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1978(?) Tom Ritchey Touring Bike

Old 10-27-12, 03:45 PM
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1978(?) Tom Ritchey Touring Bike

Some may remember the previous thread on this bike, where I showed some pics of the cracked seat tube (where the post is inserted). I dropped it off at Bilenky Cycle Works in June and they repaired it. They wanted to replace the entire tube but since I had not even ridden the bike, I balked at the idea of a major repair and a full repaint. Instead, they TIG (?) welded the crack, filed it smooth, and then matched the paint. They did an awesome job. Here is a build list & some pics.

Ritchey Sport/Touring Frame (Columbus Tubing, Italian Thread Bottom Bracket)
TA Triple 170mm 46/40/28
Suntour Cyclone RD & FD
Campy Brakes & Dia Compe Gran Compe Levers
Campy Low Flange Hubs w/ VO Raid Rims & Challenge 30mm Clinchers
Nitto Seat Post
Brooks Select Saddle (B17)
Acorn Small saddle bag
Nitto 110mm stem
46cm Nitto Noodle Handles Bars
MKS Touring Pedals & SOMA Cages

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That bike is ridiculously sweet.
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awesome. You're not gonna ride this, right?
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A grand slam!

They did a great job at Bilenky.

Can't tell the difference in color near the cluster.

How much of the surface did they paint?

Also, would fenders fit?

I notice the TR has eyelets.
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Holy mother of Abraham Lincoln! That is rolling awesomeness.
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That is beautiful. Very nice bike Fender1
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Wow, did that ever turn out great! Kudos.
-And I'll bet that international component mix is quite a potent combination: Campy, Nitto, Brooks, Suntour and TA. - Who'da thunk it?
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That's a beautiful bike!
I like the saddle bag as well and i have been looking in to getting a nice one like that.
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Works for me!

Can you point out any details that mark that as a touring frame? They're not jumping out at me...

Or is it your build execution that stamps it as a touring bike? Just curious.
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Originally Posted by gomango
A grand slam!

They did a great job at Bilenky.

Can't tell the difference in color near the cluster.

How much of the surface did they paint?

Also, would fenders fit?

I notice the TR has eyelets.
According to Stephen Bilenky, most of the paint was destroyed around the seat lug due to the temps of the welding. It will fit fenders but for now, I am going to go without them. Just ride it and enjoy it. Thanks all!
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Beautiful ride! Definately worth the repair, and a good job at that
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wow fantastic bike... what makes it a touring bike though if you don't mind my asking. looks pretty racey to me. stout tubes?
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I really like the mix of the build.

I particularly like the barrel adjuster on the RD cable stop braze-on. That's the only thing that I really wish I had on my Cyclone equipped bike that I don't have. Maybe I can tap my existing stop... I know that it's not strictly required, but having it would sure make life a bit less frustrating at times.
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Lugs that sweet belong in a museum. The rest of the bike aint bad either.
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Looks great man!
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Wow, that is rolling, functional, ART.
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Originally Posted by Creme Brulee
wow fantastic bike... what makes it a touring bike though if you don't mind my asking. looks pretty racey to me. stout tubes?
Probably more Sport/Touring than anything else. I got the bike from the original owner, who had ridden it across the US twice. I have a set of matching Blackburn racks for it (front & rear) that mount using the brake bolt, so it can be done. The funny thing is that this bike, with 27" wheels, cannot run 27x1 1/4 tires. They rub on the front fork crown. That was one of the main reasons for the new wheel set.
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Originally Posted by auchencrow
Wow, did that ever turn out great! Kudos.
-And I'll bet that international component mix is quite a potent combination: Campy, Nitto, Brooks, Suntour and TA. - Who'da thunk it?
That is one of the nice things about having a non-production frame, you put whatever you want on it! The original owner told me that he bought the frame new and that was where he spent most of his money. The bike originally had Campy DT shifters, 27" Weinmann Concave rims, super short stem, Dia Compe G brakes and an Ideale saddle.

This is how I got it:

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The Ideale was not for me and I sold it on ebay. It paid for the Brooks and the wheel build. I am pretty sure that the folks who packed this bike are the ones who cracked the seat tube. Judging by the dent in the original seat post, I imagine it was stuck and the used a big wrench/pliers to apply the torque needed to break it free. The seller refunded me most of the cost of the repair, so that was great. Now it is ready for another 30 years of riding!
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Is this the for sale thread? I'll take it. I'm PMing my address now.
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Awesome bike and repair....
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Beautiful ride! Definately worth the repair, and a good job at that
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