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Old 06-10-11, 10:05 PM
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Ah, here we are. Because we were all newbies once, and a little walk down memory lane for BBM...
Originally Posted by bigbossman
Hello from NorCal
I've been browsing this forum for a while, and thought it was time to check in....

I live in the Bay Area (San Ramon, CA), and am a casual road/mtn bike rider. My main road bike is a Miyata 215T that I bought new in 1987, and still ride today. It is a touring model, and so has a triple (yikes - I heard that!! ) It is a nce riding bike for me. My back up bike is a 1982 vintage Fuji Team 12 speed. I mostly use that one on my trainer indoors, but it rides pretty well on the road.

I'll be posting soon about the Miyata, as I'm curious as to where it fit into the Miyata line - it seems to be very well built.
Thanks for all that you've contributed to the forum. As I said, thanks for the posts.

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Old 06-10-11, 10:23 PM
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And people call ME chatty, and accuse me of saying nothing in my many posts... at least it's actually true for me!

BBM, the thigh thread is my favorite. I haven't forgotten that shot of your legs. They're burned into my brain, in a good way.
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Old 06-10-11, 11:59 PM
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10 X 1000 . . .

Congrats!
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Old 06-11-11, 12:31 AM
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Agree that the thigh thread led to an iconic BBM image


I've only been reading C&V for a couple of years, but appreciate that BBM will also take the time to write thoughtful, interesting, evocative, and generous posts like this:

Originally asked by DMNHCAGrandPrix in the "My New De Rosa" thread:
"Beautiful bike. Do you think you detect any difference in the ride of the Columbus EL-OS tubing compared to other DeRosa's you have ridden?"

BBM reply:

"Thank you.

Ride difference between a Primato and a Professional is a good question, and one I'm not really qualified to answer........ yet. I rode OFG's professional for ~20 miles or so, and enjoyed it very much. I rode his white Primato for about 18, before boxing it up and shipping it to him.

Luckily, OFG and Gomango have pretty much covered the finer, detailed points on one vs the other, based on their extensive experience. I hope to have the same, one day. But, I can give my perspective and experience so far, based on ~80 miles or so on this particular bike.

I have four bikes in the rotation, including this new one. The other three have been rotated through my daily riding over the last three years or so. They are, in order of acquisition: 1) a Palo Alto, Columbus SL/SLX tubing, 2) a (newer)Cinelli Super Corsa, Columbus Neuron tubing, and 3) a 1993 Basso-built Pogliaghi, some sort of proprietary Pogliaghi tubing. Because the Palo Alto was my first acquisition, it has the most miles on it (just over 5000) - but the other two have been around long enough to accumulate about a couple thousand each. All have the same wheels, tires, and saddle, and all have been ridden both on short rides as well as all day centuries. In addition, all sport 10 speed Campagnolo drive trains.

As OFG likes to point out over and over again, I'm a slow, heavier rider. Even so, I manage to climb a lot of pretty hellacious stuff, and seldom do a ride where I don't hit at least 30+ mph somewhere along the line. Also, there is no such thing as a flat ride around here. I can't go 20 miles without climbing ~1,000' or so, and there are several muti-mile climbs and descents in the surrounding neighborhoods.

So - how do I rank them? The Palo Alto and Pogliaghi are my favorites, and are tied for 1st place in regards to quality ride experience. Looking at my 2010 logs, I see the Pogliaghi has more mileage than the other two, followed by the Palo Alto and then the Cinelli. That I attribute to a taller gear ratio, making it the preferred bike for longer rides with lots of climbing. Both the Palo Alto and Pogliaghi have similar road feel - they are lively, responsive, and a lot of fun to drive. The Cinelli is no slouch and is a wonderful bike in its own right, but it is a bit smoother and so has a more relatively mild mannered steady feel to it than the other two - they want to be whipped and driven, and scream down descents with abandon. The Palo Alto especially - it feels like it is just itching to carve a turn, and it shoots though corners like sh*t though a goose. The Pogliaghi seems to be a better climber (not that means much to a rider of my abilities), but I couldn't tell you why. The Cinelli likes to run too - but in a more dignified manner than the other two.

