[CR]Stinky DeRosa not Peroiod State of Art


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From: hersefan@comcast.net
To: Richard M Sachs <richardsachs@juno.com>
Date: Wed, 07 Apr 2004 22:12:00 +0000
cc: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]Stinky DeRosa not Peroiod State of Art

I will differ with Richard on this one. First though, I would like to thank Richard for being one of the several elite builders who define state-of-the-art frame construction. His work helps us all put other frames into perspective.

I believe that from the 1930's through the 1970's there have on occasion been frames built that are vastly superior to the DeRosa in question and which come close to the current standards of top level American craftsmanship.

Bikes that come to mind include the mid 60's green Masi track bike I previosly owned - the drop out attachment in particular was among the finest I've ever seen. This Masi was built to a much higher standard than any other Masi I have seen from the period.

Early 1950's Rene Herse frames have a precision that is typical of current American builders or the wonderfully precise Japanese builders. Brazing is uniform and never a gap.

A few years back I had a Seiber frame that, from the outside, completely embarased the DeRosas in question. The Seiber was pre-war.

Also, the Pop Brenan track bike at the Cirque last year was again, from external appearences, built with superior brazing than the Stinky DeRosas in question.

I've owned lots of 70's bikes, but the DeRosa was bothersome. I simply could not respect it and therefore I put it on the for sale block and it found a nice home.

Mike Kone in Boulder CO
> mikey, mikey, mikey...
> this would be a tough thread - because the rose coloured*
> glasses would need thicker and thicker lenses to really
> disect CR era stuff in the vein that u r suggesting. i think
> the derosa that is depicted is/was state of the art re "work-
> manship" back then. otoh, when i stripped the paint from my
> TWO italian 71 masis i was aghast at the level of heavy-handness
> that was evident. i even wrote about it in my tome, Period Correct®.
> i think the issue will become linked to our antenaes (sp?) going
> up much higher now than they were able to go in the 70s. it's
> an across-the-board problem when retrospecting. i like keeping
> things within their respective eras. my opinion of the a singers was
> based in a 2003 sensibility, but i think the derosa and others like
> them were mighty fine for 70s work. the only builder whose frames
> i saw (read: I SAW...) back then whose work and workmanship crossed
> eras was w.b. hurlow.
> e-RICHIE®
> Richard Sachs Cycles
> No.9, North Main Street
> Chester, CT 06412 USA
> Tel. 860.526.2059
> site: http://www.richardsachs.com
> pics: http://photos.yahoo.com/bobbesrs
> rants: http://richardsachs.blogspot.com/
>
> *i spelled in the british way because i'm feeling so
> gay now that the UCONN HUSKIES KICKED BUTTKUS
> AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS.
>
>
>
> On Wed, 07 Apr 2004 19:09:18 +0000 hersefan@comcast.net writes:
> Hi CR folks,
>
> If you go to the Japanese web site in Richards post you will see images
> of a DeRosa which is one of the very rare early 70's ones.
>
> The workmanship on this one like one I personally owned a few years back
> is painfully weak - check out the braze globs at the seatlug for example.
> The one I owned had brazing gaps of pathetic proportions. It was still
> a very cool bike though...
>
> After putting Alex Singer through the workmanship wringer a few weeks
> back, it is time someone put DeRosa through the wringer as well. I
> thought the one I had was an aberation. Apparently not.
>
> Also on the topic of quality, I cut open an old Cinelli which was crashed
> to examine. Overall way better than necessary, but some mighty poor
> mitering compared with a top tier American built frame.
>
> Mike Kone in Boulder CO
>
>
> I have
> > yup
> > that's exactly how i remember the first derosas i saw.
> > they were dubois lugged with the odd dipsy-do in the
> > front of the head tube. pity - those frames never had a
> > reinforcer brazed within the seat lug ears: all the crushed,
> > mis-shapen, and distorted lugs.
> > but i digress.
> > i also have good news. in addition to saving on my car insurance
> > by switching to geico, UCONN HUSKIES KICKED BUTTKUS AT
> > THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS.
> > gotta go...
> > e-RICHIE®
> > Richard Sachs Cycles
> > No.9, North Main Street
> > Chester, CT 06412 USA
> > Tel. 860.526.2059
> > site: http://www.richardsachs.com
> > pics: http://photos.yahoo.com/bobbesrs
> > rants: http://richardsachs.blogspot.com/
> >
> >
> >
> > On Wed, 07 Apr 2004 14:24:39 -0400 Grant McLean
> > <Grant.McLean@SportingLife.ca> writes:
> > Hi List,
> > I noticed today that the japanese website for Yokoo cycles has been
> > updated with some more fancy retro stuff. Note the nice derosa....
> > http://www.cycles-yokoo.co.jp/collection.html.html
> > grant mclean
> > Toronto, Canada