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    Quote Originally Posted by Grasschopper View Post
    Thanks. I really do need to get some new photos of thew bike...if the sun ever comes out again here. No good full side shot (not sure why as I am sure I took several), and no shot of the Miche seatpost which really is a work of art. The color scheme I went with can look a little Ronald McDonald if I'm being fully honest. I've thought of toning it down a tad.

    Originally the bike had reynolds carbon bars and a Oval carbon stem but they went when I got rid of the Record gear. It was nice that Ritchey had just come out with these classic look WCS parts.

    I was able to find a side shot of the original build.
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    Jeezus, at my age, this is like lookin' at porn.

    Uhmmmm, hey Shimano, SRAM, Trek, Specialized, Cannondale, Canyon, et al.....I need MORE porn in my life!

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    Interesting to see that Shimano is making the new 7000 series 105 group in silver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiro11 View Post
    Interesting to see that Shimano is making the new 7000 series 105 group in silver.
    Is that new for 2018? This is good news for retro-grouches everywhere

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiro11 View Post
    Interesting to see that Shimano is making the new 7000 series 105 group in silver.


    Hiro11, thank you! I was beginning to give up hope. Even though it's not it's not as pretty as the old Shimano 8 & 9 speed Shimano gruppos in polished silver, this is at least a step in that direction. Here's a link covering what Hiro11 mentioned:

    https://www.bikeradar.com/us/road/ne...details-52035/


    Like the Stones immortal words:
    "You can't always get what you want....
    ....Yes, you can't always get what you want...
    .....But if you try sometimes, you just might find
    ......You get what you need.....


    I'm going to ordering me one of these new 105 silver gruppo as soon as they become available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by velodog View Post
    Then there is a story like this...

    "blackmountaincycles said...

    I remember seeing Nelson at Pacific Coast Cycles in Carlsbad, CA (a shop I was soon to start working), where the national team would winter. Nelson, upon finishing the assembly of his new bike, took a ball peen hammer and neatly dented the top tube saying "it's going to happen sooner or later." Thanks for the reminder of a great cyclist."

    I don't know if it's true but a comment to this blog post

    Dave Moulton's Bike Blog: NelsonVails
    That's rather shameful, even disrespectful, kind of like drawing a mustache on the Mona Lisa,,, I can't imagine taking a hammer to an aircraft, and its no less shocking to abuse a beautiful bicycle

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    This thread had me getting all nostalgic for my old Trek OCLV owned during my experimentation phase. Back then, it was a brushed titanium crankset, Dura Ace RD7700 groupo and red anodized TA chainrings that caught my fancy.

    Oh yeah, red Mavic Helium hoops, too

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldcannondale View Post
    That's rather shameful, even disrespectful, kind of like drawing a mustache on the Mona Lisa,,, I can't imagine taking a hammer to an aircraft, and its no less shocking to abuse a beautiful bicycle
    He dinged a bicycle, a tool of his trade, full well knowing that it was going to happen eventually. No abuse, maybe a little extreme, but a working bicycle is not a work of art but a tool that is going to be put thru a lot of hard use, and once dented he could ride it unencumbered with worry of it's 1st damage.
    Too old to ride plastic

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    Could it be that he was purposely denting inward the top tube were his knees would pass thus making more room for them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by factory feel View Post
    Could it be that he was purposely denting inward the top tube were his knees would pass thus making more room for them?
    Being it was Nelson Vails he probably needed the room for his thighs.
    Too old to ride plastic

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    Quote Originally Posted by velodog View Post
    He dinged a bicycle, a tool of his trade, full well knowing that it was going to happen eventually. No abuse, maybe a little extreme, but a working bicycle is not a work of art but a tool that is going to be put thru a lot of hard use, and once dented he could ride it unencumbered with worry of it's 1st damage.
    Tell me about it.

    The third ride out on the brand new DeRosa left me hitting a hill hard, feeling those new legs, and wham, I steered a little too hard in the turn and wiped out. The handlebars dented the top tube, not enough to deform the tube, just a little tatoo. And the front brake caliper nicked the down tube right under the shift lever. A loss of virginity, so to speak. Couldn't sell it with that ding on the top tube, so might as well ride the hell out of it. Which I did. I'll die before that bike gives up, on all levels, cresting a hill or riding it 10 years from now exactly the same, like and old faithful friend.

    You can't dent carbon fiber. Another defect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fredrico View Post
    Tell me about it.

    The third ride out on the brand new DeRosa left me hitting a hill hard, feeling those new legs, and wham, I steered a little too hard in the turn and wiped out. The handlebars dented the top tube, not enough to deform the tube, just a little tatoo. And the front brake caliper nicked the down tube right under the shift lever. A loss of virginity, so to speak. Couldn't sell it with that ding on the top tube, so might as well ride the hell out of it. Which I did. I'll die before that bike gives up, on all levels, cresting a hill or riding it 10 years from now exactly the same, like and old faithful friend.

    You can't dent carbon fiber. Another defect.
    A kid knocked my DeRosa over before my 1st ride putting a 3"long down to the steel scrape in the top tube. And then on my 1st ride the guy I was riding with was fumbling with a water bottle when he rode into a pot hole causing him to crash in front of me. With traffic on the left and a ten inch curb on the right I had no where to go so I stood on the pedals and rode into the SoB. More scratches and a bent wheel. About 30yrs later I got Tee boned on that same bike knocking the frame out of alignment about a half inch at the bottom bracket. I got the frame straightened back up and still ride that bike. It just has a small wrinkle the down tube as a reminder.

    No work of art, but I know and remember how most of it's marks got there.
    Too old to ride plastic

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    Anybody miss the polished silver component groups?

    Yes, I do miss silver/polished. I think the most beautiful bikes and frames out there look best with polished components.

    I guess is you are going for CF parts, it is not in the cards, though.

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