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Old 03-07-11, 06:26 PM
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Davis Phinney bicycles - any info?

I will be looking at a Davis Phinney bicycle in the next day or two, and was wondering what anybody might know of them. All I know is that he was a racer, and had some involvement with Pearl Izumi. I have no idea about any bikes that were built by/for him, or how they were configured.

All I know right now is that the one I will view is about 56cm, and has 125mm spacing in the rear - so presumably it is a true "classic" of some sort. Exactly what "sort", I'm trying to determine. At this time, I do not know what component mix is on it - all I know for sure is that it is a complete bike.

Any info before I go in would be appreciated.
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It's about your size but I'm pretty sure it isn't Italian. Why are you looking at it? Are you ill?

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Davis raced in the tour a few times. A sprinter who was known as "cash box Phinny". he once plowed into the back of a car, head down in a mad sprint. I don't know anything about his bikes but was a great sprinter. Looking forward to seeing this bike.
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Per his racing results here he was pretty good.
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Originally Posted by BlankCrows View Post
Per his racing results here he was pretty good.
That would be putting it mildly...

IIRC, the Phinney bikes were built by Serotta, so good quality stuff.

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Old 03-07-11, 06:58 PM
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If it was built by Serotta I'm sure that is good enough for BBM. That name ends in a vowel, and sometimes Y counts too.
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Ahhh...... built by Serotta. That's a good start. More will be revealed as I get information.

For all you snakes out there - this is not being offered on any public medium... my eyes and ears only. Go ahead and sniff around - you won't catch the scent unless I pass on it.
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Originally Posted by bigbossman View Post
Ahhh...... built by Serotta. That's a good start. More will be revealed as I get information.

For all you snakes out there - this is not being offered on any public medium... my eyes and ears only. Go ahead and sniff around - you won't catch the scent unless I pass on it.
After 7-Eleven, Phinney went to Coors Light and the team rode Serottas.
I think the Phinney frame was actually sold by Serotta and included in their literature - it has Serotta branding on it - like on the brake bridge... also some unusual stuff like assymetric triangle and bent stays maybe?
Phinney used to own the famous Morgul Bizmark bike shop in Boulder where they sold lots of Serottas.
He was 3rd in the 1984 Olympics - the year that Alexi Grewal won in LA.
He's married to Connie Carpenter who is almost as famous as Jeannie Longo, and his kid Taylor Phinney is the latest young phenomenon.
Davis later developed Parkinsons, has it pretty bad now and has a foundation for reasearch and stuff.

If you're going to own the bike, you should really know a little about the man- and I'll hwore my own video again:

Looking forward to the photos.
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Phinney married a champion cyclist (Connie Carpenter) and their son, Taylor, is the 2010 UCI Under 23 World Time Trial champion.

Damn. DiabloScott beat me to it by a minute. I need to type faster.
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OK - cool. But.... it is not one of his bikes I'm going to see (I don't think so, anyway). It is a re-badged Serotta?
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Originally Posted by bigbossman View Post
OK - cool. But.... it is not one of his bikes I'm going to see (I don't think so, anyway). It is a re-badged Serotta?
I think it might be more appropriate to call it "the Phinney model" Serotta.
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Originally Posted by ftwelder View Post
Davis raced in the tour a few times. A sprinter who was known as "cash box Phinny". he once plowed into the back of a car, head down in a mad sprint.
So, I'll guess this was not a cash box day. Stupid car drivers don't know when to get out of the way. He already has a bandage on his leg. Tough guy....

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Originally Posted by BlankCrows View Post
So, I'll guess this was not a cash box day. Stupid car drivers don't know when to get out of the way. He already has a bandage on his leg. Tough guy....

I think that one has a bent fork.
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Originally Posted by BlankCrows View Post
So, I'll guess this was not a cash box day. Stupid car drivers don't know when to get out of the way. He already has a bandage on his leg. Tough guy....

At least it was only a Huffy!!

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One of Phinney's 7-11 team bikes is on display in a bike shop here in Boulder if that helps at all. Sorry about the poor pic, I can get better ones if need be.

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I've wondered what Davis is like to speak with in real-life. I have several books he's written in, and honestly - I somewhat get the impression that he has a high impression of himself, since nearly everything he writes begins with "my numerous TDF victories speak for themselves, but one stands out..." or "my son is a great cyclist, which isn't hard to imagine given my TDF victories of my wife's olympic...."

He might be a nice dude, but he seems like a blow-hard in print.

BTW - that post with all the blood is disturbing - I don't want to see anyone get injured like that.
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It's not a rebadged Serotta, it's a Davis Phinney model Serotta as noted above.
From the 1989 Serotta catalog:
SLX tubing from 47cm - 58cm frames, SPX downtube on 60cm.
Steeper, longer geometry than standard Serottas of the time (74degree parallel for 54cm and up).
asymmetrical Davis "Sprint control" rear triangle (drive side S-bend).
Colors (stock) were Black/red, Black/Noon Blue, and Black/Neon Green.
The catalog can be seen at Bulgier.Net (serotta89.pdf).
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Originally Posted by lotek View Post
It's not a rebadged Serotta, it's a Davis Phinney model Serotta as noted above.
From the 1989 Serotta catalog:
SLX tubing from 47cm - 58cm frames, SPX downtube on 60cm.
Steeper, longer geometry than standard Serottas of the time (74degree parallel for 54cm and up).
asymmetrical Davis "Sprint control" rear triangle (drive side S-bend).
Colors (stock) were Black/red, Black/Noon Blue, and Black/Neon Green.
The catalog can be seen at Bulgier.Net (serotta89.pdf).
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Thanks, Marty.

I'll post back when I get it in my hands.
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Originally Posted by TurbineBlade View Post
I've wondered what Davis is like to speak with in real-life. I have several books he's written in, and honestly - I somewhat get the impression that he has a high impression of himself, since nearly everything he writes begins with "my numerous TDF victories speak for themselves, but one stands out..." or "my son is a great cyclist, which isn't hard to imagine given my TDF victories of my wife's olympic...."

He might be a nice dude, but he seems like a blow-hard in print.

BTW - that post with all the blood is disturbing - I don't want to see anyone get injured like that.
He may come off as a blowhard in print, but given his record as one of the winningest US racers ever, I'd say he's entitled.

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The bike is now in my garage. It looks to have had a very easy life. Full Shimano 600 group, Cinelli stem and Criterium bars. My size, but I'm going to move it along in the FS forum:









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WOW.. that bike has never been ridden... Amazing find..
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Sweet!
I think Davis did have a high impression of himself, but as noted, he earned it. And you don't win sprints unless you believe you're the fastest guy, though it's probably better not to whine about losing after towing Bernard Hinault to the line.
I have one of Connie Carpenters ex-team Raleigh Team 753 frames.
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Phinney married a champion cyclist (Connie Carpenter) and their son, Taylor, is the 2010 UCI Under 23 World Time Trial champion.

Damn. DiabloScott beat me to it by a minute. I need to type faster.
I believe he was the first American to win a TDF stage. Considered to be muscular and huge in the cycling world at 155 lbs.
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Somewhere I recall reading he was so powerful he broke a seat tube in a sprint.
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