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What gives your bike character?

Old 04-22-08, 01:30 AM
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And the fixed Twenty got it's leather saddle... the B17 Imperial arrived last Friday.


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Old 04-22-08, 02:19 AM
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New paint. I used my Testors model paint left over from my model airplane days.





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Old 04-22-08, 02:21 AM
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lookin pretty siq
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Old 04-22-08, 08:56 AM
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Siq indeed.

Mine's got a custom bent road lever, light mounted by wire, bars wrapped in old tubes...


and my dad's name on the chainstay.


He raced it back in the early '80s and now it's been resurrected as my everyday fixed ride.
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Old 04-22-08, 09:16 AM
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Elderberry...that is my kind of ride.

Love the name on the chainstay.
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Old 04-22-08, 09:31 AM
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the swampass stain on the saddle
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Old 04-22-08, 09:53 AM
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The aesthetic interplay of the aluminum and gold plate of my hubset matches my Panerai Tourbillon


The paint transports me to "back in da day", to the 80s, where I used to deal coke in Miami.
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Old 04-22-08, 12:50 PM
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Holy ****. I feel like I was just hit by some of the tainted coke you were dealing.

nathbdp, I love that frame. It reminds me of the tuktuk's or rickshaws in Bangladesh (some of which are fixed, believe it or not).
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Old 04-22-08, 12:58 PM
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damn. that's definitely got miami coke messenger style.

and when did panerai ever make a tourbillon model? pix or shens.
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Old 04-22-08, 01:07 PM
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Originally Posted by bexley View Post
^ Wow.

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Sorry if everyone's seen this too many times. Can't turn down a request.


I want your fork.
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Old 04-22-08, 01:08 PM
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my bike has teh orgamsz

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Old 04-22-08, 01:22 PM
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I want your fork.
As long as you don't change your name to "oui", you can enter the line of people interested in this bike. The whole thing is up for sale.
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Old 04-22-08, 03:18 PM
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my bike has teh orgamsz

i see what you did there. get back to work.
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Old 04-22-08, 10:48 PM
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Originally Posted by bexley View Post
As long as you don't change your name to "oui", you can enter the line of people interested in this bike. The whole thing is up for sale.
too nice a conversion. That bike needs gears. If I were you (and I'm not...) I'd sell the frameset and keep the parts for a track frame. Actually, I'd probably keep the frameset, make it into a geared bike, and start shopping for a track frame. Regardless, anyone looking to splash out on a fixed gear probably does not want a conversion.

Where the hell did you ever find a tan Royale CX saddle? I've got one in black... gonna go on a
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Old 04-22-08, 10:59 PM
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Originally Posted by moki View Post
too nice a conversion. That bike needs gears. If I were you (and I'm not...) I'd sell the frameset and keep the parts for a track frame. Actually, I'd probably keep the frameset, make it into a geared bike, and start shopping for a track frame. Regardless, anyone looking to splash out on a fixed gear probably does not want a conversion.
Some people really want a conversion because they know it suits the kind of riding they do, even if they've got the scratch for a track bike. People like that will want a nice Columbus Marinoni.
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Old 04-22-08, 11:06 PM
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> too nice a conversion. That bike needs gears.

I know. It wasn't meant to be permanent. I got the frame when I got the frame, and I had no need for a geared ride at the time.

> If I were you (and I'm not...)

I know .

> I'd sell the frameset and keep the parts for a track frame.

I've got a new track frame, but the parts from the Marinoni aren't suited for it.

> Where the hell did you ever find a tan Royale CX saddle?

eBayzzz. I've never seen one like this and I think it'll be the only part I keep from that build.
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Old 04-22-08, 11:15 PM
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Originally Posted by imthewalrus View Post
damn. that's definitely got miami coke messenger style.

and when did panerai ever make a tourbillon model? pix or shens.


and for the record (are you paying attention, Echelon?) I don't own that hideous Colnago, a Panerai, and have never, ever dealt coke in Miami.

These is mine real tarkbikez (again, any excuse to post)

68 Pogliaghi

As you can guess, the stem is not PC. I jacked it, along with the cranks and stem from a bike a friend and I split. It's a nice stem - fillet brazed, double screw clamp, but I can feel Sante Pogliaghi's baleful glare from the Great Vigorelli in the Sky. A Cinelli or Titan would be great, but those are hard to find, especially if you're a cheapskate like me.

60s Cinelli



Nothing really out of order on this bike, unless you count the dark ano rims and modern (Silva) straps. The bike does have a lot of Beau Sausage, a little rust, but only one little dent. I guess I'm the only guy riding tubulars (apart from racers, of course) in my city. Does that count?

Samson

The bars are chop and flop Cinellis... which were all the rage in the pre-arroskpo days. The tape is held together by electrical tape and the power of prayer... I can't seem to give it up, and the money I'd have to invest in a Nitto front end has been spent many times over acquiring other bikes. The saddle is a gross patent vinyl number from my friend Jamie the Mullet. It's been killed and replaced with a red Flite, but I still miss it.
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Old 04-23-08, 02:02 AM
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Old 04-23-08, 02:32 AM
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Originally Posted by lbthomps View Post


Replaced dropouts with track ends
bolt on disc fixed gear
Hi here is my version of the replacement dropouts bolt on disk, great fun to ride I just need to stick a brake on it and try it off road.





The character of this bike would be the smile on the face of anyone riding it.
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Old 04-23-08, 03:05 AM
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Old 08-11-08, 02:23 PM
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Old 08-11-08, 02:32 PM
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-the carbon fork/seatpost (i love the way fake riders cringe when i tell them i put carbon on a steel frame)
-the stem (ti cinelli grammo pista)
-the superbe pro 165mm track cranks (high end njs without being duh about it)
-the fact that i obsessed over ever single part and aspect of this bicycle and sat with a half built ride until everything was exactly the way i wanted it without giving a millisecond of consideration to compromise
-the fact that it's a G8 of bike parts:
USA, UK, Japan, France, Italy

i really, really adore this bicycle.

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Old 08-11-08, 02:34 PM
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Hosh dang that's PRETTY!

btw ellipses have a braking surface right? I remember seeing one before and it had the grooves like how a regular mavic OP rim does
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Old 08-11-08, 02:37 PM
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yeah, it does. i try not to use them as i'm sure the anodization will wear off at some point, but i've already sorta given up on the inevitable-- i ride hills and long distances, it's simply going to happen; i'm OK with that.
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Old 08-11-08, 02:46 PM
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i've never seen spooki's bike before. all this time, i thought he was just an angry troll. but he's a angry troll with a nice bike.

(i kid, i kid.)
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