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hey, LFR(10 posts)

hey, LFRJS Haiku Shop
Jan 13, 2003 2:19 PM
cool, not mine tholonefrontranger
Jan 13, 2003 3:16 PM
Hey Haiku-baby, long time, no haiku you!

Mine is indeed an Aero AL, but it is a 48.5 c-c custom with a luscious custom 2-tone fade pearl paint job, and is still built up with Record 10, being gleefully abused by yours truly. The weekend before this past one, I was running short of daylight and took a shortcut home over 4 miles of dirt single/doubletrack. Being as it has that fabulous upright TT geometry, it's quite fun to ride down sandy, rutted dirt descents (eek!). I also rode it 9 hours and 140 miles this weekend, which is nothing to someone like MB1, but it's a lot for this wimpy roadie racer. I even took "Al" for a lap of his namesake on Saturday: the old Morgul Bismark race course; check the link for a profile:

The frame in the Ebay link is actually considerably too big for me, as the Morgul 51 is a "big" 51. I'm currently debating whether to cannibalize my poor Morgul to build up my new Dream Plus frameset or just wait for the $$ to buy the kit for the 'nag. Decisions, decisions. I might as well wait, since the Morgul has different specs on HS, BB threading and seatpost diameter; it would be cheaper just to buy the entire group at that rate.

My Morgul happens to have been hand built by Keith Nobilette which I am told is quite rare. The seller mentioned this when I bought it, and I kind of dismissed it at the time as a sales pitch. However Keith himself confirmed this (and was thrilled to see the bike in use) when I saw him at the Niwot crit last year. Not bad for an "orphan" frame I dug out of a box of MTB swingarms, so filthy and neglected that at the time I couldn't even tell what color it was.

Ironically enough, mine came with a similar dent in the seat tube; it's merely cosmetic but is an unfortunate side effect of the aero teardrop seat tube and beer-can thin Easton 7005 tubing when some @ssclown decides to clamp it into a repair stand.

I might even know who the one on Ebay belonged to. There is a big local racing club who were sponsored by Morgul Bismark for the past few years. Their Morguls were white, and I understand they've got a new frame sponsor for this year, so you'll probably see a few more of these pop up, as well as their standard Manx road frames. They are great bikes.
Jan 13, 2003 4:09 PM
Interested in an orphaned DA group (less hubs)?

Jan 13, 2003 8:42 PM
thanks Doug, that's really tempting and I'm sure your price would be reasonable too... all except for the part where we are an utterly Shimano-free household (5, count them 5 road bikes wearing C-10). I don't have any compatible wheels, tho they do all have Shimano cassette bodies now that I think about it.
I understandDougSloan
Jan 14, 2003 7:12 AM
I'm going all Campy, too. I have wheels, too, btw.

Doug' e-mail me about your D-A group.........davet
Jan 13, 2003 10:10 PM

will do nmDougSloan
Jan 14, 2003 7:13 AM
Nobilette Keith? or Mark??Picshooter
Jan 13, 2003 5:59 PM

Did you mean Mark Nobilette?
Jan 13, 2003 8:38 PM
Tho I could swear he said Keith. I'm a crackhead about names and wouldn't remember mine except people shout it at me all day. He was introduced to me by someone who knew him and rode for their sponsored team, and he is indeed the original hand builder of my bike. I do remember the Nobilette part. He even remembered taking the order and who it was originally for.
Nobilette ??? ... what an unfortunate nameSpirito
Jan 14, 2003 6:10 AM
sounds like something that would be discreetly advertised as a "personal battery operated massage unit" marketed specifically for women.

perhaps i felt slighted whilst reading about them in crappy doctor's reception room womens specific 'zines where they could have had a few crappy mens magazines for me to read with ferrari's, porsche's and viagra.

oh well ....