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postcards from a man in love .....(30 posts)

postcards from a man in love .....Spirito
Aug 15, 2002 10:11 PM
just introducing my new "friend" to the scenery that lies at the end of the earth (well until NJ anyway).

mostly around my 'hood and the beauty is that there is never anyone around.
stare long enough .......Spirito
Aug 15, 2002 10:15 PM
and you may see true enlightenment .... well not really but the overpass is a place with oodles of patina. usually empty other than a few crackheads and the obligatory cop car with friendly officers.
That is a great shot!(nm)Cartman
Aug 16, 2002 9:51 AM
how 'bout we visit a cheap motel ....Spirito
Aug 15, 2002 10:17 PM
well .... not that cheap.
Dude! Nice! (nm)collinsc
Aug 15, 2002 10:23 PM
boutique shoppingSpirito
Aug 15, 2002 10:20 PM
but with no credit we didn't get very far.
this gallery is always openSpirito
Aug 15, 2002 10:24 PM
i wonder if tullio was an engineer what sort of bridge he would build.
Nice photo....nmrwbadley
Aug 16, 2002 7:24 AM
Incredible shot (nm)js5280
Aug 16, 2002 9:13 AM
Awesome Pic - send it to meWhipper
Aug 16, 2002 10:03 AM
That would make some great wallpaper for my computer.
This is one FANTASTIC photo!DavidS
Aug 16, 2002 8:15 PM
and i see alot of pictures, I own a photo loab.

-David S
okay, okay, ... its not coney islandSpirito
Aug 15, 2002 10:27 PM
but it is very much the tunnel of love :-)

for those who just want the money shots
Spirito "sweet as a pearl" 8/15/02 9:01pm

che bella !!!

there's a light! I see the light!cyclopathic
Aug 16, 2002 3:53 AM
I'm surprised you went with ergo bend bars 8-P nice pics!
re: why don't you do a series entitled...Akirasho
Aug 15, 2002 11:58 PM
Where's Eddy?" or something to that effect?

We abide.

Remain In Light.
Maybe it's just my insanity coming out....MXL02
Aug 16, 2002 4:57 AM
but I'd love those photos in a coffee table book. They are beauties. Great job! Are we cyclists obsessed or what? in arms...JS Haiku Shop
Aug 16, 2002 5:44 AM
ah, spirito, those red rims and the regal really set her off. i'd post the most recent incarnation of her identical twin, but she's dressed for the long haul right now, and taking a pic of that same sultry steel steed complete with aero bars and seatpost-mounted bottle cages might steal her soul.

fyi, red & black marble tape goes nice, too.

what size are you riding? that's not a 57, is it? looks smaller.

my pearl 'bro .....Spirito
Aug 16, 2002 5:59 AM
yeah its a 53 x 54.5. hence stretching it out a bit with the stem and seatpost but it was the only other and your frame would have been a bit too big. there wasnt a 55 for me.

it fits well though but after a steady diet of square and upright italian frames it feels a little odd to start - still feels eager and i like the steering/damping and also the low bb.

your right about the paint. pearl is something else - depending on the light it ranges from almost silver to a rich gold.

cheers 'bro

I'm not given to hypebole ...scottfree
Aug 16, 2002 6:45 AM
but that may be the prettiest bike I've ever seen.
ain't it, tho? (nm)JS Haiku Shop
Aug 16, 2002 10:11 AM
re: postcards from a man in love .....Andy M-S
Aug 16, 2002 7:04 AM
Hey! That is the lighthouse from the children's story "The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge," isn't it?
dont know .... manhattan side of the G/Washington bridge NmSpirito
Aug 16, 2002 7:11 AM
Would you be kind enoughsn69
Aug 16, 2002 9:20 AM
to share a list of the components, specs and sizes of your new love? She is a beaut, and now you've got me rummaging around in eBay looking for a neat, retro project bike.

PS--My wife is going to hate you.

there is a description on the retro forum ...Spirito
Aug 16, 2002 10:07 AM
closer pics and a rundown of the specs
Spirito "sweet as a pearl" 8/16/02 9:45am

the only things i didn't mention is the crankset is campy c-record as are the friction shifters, the front derailleur is a daytona, pedals veloce pro-fit, i used a chorus headset as it is all silver and i couldn't see the diff between this and the record apart from price and a few grams. the stem is a nitto technomic deluxe (rivendell) which is not as long as a regular technomic but still allows me to hike the bars up as the frame is a little small (will also come in handy for touring and city riding in general).

the bottom bracket is a campy track item with a carbon sleeve as its the same width (111mm) and taper as the original loose ball and cup c-record item. the record triple is very close in size but shifts the drive side over a touch as its asymmetrical. the loose ball track bb is no longer made and i wasnt keen to use a used bb in a new frame.

the frame is columbus brain and has oversized top and down tubes as well as fat chainstays.

the hardest part to find was the c-record high flange hubs NOS and i was close to buying a pair of phil woods.

your wife shouldnt hate me though as all up cost is similar to a garden variety bike and apart from the cranks is new. it might lack a few gears and weigh a few pounds more but it looks more expensive than it really is.

Ohhhh, very nice stuff. Smooth as Tennessee whisky.MB1
Aug 16, 2002 9:35 AM
Sweet as Strawberry Wine.
As warm as a glass of brandy,
Stay stoned on your love all the time.

David Allen Cole
cheers .....Spirito
Aug 16, 2002 10:21 AM
i thought youd like this one with Grants Tomb. its at the end of my street and i pass it each time i head out for a ride and again when i return.

Aug 16, 2002 10:26 AM
When I first moved to DC we rode all over town looking for Grants Tomb. We saw a lot but.....
Nice shot. Say, is someone burried in there? (nm)djg
Aug 16, 2002 10:27 AM
someone, but i don't know who. (nm)rufus
Aug 16, 2002 11:01 AM
really, really, really, really nicetarwheel
Aug 16, 2002 10:33 AM
... as my daughter would say. You artistic abilities show not only in the photographs but in the way you've set up the Merckx. Eddy would be proud of you. Did you take these shots with a digital cam or a regular 35 mm? Great compositions and lots of depth of field. You could be the Martha Steward of bike fashion. Will you help me accessorize my new bike if I ever locate a Merckx frame?
Nice buff on the C-record should have never sold mine on Ebay!VO2_max
Aug 16, 2002 2:25 PM