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Italy...like a beautiful woman, Sexy but costs too much and wants everything her way

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Old 04-13-08, 06:31 PM
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Italy...like a beautiful woman, Sexy but costs too much and wants everything her way

I'm working on building my Raleigh back up to it's '71 specs but I'm realizing why I love and hate Italian stuff so much! First, I have to wait 2 weeks to get lockrings or cogs ordered for my Campy hub since no one carries this stuff in stock anymore, because it only take campy, Miche, or Phil threading. Which also means I'm paying lots of scrilla and don't have options like EAI or the like. Second, Italy is a wonderful place and they sure do make stunningly beautiful things but they do everything different, Take the Cinelli stem and Bars for example, Cinelli feels that 26.4 clamp diameter is for some reason better than 26 or 25.4 so I am left with only Cinelli options for bars or stems, once again I pay a ton of money and have almost no options. As I run into frustrations and huge price tags for this build I stand back and look at the bike and realize it is one of the best looking bikes I've ever seen and then I ride her and all of my frustrations with Italian beauty goes right out the window. Any one else share my sentiments over Campy, Cinelli etc? However, I think now I should be able to handle anything Italian like Kartika Luyet for instance... Does
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1.EAI lockrings are italian threaded.

2.Cinelli also makes 26.0 bars and stems.

3.that woman is clearly french as she has no moustache (talk about people with proprietary standards)
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1. Touche
2. This is true in 1990 they switched however I am trying to return the bike as close to spec as I can which would mean early 70's not post 90's
3. Mustache = Nasty and lets be honest no way in Hell I can handle anything but an Italian Bike part.
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3.that woman is clearly french as she has no moustache (talk about people with proprietary standards)
french women can have moustaches....in fact they shave very little on their body
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yes, please!
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