Re: [CR]Freddy Maertens Bicycle Restoration

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From: "David Perry" <bikeworks@bikecult.com>
To: bhorton@brickerhaven.com
Cc: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: Re: [CR]Freddy Maertens Bicycle Restoration
In-Reply-To: <20021209204545.51104.qmail@web14203.mail.yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Dec 2002 11:31:22 -0500

Can you say what make is your Freddy Maertens bike? A. Claes, Flandria, built by whom?

best wishes, David Perry Bike Works, New York City G.S. Pergolizzi

At 12:45 PM 12/9/2002 -0800, you wrote:
>I am currently restoring the actual bike ridden by Freddy Maertens when he
>won the World Championships in 1976. He used this bike again in 1977 to
>win several races including Paris-Nice and the Vuelta. I recently acquired
>this bike, as well as several important trophies and race worn jerseys
>directly from Freddy.
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>Freddy has kept the bike in its original state since he stopped racing it
>in the 70’s. Unfortunately, he also kept the bike in his outdoor garage.
>All those lovely Flemish winters have taken their toll on the bike: A bit
>of rust and completely shot rubber. However, I refuse to do to Freddy’s
>bike what Scapin did to Fausto Coppi’s 1951 Paris-Roubaix race used bike.
>(That bike was stripped, repainted, and had all the parts replaced with
>NOS. IMHO, there is mojo left when you do that to a historical rider
>specific bike.)
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>After many, many hours, I have nearly completed cleaning the rust away,
>polishing and waxing the paint job, and reassembling the components. One
>of the biggest pains in the butt was the $5 toe clips. I spent an
>inordinate amount of time cleaning them. For some reason, the rust just
>loved being there. The majority of the Campy gruppo, however, cleaned up
>nicely.
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>As I mentioned, the rubber is shot. I have carefully removed, tagged and
>bagged the original hoods, housing cables, and tires. (Someday, someone
>may want to revert the bike to the original-original state.)
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>I need some help in locating a few items that seem to be eluding me:
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> White cable housing circa 1977-1978. The housing is the cheap variety
> with no Teflon insert. I need length appropriate for the brakes and rear
> derailleur. (Black cable housing can also be used.)
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> I need 2 Clement Criterium Seta Extra tires ­ Green or Red Label as he
> used both.
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> I need 2 old style (ie NOT with the shied) Campy gum rubber hoods.
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>Any help in locating these items would be greatly appreciated.
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>Brett Horton
>
>San Francisco