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Starting the OFFICIAL Steel club.

Old 06-30-22, 06:14 AM
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Guess it's been awhile so I can do a little update.

The Olmo is completed:




As is the David Kirk built Fishlips bike.



The Softride has been sorted out with some tasteful upgrades that turned it into my fastest bike.



Then I picked up a modern remake of the classic 1930's path racer, a Pashley Guv'nor. It's so comfortable and fun to ride!



I also picked up another Raleigh Team USA for the supercool paint job. I've run it in both road and "gravel" configuration.


Nice cushy 700 x 27 Veloflex tubulars with Suntour Superbe parts.


Fat 700 x 36 CX tires on Fulcrum Racing 1 wheels and it has an old "suspension" saddle on it now that's not in this picture.

And finally this beast of a steel bike that's pretty much an amazingly designed wonder bike with all sorts of shaped tubing. This thing is a rocket for sure even though I'm still sorting it out.

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That Coppi has to ride like a brick. Sweet looking, butt Ouch!
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Ritchey Road Logic RB. 2015+ Chorus 11 with a pre-2015 Record 11 chainset. Love the HED Belgium R rims but they make for a heavy set of wheels. With my Shamals the RB it right around 17.25 lbs, but around 18.5 lbs with the Belgiums.
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Originally Posted by RGMN View Post
Ritchey Road Logic RB. 2015+ Chorus 11 with a pre-2015 Record 11 chainset. Love the HED Belgium R rims but they make for a heavy set of wheels. With my Shamals the RB it right around 17.25 lbs, but around 18.5 lbs with the Belgiums.
What bars do you have?
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What bars do you have?
Ritchey Carbon Streem. They look a bit funny with the new bartape I put on - I couldn’t get it to lie flat without a huge amount of overlap on the bend between the tops and the brake hoods so there’s a lot of bar tape thickness in the bend.

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I have 2 bottle cages now.
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Originally Posted by TiHabanero View Post
That Coppi has to ride like a brick. Sweet looking, butt Ouch!
Not at all, it's quite good and smoking fast. Get it around the mid 20 mph range and it just seems to take off on it's own while the pedaling effort seems to ease off.

Of course that is a mountain bike saddle on it so maybe that's why it's comfortable, LOL! That and the cushy Veloflex tires.

I have had harsh riding bikes that I needed to smooth out with fatter tires, Fizik Kurves saddles, etc. This one just feels light and smooth under me. I haven't needed to play with the setup at all and I ride on some pretty crappy chipseal roads.
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Of course that is a mountain bike saddle on it so maybe that's why it's comfortable, LOL! That and the cushy Veloflex tires.
The fact that you have an mtb saddle on there is news to me. Definitely jot an 'of course' moment for this guy. It looks like a saddle.
I haven't really considered saddles to be road or mtb. For that matter, cx and gravel also aren't saddle categories in my mind.

I don't know what makes a saddle be categorized as a road, cx, or mtb saddle. I figure the shapes are really in the end just different in order to accommodate each of our unique posteriors.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
The fact that you have an mtb saddle on there is news to me. Definitely jot an 'of course' moment for this guy. It looks like a saddle.
I haven't really considered saddles to be road or mtb. For that matter, cx and gravel also aren't saddle categories in my mind.

I don't know what makes a saddle be categorized as a road, cx, or mtb saddle. I figure the shapes are really in the end just different in order to accommodate each of our unique posteriors.
Well, that was a tongue in cheek comment mostly although it really is categorized as a MB saddle. I got it mainly because the yellow color with blue logo and trim matched the look of the bike. And the few Avocets I've have are all quite comfortable. For me saddles are defined by comfortable vs uncomfortable. Any other "label" doesn't matter.
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Cross-posted from Miyata thread.

1984 Miyata 710 frame powdercoated, built up as 1x11 with 105 R7000 shifters, brakes and hubs, Deore XT M8000 11-40T cassette, GRX RX812 RD. Cranks are from NOS 105 FC-1055 with 42T Wolf Tooth ring.









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Originally Posted by Hocam View Post
Little do the Italians know, but orange is faster than red.

That's been a well known secret for centuries.


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I meant to say decades.
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My good sir, what a fine collection of bicycles you have!
Got any more photos of the Zullo?
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I meant to say decades.
I took it to mean century rides.
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Black Mountain Cycles Road, with Whisky fork

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I made the Cross Check a bit more Roadish and added a Whisky no. 7 fork
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Orbea Spirit, 2005

After a couple of years trying to make a Specialized Diverge my do-it-all bike, I really wanted to get back on a real road bike. I like tinkering and rebuilding, so my summer plan was to get a quality steel frame with 130 dropouts that fit me well, and separately to find a quality 10 speed groupset, then build it up into my dream bike. I thought the whole project would approach $1000 and take a few months. But, a few weeks ago, this appeared on the market near me:

We met at a Sinclair station a couple hours from my home. The owner had built it up when it was new.
It is a 2005 Orbea Spirit, built with Columbus Spirit tubing, with a Campagnolo Chorus Carbon 10 speed groupset, Zeus carbon fork and seatpost, and Mavic Open Pro rims. And it was way, way less than budgeted for the frame and groupset!


After some messing around with it to make it more suitable to me - older and fatter than the guy who built it - IFL this bike. Swapping in a 50/34 crank I had made the gearing pretty good for me, so I'll probably hunt down a prettier one someday. My preferred Fabric Line saddle. New Open Pro UST wheels with GP 5000s; 28mm just does fit. For a test, I put the stock handlebar from the Diverge on there and like the reach and drop, so will find a suitable keeper bar soon. It weighs a hair over 19 lbs as you see it.

It's an interesting bike. Columbus Spirit came out in 2004 and Orbea tried this model for just one year. The tubes are so thin and of such a variety of shapes, I had to use a magnet to persuade myself it was steel. It does ride like steel, though, if maybe a bit stiffer than others I've had. I'm well below budget, with a better frame than I had hoped to find and a great groupset (once I get used to those damn thumb shifters things!).

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