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Old 07-19-12, 08:43 PM
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Originally Posted by dck View Post
I've probably seen pictures of better bikes, but this has got be be my all-time favorite picture from the forum. The contrast between these two machines is phenomenal. Pic was posted about 7 years ago by bigwoo who hasn't been around much lately.
This (below) can't quite match that (above), especially because it captures only the bike's wheels. However it is recent and a bike we have put many miles on this year, so it must be near favorite.

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Old 07-19-12, 08:56 PM
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Whoa, that must require sunglasses to ride. What's going on with that front hub?
It's shiny for sure. That's a switchable dynamo hub.
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Old 07-19-12, 09:17 PM
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Gitane TDF with updates. I love this thing. - photo is from the initial shakedown, have finished it off since.

How does one get large sized images in a post?? - success, sort of...
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Old 07-19-12, 09:38 PM
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Veloce ergos, mistral cranks, and ultegra rd?

Oh, and Woodbury. We should ride next time I visit.
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Old 07-19-12, 09:38 PM
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Gitane TDF with updates. I love this thing.

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"hotlink" from third party photo hosting site. I use photobucket.com. They will give you a URL of the uploaded photo that says "IMG code". Use that.
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Old 07-19-12, 10:45 PM
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it's a tie between these two for now



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Old 07-19-12, 11:03 PM
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Riding my Zullo Sprint on a metric century tomorrow.

Favorite?

I have a lot of favorites, but this one should be just right tomorrow.


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Old 07-19-12, 11:22 PM
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Old 07-19-12, 11:44 PM
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Originally Posted by jimmuller View Post
Without a doubt, this one:



Not only does it ride like a dream but I save it from an ignominious death. And rode a century on it last week.
Thanks for the memory jog, Jim - that's exactly the same Triumph Spitfire my dad had back in the late-60s

Beautiful (both red machines)!

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I am have to go with my '90 Trek 790. It has no pedigree to speak of Compared to the other pretty machines here. However, it is lugged steel that goes anywhere in all four seasons, handles 42mm tires with fenders, will carry 100 lbs, and it is under my arse around 5-days per week for work, errands, or chasing the kids about. I thought about some other canidates about the garage (most are prettier), but I am going to have to stick with the bike with the most utility.

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Old 07-20-12, 07:14 AM
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At this precise moment probably this one:



But that may change next week when I get the Bianchi Super Leggera finished.
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Old 07-20-12, 12:55 PM
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Originally Posted by BlueDevil63 View Post
At this precise moment probably this one:



But that may change next week when I get the Bianchi Super Leggera finished.
Given the scope of your collection, I'd say considerable waffling is to be expected.
This one's a beauty - I like the way the Italian colors are worked in there, without taking over or looking clownish.
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Old 07-20-12, 02:21 PM
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The Frankenwindsor

Wow, that's a tiny picture. Can you make it any larger?
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Old 07-20-12, 02:28 PM
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Originally Posted by cyclotoine View Post
I love it.

Yeah if I owned a shop I would have lost my **** too if the wheels weren't even assembled! You can't make money with that kind of labour input. I built cervelos in a shop for three years and they came largely un-assembled, but with complete wheels and frame prep. was not required, a TT bike could take 3 hours to assemble and that was only once you had done a few, the first one always takes the longest.
Grazie mille amico!!!

I can understand your position. There is no reason for them to have shipped the bikes in bits like that. Gee, the least they could do was put the wheels together!

My Bottecchia "apologizes," on behalf of all Bottecchias in the USA, for any inconvenience she may have caused in her assembly.
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Old 07-20-12, 02:32 PM
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Old 07-20-12, 02:33 PM
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For me, it's gotta be my chrome P15-9.

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Old 07-20-12, 02:46 PM
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My 1988 Nishiki Altron 7000. The only bike that I've never had the urge to sell. Criteriums, centuries, group rides, training rides...this thing does it all.


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Originally Posted by eja_ bottecchia View Post
I feel your pain. The question remains, however, do you like my bike?
Most of me wants to like it. High end 70's and 80's racing bikes are my favorite. But it just looking at that glossy catalog brought up so many old memories that I had not visited since I last saw a Bottecchia.
As for turning a profit, yeah, it was impossible. I would bet it took about 10 hours per bike to get the build done. At least they went together easily, Campy always just glides onto a frame. But the wheel building and frame prep just ate up the hours. We were kind of stupid about some things, too. We glued the tires, and drilled the handlebars for the brake levers. I would not do that nowadays!
Anyway, I guess it is time to forgive. I do like your bike. Perhaps I even had a hand in building it if you bought it from the California Pedaler in Pleasanton CA in the late 80's.
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Old 07-20-12, 02:56 PM
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Oh, and here is my fave at the moment. A 1972 Paramount with a new powdercoat. Someone had previously repainted it and removed all of the chrome, if there ever was any to begin with.
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Old 07-20-12, 03:04 PM
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Favorite bike, favorite car, favorite color


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Old 07-20-12, 03:37 PM
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Originally Posted by thirdgenbird View Post
Veloce ergos, mistral cranks, and ultegra rd?

Oh, and Woodbury. We should ride next time I visit.
Don't forget the 600 sidepulls, sugino post, and the cinelli stem and bars with the avocet saddle. In Minnesota we refer to this as "back of the refrigerator hot dish".

And yes, a ride sounds great whenever you're in the area.
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Old 07-20-12, 03:43 PM
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I think everyone's seen this too many times already, but here it is anyway!

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Ooh! Indeed a nice looking steed, from what I can see of it. I really like the composition of the picture. I hope to inspect it personally in the near future.
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Old 07-20-12, 04:17 PM
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Ooh! Indeed a nice looking steed, from what I can see of it. I really like the composition of the picture. I hope to inspect it personally in the near future.
+1 More of both the bike and the auto, please!
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Ooh! Indeed a nice looking steed, from what I can see of it. I really like the composition of the picture. I hope to inspect it personally in the near future.
Won't be long, you'll be posting "The Ace" in this thread!
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