[CR]that BLUE Masi

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Date: Wed, 05 Feb 2003 08:44:16 -0500
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
From: "ADP" <aphillips9@mindspring.com>
Subject: [CR]that BLUE Masi

Thank you all, who have sent emails encouraging me in my next savings-account draining venture...

I'm still watching it, in an probably unsuccessful attempt to not bid on anything on Ebay this week.

Hopefully my boyfriend will not drop by before I can banish the bike shipping box to my basement storage room and stash the Masi in my closet. My teenager has a big mouth too. Better ship it to the shop.

Now here is my main conundrum... Equipping a bike like this.

The thing I like about collectible bicycles, is that they should be quite ridable. I know this Masi deserves the finest VG condition Campy R hardware and really should be on sewups and a narrow range freewheel.

But... One reason I've focused on domestic or Japanese stuff from the early 80s is that I can get era Dura Ace and 600 fairly affordably, I can build up clincher wheels, and The God of Italian Bicycles will not strike me dead if I use SPD A515s, a 13 - 26 rear cluster and a Terry Butterfly TI on my perfectly ridable machine. My 82 Trek is still a classic, mostly equipped era, but I'd ride it perfectly happily on any Century, it's comfy and functional.

(The Terry Butterfly TI now comes in a Masi-complimentary blue)

So, if I get this bike, invest some serious cash in restoring the frame, will I devalue it considerably if I do use modern rims and tires and comfortable gearing, seat and my pedal system of choice mixed in with the Campy goodies? I want to ride this bike, it's my size!

Ann Phillips Atlanta GA - the rain water in my deck chairs in frozen again. I hate February!