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Old 12-18-11, 06:02 PM
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A friend brought me a bike

The smaller of his two Masi frames, and a box of the parts on it when he got it a few decades ago. Then he told me to put it back together, keep it indefinitely and ride it whenever I wanted.



We aren't sure of the date, nor whether the parts were original. I know nothing of Campy stuff, though I guess I'll start learnin'. Some are curious, so he says. For example, the RD is stamped "Patent" with no date. The FD has a cage he says he's never seen. The crank is 144BCD with 52/49 chainrings. Seatpost is unnamed, the brakes DuraAce, the freewheel Regina. No wheels. That saddle is the ubiquitous Unicantor or whatever it is called, hard plastic of course. Campy headset and BB. He forgot to bring the handlebar and stem.





I'm asking myself what I'm going to do with it all. What would I do with a 52/49 chainring combo, spend all my time riding downhill? Of course I'll ride it! But it needs some work, including paint eventually. Someone had stripped and primed it, but then put parts back on it.
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I don't see a bike.
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Come on Jim, let's see some pictures of the frame!!

Get a smaller chain ring, build up some wheels and ride that baby, you'll never ride that UO-8 again
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Originally Posted by jimmuller View Post


I'm asking myself what I'm going to do with it all. What would I do with a 52/49 chainring combo, spend all my time riding downhill?
That looks like a really long arm too - 175? 180?

Yeah, we need frame photos.
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Old 12-18-11, 06:32 PM
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He is a friend indeed!
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Old 12-18-11, 06:35 PM
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FD is 77-78' a one year thing, Campy had to many complaints that the chain hooked up on the extra hole. 73-77' and 78-84' have three holes and pre 72' have no holes. I think I'm close if someone can correct me. RD is pre 72', can't remember, or 70'
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Well the rear derailleur is a 68-69 I believe (they started putting on the date in 1970 I think) and the front is a rare 4 hole cage model with the narrow clamp on band. From 1978 I believe. Somewhat rare and valuable.
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Fun post.

I rode with a friend today that had his 1974 Gran Criterium in for a rear derailleur issue at a local shop.

The shop offered him $400, for that "old" bike.

We laughed and laughed over that one.

To the op, how about a pic or two please?
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I have chosen not to post frame pics just yet. Partly its because I don't have many good ones and haven't had time to take any myself.

However here is the seat lug.



Not a great shot but it does almost show the heart-shaped cutout on top. The primer was poorly applied, too thick in some spots, and attempted to be sanded down in others.
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Originally Posted by jimmuller View Post
I have chosen not to post frame pics just yet. Partly its because I don't have many good ones and haven't had time to take any myself.

However here is the seat lug.



Not a great shot but it does almost show the heart-shaped cutout on top. The primer was poorly applied, too thick in some spots, and attempted to be sanded down in others.
Have no fear, that primer comes off pronto.

You''ll be amazed.
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Man, I need a friend like that!
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Sugino made 144mm bcd cranks for the longest time. A Sugino 41-42t inner ring will swap on.
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Jim -
Uh oh. Now you did it. You let the cows out of the barn..

Now everyone is expecting you to assemble that bucket of bolts into a bike in next 15 minutes, but this could possibly become one serious, marathon build - but did you say you don't even have the time to take pics of the frame?

(I'm looking forward to the build thread too!)
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Uh oh. Now you did it. You let the cows out of the barn..
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Now everyone is expecting you to assemble that bucket of bolts into a bike in next 15 minutes
Cows? What cows? I don't see any cows.

Well, I do still have to go to work sometimes. Here I was just finishing up the Bianchi I'm building for fun, when this Masi drops into my lap. Maybe the wheels will get transferred over. Neither bike is likely to be ridden for 3 or 4 months.

I've got a line on a few items already. But if any of you can offer advice about what components it had for what years, let me know. I can use all the advice I can get.

Edit: For example, did Masi ever use DuraAce brakes and if so, when?

In the meantime, here is another useful pic:

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Let's see the bottom bracket area. Can you make out the numbers/letters there? How about on the steer tube?
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Wow, if I had a friend give me a bike it would end up being JC Penney rusted gas pipe bike from the '80s. I need new friends.
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