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  #101  
Old January 19th, 2014, 03:48 PM
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Feel the love.
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Old March 22nd, 2014, 02:42 PM
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Saturday morning ride to get pumped up for Milan-San Remo. Awesome cool overcast morning... great for doing some climbing.

The more I ride around Pasadena and La Canada the more I appreciate the beauty. Only thing missing here is the ocean. Great climbing and fun descents.

Here's one of the switchbacks.

glenoaks climb

Another one...

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Street names... I'm on the border of France and Italy... LOL

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We have Ferrari parked on the streets...

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And this was a nice finishing touch... we have mini castles too...

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Most of all my riding is done in these neighborhoods but rarely have time to slowdown and enjoy.

Here's to an exciting Milan-San Remo tomorrow! Cheers!
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Old March 22nd, 2014, 04:19 PM
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Nice.
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Old March 24th, 2014, 09:28 AM
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I grew up near there and bombed down those hills on my Sears 10-speed circa 1983. Its a beautiful neighborhood.
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Old October 18th, 2014, 08:01 PM
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4 months ago I bought this beater Bianchi cyclocross.



Took me 3 months to put this bike together.



Today was the shake down ride...



My riding partner... my son Aaron. These guys are growing so fast.





Check out the sweat and awesome view... This is the first time I took him to do come climbing and I didn't know how far I could go with him but we ended up doing about 20 miles and 2200 feet of elevation.



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Old October 18th, 2014, 08:21 PM
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That's awesome!
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Old October 20th, 2014, 08:56 AM
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Even Aaron scored a new bike. That's sweet.
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Old October 20th, 2014, 09:57 AM
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Debbie's old Cannondale is now Aaron's. He has been riding around the neighborhood on that bike for a while now.
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Old October 20th, 2014, 10:08 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by hanchung
4 months ago I bought this beater Bianchi cyclocross.




So much 90s cool on that Mega-Pro.
I can't believe you took off the Cook Bros crank and Ritchey pads.
The saddle and tires I can understand, but Thomas Frischknecht and I are shedding anodized tears right now at what you've done to that bike.

You may not see it this way, but what you did was very much in the same vein as those hipsters who build retro cred fixies out of old Masis. You took a great period bike and turned it into some commuter/touring machine.

I don't want to attack you, but somebody has to speak up for 90s cycling around here.
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Old October 20th, 2014, 10:39 AM
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I'm with Han on this one.

I think the 90s were the dark days of cycling. The cool road shops like Ernie's Pro Bikes were selling mountain bikes to stay in business. Mountain biking got big. Shimano had eclipsed Campagnolo. Dayglo colors became hot. Doggie-style pedaling became the norm. The hour record was in shambles. Helmets were everywhere. It was a disaster.

Even the Eddy Merckx factory was turning out hideous paint jobs:

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Old October 20th, 2014, 11:05 AM
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Jack,

I think there are bigger and better things to shed your tears over. The Cook Bros crank, the custom made MR. Grumpy brakes, the Raceface titanium spindle with red anodized cups, the Ritchey BIOMAX ergo bars, the fake carbon Easton seatpost, and of course the Chris King headset... no matter how rare these are... just not my thing. The frame on the other hand is awesome and I think it deserved move love than what the 90's could offer.
Wait till I put a dynamo hub to power my lights on that bike. I'll post pics when I do... hehehe.
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Old October 20th, 2014, 11:43 AM
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Mr. Grumpy?

You gotta be shitting me. How does "Mr. Grumpy" compare with Tullio Campagnolo, Cino Cinelli, Ottavio Bottecchia, Edoardo Bianchi, Ernesto Colnago, Eddy Merckx, Ugo De Rosa, Faliero Masi, and Alfredo Binda? These are all real names of real dudes.

Probably the top rider of the 90s was Miguel Indurain:


He was a great rider, make no mistake. But just look at him. He looks like a total fred. He reminds me of Dumb Donald from Fat Albert:

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Old October 20th, 2014, 12:48 PM
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I loved the innovation in biking during the the 90's.
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Old October 20th, 2014, 02:03 PM
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90s technology:


It's the Eddy Merckx MX-Leader. I believe it was the last steel frame that Eddy Merckx Cycles made. It's pretty much a traditional steel frame made from Columbus tubing and brazed to investment-cast steel lugs, but the downtube is oversized and some ends of various tubes are squished and ovalized at the ends. The seat stays are round, but the chainstays are very tall and resemble the Colnago leaf shape. It's a weird frame.

That video of the Merckx factory shows an MX-Leader being brazed together. By that time, aluminum had taken over and Merckx says that steel frames were only five to 10% of his total production.

This frame was made in that same factory:


This frame is very 90s with both downtube shifter bosses and headtube eyelets for brifter (brake/shifter) housings. In the 80s, all bikes had downtube shifters and in the 2000s, all bikes had brifters. The 90s were the transition period. One sees a similar accommodation on today's frames, where they will fit both shift-cable housings and EPS wires.

This is a good view of the downtube's shape:


The downtube is squished sideways at the head tube and squished front to back at the bottom bracket. The seat tube is also squished where it joins the bottom bracket.

Dropouts are Eddy Merckx:




Campagnolo had stopped making dropouts by this time. It sucked. The MX-Leader's dropouts copy the Campagnolo pattern at the rear and the fronts are slightly smaller than Campagnolo dropouts.

I love the aero fork crown that is very deep front to back:


If the top of the crown looks clean, it's because I faced it with the Campy tool kit:


I also chased the steerer's threads:


Those tools were still sharp, but my headset reamer is dull:


I'll have to get that reamer sharpened.

The top tube there should look weird to you. That's because it's squished top to bottom and ovalized sideways.

I will have this frame re-painted. It's 90s Ugly. But I'm very stoked about this MX-Leader.

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Old October 24th, 2014, 01:41 PM
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Evening ride...

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Old October 24th, 2014, 02:17 PM
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