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5,000 miles continued- Exit Corrado, Enter Coppi Gavia(7 posts)

5,000 miles continued- Exit Corrado, Enter Coppi Gaviaboneman
Dec 14, 2003 11:18 AM
Trashed my custom steel bike last Monday and the frame is totaled. Impact was absorbed by the frame and then my body. Impact was so bad even my cleat position was significantly moved. Ribs hurt front and back, groin muscle twinge, and bruised muscle in lower back. Worst part is my left hand which I couldn't make a fist with for most of the week and the thumb's still tender.

Ahhhhh, still riding so life goes on.

I bought this Coppi Gavia new for $100 and the ITM fork cost me another $100. New headset and seat clamp set me back another $40. The rest of the parts came off the old bike. Spent most of Saturday stripping the Corrado and then building up the Coppi. Slowed down by working with only one hand that worked well but managed to get things almost done except the cables. A moment of panic when I noticed the shift lever bosses. By then I was going out for some Xmas festivities so I left it for Sunday.

Finished off the job this AM. Woke up and realised as I was surfing the net for STI or Ergopower stops that despite living in a flat, I must have some in my small box of spares. Sure enough, one of each pair.

The frame geometry is something of a mystery when it comes to seat and heat tube angles. I set up the seat height and rear set back the same as on all my other bikes but left about 10mm under the stem on the steerer just in case.

I went for a 20 mile ride and was pleasantly surprised by the ride quality after having listened to years of stories regarding Al harshness, particularly in smaller size frames. Time will tell. Steering's a bit slower than the Corrado or Litespeed, on par with the Colnago. I only powered into one turn as riding in the drops or on the hoods still hurts my thumb, but it corners nicely. Stiff in the BB as one would expect. All in all, a pleasant surprise and a quick and cheap replacement for my daily ride.
Rear triangle detailboneman
Dec 14, 2003 11:20 AM
Even at this price the stays, chain and seat, are curved. The black part is painted and all of the paint chips quite easily FWIW.
... glad to see you've ''landed on your feet''! (nm)Akirasho
Dec 14, 2003 11:53 AM
Be the bike.
The frame was $100 new? That seems really cheap...rwbadley
Dec 14, 2003 11:54 AM
for such a decent frame. Where at? (not that I need another bike) Just curious
EBay- the great online flea market (nm)boneman
Dec 14, 2003 11:56 AM
ooops...rwbadley
Dec 14, 2003 12:08 PM
Add me to the list of glad to see you made out ok. We had our big Christmas party of brewing folks here last night... I think I may have finally succeeded in polishing off that pesky last brain cell!

E-bay is pretty cool shopping. I notice it drives some prices down and others up over what I would think cost oughta be. Thanks,

RW
are you sure handlebars and stem are ok?Continental
Dec 14, 2003 6:51 PM
Sounds like a really hard impact that hurt your hand could have weakened the stem and/or bars.