Now, for the De Rosa. My initial impression with the Primato was that I was slower on it (if that is possible ), but that is not born out by ride data. I've taken it out on trial runs using well known routes on which I have amassed considerable lap timing telemetry on, and the numbers tell the tale - it gets me where I'm going just as quickly.

Last Saturday was the first big ride (~43 miles) with a big climb and a big descent, and that brought to light additional nuances. 1st, the De Rosa is stiffer than my other bikes. when I stand and jump on the pedals, it moves out more quickly. 2nd, it is an efficient climber - I still suffer, but the climb seemed over a bit quicker than in past attempts. 3rd (and this is huge for me), it descends like a bat out of hell. It's dangerous, really, because it makes you feel like there's nothing you can do to get into trouble. The Palo Alto and the Pogliaghi are live wires and need to be finessed and paid attention to, so you are mindful - and they are exhilarating to descend on. The De Rosa is different - hard to quantify, but very confidence inspiring. I ran it up to 45mph without even thinking about it - very smooth, very stable, very sure in the turns. I can't recall thinking about the bike when I was flying down the backside of the climb.

Does any of that make any sense whatsoever?"


Anybody else have a favorite BBM post, from a list of 10,000 choices?
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Old 06-11-11, 05:49 AM
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Originally Posted by DMNHCAGrandPrix View Post
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Anybody else have a favorite BBM post, from a list of 10,000 choices?
no 1 fav but i <3 how he dis tx msg u h8 tx msg 2
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Old 06-11-11, 08:25 AM
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Originally Posted by DMNHCAGrandPrix View Post
Somehow I missed this picture. You look so serious BBM.

When I met BBM in person during NAHBS I never saw him without a smile on his face... well except when he noticed the front hub on the bike I loaned him was Shimano. He was not happy about that.

I am glad you are around the forums, your dialogue and wonderful pictures are great to have around. Thanks.

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Old 06-11-11, 08:41 AM
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As a noob here I've learned a good bit from your posts BBM. I'll pile on with the thanks.

Tho dang after that photo ^^^ now I'm scared s***less of you.
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Old 06-11-11, 09:51 AM
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Originally Posted by junkfoodjunkie View Post
When I met BBM in person during NAHBS I never saw him without a smile on his face... well except when he noticed the front hub on the bike I loaned him was Shimano. He was not happy about that.
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Old 06-11-11, 11:57 AM
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Originally Posted by bumpalong View Post
As a noob here I've learned a good bit from your posts BBM. I'll pile on with the thanks.

Tho dang after that photo ^^^ now I'm scared s***less of you.
Exactly. That's why I remember that photo! Very few people actually live up to their internet monikers... but BBM? Uh, yeah.
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Old 06-11-11, 05:33 PM
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People keep asking him "are those real?"
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BBM used to work for a shop in the 70s that sold Campania, so he has been a great help for me in learning some of the history. they aren't the greatest bikes, but they have a lot of character.
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Old 06-11-11, 06:41 PM
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People keep asking him "are those real?"
Ya know, Robbie...... I had a few beers in me that night in Texas. You could've touched them if you wanted.......
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Old 06-12-11, 12:00 AM
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Originally Posted by bigbossman View Post
Ya know, Robbie...... I had a few beers in me that night in Texas. You could've touched them if you wanted.......
Oh my god, you two. I laughed out loud (I refuse to use the internet acronym for this action) at both comments.
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Originally Posted by bikingshearer View Post
You should hear what he says to and about the people he rides with . . . .

I know what he says about me. ".....and the only reason I can tolerate riding with BlankCrows is that I'm way faster than he is -- he makes me look like a rabbit on wheels. Just don't take him on any hills other than rollers because he'll turn around eventually. Blah, blah, blah....."

BBM, I actually like your posts. But you're fooling people if they think you look like your avatar.
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Old 06-12-11, 05:25 AM
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???? What's this? All this time, I thought BBM was a Dean Martin clone, and now you show me this actual unretouched photo of him? Are a you a prison guard or something?

Thanks for all the incisive and informative posts. I guess my favorite post is your answer to my question on how to determine whether a saddle would be comfortable.
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