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12-21-20, 09:51 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,519
Posted By robertorolfo

Let's see it! Always cool to see their different...

Let's see it! Always cool to see their different paint schemes... and if it's the version with the sprinkles fade (not sure what else to call it), I'm going to be jealous.
Forum: Framebuilders
12-18-20, 05:33 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,870
Posted By robertorolfo

Those Battaglins aren't just special because of...

Those Battaglins aren't just special because of the design or geometry, but also because of the finish and level of quality. Is anyone in the US really putting out any quantity of bikes with that...
12-17-20, 11:56 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 829
Posted By robertorolfo

In a pinch you might be able to use a front...

In a pinch you might be able to use a front caliper on the rear (switching the direction of the pads, of course), which could give you enough extra threading to secure it with a nut.
12-16-20, 04:59 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,832
Posted By robertorolfo

I'm pretty sure I read something years ago about...

I'm pretty sure I read something years ago about Valentino Rossi slightly preferring one turn direction compare to the other, so you are in good company.
12-16-20, 02:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 829
Posted By robertorolfo

No, no, vai avanti cosi! Nothing silly about...

No, no, vai avanti cosi! Nothing silly about keeping it all Italian. Pre-skeleton Campagnolo dual pivot brakes are fairly cheap (used, online) and won't look too anachronistic on your bike. If they...
12-16-20, 01:57 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,648
Posted By robertorolfo

Oh man, I didn't mean for this to turn into a can...

Oh man, I didn't mean for this to turn into a can of worms for Tom, and of course he has quickly accepted the good advice offered here. I never got the chance to meet Tom in person, but I'm fairly...
12-15-20, 06:18 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 8,708
Posted By robertorolfo

On what used to me my regular commute home, I...

On what used to me my regular commute home, I would take the same bridge as a lot of guys that travel from Queens into Manhattan to do laps in Central Park. Granted, a lot of these guys must have...
12-14-20, 04:47 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,648
Posted By robertorolfo

Wow, really? Are we talking about the same stuff?...

Wow, really? Are we talking about the same stuff? Bright red? I'm fairly certain they only have one version of it.

Perhaps it's because I'm dealing with a larger quantity with my car (that leaks...
12-14-20, 04:25 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,648
Posted By robertorolfo

I agree, although I just used a fairly generous...

I agree, although I just used a fairly generous amount of grease on some used Zonda wheels I picked up (yes, I know, freehub vs freewheel) and it nearly silenced them completely while coasting. I'm...
12-14-20, 04:13 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,483
Posted By robertorolfo

Agreed, at least a few rides in this guy's honor,...

Agreed, at least a few rides in this guy's honor, and you may just have him smiling down on you as you go along...
12-14-20, 10:38 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,648
Posted By robertorolfo

How do you dispose of your mineral spirits when...

How do you dispose of your mineral spirits when finish with them?
12-14-20, 09:58 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,519
Posted By robertorolfo

Guess I missed this thread the first few times it...

Guess I missed this thread the first few times it popped up. Lot's of Gaps here, which I always have an eye out for. Also always keeping watch for an Astra and, a sort of grail, a Monza.

My 1989...
12-14-20, 09:17 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 8,708
Posted By robertorolfo

Exactly. My default for those statements is...

Exactly. My default for those statements is indeed always the track & field (or 'athletics') results. And they pretty much speak for themselves, even when you take into account the numerous factors...
12-11-20, 11:24 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 8,708
Posted By robertorolfo

Pretty sure he was joking. But an outdated point...

Pretty sure he was joking. But an outdated point of view is just as bad as using a term like "ok boomer," no?

And this is an entirely different can of worms, probably best discussed somewhere...
12-10-20, 06:16 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,394
Posted By robertorolfo

I was thinking about the regular black Campagnolo...

I was thinking about the regular black Campagnolo hoods (which should go well with the saddle, cables and black wall tires).

And this is my first Flite, as I wanted to try it for myself. So far...
Forum: Framebuilders
12-10-20, 05:14 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,870
Posted By robertorolfo

My impression is that most of them didn't give it...

My impression is that most of them didn't give it up voluntarily, but rather that the demand dried up. That said, this is long tradition of craftsmanship passed down among generations. It doesn't...
Forum: Framebuilders
12-10-20, 04:21 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,870
Posted By robertorolfo

Um what? Just because the info isn't relevant to...

