Re: [CR]L'Eroica bike choices

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Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2007 20:29:06 -0400
Subject: Re: [CR]L'Eroica bike choices
From: "Michael Schmidt" <mdschmidt@patmedia.net>
To: <haxixe@gmail.com>
Thread-Topic: [CR]L'Eroica bike choices
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cc: Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org

I thought about a Rauler, an Alex Singer, a Peter Weigle and then, I asked myself what if the airlines sends the bike to Octoberfest in Germany.

Me?? I am taking the same piece of crap that I took last year. The Zeus Frankenbike. It was perfect last year only a bit too heavy. For 2007's event, I changed the wheels from Phil Wood/Mavic to a lighter pair of Campy/Campy. The Ideale saddle is now a Brooks B17. 3TTT bars and stem with heavier padded bar tape. Tires are Vittoria Randos 700x32 at 80psi. Last year, I ran Conti Top Touring 700x37 at 65psi. Still plan to run the triple but I found the 26T inner to be so low, it was unusable so I went to a 32T-41T-49T set and I think that works better.

We're now three weeks away.

Yeah baby!!

Mike Schmidt Stirling, NJ USA

On 9/10/07 3:02 PM, "Kurt Sperry" <haxixe@gmail.com> wrote:
> I just wanted to add that I've got some miles in on my Grand Bois 700Cx30
> tires I bought from Jan on some logging roads very similar to the typical
> Tuscan strade bianche and found them very stable and sure footed. They
> might be a good choice for L'Eroica as they seem to roll fast and smooth on
> paved road as well.
>
> Kurt Sperry
> Bellingham WA
> USA
>
>
> On 9/10/07, Paul Lee <Paul.Lee@aeroflex.com> wrote:
>>
>> Hi,
>>
>> As L'Eroica gets closer I'm refining our choices of rides to take over
>> there. I've posted a few pictures to wooljersey along with some of the
>> brake
>> variations for Rita's Raleigh International with 650b's.
>>
>> http://www.wooljersey.com/gallery/leep/leroica07/
>>
>> I had built up a Motobecane Grand Jubilee but the French bottom bracket
>> threads were a bit loose after chasing and I abandoned it at the first
>> sign
>> of the fixed cup loosening. Besides, at 63 cm, the frame would be a tight
>> fit into the bike travel case. Rita's pink Bianchi seemed like an
>> appropriate choice but the 650b tire clearance was too close.
>>
>> Rita is not going for the style points as she wants the security and
>> comfort
>> of SPD pedals and aero brake levers. She is using friction bar end
>> shifting
>> though.
>>
>> On our test rides, the orange Ron Cooper turned out to be a blast on the
>> trails with Grand Bois Cypres tires. Rita is pleased with the stability of
>> the Panaracer Col de la Vie 650b tires when the trail gets loose. The
>> bumps
>> are softened too.
>>
>> I'm sure I'll be tweaking the bikes between now and when we leave but it
>> is
>> a relief to have narrowed down the choices with a week or so to spare. Ron
>> Cooper and Raleigh International it is.
>>
>> Regards,
>>
>> Paul Lee
>> Huntington, New York USA