to see the look on their faces when dave puts down the kickstand on his old varsity. they look they ve never seen a kickstand before
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"Have I been drinking or did you say that you put ergos on a Varsity?"

Allowing for a drink or two around this time, yes, I did outfit the 1964 Varsity with Carbon 10sp Ergo levers, these actuating a 9-speed Dura-Ace rear derailer (old Allvit front), the resulting mis-match perfectly indexing an inexpensive SRAM 12-26t 8-speed cassette with the 12t removed to fit on the Ultegra 7sp hub. Whew! Luckily the Ashtabula crank has a 39t smal ring.

It works very well, and the bike lost 6lbs while still wearing the steel kickstand. One crucial point about Varsities/Continentals, though, is that the rider should always buy the biggest one he/she can ride. The top tube isn't long and the slack seat angle (69.5 degr., iir) makes it feel several cm shorter. And a long (more than 90) stem won't jibe with the equally-slack head tube angle. I'm 5'10" and use a 100mm stem on this 22" (56cm) frameset, so it's a lot of upper body effort to hustle this thing up hills! I searched long and hard to come up with 1/2"-threaded SPD pedals for the 1-piece crank (never a squeek or creak out of those!), which makes real training rides do-able despite the 32lb heft.

Joe, I have to say I'm not trying to drop anyone per se, but if I don't get out in front early enough when the hills beckon, the group might get the advantage on me when we're riding up the "walls", and it's not like the Thursday night riders are gonna wait around for me to catch up.
So lucky the Ashtabula crank has a 39t smal ring.
It's a bit like riding the 1952 E. Christophe with it's 4-speed corn cob, you have to attack every hill full-on with a 47/20t low gear.

Now, if I do manage to "break free", there is the priceless reward in putting the kickstand down and having a rest break while the group catches up.
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Awesome. So awesome.
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