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Forum: Texas
12-23-19, 12:21 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,621
Posted By zbillster

Cross Greenville, Texas off your list. I did a...

Cross Greenville, Texas off your list. I did a fat tire tour of it yesterday. Not too many residential streets to ride on, and they are in awful condition. You're blocked in by heavily trafficked...
Forum: Texas
12-11-19, 11:46 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,621
Posted By zbillster

In my motorcycle days, I often would go to...

In my motorcycle days, I often would go to Bonham, between Sherman and Paris. Nice antique stores in the downtown square, flea markets on weekends, and the Sam Rayburn house tour.
Forum: Texas
12-10-19, 02:13 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,621
Posted By zbillster

I took the Santa Cruz Tallboy LTc with urban...

I took the Santa Cruz Tallboy LTc with urban tires (in anticipation of bad roads) out to explore some more small towns last weekend in North Texas.

Denison. North of Sherman just below the...
Forum: Texas
11-24-19, 08:07 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,621
Posted By zbillster

So today I took the Santa Cruz Tallboy LTc to...

So today I took the Santa Cruz Tallboy LTc to Sherman with the urban wheels with city tires ... rode around 32 miles in the central area ... boy, this town is a dump! Tar-paper shacks and rundown...
11-11-19, 06:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 853
Posted By zbillster

Nice weld on that stem! :( Wow, internal rear...

Nice weld on that stem! :(
Wow, internal rear brake cable routing?
"Made in Austria" = Puch? I know Puch supplied motorcycles under the Sears Allstate brand.
Forum: Texas
11-11-19, 12:55 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,621
Posted By zbillster

I guess I just started "gravel riding" myself...

I guess I just started "gravel riding" myself (using a full-suspension 29er) and it's really opened up a lot of riding opportunities in smaller towns without an expansive residential/secondary street...
11-08-19, 10:57 AM
Replies: 176
Views: 29,852
Posted By zbillster

I remember reading this road test as a teenager...

I remember reading this road test as a teenager ... the writer wasn't tall enough for the bike, but that wasn't going to stop him!
...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-06-19, 04:42 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,226
Posted By zbillster

Yeah, the weirdest part is the big vertical...

Yeah, the weirdest part is the big vertical pillar extension coming out of the handlebars ... an "art" scooter.
The Vespa museum is FREE and really nice. The Alfa Romeo museum really knocked me out...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-06-19, 12:34 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,226
Posted By zbillster

Kicking myself ... I had a chance to buy one on...

Kicking myself ... I had a chance to buy one on eBay a few years ago for a song ... nicely built up with Chorus I think ... finding used bikes by epic builders in my tall size is always a challenge....
Forum: Road Cycling
11-06-19, 12:16 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,226
Posted By zbillster

Here are a bunch of other reasons ... :) ......

Here are a bunch of other reasons ... :) ... https://www.flickr.com/photos/zbillster/albums
Forum: Texas
11-05-19, 04:57 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,621
Posted By zbillster

So I'm in McKinney ... :) the sprawl ain't so bad...

So I'm in McKinney ... :) the sprawl ain't so bad and I can get to empty country roads to the north pretty easily.
Actually it's like a video game ... new levels keep opening up every few months to...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-05-19, 04:49 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,226
Posted By zbillster

In case you folks haven't met the MAN himself ......

In case you folks haven't met the MAN himself ... I love this video ...

Ciocc restoration video
Forum: Texas
11-05-19, 11:46 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,621
Posted By zbillster

I kinda had a goal of relocating "somewhere else"...

I kinda had a goal of relocating "somewhere else" 20 years ago ... I just had this "I don't want a cradle-to-grave hometown" existence ... but as far as my values go and what I look for, and the fact...
11-04-19, 10:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,028
Posted By zbillster

Take it from my years of experience ... tall...

Take it from my years of experience ... tall frame photos, unless taken from a distance, ALWAYS look wonky. :/
I've looked at photos on ebay, craigslist, etc., to shop for bikes and frames in my...
Forum: Texas
11-04-19, 09:37 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,621
Posted By zbillster

As a native Texan with Brooklyn parents ... 1....

As a native Texan with Brooklyn parents ...
1. Pretty much all-season riding weather, though I often head to your Colorado for lower temps in the summer.
2. Low taxes.
3. Cheap real estate...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-04-19, 09:24 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,226
Posted By zbillster

They also post a lot of photos on Facebook:...

They also post a lot of photos on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cicli.barco/

I kinda asked if they do the building for il massimo and they kinda "winked" ... this one is a beautiful frame:...
Forum: Texas
11-04-19, 09:18 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,621
Posted By zbillster

I did a motorcycle trip to Kerrville last June...

