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Old May 10th, 2014, 01:18 PM
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The Moltenis are definitely the most popular. Everyone wants a Molteni. The many movies and photos of Eddy Merckx in the Molteni kit made the Molteni more famous than the FAEMA and FIAT stuff. A Sunday in Hell, Stars and Watercarriers, The Impossible Hour, and La Course en Tete were all Molteni. Pics like this are also very famous:


I think there are a lot of parallels between Molteni and Camel Trophy. They were both golden eras. They both have ugly colors that you like for some odd reason. They both have cult status today, among both intelligent people and morons. They both have tons of "builds" or reproductions, both good and bad.

We'll see if I end up with a Molteni. Who knows.

One Eddy Merckx frame that I've always liked was the MX Leader:


From my way of looking at things, the MX Leader was the zenith of the steel bicycle frame. It was still brazed together with lugs but the tubes were shaped in a funky way. The fork was aero'd out. The seat tube and down tube got wider at the bottom bracket and the down tube got thinner where it joined the head tube. The chainstays were also funky looking in a sort of Colnago leaf way. Eddy Merckx offered it in all sorts of different paint schemes. This was a really neat frame.
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Old May 10th, 2014, 03:21 PM
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Super Record 11 on this Vlaanderen MX Leader would be sweet.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/EDDY-MERCKX-...item1e8b000dea
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Old May 12th, 2014, 12:22 PM
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Old school retro cred steel is real FAEMA build:


What a fail.

He was going for this:

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Old May 12th, 2014, 01:49 PM
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I tore down my new bike on Saturday to clean it up:


It's about what I had expected. There was dirt galore and some rust inside the frame. But not too bad. One thing that surprised me was the SLX steerer:


This frame has SL tubing. I think it's the original fork. The numbers on the fork and frame match:




Most of the time spent cleaning up the frame was removing the Stevie Wonder touch-up paint. I hate it when people hack up something with touch-up paint. They glob the non-matching paint everywhere and the result looks way worse than the scratches and nicks.

The parts are in great shape:


These are in far better condition than the parts on my yellow bike. The bottom bracket and headset needed repacking badly, but no rust on the races or bearings. That's really remarkable for something that old. My EMX-5 already has a crunchy headset and it's only a few years old and I rode it in the rain only twice.
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Old May 12th, 2014, 04:28 PM
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Most of the time spent cleaning up the frame was removing the Stevie Wonder touch-up paint. I hate it when people hack up something with touch-up paint. They glob the non-matching paint everywhere and the result looks way worse than the scratches and nicks.

Like this?

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Old May 13th, 2014, 09:15 AM
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I remember that one on the Rangie.

My 110 has a few of them as well.

You wonder what the competence level of these people is. Do they have trouble sewing a button?
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Old May 31st, 2014, 09:35 AM
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Old July 5th, 2014, 07:28 PM
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Chris von C was in town over Independence Day. He and his family make a trip this way every year and pop in for a few days. This year we planned to attend a grilling competition together for fun. We headed out to Harrisonburg, VA, together to see what we could do. Chris 2.0 drove.


We took my Whiskey Wagon. The Whiskey Wagon was built about a year ago for a special event and I've been having fun with it ever since. It was perfect for the grilling competition. It has a small vertical smoker on it and larger charcoal grill.




CVC had the kids in tow as well, so we put them to work.






We quickly wore them out.


On the menu we had ribeye steak, chicken, and pork ribs. We also participated in a People Choice where we made and served our version of ABT's. What sucks is we did not get very many food shots. We were so busy watching the kids and the local talent we did not have a lot of time to focus on pictures. But we captured a few.







It was a good day. We ended up with a 1st place finish in ribs, 2nd place in steak, and 2nd place in chicken.


Even better we were named the 2014 Grand Champions for having the highest combined score and got a check.


The evening was capped off with a fireworks show.

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Old July 16th, 2014, 09:00 PM
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Tour food.

Breakfast:


Snacks for the road:


Lunch bags:


Those rice cakes aren't normal Quaker rice cakes. These are calorie bombs:


Dinner:


And lots of calorie-rich snacks in between. Even with all that, they can't eat enough and lose about 10 to 15 lbs. during the Tour.
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Old July 23rd, 2014, 02:11 PM
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Cannondale's kitchen:



You wouldn't know it from the name, but Cannondale Pro Cycling is an Italian squad. While other teams are moving away from pasta to things like rice (white people love to claim to be allergic to stuff like gluten), Cannondale is sticking with pasta:







I'm with Cannondale on this one. I'm Korean. I like rice. But I like pasta more. I'm not allergic to gluten. I don't even know what a gluten is.

