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Too Slow...Here's a classic pic. How was Christmas???wspokes
Dec 30, 2002 5:21 AM
Christmas brought a fresh 6 or so inches of powder to the surrounding woods allowing for several enjoyable days of cross country skiing in the quiet serenity around my home! I got some sierra trading post long sleeve merino undershirts which are ideal for cool/cold weather riding and skiing. I also got a very nice balaclava/5 in 1 hood. Both gifts from my girlfriend and this marks the first time she has opening endorsed any of my hobbies! Very good sign. I got her a new bike seat so she can ride with me in comfort!

I also got myself a few gifts of classic items. Now it is time to curb the expenditure and work on the actual projects! How did everyone else make out this year?
Curb the expenditure and start the projects? Oh, no...cory
Dec 30, 2002 8:49 AM
My wife just raised the possibility the other day that maybe it's time to stop buying things to finish all those jobs and start doing the actual jobs... I'd rather just leaf through the catalogs and e-mail out the orders. Even memorized my credit card number this year.
Bike-wise, though, I scored a set of Woolywarm armwarmers, a Woolywarm jersey in a nicely contrasting color and a Rivendell Hobo Bag for the handlebars, which is way cooler than I expected (though it's hard to see $75 there). And close to a foot of snow, which means I'm just bumbling around on the singlespeed at halftime of the football games. Managed to get in nearly six miles last week...
snow and outingswspokes
Dec 30, 2002 9:52 AM
About 10 years ago I got XC skis to offset the Pa, northeastern winters...about the same time the winters tapered off to allow only a few days of skiing! Go figure! So I started crossing it around the golf courses and fields. I have a retro-fitted early 90s Bianchi lugged cross bike set up quite strangely but super comfy and great performer just for this type of weather! Amazing when you go out, sweat hard and feel completely tired, look down to see you covered about 5 miles! Who else out there pushes there retro machines out into the cruel cold world?
It is slow here, how about some project updates.desmo
Dec 30, 2002 2:07 PM
My Italvega Superlight is ready to go back together if I ever get the frame back from the pin-striper. Brought it to him about a month ago to fill in the lettering on the decals that were all scratched up. Damn "artists", wadda ya goin a do!

Anyway, tracked down some NOS white Campy brake hoods, and some wider Cinelli 64's, although had to go with later logos. Rebuilt the high flange wheelset that came with the bike and polished out the hubs. Glued on a fresh pair of Conti Sprinters. For xmas I treated myself to a Ti rail Regal saddle in red leather from Richard Sachs. Been pouring here so over the weekend I took the "drillium" a bit further and poked holes in the the shift levers and rear der. cage. Also added some red Bullseye jockey wheels while I had it apart. All the other parts have been scrubbed, Simichromed, lubed and ready for install. Next report when assembled. Anyone else out there making any progress?
project updates. Hummah hah, How is the garage?wspokes
Dec 31, 2002 4:42 AM
Hmmm, progress is at a halt here! I started home improvements. Which reminds me, Hummah Hah, how is the garage turning out??

My projects:
I am getting some decals for the Charlie Gibb. I got all the parts and I am awaiting spokes to come in so I can build up the Baylis-Wiley and Philips Hubs onto the Connloy rims. I am going to sit down and polish everything soon. I also have a high flange campy record hubset I am building up on some modern Campy montreal rims that will grace the Aquilla as a single speed eventually. And the Razesa is still sitting in a semi-state. I recently saw a wonderful zeus saddle up on ebay but withheld because of funds. And that's where all my projects are at! on hold pretty much.
The wiring is 90% complete ...Humma Hah
Jan 3, 2003 7:03 AM
I installed a 50-amp 240V subpanel, two 20A GFCI-protected utility receptacle branch circuits, a panel surge-arrester to protect the rest of the house from surges produced by power tools, a 15 A lighting branch, and reserve capacity for something like a small welder.

There are receptacles practically within arm's length of any spot in the garage, especially on the workshop side. The original two 60W ceiling bulbs have been replaced by 22W compact flourescents that produce dazzling white light equivalent to 300W incandescent, and I've added circuits for track lighting above the bike stand and a shop light above the workbench, to eliminate any shadows.

Shelving is going in on the finished wall adjoining the house, and insulation is ready to go in on the side walls.
Jan 6, 2003 6:47 AM
>>installed a 50-amp 240V subpanel, two 20A GFCI-protected utility receptacle branch circuits, a panel surge-arrester to protect the rest of the house from surges produced by power tools, a 15 A lighting branch, and reserve capacity for something like a small welder.>>

You forgot the defibrillator unit for when the wife makes you change everything around to suit her! Or are you just installing a small carpet section to rub the feet on and touch metal for a shock!
The 15kV 60 mA neon sign transformer can do that ...Humma Hah
Jan 6, 2003 7:01 AM
... its the power source for the nuclear fusion reactor that I keep in the garage. I actually do have one, a Hirsch-Farnsworth machine that can produce about 3000 fusion reactions per second burning deuterium.

