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tv_vt said:
Have you thought about white hb tape? Maybe even white saddle?
Here you go, for your viewing pleasure, via that ubiquitous graphics software. This is probably as close as the Merckx will get to white bar tape and saddle. Until someone tells me how to keep the white cork clean, and where I can find a white Brooks..

 

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Today was unseasonably mild, with temps in high forties. Took the Corsa Extra out on its inaugural ride, finding wet pavement, some slush and brilliant sunshine. Not bad for around here at this time of the year.

Getting a longer seat post tomorrow, but couldn't wait. Raised the Chorus one 2 cm above the mark and found the tallest saddle in the shop, an old Ideale. With that I managed the required 83cm.

So how is it? Success!! Stiff and fast, stable and predictable. Very comfortable riding position, even though the frame is 4cm shorter than the previously accepted ideal. The Chorus group shifts and brakes flawlessly, even when wet and crusted with road grime.

 

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No, the chain is like when I got it. I'm waiting for a 13-26 cassette to replace the 12-23 on there, so I'll fine tune things by then. It works fine, though, as is.

The only thing different so far is a Thomson Elite post in 250mm to get the saddle up 2cm more, while keeping the titanium sadle.

The paint on the chromed bottom bracket shell is peeling off fast, like egg shells. Will have to stop it with some roughing up and primer before it migrates up the seat tube. Then hunt for an off-white metallic top coat with a reasonable match.

This is not a garage queen, so I'm not too concerned. I've always found well used bikes with smooth workings more attractive than dusty, stiff display specimens.
 
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