Re: [CR]ebay outing: de rosa 40th anniversary one-off frame

Example: Framebuilders:Alberto Masi

From: "Jerry Prigmore" <>
Subject: Re: [CR]ebay outing: de rosa 40th anniversary one-off frame
Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2007 15:38:17 -0700

Chuck quotes the auction text for said De Rosa:
>...fork crown is the signature flat crown that Eddy Merckx used on so
>many of his race bikes. Eddy once told me in a visit to my shop in
>1986 that the flat De Rosa crown was his favorite for cobbled
>roads...more supple...

Is it all flat crowns that are supple, or just those on older De Rosas? Or just Eddy's bikes? I'd sure like to know where to get one of them supple fork crowns. Do they use a more supple steel alloy, or is there a special annealing involved? Is there any way to make my own fork crowns more supple? Rub neatsfoot oil into them or something?

Also, is not some of the most, ahem, creative and entertaining writing in the world found in eBay auction copy?


Jerry G. Prigmore
Clovis, California, USA