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Old 03-09-12, 10:05 AM
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anyone with experience on a 2009 Taiwan BOTTECCHIA?

this is all I know about it
•SHIMANO 105 (Made in Taiwan)
•58cm
•with accessories (bike pump, water bottle, and a lock)
•in good condition
asking price $400
pics here: http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/bik/2891697510.html

I'm going to see it after work. I have yet to get a bike with brifters and I finally found a used one my size that I can afford. I'm 53 (formerly fit) 230 lbs (lately ugh)
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thanks, I seriously need to get back on the bike, this new desk job is killing me, ugh
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Ottavio Bottecchia was a 2x winner of the TDF in the 1920s. One of his major competitors during that time said, "The man's a peasant, but man can he climb."

The bike looks good at a fair price. Aluminum w/a carbon fork and 105 comps. Get on it!
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For some reason the words "Taiwan" and "Bottecchia" don't seem to go together.
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Originally Posted by recumbenttoad View Post
For some reason the words "Taiwan" and "Bottecchia" don't seem to go together.
Name was purchased by Giant. Same quality. Better Taiwan than the mainland, that's for sure.
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got it for 360, since the ad is down here is a stock photo
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Taiwan bike factories do as good a job as the contract written specifications asks them to do.
including what hijacked name is painted on them.
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got it for 360, since the ad is down here is a stock photo
Nice buy! Now get out and ride it!

Afa the slam above. Do your research. The cycling companies like Motobecane, Gitane, Raleigh, Schwinn, etc. were all dead in the water until revived by Giant w/good to high quality products. The founder King Liu(do an internet search) genuinely cares about cycling and didn't want the names to die. Sure, it was/is a shrewd business move, but a quality product is a quality product regardless of what 'hijacked name' is slapped on the paint job.

My Motobecane CX commuter has English standard threads on the bb and came from BD. After almost 4 years and 22,000+ commuter/utility miles I don't care who made it. It's saved me alot of money.
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taking it to my LBS tomorow for a checkup/tuneup such as spoke tensioning. also the stem wiggles in the head tube. the seller tightened the allen screw before my test ride but it is loose again so I want a tech to check it out. I'm also new to clipless so I need a little explanation about what type of pedals I have and what shoes to buy. the seller just told me he has the original pedals and manual so that will be interesting to get. it has 23s and I'm used to 28s so tires are on the short list. pretty sure I'll have to drill out the rims to fit shrader valves. I'll get my brooks on it and figure out how to mount a rear rack without mounting holes.

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...pretty sure I'll have to drill out the rims to fit shrader valves.
Check everything closely before drilling. If it has the rims in the stock pic, there may not be enough room to use shraders and, even if there is, you you may have issues getting tubes with long enough valve stems to clear the rim. Presta to shrader adapters might be a better option.
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taking it to my LBS tomorow for a checkup/tuneup such as spoke tensioning. also the stem wiggles in the head tube. the seller tightened the allen screw before my test ride but it is loose again so I want a tech to check it out. I'm also new to clipless so I need a little explanation about what type of pedals I have and what shoes to buy. the seller just told me he has the original pedals and manual so that will be interesting to get. it has 23s and I'm used to 28s so tires are on the short list. pretty sure I'll have to drill out the rims to fit shrader valves. I'll get my brooks on it and figure out how to mount a rear rack without mounting holes.
Whoa, man don't do that. The above poster is right. Presta to schrader valve adaptors are about 2.00USD. The spoke channel maye be too thin to allow for the base of the schrader valve to seat, anyway. Not to mention compromising the intergrity of the rim strength.
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modern bike, old fashioned valves. doesn't make sense.
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