Re: [CR]Richie Lugged Masi


Date: Tue, 09 Sep 2003 09:14:40 -0700
From: brian Baylis <rocklube@adnc.com>
To: chuckschmidt@earthlink.net
Subject: Re: [CR]Richie Lugged Masi
References: <14f.236d5042.2c8c991f@aol.com> <3F5B5A2E.6B5F5FE0@earthlink.net>
cc: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org

Chuck,

I can't quite make out exactly what they did to the head lug. I'm all in favor of removing the extention; but these lugs don't lend themselves to a particularly graceful modification. I have been successful in modifying a Pacenti lug to my taste, but most lugs cast with an extention are not well suited to changes. Ideally a lug pattern should be completly consistent in theme and should be flowing and graceful throught the design. It seems that the best way to accomplish this is to start with whatever intention you have in mind as opposed to modify something. The "art" of modifying lugs is more difficult than one might imagine; very few builders really have "the touch" for modifying lugs into a graceful and beautiful design in my opinion.

Personally, I applaud the effort to build a lugged steel frame, but am somewhat disappointed in the lack of top class refinements in the construction and very poor graphic design in my view. There is no harmony in the graphic scheme at all.

The encourageing sign here is that the Italians seem to be starting to recognize "vintage" styling and the concept of nostalgia. Who woulda' thought? I think it's fairly obvious that we are entering another cycle of steel frames. The chore again will be in seperating decent frames with excellent paint jobs from excellent frames with excellent paint jobs. Education is neccessary. Hopefully I can help one sharpen ones' eyes to the details that "seperate the men from the boys".

Brian Baylis La Mesa, CA

Chuck Schmidt wrote:
> LouDeeter@aol.com wrote:
> >
> > http://client.visuallink.com/~krawls/id47.htm
> >
> > Richard Sachs sent me these pics of this very nice Alberto Masi frame made
> > from his lugs. Thanks to Karen Rawls for hosting it on her site. Lou Deeter,
> > Orlando FL
>
> Just my opinion, but that upper head lug looks not so wonderful compared
> to its lower head lug mate! A result of cutting off the upper head lug
> "extension"?
>
> What do the rest of you think? I imagine Faliero would be rolling his eyes...
>
> Head lug picture:
> http://client.visuallink.com/~krawls/1ede0800.jpg

>

> Chuck Schmidt

> South Pasadena, CA

>

> .