I did a motorcycle trip to Kerrville last June and spent a few days there. Other than the main highways going through, there's not much in the way of secondary roads. You'd be at the mercy of Farm to...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-04-19, 04:40 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,226
Posted By zbillster

I got an email back from Cicili Barco ... they...

I got an email back from Cicili Barco ... they sent me geometry specs, pricing and options information. For a classic lugged frame (without chrome ... they actually do stainless instead) they seemed...
11-04-19, 02:37 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 29,852
Posted By zbillster

Here's a "before" pic for the purists ... the...

Here's a "before" pic for the purists ... the original Campy components were pretty crusty ... one tubular said "Made in USSR" ... the Rolls saddle was toast.

The original owner was taller than me...
11-03-19, 08:45 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 29,852
Posted By zbillster

Okay, I'm cleared for photos now ... this is the...

Okay, I'm cleared for photos now ... this is the initial build ... I've since taken off the rack and the Thumbie bar-end shifter self-destructed.
...
11-03-19, 07:29 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,004
Posted By zbillster

Still have mine from my teen years ... ...

Still have mine from my teen years ...

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1573x1091/crop_4760ca6c12142d312011ecc8fb82bd0596542046.jpg
11-03-19, 04:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 853
Posted By zbillster

So this is me looking disappointed one Xmas in...

So this is me looking disappointed one Xmas in 1973 ... my parents wouldn't dare go to a proper bicycle store ... if it wasn't Montgomery Wards or Sears, it wasn't bought. (Unless it was golf clubs...
11-03-19, 04:14 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 11,088
Posted By zbillster

Catalogs I've had since I was a teenager ... my...

Catalogs I've had since I was a teenager ... my "web browser" back then ... I like to read them and weep (when I look at the prices).

...
11-03-19, 04:07 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 9,939
Posted By zbillster

I got a good deal on an Oschner SL frame back in...

I got a good deal on an Oschner SL frame back in the 1990s via GVH Bikes ... it just road terribly. Sold it soon thereafter.
11-01-19, 02:08 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 29,852
Posted By zbillster

I've got a 64cm Colnago from 1986 ... it was an...

I've got a 64cm Colnago from 1986 ... it was an "attic find" by a Belgium eBayer. As soon as I pass the magical 10-post mark I can post a photo ... (sigh).
Glad there's a thread for us tall folk ......
Forum: Texas
10-31-19, 07:22 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,621
Posted By zbillster

I'm native to DFW area and attended UT Austin....

I'm native to DFW area and attended UT Austin. Here are my thoughts. Full disclosure: I'm a road biker and I HATE hill climbing.

Austin: Sure, a great mecca for off-the-wall bike shops, but the...
10-31-19, 06:26 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 11,088
Posted By zbillster

Ditto to above post ... search "flickr zbillster"...

Ditto to above post ... search "flickr zbillster" and you'll find my scans. ;)
10-31-19, 06:24 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 11,088
Posted By zbillster

I've got full scans of Palo Alto catalogs ......

I've got full scans of Palo Alto catalogs ... 1976 through 1983 ... along with Bikecology ... 1976 and 1980 ... on my flickr page. Search "flickr zbillster" and you'll find them. :)
10-31-19, 05:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,028
Posted By zbillster

Nice to see my Bikecology catalog scans making...

Nice to see my Bikecology catalog scans making the rounds. :D

That is a sweet deal ... and just my size!
Forum: Road Cycling
10-31-19, 09:53 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,226
Posted By zbillster

Excel Boulder in Colorado used to sell Bottecchia...

Excel Boulder in Colorado used to sell Bottecchia frames and built-up bikes in the mid 1990s ... along with Gios and others. And we're talking in the $500 range for frame and fork. I guess those days...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-30-19, 06:47 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,226
Posted By zbillster

I hit this thread searching for information on...

I hit this thread searching for information on Maurizio Barco frames ... I think he was making (or may still be making)IL Massimo Lugati Leggero frames, which look beautiful. I think he builds a lot...
10-29-19, 12:27 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 968
Posted By zbillster

I am SO regretting selling my Bicycling! magazine...

I am SO regretting selling my Bicycling! magazine collection from 1973 through the very early 1980s ... but then again, I had memorized them all ... because no internet browsers or decent television...
10-28-19, 10:00 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,004
Posted By zbillster

My Bikecology, Bike Warehouse (Nashbar) and Palo...

My Bikecology, Bike Warehouse (Nashbar) and Palo Alto catalogs 1976 through 1983 are on my flickr account.

Search flickr zbillster (I'm too green to be able to post links here ...but feel free to...
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