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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 4:31 pm 
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I couldn't get the bike I initially planned for l'eroica ready, so with one week left there followed a chance of plans.

So dear people, I present you my...

'Strada bianche' ! :D

The Vittorio Strada before:

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The Vittorio Strada with the l'eroica specific modifications:

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Low-land freewheel replaced by one with substantailly larger cogs. One 'hatch-plate' derailleur made place for another: Dura-Ace EX went for early Deore:

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Campagnolo chainset replaced for Suginos with smaller ring. Handy one key release bolts:

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The Avocet 25mm tires weren't really 25mm. Hopefully the 26mm Specialized tires with 'Armadillo technology' will offer more comfort and snake bite resistance on the poor 'Strade Bianche' roadsurface:

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Campagnolo Electa seat. I like it. Of course I won't forget to let the air out in transport... (plane) :

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Some additional parts and some extra padding has to be put in the box and I am ready to leave:

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Happy :)


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 5:25 pm 
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Looking good, good luck!


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 7:45 pm 
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Cor blimey that's a bit bling. The Italians will love it.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 8:05 pm 
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very nice Mel .


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 8:16 pm 
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8) really nice.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 8:34 pm 
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That is beautiful. Perfect camouflage for the 'Strade Bianche'.
You won't see it for dust 8) :D Good luck and enjoy yourself.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 9:19 pm 
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Quality.

I wish I was going. A few lads from the cycling club I'm in are, and I'm green with envy.

Are you going for the long course and the hamper ?


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 10:57 pm 
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Thank you all. I am very much looking forward to the event 8)

I do not know yet what distance I will opt for. I am prepared for the 210km, but it depends on the company, weather and probably some other factors.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 12:03 am 
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That's just lovely, very apt mix of Italian flair and Dutch practicality. Best of luck down there!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 12:47 pm 
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Really nicely done. As said above, Dutch bikes seem to be able to combine
Italian flair with a more practical side.

Have you tried the Campagnolo airbag saddle in this type of situation before,
or is this an experiment? Does it work?


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