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The Most Beautiful Bicycle in the History of the World...

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Old 12-10-08, 01:55 PM
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The Most Beautiful Bicycle in the History of the World...

...or not. Depending on your taste.

Anyway, I just took delivery on this early 80s Pinarello and I'm looking for ideas on how to properly dress it. My first thought: Brooks honey Team Pro saddle and matching bar tape. Swap out the Look pedals for platforms, clips and straps.

What would you do? Any and all suggestions welcome.
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Make sure it visits the track weekly, or its soul will die
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Meh. I think my gold bike is prettier.
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It IS pretty. Do the saddle and bar tape. I don't think it needs anything else, except perhaps new tires.
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that IS a hot bike. i agree that a brooks and matching bar tape will make it sexier. i know many others will also agree with clips/straps... it would make it look more original, but i don't like them myself, i really enjoy clipless, but that's just me.

is that the original seatpost? it looks kinda like a cheapo kalloy i have. anyway, if it's a cheap one, get a nice one. other than that i wouldn't change a thing!

p.s. that fork is the hottest part of that bike, imho
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I'd swap the seatpost out, something more time approp.
maybe an old polished campy one? theyre nice.
I also dont like the stem, but thats me.
whatever you do I'd say keep it period and classic.
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I can't imagine a gold bike much prettier than this. But if yours is, then it must be very pretty indeed. And I don't even like gold.

I promise to visit the velodrome often enough to keep the bike's soul intact.

And I'm not sure if the post is original or not. It - like many of the components on the bike - is an older Gipiemme part that looks nearly new. I don't think the bike's been ridden much.

And yes, it very much needs new tires.
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a more classic deep drop would look great, I'd say go cinelli criterium's, and I'd get a vintage campy seat post (not the aero only because it's showing up everywhere and that bike deserves a classic understated look). brooks sounds great swallow may be the ticket if the team pro looks too chunky on the 1" tubes. keep the tubbies with gum walls! thats a beauty! I hope my Raleigh Pro turns out that good someday. its down to frame BB and headset and hanging on the wall right now This was taken the day I scored it it was frankenstein at the time.
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Why would you put a brooks on that bike?

It probably came with a pantographed concor or turbo, so put one of those on it. The brooks will look out of place.

Catalogue page for '85 pista
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Or a nice cinelli volare

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if that's your final state of the bike then judging your saddle height ... the bike doesn't fit joo.
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While my eyes and my brain agree with the idea of a more authentic track saddle - and will look into something along those lines - my ass pretty much insists on a Brooks.
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Haven't adjusted anything yet. Just pulled it out of the box, tightened it back up with my fingers and took a picture.
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Originally Posted by Live2Die View Post
a more classic deep drop would look great, I'd say go cinelli criterium's, and I'd get a vintage campy seat post (not the aero only because it's showing up everywhere and that bike deserves a classic understated look). brooks sounds great swallow may be the ticket if the team pro looks too chunky on the 1" tubes. keep the tubbies with gum walls! thats a beauty! I hope my Raleigh Pro turns out that good someday. its down to frame BB and headset and hanging on the wall right now This was taken the day I scored it it was frankenstein at the time.
what bars are those?
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definitely no brooks.
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Thanks for the catalogue page, zacked. It shows that same Gipiemme seatpost as original.
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nice bike. voting no on brooks and leather bar tape.

i think:
deeper drops (not nitto 123's though, maybe cinelli if they'll fit)
clips & straps
nicer seatpost
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no brooks. Sure theyre comfy and look vintage but it doesnt fit the bike. I think it looks great as is.
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I can see I'm going to have to have a very long talk with my ass about this.
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Strictly to make it prettier I would source out a matching vintage fork with no drilling for brakes.

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Yikes.

Clearly, I'm going to have to change my thread title to "The 2nd most beautiful, etc...."
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The drilled fork was stock on the Amatore, I think. But I'll take undrilled under consideration, too.
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the fork is beautiful and it matches, why the **** try to find a replacement just so it doesn't have a hole in it?
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I like the black bartape. I always thought leather bar tape looked bad.

To me a brooks would look out of place on that bike. A Concor or Turbo or even a Flite would look good on there. But saddles aren't really about looks, but what doesn't hurt your taint, so go from there.
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