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Bespoke bicycles

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Montesquieu, Jul 22, 2012.

  1. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I am reminded of a funny scene from the July 4th holiday. In the morning, I rode with my younger daughter along the West Side bike path down to near the bottom and then back up. On the way up, there was a lot of special cross traffic in preparation for the fireworks show that night - everything from pallets of explosives for the show to food trucks for the spectators. As we stopped to allow one crossing, I turned to look at my daughter just as a man in full regalia with a glorious paunch crowning his yellow Pinarello fell over nearly on top of her, still attached to his bike. I asked if she had caused that, ready to apologize for her (she is still a kind of shaky rider and tends to wobble and veer when she slows down). She said she never touched him - he just stopped and fell over. I started laughing when he grumbled to his girlfriend/wife that the damn shoes are still stuck to the pedals.
     
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  2. Montesquieu

    Montesquieu Senior member

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    That's newer and lighter than I had guessed. Well done. I'm also partial to Campy and have Super Record 11 on all three of my newer bikes. Eurus are great, all-purpose wheels. If you ever consider an upgrade, take a look at Hyperons. They're not only super light, they're also supremely comfortable and bullet-proof enough to have been used by riders during Paris Roubaix this year. My other wheels are Enve, box-rim DT Swiss builds, HED Belgiums (27mm), and the Eurus; the Hyperons noticeably beat the others in terms of comfort and lightweight efficiency.
     
  3. Montesquieu

    Montesquieu Senior member

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    Beautiful chromed lugs and chain/seat stays! That's a keeper.
     
  4. oldog/oldtrix

    oldog/oldtrix Senior member

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    Thanks. I don't intend to part with this bike (or the pre-Trek Klein, for that matter), though when I put it together in 1996 it was for more comfortable riding in brevets and multi-day rides over distance, neither of which I expect ever to do again. Here's a slightly better view of the lugs and stays:

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  5. MikeDT

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    Seems to me that the mods made the right decision, keeps the forvm tidy and in order. MC is about well, men's clothing, and this thread is about bicycles.
     
  6. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Wow, there are some beautiful bikes on this thread.
     
  7. F. Corbera

    F. Corbera Senior member

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    In my opinion, Casati silver filet bikes are some of the finest ever made.

    This thread reminds me that I need to get my old CIÖCC built up as a hipster fixie. I'll put one of the Deltas up front, so that I can style on the youngsters.
     
  8. F. Corbera

    F. Corbera Senior member

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    My brother-in-law has a bike built around an MTO Serotta (prior to buyout) TI frame. We came to a stop, he couldn't get out of his Looks, fell over like a stand of timber, broke his arm.

    My best friend has a bike built around a Merlin frame. We came to a stop, he couldn't get out of his looks, fell over like a stand of timber, broke his collarbone.

    I tell them it's the TI frames. They note summer and winter road bikes are TI. I tell them that my time will come (but secretly, I know that it will not since I ride with Speedplays.)
     
  9. furo

    furo Senior member

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    what made the op interested in bespoke bikes?
     
  10. Montesquieu

    Montesquieu Senior member

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    SyleForum, appropriately enough. I started bicycle touring in Europe in college, then added an Italian steel race bike in 1998, triathlon bike in 2002, and mountain bike in 2003. All were production. By the time I decided that I needed a new road frame in 2009, I had acquired the bespoke clothing bug (thanks to SF) and started researching my options with bikes. I fell in love with multiple concepts/builders/objectives/aesthetics and commissioned several distinct frames over the past few years. Many weeks, I'll ride all three of the new bikes on different days plus the mountain bike with my kids. The bikes in our garage collectively cost more than the three (used) cars did, and they get more use, too.
     
  11. furo

    furo Senior member

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    Do you gain a performance, comfort, or durability enhancement out of these newer acquisitions, or were they for aesthetic reasons alone?
     
  12. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Good question
     
  13. zippyh

    zippyh Senior member

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    I'd think that question would apply almost equally, with the same answers, to bespoke suits or shoes.
     
  14. furo

    furo Senior member

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    Not really. Suits aren't about "performance."
     
  15. 89826

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    If memory serves, that is a water bottle from Campy C Record days. The glory years with Delta brakes. I have a basically unridden SLX DeRosa with full C Record. Must have bought it around 1993, but I haven't seen it in 5 years because it is in storage.
     
  16. Trompe le Monde

    Trompe le Monde Senior member

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    GORGEOUS bikes. Sachs + Kirk might be the 2 best makers (along with Vanilla and perhaps Strong when he still made frames and not just jigs).

    My lugged DeRosa and carbon Calfee both just arrived this morning from their oceanic trip but both are 'OTR' frames
     
  17. aragon765

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    Amazing thread and bikes posted by Montesquieu, I have subscribed.

    I was in the bike industry for several years before returning to school and commencing a second career, but I never went down the full custom road for a bike. I always customized my rides (which currently include a Cervelo R3, Trek Fuel EX9, KHS track bike, and Kona cyclocross/townie frankenbike) with non-stock parts etc... specs are posted in the general bike porn thread here, here is a old group shot. I did go full custom for my wife's Marinoni (smallish custom maker out of Quebec), you can see it top right in the below picture, and the carbon Gary Fisher mountain bike is hers as well.

    I really hope to get a custom ti bike at some point, it has always been a goal of mine!

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