Um what? Just because the info isn't relevant to you, doesn't necessarily make it irrelevant to everyone else.

And I quoted you because you made the statement that, "... is in the US, as is the...
12-10-20, 03:54 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,835
Posted By robertorolfo

It looks pretty tight in that combo, so what does...

It looks pretty tight in that combo, so what does it look like on the largest rear cog? Anyway, I've had the same experience: none of my setups complain about cross-chaining, even if it rarely ever...
12-10-20, 01:21 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,394
Posted By robertorolfo

Update! Well, after a move (that included a...

Update!

Well, after a move (that included a nice upgrade in workspace) and a few other distractions, I finally completed the Daccordi Opera build. I'll post some better pics when I can take them...
12-10-20, 01:02 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,835
Posted By robertorolfo

Yes, I couldn't agree more. And I think I...

Yes, I couldn't agree more. And I think I actually prefer bikes in rough shape, this way I don't have to feel guilty at all about riding them hard.



He's kinda screaming "ouch" to me in that...
Forum: Framebuilders
12-10-20, 12:19 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,870
Posted By robertorolfo

Oh man, why do I miss all the good threads? ...

Oh man, why do I miss all the good threads?



Debatable. Very debatable.



As others have said, based on your responses here not only is a frame building class in Italy (and perhaps...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-10-20, 11:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,993
Posted By robertorolfo

A little late here, but don't feel bad about...

A little late here, but don't feel bad about having these questions and doubts. Your current bike was made by one of the best, so it will have big shoes to fill.

I guess I'm just wondering why...
12-10-20, 10:18 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,835
Posted By robertorolfo

Bike looks great, and kudos for going with the...

Bike looks great, and kudos for going with the white saddle and bar tape (they looks perfect on this frame).

As for the Columbus stickers, I actually like them and would leave them. To me they...
12-10-20, 10:00 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,400
Posted By robertorolfo

Yes, I guess that's the silver lining. You...

Yes, I guess that's the silver lining. You actually have to do a little work to ride a bike, you can just sit there and mash a pedal to show off.
12-09-20, 04:53 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,400
Posted By robertorolfo

I don't know about you guys, but I kinda hate the...

I don't know about you guys, but I kinda hate the term "mancave." It sounds so lame and sad. Bikecave is perhaps a little better, as it at least differentiates itself from some space where dudes just...
12-09-20, 04:39 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,609
Posted By robertorolfo

My brother, having never used Ebay in his life,...

My brother, having never used Ebay in his life, ended up selling a cool vintage outboard motor for $1. His defense (to me telling him he was a doughnut) was that Ebay's directions suggested starting...
12-08-20, 04:17 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,598
Posted By robertorolfo

Seems like there are too many large volume "pros"...

Seems like there are too many large volume "pros" and full-timers these days, using technology to quickly snap things up before applying their useless middleman fees. And it looks like the phenomenon...
12-07-20, 07:27 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,514
Posted By robertorolfo

Not so sure about the scene, as I'm almost always...

Not so sure about the scene, as I'm almost always riding alone, but Vernon blvd is nice once you get past the main strip in LIC (going North). You get long stretches of road between lights, which is...
12-07-20, 06:04 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,514
Posted By robertorolfo

Yes, I've heard that the EL-OS is usually...

Yes, I've heard that the EL-OS is usually preferable to the standard EL, but I've also heard that a lot of EL-OS bikes came with regular Columbus EL decals until the specific EL-OS decals were...
12-07-20, 03:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 966
Posted By robertorolfo

Yes, the old 10 post barrier to entry. ...

Yes, the old 10 post barrier to entry.

Daccordi's facebook page actually has quite a few old catalogs, which are great. Found this there, but no mention of a Laser:...
12-07-20, 03:38 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,514
Posted By robertorolfo

Ha, good to see you here. I was just about to...

Ha, good to see you here. I was just about to email you, but I guess things have come full circle now.

I really did/do feel bad after seeing how passionate you were about that frame. As promised,...
12-07-20, 03:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 966
Posted By robertorolfo

Any pics or info on your frame? Is it a Laser?

Any pics or info on your frame? Is it a Laser?
12-07-20, 02:57 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,472
Posted By robertorolfo

I know you are looking to use the wheels that you...

