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a shamelees plug...Spirito di Finocchio
Mar 19, 2002 11:34 AM
but at least its in these classifieds

y u sell? bike no run good? no want bad bike. 2 big anyway. nmmorrison
Mar 19, 2002 12:01 PM
no making room forSpirito di Finocchio
Mar 19, 2002 12:19 PM
a steel merckx. i am looking to sell all three of my bikes and build one bike and a pair of wheels with the ability to use it for road, fixed and light touring with a quick strip or change of parts for each purpose. as the shiter bosses are on the head tube of the cavalera it doesnt make it suitable.

the merckx has horizontal drop-outs, and downtube shifter bosses, slightly more relaxed geometry for longer miles and chrome that i love.

i dont race and whilst i love the bike its racer whilst im a funrider at best. im looking to go old school steel with chrome, downtube shifters and freewheel hub.

yes 4 less gears, friction shifting and 3 pounds heavier.

i would have kept it if i was going to do it justice. i also think its bound to be perfect for someone who still likes the ability for adjustment with the use of a quill stem.

i guess im going from Fred to retro-Fred.

eyewitness accounts of the frame and component condition can be had from "nigel" (a forum head) who i have ridden with.

it is stunning though and i think very good value. and the ride is pretty comfortable which i think goes down to good building. but most of all it just looks really nice.

it all has to go.

Foolish mortal. The answer is more. Always more.morrison
Mar 19, 2002 12:40 PM
Of course, maybe that's why I got a D in high school chemistry.

Sounds like it will be a nice ride.

BTW, as soon as my rogue brother returns my digital camera, I will post picture of my new fixed. It's a great ride, and I now SWEAR by the Brooks saddle. Very comfy.
sometimes true....Spirito di Finocchio
Mar 19, 2002 1:01 PM
work and passion is soon to have me moving around a bit - mostly europe. anywhere from 2 days to 2 months. putting my one bike in a good bike box and taking it with me is my dream so i can ride and tour around a little in all the places ill be visiting/working.

freelance photography - lots of time with nothing to do, but for a fews days a month i have to drop everything and go. not much coin but it suits me ok. if i could take my bike id be in heaven.

when the merckx (3 bikes in one) is built ill post some pics. i have been reading a lot of the rivendell readers and they have had some impact on me in terms of purpose and adaptability even if its older tech and heavier. the article on henry klingman really opened my eyes

good to hear your ass has found new friend. with regards to fixed riding - since building a fixed i have changed the way i feel about bikes...what a revelation. but its making me more ambitous.. hence the plans for the merckx.
iz dat u w/ da rig?morrison
Mar 19, 2002 4:44 PM
berry nice. I see you subscribe to the rivendell seat position theory. I actually have my fixed set up with a more level seat to bar position, and I like it. Rivendell makes some SWEET frames, and you've gotta love those lugs. If I did more touring / long distance type rides, I'd be interested. Unfortunately, I climbed onto this giant hampster wheel that keeps spinning faster and faster and I have to run my ass off just to keep up! (mortgage, bills, kids, credit cards, student loans (almost gone, thank god) car payments, etc.) No time for touring.

I remember the days when I could fit everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) I owned into the back of my brand new 83 Honda Civic. I love my family, but I look back on those days as some of the best I ever had.

This Sept I'm off to Spain. First vacation since honeymoon in 95. Looking VERY forward to it. Wife wants to go to Greece for Olympics. (That's where her family's from, altough you wouldn't know it by looking at my Scottish offspring) Maye a couple of trips to the continent will convert me to a touring nut.

Best of luck w/ project

no thats harry klingmanSpirito di Finocchio
Mar 19, 2002 5:33 PM
he rode a rivendell and has the fastest unsupported time for the paris -brest - paris. i just dig his set-up. apart from the fenders. 15 pounds for a superlight touring kit on top of a bike and himself. enough to camp out for 2 weeks for him - 3 to 6 days for me.

tent, sleeping bag, tools, food cooker, bags, and no extra eyelet racks, maps, clothes, shortwave radio and camera. good quality stuff thats obscured in the pic by his rain covers. the idea of it is enticing - a bit rough and smelly but hey for a few days who cares. just me, my bike and a long road.

there is an article in rivendell reader #25 on just what he takes and and wel l it works - makes me wince now when i see all those heavy laden tourers with half a house with them. you get carry all that stuff like a snail on your back.

it just totally inspired me and really made me think about what sort of biking opportunities are out there. ive spent too long thinking i was gonna go fast and didnt. now id rather go far and for a few days at a time.
re: a shamelees plug...Bigburlymtnman
Mar 19, 2002 4:14 PM
Hang on, you're selling all that for 600 bucks? Is the size (52/53) the same as a 53? If all of the above is true then I believe you have someone interested ;) thanks

no noSpirito di Finocchio
Mar 19, 2002 5:38 PM
im advertising the frame fork h/s and b/b as im parting a few things out to a few friends anf the rest to ...

for the frame/fork/h/s and bb i genuinely think whoever buys it for $600 will truly be happy with their decision. of that i am in no doubt. true, clean, straight, light, fast... blah blah blah

sadly the pics do it no justice as the bikestands and always gets positive comments. unfortunately all my riding friends are poor or the wrong size.