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Zieleman 08-17-13 02:00 PM

I love picking up the new bike!
 
Of course since my last purchase I decided to put N+1 in the freezer and be satisfied with what I already have. But that's obviously unrealistic, especially when an offer comes around one cannot refuse.

So I picked up today, my first C&V bike that's NOT Dutch. Guess what, it's from the US of A:

Specialized Allez Epic with full 7-speed Campy Athena gruppo
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3671/9...d3dec072_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7385/9...1be3664c_c.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7385/9...17353fec_c.jpg

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5484/9...b21960f6_c.jpg

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Picked it up in Dordrecht and rode it back home to Amsterdam, while getting lost almost every couple of km's. But I wasn't in a hurry anyway.

Zieleman 08-17-13 02:06 PM

The weather was superb: 25 centigrade and with Aeolus on my side I had a pretty strong tailwind all the way home.
http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2853/9...4487829b_b.jpg

Must have seen a hundred windmills
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3752/9...ea3bab53_b.jpg

Took a ferry to cross the river Lek:
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3831/9...9dbc6a41_b.jpg

Someone else got lucky as well today
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3792/9...e4d9743e_b.jpg

Zieleman 08-17-13 02:12 PM

Wanna see some Dutch roads?

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7353/9...57b314c9_b.jpg
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3711/9...e8d79ae6_b.jpg

Wasn't allowed to take it inside the bakery store:
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Zieleman 08-17-13 02:20 PM

I know, I know, it's all FLAT. After last weeks 170km in the Belgium Ardennes I was happy to have some flat roads to consume. Speaking of consuming: When I had about 30km to go I started to feel very hungry. Just a minute later I saw this on the side of the road:
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3695/9...7fe1f1c6_b.jpg

Seven lolly pops which used to be my favourite when I was a youngster. Five were still ok and I may not be a guy who takes his food off the tarmac, but this felt like a gift from above

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7371/9...18fa01c4_b.jpg

I ate those things within 5 minutes. It was enough to get me to my goal, the local pub.
http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2864/9...0ef82e47_b.jpg

All in all a perfect day for sure. Only flaw was that my buttocks are not best friends with turbo saddles, but it'll live through I guess.

bikemig 08-17-13 02:29 PM

Nice bike and I'm a big fan of turbo saddles! Great, great pics and fun story. Not quite sure about lollipops and beer but what the heck gotta try something new when it comes to getting hydrated and your sugar level up once in in a while, ;). So I used to live in a small village near Putten and your pics bring back some great memories.

jish1969 08-17-13 02:39 PM

That is one nice lookin' ride!

Zieleman 08-17-13 02:49 PM

Thanks! I was around Putten a couple of weeks ago, on a trip with my gf to Hoenderloo. Took a couple of pics of the ride and I'll post them here if you like.

On the bike: Surprising how good the ride is. Almost like steel, it's not superstiff, but not as flexible as a chinese gymnast in training for the olympics. Feels a little lighter, but since I won't be climbing any mountains around here that's not going to be of any help.

The condition of the components is amazingly new, almost nos. The guy selling it (wearing a real redneck type mullet btw) told me it was his boss' bike who rode it twice and when he got it for a song he himself rode it five times. These were not marathon rides I suppose. The inner chainring had never touched a chain untill I took it easy today. The tubular Campy Omega rims have 22 year old Specialized 20mm tires mounted, of which I was a little scared they wouldn't hold even though they look absolutely brandnew. They don't look very highend though.
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5338/9...132ced17_b.jpg
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Nice detail is the lbs-sticker IMO
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Italuminium 08-17-13 02:49 PM

Score!! Beatiful bike. Your appartment must be pretty crowded by now:)

kflagg 08-17-13 02:54 PM

very nice! your very lucky to live in such a beautiful place :thumb:

Elev12k 08-17-13 03:33 PM

Very nice report of the collection of this mint N+1 bike. Thanks. Lucky guy you were with the lollipops. I usually have to do with road kill :rolleyes:

http://modernreject.com/wp-content/u.../road-kill.jpg

bikemig 08-17-13 03:33 PM

If you lived a little closer, I'd swap you for that turbo saddle. Sure post some putten pics. I liked riding in the Veluwe as well.

