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Didn't know where to post this--here, retro or Merckx, but I know there are a bunch of old Merckx fans here so... Rode my Merckx into work this morning and snapped a few pics in the cube. I bought this frame in the classifieds here in '99 and built it up with a mix of 9 speed era Ultegra and 7 speed era Dura Ace. It's a late 80s/early 90s Century built with Reynolds 653. I recently repacked the hubs and treated it to a new rear der, chain and tires (Conti Four Seasons--nice!). After riding the Surly Cross Check exclusively for the last six months this felt pretty quick, but the ride was buttery smooth.









 

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I can relate

I have a cross check that i commute on, and although I love the ride, once I get on one of my other road bikes I feel like stepping on it. Not that i'm fast or anything, but the change is very noticeable.

By the way, that is a very nice looking Merckx.
 

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Gorgeous. Are you going to keep the old school compenents or do you plan on upgrading to new parts?
 
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You inspired me to go out tonight and putter around the neighbourhood on my Geoffrey Butler.

Thank you.

Oh yeah, nice bike!!
 

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Wow Henry, nice bicycle. I'm in the process of upgrading my Argon 18 touring bicycle in Columbus SP, so I've got your beauty to lead the way.
Cheers, Wayne
 

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Henry Chinaski said:
Keeping it as is. Everything works like new and that's a ten speed seatpost!
Awesome. That's hilarious. My first bike had downtube shifters and I really disliked them. I couldn't do it. But I'm stoked that your going against the grain.
 

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Hang on to that baby, unless you want to sell it to me. Looks like my size. It's a 57, right?
It's a bit strange. I was told it was a 57 but it's actually 57.5 c-c and the tt is 57.2 cm which suggests it's closer to a "58". No plans to sell, unless someone wanted to trade me for a Kelme Merckx or a MX Leader.
 

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Henry Chinaski said:
It's a bit strange. I was told it was a 57 but it's actually 57.5 c-c and the tt is 57.2 cm which suggests it's closer to a "58". No plans to sell, unless someone wanted to trade me for a Kelme Merckx or a MX Leader.
Yep, that sounds like a 58. However, it's entirely possible the geometry is a little different than newer models. My Corsa 01 is 57 c-c for the seat tube, and 56.8 c-c for the top tube. Does your frame have a relatively slack seat tube angle? My 57 has a 72.5 angle, which is one of the things I like about the frame as it effectively shortens the top tube.
 
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