Thursday, May 27, 2010

There's a New Sheriff in Town



As you know, I love over the top bicycles. Our man Rory Mason, aka Mansini, (think Galmozzi) had this one tricked out for Liquigas rider Francisco Chichi, now Frank the Sheriff. There's more of the story at Breaking Away. I suspect Rory may have more resources at his finger tips than most of us do working in the basement or garage.


(Rory is the translator in the video.)


17 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't care too much about that bike except would LOVE to show up at the local rides on that, don't say a word about it . . . just, you know, FUCK ALL Y"ALL BiTCHES.

mw

Echelon 133 said...

Wow that was "HARSH".

Now back to our regular channels.

I love how the Italians like everything American. The bike harkens back to the Day of "Super Mario" when he brought Cannondale out the shadows and in the Mainstream consciousness of the Giro. With Red, White, Blue paint job that he gladly paid a hansome fine for. What a piece of marketing genius

We used to (and still do) call Cannondale"s... "CANONDALES" please use you best Italian accent.

JG

Anonymous said...

dear eche,

Je suis desolee!

(I was tol that's froggee for dont pay it no never mind)

sincerely,

mikey

Anonymous said...

technically, this bike is interesting to me because it is so uber modern, right? with the deep carbon wheels and all, and then there's that old Belgian style deep drop bar. It adds to the bad-ass nature of the beast.

mw

ps former posts are mostly jokes, I kid a lot

Gunnar Berg said...

MW,
Francisco Chicchi rode this beast in the Tour of California and was astride this horse beating Mark Cavendish in a flat out sprint finish in Modesto. Uber modern indeed.

Gunnar Berg said...

mw,
Your earlier comments fall under my:

"Hurtful or disrespectful postings are quite likely the result of an often misguided, sarcastic sense of humor which does not translate well to a digital format."

Gunnar Berg said...

Why "Belgian style"? Looks classic Cinelli to me. Although you've proven to have the good eye.

Echelon 133 said...

I forgot...

He needed Colt or Winchester as sponsor.

Anonymous said...

Shallow / Italian Classic: The 138mm drop of the classic ‘shallow’ drop bar is actualy quite large compared to today’s compact bars. Classic examples include the Cinelli model 64 Giro D’Italia (138mm drop) and 3TTT TdF bend (138mm drop). Modern Italian classic bars include the Deda Newton / 215 shallow (135 mm drop) and and the 3T Rotundo (139 mm drop).

Deep / Belgian / Pave: The traditional deep drop bars like the 3ttt Merckx bend and the Cinelli Model 66 Campione Del Mondo had drops of around 158mm. The current Deda “deep” has a drop of 145mm.

Anonymous said...

might I respectfully add that the whole bizarre fantasy of mine, in which I, a poetry professor in my mid-50s, show up at the Wednesday night club ride (most riders on mid-level Treks) on a pro bike, and start putting on airs, as if to say F all you B--ches, well, I am sorry if the humor is inaccessible or somewhat oblique, but to me it's so completely stupid it makes me chuckle.

mw

Gunnar Berg said...

I run a 66-42 Campione Del Mondo on my McLean. I think it feels sorta Danish.

Gunnar Berg said...

I showed up a group ride (by mistake) riding a Heron, set up very classic. One of the young wannabe racer boys said, "You aren't going to ride THAT THING are you?" Truthfully, I was not competitive, but it was my age and legs, not my ride that was the issue.

Anonymous said...

yep, it' s a shame you couldn't figure out some sneaky way to drop that kid . . . let him see your Heron going away . . . he deserved it.

mw

Jack said...

That's ok Gunnar. I remember meeting this character two ragbrai's ago (he is now a very good friend of mine)he shows up on green Surly with black plastic fenders with a Vote for Hillary on the back.

He had a six speed cassette and beatup wool shorts. We get riding and I notice he is keeping pace with everybody. Needless to say the last two days of Ragbrai he is blowing away all the tupperware boys. Steve Schmidt is his name and he has his name is in the PBP journal no less than 3 times, he is66 yrs old. A veritable wolf in sheeps clothing. So the next time you show up on a Heron on club ride STAND TALL.

Jack

Gunnar Berg said...

I AIN'T STEVE SCHMIDT. I don't log enough miles to be even a strong rider these days. You don't gain much going out for lunch or donuts.

The Heron was the last one off the the line the first time it Heron failed - the last 531. Yesterday I sold it to a young gentleman who has admired it for some time. I just have to put it back together and replace the parts I cannibalized over the past year. (think McLean)

Masini said...

Wow, what a conversation this turned into!

The interesting thing to me is how middle aged, wrinkled and fat I look in that video! Time to get out and ride (and not caring after Italian racers).

Gunnar Berg said...

Babysitter,
How do you suppose I feel looking in the mirror at 65?