FOR SALE: Specialized Allez 40th Anniversary Frame & Fork by Mark DiNucci

$1600 includes shipping in Continental US.

It’s time. I’m clearing out the stable. (I know I’ve said it before, but I MEAN IT THIS TIME. I promise. ) Changes in my lineup have moved this almost-new bike to the sale list. It has approximately 5 rides on it, for a total of about 150 miles or so. Yes…I just got it, and nothing’s wrong with it; I just have TOO MANY BIKES and a real problem collecting new ones. The bike rides great. I purchased it new from Specialized and had it built up with Campagnolo Athena 11-speed by Higher Ground Bicycles, here in Tallahassee. But, since I am retaining my red Argonaut MAX, one of the red bikes has to go.

This is a Specialized Allez 40th Anniversary frame and fork, built by Mark DiNucci.

Seat Tube (C-to-T) 60cm
Seat Tube (C-to-C) 58cm
Top Tube (Effective) 60cm
Chain Stays 42.5cm
Seat Tube Angle 72.5 deg
Head Tube Angle 73.5 deg
Head Tube 21cm
Fork Rake 42mm
Trail 57mm
Steerer Exposed 8.6cm
Total Steerer Length 29.6cm

This frame and fork are in excellent condition. There are two paint chips, both less than 1cm in length: 1) on top tube head lug, right at the end of the point, 2) on fork leg, about halfway down. There is some paint marking where the crown race met the paint, which should be hidden by a new race and the front brake; either way, it’s not very noticeable.

I will include the Specialized Anniversary Toupe saddle with the sale. I didn’t ride it.

My name decal will come right off without marking. I’ll take it off before I ship to you.

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Please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns: oopfoo (at) gmail (dot) com
I’ll give you my phone number if you do, and I’m happy to talk bikes. I want you to be comfortable and happy with your purchase.

Also coming: Bob Brown custom, 1990 Greg Lemond Team Z, 1983-1985 Pogliaghi with paint by Noah Rosen, Casati Ellisse with matching stem and wheels, new Mondonico Spirit

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A Personal Plumbing Adventure

It’s been a rough week.

Monday, I finally yielded to the pressure to “get fixed.” I was mostly hesitant to get a vasectomy because of the interruption it would interject into this year’s cycling program, but admittedly, there was more than a little fear of pain. And pain in such a sensitive area, too.

Courage gathered, I prepped myself (i.e., “peeled the peaches”) Sunday night and trudged into Southeastern Urology early Monday morning. Having chosen an in-office appointment using only local anesthesia, I was assured that I’d be out within an hour and perfectly capable of driving myself home.

Having my shrinking violet arranged by strange women under bright lights was Not Pleasant. Despite what it might have been under different circumstances, this was akin to arranging the straps on “Old Sparky” down at the State Prison. My urologist, however, was cheerful and comforting and surprisingly, had just had his own vasectomy, nine days earlier. He laughingly assured me that he had only prepped himself and that a partner physician had performed the actual procedure.

My nurse laughed, and said, “Ha! That means he only shaved his own balls!”

The doctor shrugged and said, “Well, there are limits to how much feeling around I wanted him to do.”

“Ha…,” I weakly forced a laugh. My blood pressure was up and a cold dampness spread like like the iodine that now painted the fence around my junkyard.

Before you read further, know this: No matter what GQ and Men’s Health has said about “manning up” for a procedure “no worse than a bee sting,” my vasectomy was goddamned unpleasant.

If you’ve not seen the videos of a no-scalpel vasectomy, you should.

The urologist finds the vas deferens manually, then injects local anesthetic directly into the tube and into the area around it. It’s not great, but it’s roughly analogous to the pain of a novocaine injection received at the dentist. So far, so good.

A sharp forceps is then inserted through your scrotum. This is the “no-scalpel” part of your procedure. They aren’t cutting holes, they’re just poking holes. Again, this is Not Pleasant, but again, you’ve been numbed a bit by this time, so you don’t come off the table. But you feel it. You know what’s happening, and it’s not something that makes you comfortable.

Then, my urologist looked up and me, smiled, and said, “You’re going to feel me tugging down here.”

This is where he roots around for the correct bit of tubing, pulls it out (and everything connected to it up), then starts the tie-burn-and-clip procedure that actually makes the disconnection.

Tugging hurts.