Chicago Al 08-17-13 03:52 PM

Great story and pictures. Some of the pics look very familiar, at least generally. I know that my wife and I took a ferry over the Lek, maybe the same one, when touring in 2011. In fact it was a similar series of pictures (by Elev12LK) that had inspired my idea of us taking an 'easy' bike tour in the NL. We went Haarlem-Leiden-Delft-Gouda-Schoonhoven-Amersfoort-Amsterdam...at a much easier pace than yours obviously. Thanks for bringing back the happy memories. And cheers on the new vintage ste...er...bike.

shoota 08-17-13 03:56 PM

Gotta love lugged carbon, damn that is a sexy bike. I would wonder how much it weighs.

afilado 08-17-13 03:57 PM

Good looking!

I rebuilt the same frame with all Mavic. I like mine a lot. There's a certain freshness about the ride. I described it as a high class steel with a touch of wood. And, I agree with you, it's plenty stiff enough for what it is today - a performance-capable pleasure ride.

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...bon?highlight=

Fine examples are collectible, as far as I'm concerned.

J

northbend 08-17-13 04:51 PM

Nice score and and a great ride home to top it off! Congratulations.
I have fond memories of Holland. I spent some time in Hovelaken on a temporary work assignment. Beautiful countryside

Gary Fountain 08-17-13 04:59 PM

What a nice bike and such a fantastic ride into the Dutch countryside. I wish I was there to ride along with you. Fine windmills, fine food and drink as well. What a pity you weren't able to take a photo inside the bakery - I suppose you can't give away industrial secrets though.

shoota 08-17-13 05:02 PM

Is the fork alloy? This would be one of the few vintage frames a carbon fork would look right at home on.

RubberLegs 08-17-13 05:26 PM

I would be a bit afraid to take something that had been sitting....and just jump on the road with it....GLAD you made it home, some beautiful riding there.

Zieleman 08-17-13 05:34 PM


Originally Posted by Chicago Al (Post 15971457)
Great story and pictures. Some of the pics look very familiar, at least generally. I know that my wife and I took a ferry over the Lek, maybe the same one, when touring in 2011. In fact it was a similar series of pictures (by Elev12LK) that had inspired my idea of us taking an 'easy' bike tour in the NL. We went Haarlem-Leiden-Delft-Gouda-Schoonhoven-Amersfoort-Amsterdam...at a much easier pace than yours obviously. Thanks for bringing back the happy memories. And cheers on the new vintage ste...er...bike.

Thanks Alan! The ferry was actually at Schoonhoven, cost me 65cents. It's a small world innit? Well, let's just say The Netherlands is kinda small ;)

Zieleman 08-17-13 05:37 PM


Originally Posted by shoota (Post 15971628)
Is the fork alloy? This would be one of the few vintage frames a carbon fork would look right at home on.

I think I like the alloy fork. Like the chrome ones on proper steel bikes, this frame has alloy lugs&fork. Quite striking IMO.

Zieleman 08-17-13 05:42 PM


Originally Posted by RubberLegs (Post 15971683)
I would be a bit afraid to take something that had been sitting....and just jump on the road with it....GLAD you made it home, some beautiful riding there.

I was scared for sure. But I've done worse, riding a bike from '78 with tubulars the same age through dirt roads and such. I was euforic that I made it all the way back. That beer was a GOOD one :beer:

Zieleman 08-17-13 05:52 PM


Originally Posted by afilado (Post 15971468)
Good looking!

I rebuilt the same frame with all Mavic. I like mine a lot. There's a certain freshness about the ride. I described it as a high class steel with a touch of wood. And, I agree with you, it's plenty stiff enough for what it is today - a performance-capable pleasure ride.

