[CR]MASI SPECIAL 1961 "Clone Project"


Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2007 17:13:53 -0400
From: "Martin Walsh" <mowalsh@verizon.net>
To: "CR List" <ClassicRendezvous@bikelist.org>
Subject: [CR]MASI SPECIAL 1961 "Clone Project"

Dear CR listees, The current Bicycling magazine has a great article in the "MANIA" column on "Masi Mania" or "Masi obsession",by Speedplay's own,Richard Byrne.If you go to the Speedplay website you're in for a visual treat,of this very special "KEEPER OF THE FLAME" project.It's a no holds barred recreation of one of the older Masi's in the United States,a 1961 MASI SPECIAL.Mr. Byrne's brother,Stephen,discovered a 1961 Masi Special at a rummage sale,and brought it home.Being a good brother,he sent the bicycle to his brother, bicycle & pedal collecting brother Richard.Richard Byrne then showed it to locals: Brian Baylis,Joe Bell and Rob Roberson.......an idea was born to replicate the time capsule find.........check out Speedplay's wesite for a blow by blow photo shoot by Ian Cummings Photography.Absolutely amazing work by all involved.Thanks guys for taking the time! The photographs are worth thousands of words!!! A link to the Speedplay website showing this labor of love is: http://www.speedplay.com/speedplaylabs/masi/ It certainly raises the bar for "restoration and replica work".My hat is off to all you guys involved in this wonderful project! The Bicycling magazine has been on my desk since Cirque 2007,as a reminder to bring it to the CR list's attention, but I stumbled across the in depth photo essay, while doing some research on pedals,on the Speedplay "virtual pedal museum" website,that's a whole 'nother story.The online article and photo "essay" really tell a story,beyond words! If you have time zoom in on the 2500 Pixel gallery,when viewing! Yours truly, Marty Walsh in Vienna,Virginia,U.S.A.