Saturday, January 16, 2010

A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?

Trade the violin for a nice bike, and I'll agree to that. I may not NEED anything else to be happy, but there are definitely a couple of items I really really WANT, that'll make me just a little happier. If you find yourself with any of the following items, and think you might want to sell or trade them, please let me know. Email address is in the about me box on the upper right!

Mavic 631/2 crank: Did you know there are two versions of the 631 crank? It's true! In 1994, the 631 was redesigned. It was relieved on the backside, to lighten it. The arms are boxier, and it'll take a smaller chainring in the outermost position. AWesomeness, and I can't find one! Whatever size, I am not a picky man.

1994 Campagnolo Ergopower shifters: Record OR Chorus. 1992 and 1993 brifters have metal bodies. 1994 is the year they switched to a plastic "carbon" body. The brake levers have no cutouts, and the area directly above the lever is screened 'CARBON' on the Records. Chorus have no marking. Yes, in this case, I am being stupidly picky.

Those are the two more difficult items. I'm always on the lookout for more 571 hubs or parts - can't have enough spare pawls, and I have a little project that requires some 36h shells...a silver Cinelli 101 stem in 100mm would also be nice, as would a nice set of Criterium bars. A single Mavic 451 brake, front or rear too!

Thanks for reading!

Post title is an Einstein quote. Pretty sharp guy! ;)


Unknown said...

Plastic = yuck. I'm sure there's a reason you're going for that particular vintage, but having seen a fractured plastic Ergopower body, it's hard to imagine what the advantages might be other than a few grams.

Jeremy said...

I haven't personally had any problems with cracking of those levers - but the shape really does suck when compared to the Shimano of the time...or any other Ergo/STI lever since.

I do, however, have a reason for that particular reason. I'm rarely a stickler for "period correct" but sometimes its worth making an exception...

Isaac Schell said...

what size criteriums?

Jeremy said...

It dawns on me that I'm not sure they ever made them in 42cm - if they exist, that'd be my size of choice.

I actually have a set in 40cm with dual cable routing, which are great except that they're 26.0, not 26.4, like the 101 I just picked up. Nothing a little soda can shim action can't solve, but I'd love to trade them for the proper size.

Aki said...

Crit bars - I swear there's a market for them. I was hoping the new 3ttt owners would revive the Gimondi bend but no. I bought a bunch of bars when I could afford them, including a couple NOS Gimondis and Cinellis (26.0). I wonder if I got a 26.4 in there somewhere.

And although I'm not Einstein I agree about the violin:

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