I know you are looking to use the wheels that you have, but a nice set with the matching Chorus hubs (of course with 8sp freehub) from that period will look really nice.
12-04-20, 08:09 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,514
Posted By robertorolfo

Actually, by my count, the Somec is winning 8-0! ...

Actually, by my count, the Somec is winning 8-0!

I'm going to sleep on it, but unless I wake up tomorrow morning to the sound of Ugo De Rosa himself knocking on my door, asking to have a coffee...
12-04-20, 06:00 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,980
Posted By robertorolfo

I know exactly what you mean about staying...

I know exactly what you mean about staying focused and tuning things out, unless of course I'm stopped at a light in which case I may or may not take a glance at the business women crossing the...
12-04-20, 02:15 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,514
Posted By robertorolfo

And now the Somec: ...

And now the Somec:
https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1600x1200/183fff94_5798_47ca_a033_8645d976a935_399564e773ecc4f192b5f37102620b5977869db2.jpg...
12-04-20, 02:12 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,514
Posted By robertorolfo

Ok, let's try to get some pics going, just for...

Ok, let's try to get some pics going, just for the sake of it. Starting with the De Rosa:...
12-04-20, 01:53 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,514
Posted By robertorolfo

Yes, it is a bit complicated for sure, and indeed...

Yes, it is a bit complicated for sure, and indeed that feeling of "obligation" is what is causing the dilemma. Otherwise I'd just take a look at it in person and decide. But yeah, I like the Somec...
12-04-20, 11:15 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,514
Posted By robertorolfo

Thanks all for the advice. I've decided I will...

Thanks all for the advice. I've decided I will post a few pics (just give me a little bit, since I'm a work). In the meantime, a couple of key details below.



The problem is that he doesn't...
12-03-20, 08:38 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,676
Posted By robertorolfo

Yes! When I saw who had the listing, I rolled my...

Yes! When I saw who had the listing, I rolled my eyes because the guy seems to be such a clown. He has stuff that has been sitting there for years, unchanged and overpriced.

Let's hope someone...
12-03-20, 07:59 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,514
Posted By robertorolfo

Possible Frame Swap Advice

So I got myself into a little bit of a pickle (a good pickle), and I was curious to hear the thoughts of the good people in here.

Long story short (but I can give the longer story if you really...
12-03-20, 07:30 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,980
Posted By robertorolfo

Thanks for that link. I'm definitely going to...

Thanks for that link. I'm definitely going to check them out, and I can already see that a few of the routes pass fairly close to where I now live.

And I do know quite a few of those roads from...
12-03-20, 07:24 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,589
Posted By robertorolfo

Standing ovation for this post... ...

Standing ovation for this post...



Well, it certainly ticks all the right boxes. Lest they be accused of being out of touch...
12-03-20, 03:20 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,980
Posted By robertorolfo

Nice. If you don't mind sharing, what are some of...

Nice. If you don't mind sharing, what are some of the better North Shore spots to ride?
12-03-20, 03:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 739
Posted By robertorolfo

That's a lovely bike. What type of tubing does it...

That's a lovely bike. What type of tubing does it have? I see a newer Columbus sticker, but I can't quite read it...
12-03-20, 02:21 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,980
Posted By robertorolfo

Yeah, reading about crit races in Westbury, or at...

Yeah, reading about crit races in Westbury, or at SUNY Old Westbury, made me fantasize about what the scene must have been like back in the day. Westbury is less than 5 minutes from where I am...
12-02-20, 08:33 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,980
Posted By robertorolfo

Not to derail the thread, seriously, but a string...

Not to derail the thread, seriously, but a string is actually very useful and accurate when used correctly. Visit Rome sometime to understand the potential...
12-02-20, 05:45 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,980
Posted By robertorolfo

Wow, thanks to both of you guys. I just spent the...

Wow, thanks to both of you guys. I just spent the past half-hour reading his complete personal history on his website (so maybe I shouldn't thank you, because I'm supposed to be finish up my work for...
12-02-20, 01:04 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,980
Posted By robertorolfo

Any names you can share off the top of your head?...

Any names you can share off the top of your head? I've done a little bit of research (not a deep dive, mind you), and didn't find anything convincing. It was a while ago now, but my impression of...
12-01-20, 08:19 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,980
Posted By robertorolfo

Doug out here making me wish I lived in Niles,...

Doug out here making me wish I lived in Niles, Michigan, so I could pop into his shop with a few frames! Good stuff...
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