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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 2:23 pm 
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Location: 54 Festive Road Winchcombe GLOUCS Yarp...
Ok some of you may have seen the Armstrong saga. Well this has led to a trawl of eBay and this morning went on a jolly to pic this up. 1991 Basso, model unknown. 23lb 23 ins galli brakes, bio pace chain set, shmano light action rear campag front mech, 105 levers, funky seat with built in telescopic mudguard! All working. Michelin tyres fine but maybe swap for blue treads?

Found some Basso decals in Poland so will leave as is and just tart up.

£81 collected. What do you think?

Allez, allez! :facepalm:


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 2:29 pm 
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Apparently could have been made to measure but unlikely. Don't know if the kit on it is any good but it will stay unless it fails. Do I go for blue or yellow tread for thE new tyres??? :lol:

Not been out on it yet. Too hot for me.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 2:43 pm 
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Very nice bike. Always been a fan of Basso bikes. When I bought my second road bike it was between Basso and Casati. I went with the latter because of the chromed luggs.
I'm no perfectionist by any means, and I love the mix of parts on the bike. Even though I think the Galli brakes are great (had Galli cantis on my Alan cyclecross before) I would consider something newer for more braking power, but not a must.
Didn't like the cranks and seat post too much, so would change those in time for something shiny. But all in all I'd say just ride it and replace what wears or breaks. Enjoy. :D


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 3:06 pm 
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Thank you. As someone with a bit of a clown issue, not loving your avatar!


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:33 pm 
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That's a nice blank canvass which you can ride and upgrade as you see fit.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 7:26 pm 
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Just done a loop a little over 10 miles on it. 20% quicker than mtb on slicks even stopping for adjustments. Very quiet too.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 7:30 pm 
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Told you ;)


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 7:32 pm 
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Boggling! And lovely. This must have been a quality bike back in 1991. Or am I just clueless. :facepalm:


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 7:40 pm 
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You may want to look at the chainset/rings first. Biopace was all wrong. The highs and lows are all in the wrong places.

Looks good though. You will remember my warning about road bikes! You'll never want to get muddy again.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 7:46 pm 
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Yer but no. Can't lock up a road bike :lol:

What chainset would be good but cheap on here?


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