Peep the Cannondale ham:





That's awesome.
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Old July 23rd, 2014, 03:29 PM
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I was searching for Tour food (what the teams eat) and came across this really fun series that parallels the Tour stops and local foods and wines:






There are a bunch of other episodes on YouTube as well, and they're all good.
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Old July 28th, 2014, 08:56 PM
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The Tour may be over, but I can't get enough of Taste Le Tour. It's such a fun show, with a wonderful wonderful mix of food, wine, tourism, the Tour, and accordion music. I wonder if SBS Australia still has Taste Le Tour as part of its annual Tour coverage. I hope so.

This playlist has nine episodes:


The genial Gabriel Gate cracks me up. He reminds me of Lumiere:

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Old July 28th, 2014, 10:11 PM
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Old July 29th, 2014, 05:32 PM
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Quote:
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(white people love to claim to be allergic to stuff like gluten)

Quote:
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I don't even know what a gluten is.

Neither do any of those white people.
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Old September 20th, 2014, 05:55 PM
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I finally got my FAEMA bike together.

Before:


After:


I parted out a lot of the pieces on eBay and bought some new pieces that were more period for this bike. The parted out stuff went for good money too. I think I actually came out ahead on most of the swapped parts. The bike was very 80s when I got it but I was going for a more 70s look like this:


I wasn't trying to copy this look exactly, because that would have been impossible. I can't change my dropouts to the long type, or grind off the braze-ons for clamps, or change the geometry of the frame. I was going more for something different from my 80s yellow bike and the 70s feel rather than exact duplication.

Thanks to Mike Rupp for the Cinelli 1R button:


I pulled that from my yellow bike and threw it on the FAEMA. The bar is an old Cinelli track bar. The bar is like a 65-40 criterium bar but has vertical sides:


I swapped big rings with my yellow bike:


The FAEMA now has a 52/42 and my yellow bike has a 53/42. I also swapped the Super Record front derailleur for a Nuovo Record. Same for the rear derailleur:


The Connex chain is off my Swiss Cross.

I swapped the pedals from Superleggera road pedals to Nuovo Record track pedals:


The toe straps are Binda Extras from my yellow bike:


I'm running only single straps on my yellow bike now. I didn't want to fork out for another set of Binda Extras. They're ridiculously expensive. Toe clips are Campagnolo alloys. Steel toe clips would have been more period, but I couldn't find any.

New Regina cassette:


This is a 13-15-17-19-21-23-25 cassette. The Everest that came with the bike was too tall for me. This 13-25 will be much more usable.

Calipers, shifters, and hubs remain unchanged:








New hoods and bar tape:


Benotto white tape is ridiculously expensive, so I went with the Tressostar cloth tape. Also, cloth tape is more period than the 80s Benotto.

New Columbus SL decal:


New rims:


I sold off the Mavic GL330s and sew-up tires and bought some Mavic MA2s (silver MA40s) and some Vittoria clinchers. The MA2s gleam like diamonds.

Tomorrow is the shakedown ride. I'm stoked.

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Old September 20th, 2014, 06:48 PM
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Looks fantastic! Wish I could join you tomorrow. I need a few more weeks until I can get back on my bike. Its going to be a beautiful day tomorrow.
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Old September 20th, 2014, 08:28 PM
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I dig that bike and going 70's vintage looks even better IMHO.
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Old September 21st, 2014, 12:06 PM
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I took the FAEMA on the PV loop this morning:


The shakedown ride wasn't even a shakedown. This bike rides like an old friend. No clicks or creaks either. It's like buttah.
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Old September 21st, 2014, 04:46 PM
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Sweet... congrats on your faema machine. Campy tool kit probably helped make technology become emotion.
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Old September 22nd, 2014, 09:42 AM
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The Campy tool kit has been awesome. It totally exceeded my expectations. I thought I would use only the specialty wrenches from the kit and use the Snap-on sockets and Allen drivers that I previously used. But it hasn't worked out that way. Now I open up the Campy tool kit first and open the Snap-on boxes only if I need something that isn't in the Campy tool kit.
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Old October 21st, 2014, 04:37 PM
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Stopped by to pick up my beans at Jones Coffee in Pasadena and noticed they scored a Faema President. It's a beautiful machine.
Unfortunately, the "barista" was mainly making espresso from the modern uber auto machine.



I'll have to request them to make me a cup w/ the Faema next time. I hope they do.
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Old October 22nd, 2014, 09:17 AM
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