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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 2:46 pm 
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In 2008 I was entering my first L'Eroica. For me it was a great year in cycling. I june i did a great Paris-Roubaix a lot of other great cycling events.

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Special for Paris-Roubaix i build this Bianchi:
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The frame got a repaint job and put some modern stuff on the bike. Enjoy the bike!
My first intention was to use the bike as well for L'Eroica. In 2008 there where no regulations about the bike. So the new shifters en click-pedals was no problem.

But for me as a great fan of retro bikes I had to have another bike.

The travel to Italy for L'Eroica cost some money. Flight, hotel etc. So I give myself an objective to purchase a bike, wool jersey and shoes under 200 Euro!

200 Euro :shock: YES :mrgreen:

I found this Bianchi for 75 Euro
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With it's original bottle
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The bike was a little more the 30 years old. The owner bought it as a student because he liked the color. But cycling was not his up off tea. But he loved the color and he keep the bike. Till his wife ordered him to clean up the garage :facepalm:
He put and add and I wrote him with the story about that great event in Tuscany.
He got enthusiastic and 75 Euro was ok

But I need some new hoods:
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Found them for 10 Euro on the internet. Not original but they fit well
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I swop the tubular wheels for cylinders. Cost zero Euro. I put on some crazy cheap Chinese tires. 10 Euro per piece and classic looks.

The gearbox came out France and for me that was ok
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And what about these cranks?
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I cleaned the chainwheels and the look almost new
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More...................first take a whisky :idea:


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 3:03 pm 
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And look at these lovely Bianchi bolts
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After a shower the Huret looks as new............
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Even the Universal brakes looks as new. After a few hours :?
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L'Eroica is a hard ride so extra powerfull bar ends :mrgreen:
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I swapped the original pedals with a collector. It bring me technical better pedals and 20 Euro for my project
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Toeclips are new and cost me 8 Euro
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An uncommon solution :shock:
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As handelbar tape I used medical tape from an old medical box from work. The box was over his expiration date but we retro bike lovers are fine with expiration dates :mrgreen:
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Then it looks like this (changed the tires later when I enter L'Eroica for the cheaper ones)
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A friend mention this picture and was not comfortable with the nylon straps. She (yes women also love retro bikes) jumps in the car and bring me two leather straps. I felt like Christmas :xmas-big-grin:

Than I need some clothes. First a cap. That was not a bargain: 10 Euro
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I found this wool jersey. NEW!!!!!!!!!!! 40 Euro!
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A few days for the testride I found these shoes for only 15 Euro
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I collected myself a great set up for the great event.............


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 3:42 pm 
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Then I moved to Gaiole (Tuscany-Italy)

This is the bar in front of the start and finish of L'Eroica
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Put on the start number
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At the first ristoro in Radi
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After 12,5 hours at the finish. Totaly cooked. Doing cycling for so many years. Did all the classics, most big mountains etc. But this was realy hard. 205k, 112 of them on strade bianche, almost 4000 meters climbing, old shoes, heavy bike. But great landscape, great food, lovely people and memories for ever.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 9:16 pm 
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Great post, thanks for sharing your story


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 12:32 pm 
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Your stories and posts are a real pleasure to read! I can smell the passion from your pictures :) Keep on posting and showing your bikes :D !


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 12:36 pm 
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Flandria wrote:
Your stories and posts are a real pleasure to read! I can smell the passion from your pictures :) Keep on posting and showing your bikes :D !


Thanks! But at the finish at my first L'Eroica I almost swopt to another passion :mrgreen:

Something like.................something easy 8)


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 12:55 pm 
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I was scrolling down and was going to link you to a site that does those lovely retro Bianchi jerseys, but it looks like you already found them!


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:48 am 
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Another great post, nice pics too.

Bet you couldn't find a Bianchi like that for 75 euros today, sadly.

Is the Eroica really only 112km of strade bianche? It feels like a hell of a lot more...


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 10:27 am 
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Johnsqual wrote:
Bet you couldn't find a Bianchi like that for 75 euros today, sadly.


Not on internet but family, colleague's at work etc. Put a photo on your desk with an old bike! You create an opportunity to start a conversation 8)

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Is the Eroica really only 112km of strade bianche? It feels like a hell of a lot more...


Your right. It looks like a LOT, LOT more :shock:

The Bianchi on a testride two days before the great adventure.
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Strade bianche? This is what it is:
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A few "modern" riders during the L'Eroica 2008. From 2009 there are regulations :!:
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Great souvenir
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Hard ride but great, great adventure and great memory's.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:58 am 
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So cool. Great bike, great story.


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