I got most of the insulation and paneling up on one wall this weekend, and installed shelfing on two walls. Its starting to come together!

She's already starting trying to rearrange things, but if she starts encroaching on my side, I'm gonna charge her RENT! She bought a tool caddy for all the gardening tools, and its too wide to fit on her side and still pull a card in. The rent on that should keep me stocked with tires and tubes.
The one strip of carpet belongs to the cruiser ...Humma Hah
Jan 6, 2003 7:03 AM
... In San Diego it slept in the livingroom on carpet. So now that it must live in the garage, I give it a nice, soft piece of carpet to sleep on.
The one strip of carpet belongs to the cruiser ...wspokes
Jan 6, 2003 7:29 AM
Do you have a fleece blanket as well? I used to hang my bikes on hooks in the closet at college. The rooms were small at hershey but the closets were larger. I could shove my dresser in the closet and still have two hooks on the ceiling for two bikes. Then when I moved out, I would use the colgate toothpaste and whiteout in the hook holes. It worked wonders! By arranging things this way, it left more room for a TV and VCR, always good when the only TV and VCR are in the bedroom and girls wanted to watch movies...nursing school did have some benefits...God I miss the good ole days...when I had some hair too. Thank God for wool beanies!
It is slow here, how about some project updates.Aldo Ross
Dec 31, 2002 12:49 PM
My big project this winter is overhauling a 1949 Bianchi I bought from the original owner in Italy. Has Campagnolo "Cambio Corsa" shifter, Universal "Mignon/39" brakeset, and lots of chrome. The owner had converted it to upright bars for riding around town, but I'm switching it back to drop bars. Here's a pic of the bike as received:
It is slow here, how about some project updates.Aldo Ross
Dec 31, 2002 12:54 PM
Oops - here's the pic
That is so cool.Dave Hickey
Dec 31, 2002 5:15 PM
Are the chain guard and fenders original? Very good looking bike.
how do i say double WOW ......Spirito
Jan 1, 2003 4:09 AM
hey aldo,

stunning bici ... feel free to post more pics and details.

wishing you many miles for the new year.

Sweet ride!wspokes
Jan 6, 2003 6:40 AM
Simply elegant! It looks great Aldo. Nice to see you here in the retro bin. You will have to keep us posted on the improvements as they progress. Here's a pic of another ride! This one has a mind of it's own.

P.S. not my hat!
Nice project! Good to see you here, by the way.lonefrontranger
Jan 4, 2003 7:39 PM
I've been lurking around waiting for the digicam to come back from a loanout so I can post a pic of that old lugged steel Trek fixie I bought from Pete DiSalvo back in the day. I've put some nice NR brake levers on it that Scott Spees traded me for my old Sachs Ergos. It still has that crazy drilled out Sachs crankset. I recently pedigreed it on the Vintage Trek site ( It's a 1982 510 according to the serial#.

Speaking of Pete, I saw him the other day when I was back home in Dayton at Mom's for Xmas. I don't have your # anymore, so I couldn't call to see what you were up to. How many bikes do you have now?

The Trek has gotten some miles on it these past few weeks. I rode it up the Hump and the Wall (old Morgul Bismark / Coors Classic course that featured prominently in American Flyer) on Jan 1, just to prove to myself I could do it. The hardest part wasn't climbing the Wall, it was going back down it. I still don't have a lockring on, so I was in fear for my life.

My own projects are going okay, but aside from the Trek, everything I own now is less than 2 years old. I finally got sick of the non-functional Avid brakes on my 'cross bike, so I sprung for some Pauls. My Dream Plus frame finally arrived, so I'm in hock up to the ears for the Record 10 it will wear. My trusty Morgul Bismark stupid light (5.95kg with cages and pedals) crit and climbing monster got a cable overhaul and I've decided to swap out the rear mech so that it has full Record also; will put its Chorus mech on the 'cross bike and keep the Centaur mech in the parts box as a hedge against sticks in the drivetrain.

Here's a shot guaranteed to rile Spirito up: me with my anti- vintage 'cross bike; beercan Al tubing, Campag 10v, gaudy 'nag paintjob and all. If Spirito is not a good boy, I'll even haul out the macro lens and give him an extra-special postcard of that little dude on the TT just because he loves it so well. He will most likely rebut with more pics of that godawful couch of his. Now I ask you, how can you NOT like a bike that combines a black-and-white psycho panel fade with neon yellow and purple pinstriping, a Schwinn glitter seat bag and that tasteless rubber chicken mojo? It looks even better covered in Colorado red clay.

Beth Jordan