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...bon?highlight=

Fine examples are collectible, as far as I'm concerned.

J

I get what you mean by the touch of wood. It sort of absorbs bumps very different in comparison to steel. Steering is amazing as well, though that could be due to the nice headset.

Chombi 08-17-13 06:03 PM

YAY! another new member of the C&V CF bike club!:thumb:
Congratulations on the new aquisition!
Note everyone, that his Epic did not spontaneously asplode when he rode it home!:beer:

Chombi 08-17-13 06:17 PM

[QUOTE=Zieleman;15971225]Of course since my last purchase I decided to put N+1 in the freezer and be satisfied with what I already have. But that's obviously unrealistic, especially when an offer comes around one cannot refuse.

So I picked up today, my first C&V bike that's NOT Dutch. Guess what, it's from the US of A:

Specialized Allez Epic with full 7-speed Campy Athena gruppo
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3671/9...d3dec072_b.jpg

/QUOTE]
I wouldn't change a thing on that bike! It just looks so right to me, even the aluminum forks as most of them had them. CF forks kinda came in a little later.
But I guess I'm kinda biased. because I have such a similar bike::rolleyes:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y44...psbb1e7b53.jpg
Best handling but also one of the most comfortable bikes I have!

Zieleman 08-17-13 06:26 PM


Originally Posted by Chombi (Post 15971841)
I wouldn't change a thing on that bike! It just looks so right to me, even the aluminum forks as most of them had them. CF forks kinda came in a little later.
But I guess I'm kinda biased. because I have such a similar bike::rolleyes:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y44...psbb1e7b53.jpg
Best handling but also one of the most comfortable bikes I have!

Wow, that's an amazing looking Alan, Chombi! Is it all Mavic? And the stem/seatpost?

Chombi 08-17-13 06:48 PM

Actually a mixed group on the bike,
French: Mavic 851 SSC derailleurs and retrofridtion shifters, Sedis narrow chain, Look Keo Classic pedals (Having a French Mavic derailleurs and shifters on an Alan Carbonio isn't so far fetched, as "Lucho" Herrera of team Cafe Columbia raced a Carbonio in the TDF with a full Mavic SSC group on it in the 80's).
Swiss: Edco Competition BB and crankset, Weinmann Delta brakeset
Italian: Gipiemme aero seatpost, Miche Primato needle bearing headset, ITM Europa bars and clamshell type stem (don't know the model name). Regina CX 7 speed FW. Campagnolo Record SF hubs, Selle Italia Turbo perforated saddle.
Japan: Hoshi bladed SS spokes
US: Blackburn race bottle cage.
Don't know what the aero arrowhead section rims are, but they could be mid 80's Mavic or Wolber tubular rims of some sort. The custom wheel builder removed the labels on the rims when he built them, I suspect, in the mid to late 80's.
Despite the melange of components, surprisingly, it was the quickest build I have ever done as everything just kinda went together really easy and they all work together really nice on the bike. The bike rides so quiet that it's almost feels eery sometimes.

shoota 08-17-13 08:30 PM

Sheesh guys I didn't say I would change the fork (but I could) just that a carbon fork would look more at home on this frame than most others..

cbresciani 08-17-13 09:39 PM

Nice looking bike, I had the Guerciotti version of it. Still looking for one to replace it.

pullup 08-18-13 12:44 AM

Great looking bike Don, it almost looks new, and again you picked a great day to ride it home. :thumb:

non-fixie 08-18-13 03:22 AM

Hey, I recognise some of those roads! Really sorry I missed your message yesterday - and seeing the bike in the flesh. (I have this HUGE Chinese smartphone these days that I get tired of lugging around all day - kinda doesn't work that way, does it? :(). I trust Dochters treated you well.

I like the bike. Since Chombi's Lineseeker landed in this forum I've become aware of the sort of 'techno-elegance' of these lugged CF bikes. Maybe I should ride my recently acquired Cadex 980C to Amsterdam so we can compare notes. (If only on certain daughters)


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