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What is your "dream bike"? Looking for a classic steel road frame.

Old 08-02-13, 10:31 AM
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Old 08-02-13, 12:24 PM
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Hm, a top 3, can't really choose. A custom by:

-Rob English, most innovative guy working in steel right now.
-Dario Pegoretti, the top tig guy that mixes art and jazz in his frames.
-Frank the Welder,I'm a sucker for aluminium bikes.
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Old 08-02-13, 12:25 PM
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For vintage, I can't imagine a nicer road bike than my DeRosa - for a race-type bike.
For a new purchase it would have to be a custom from Vanilla Workshop, or Carl Strong, or Mike DeSalvo, or .......

I'm not sure what "grail" is - but it must be out there somewhere.
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Old 08-02-13, 12:40 PM
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I already have a few grail bikes...


1966 Moulton F


1955 Raleigh Lenton


1957 Peugeot PLX8


Ron Cooper custom c. 1975


Phillips 20 custom

If money was no object and I could time travel, I would have Ron Cooper build me another bicycle... by far the Cooper is one of the finest bicycles ever built if you want to go really fast.

Guess that I will just have to build my own as I did with the P20.
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Old 08-02-13, 12:57 PM
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As it sounds like Scoop did, have your dream bike built just the way YOU want it... from the lugs on out.
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Old 08-02-13, 01:37 PM
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Old 08-02-13, 01:43 PM
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Just don't ask for a Serotta, looks like they are closing down....so you have to use a time machine to get a Ti Frame from them! :-(

I have NO idea of what my dream bike might be....so many bikes to choose from....like being really hungry, and in a candy shop .....where to start! Having never ridden a higher end bike, just not sure what the best RIDE out there is, but have seen a LOT of nice LOOKING bikes!
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Old 08-02-13, 02:47 PM
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What is your "dream bike"?
Today, yesterday or tomorrow?
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Old 08-02-13, 02:53 PM
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Just stick a lineup of 10 in front of me, let me take them for a test ride...and THEN pick! :-)
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Old 08-02-13, 03:08 PM
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My dream is a nice Mariposa that fits me well.
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Old 08-02-13, 03:17 PM
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Eddy merckx for me. Though I have a hard time telling one from another. Apparently there were some pretty "cheap" ones made.
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Old 08-02-13, 03:33 PM
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Originally Posted by SANTE POLLASTRI View Post
yes,I know.....and a Zullo max silenus with the same 25th?
What do you think?
It's absolutely georgeous, that's for sure. But it's a little too flash for me, maybe that's why I'm not as drawn to Itailans as others > the Dutch tend to be a little bit calvinist, so am I... Also I don't make enough money to buy that kind of stuff. I can't afford a Nagasawa either, but it's nice to dream about such exotic stuff.

tho I must add that Zullo has a special place in my heart: Dutch team TVM used to ride them and they also made frames for Van Herwerden (Zullini).
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Old 08-02-13, 03:37 PM
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The one I have been searching for the longest would be a Rossin Ghibli size 59cm. My grail would be a nice 80's DeRosa track bike.
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Old 08-02-13, 03:59 PM
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I got a Zullo TVM Replica,and it's simply wonderful.
Oh my! That's really cool, where can I check it out?
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I am a bike commuter and have done some road cycling in past years, mainly light touring on a Surly Crosscheck. I used to ride a Pista until I t-boned a bike messenger who was going the wrong way down a 1-way street here in NYC and broke the top tube. I now ride a Raleigh Sports around the city, and sold my Crosscheck before I moved here. I am getting the itch to get back out for longer rides. There are a lot of gorgeous carbon fiber bikes out there, but I am looking for a high-end steel bike. Not sure if I should go new or vintage, and am having a tough time figuring out where to start looking.

If you could buy any steel road frame in the world (money aside), what would it be? (Apologies if there is a thread already out there that addresses this same topic.)
Along with the great suggestions you got here, here is a recent thread that is right in line with what you want...

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ers-these-days
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Old 08-02-13, 08:23 PM
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In the biggest "waste" of money I can imagine, I'd have Dave Wages make me a stainless commuter and get rid of the aluminum piece-o-crap I use now. I have enough nice steel road bikes.
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In the biggest "waste" of money I can imagine, I'd have Dave Wages make me a stainless commuter and get rid of the aluminum piece-o-crap I use now. I have enough nice steel road bikes.
There are bigger wastes of money out there:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Orig...-/290777961832
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That's a "collectible". I want to drop $6K on just a frame so I can beat the hell out of it on the way to work. And check this, I'd make it so it is belt-drive compatible. They intrigue me.
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Then:
Something American and dripping with craftsmanship: traut, ritchey

Now:
Something american and dripping with craftsmanship: Zanc, English.

Though a bic 'Bacon would be pretty cool
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That's a "collectible". I want to drop $6K on just a frame so I can beat the hell out of it on the way to work. And check this, I'd make it so it is belt-drive compatible. They intrigue me.
That's exactly why what you want wouldn't be a waste of money
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I've never had a bike custom built for me. Never been 'fitted'. All my bikes have been used - built up to suit my taste and to in my feel anyways, fit me. I'm curious how close my estimated fit is from an experienced builders' point of view but it would be fun to find out someday. I'd choose someone who'd been at it for a long time, respected in the craft. It would be cool if I could do a few rides with him - get to know each other first and what I'd like. Then see them go to work and build me a complete bike, ready to ride.
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Just for the sake of awesome craftsmanship and art.
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I've never had a bike custom built for me. Never been 'fitted'. .... I'd choose someone who'd been at it for a long time, respected in the craft. It would be cool if I could do a few rides with him - get to know each other first and what I'd like. Then see them go to work and build me a complete bike, ready to ride.
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I found a local builder twice for custom bikes - Craig Calfee and Jon Tallerico. Nothing better than communicating face-to-face with the framebuilder and having them watch you ride (whether on the road or on a trainer).
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