(Girls, stop laughing.) The pain isn’t a kick-to-the-balls pain. It’s not a sharp pain. It’s not burning. It’s nothing that could be associated with surgery like cutting, or the sting of a needle or the heat of electro-cautery. It’s the deep, gut pain of nausea without vomiting. It’s being unable to breathe. It’s a cold sweat, a clammy fever and dizziness. It sits in your guts like a weight atop you, and it’s unavoidable. You cannot hide from it, talk yourself down, or man your way through it.

The nurse, a lovely creature with big eyes, leaned over me and asked, “Are you okay? Or are you feeling bad?”

I gasped at her, the corners going dark, and sparkles filling my vision, “I’m feeling real bad.”

Then, I was in a colorful place where people were talking, but I couldn’t make out the words. Everything was light and sparkles.

And then, she was there again, my nurse. She smiled and said to no one in particular, “Oh, there you are!”

I felt the table tilt as I slithered back into reality. A cold cloth was pressed to my forehead and an oxygen mask went over my nose. Cool, clear life began flowing back into my lungs.

“You were only out for a few seconds,” she said, much too cheerfully. “Are you feeling better?”

“Much,” I croaked.

I had, unfortunately, come-to just in time for the second part of the operation. Never ever forget, especially in this type of procedure, that you have two.

The oxygen and damp cloth got me through the second bit of plumbing work, and mercifully, kept me from smelling the acrid clouds of smoke that wafted up from below and circled the lamp.

Finally, without further fireworks, it was all over.

I did not walk from the room, though I feel confident I could have. Having taken a nap, I was now, per regulations, required to be wheeled. I apologized for checking out during the procedure as we trundled down the hall.

“Don’t worry, you weren’t bad at all,” my nurse chirped. “Your blood pressure dropped to 90/40, though, so we’re going to keep you for twenty minutes or so, just to make sure.”

Half and hour later, I was in my car.

I have spent the last few days with my feet up and an ice pack firmly engaged. I attempted the suggested intimacy with frozen peas, but found that a well-covered ice pack offered more relief, especially when placed outside the provided surgical truss/jock-strap and not directly icing the berries. It’s not too cold, but cold enough to provide the appropriate shrinkage. And shrinkage is important. Keeping the boys tightly clustered keeps them from jangling about on their now-injured support cables. You want to keep them wound up as tightly as you can. Ice and support are key.

So, four days in and I’m feeling better. An angry bit of stitched, incised skin is still there, but the tenderness is beginning to subside as the stitches dissolve. The peach fuzz is giving way to angry prickly pear at this point, so there’s an urge to scratch, but I won’t make the mistake of giving into it a second time.

Now, I’m looking forward to the bike.

FOR SALE: 62×60 NOS Mondonico Frame and Fork

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This is a new lugged steel road frame and chrome fork, in silver, with a silver Chris King 1″ headset. It is built of Columbus Spirit tubing. It has an Italian threaded bottom bracket and 1″ unthreaded steerer. Matching yellow BBB bottle cages are included in the sale.

Seat tube: 62cm C-to-C
Top tube: 60cm C-to-C
Head tube: 22.5cm

This frame was ordered as a custom frame and has been stored ever since. as a project that I never completed. I think it hearkens back to the classic builds of the 1970s, though it is certainly a modern frame. It has never been built, and the purchaser should chase-and-face the bottom bracket shell before installing a bottom bracket. This is a fine example of the now-retired Antonio Mondonico’s work.
Buy it, build it, and ride the hell out of it!

$1365 shipped in CONUS.
More info about Mondonico: http://www.smartcycles.com/about_mondonico.htm

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Just a Guy on a Bike

I saw a cyclist who was hit by a car, this morning.

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This wasn’t a spandex-clad, helmet-wearing roadie. It wasn’t a too-cool hipster on his fixie. It wasn’t an MTBer, sketching some pavement in-between trails. This was just-a-guy-on-a-bike. No ultralight wheels. No carbon composite frame. No thoughts of functional threshold power or VO2 max. His bike was transportation. He was on the sidewalk, going to work, going to the store, going home…maybe just going for the sake of going.

And he got hit.

Early-morning traffic in this part of Tallahassee is moving pretty fast. People leaving the Chick-fil-a or Dunkin Donuts in this parking lot have to gas it pretty hard to make the gaps in the fast-moving traffic. You pull out, check left for a gap, and GO.

He might have been coming down the sidewalk from the right, and the driver didn’t even look toward him. He might have been coming from the left, and the driver just didn’t see him.

He got hit.

And now, this guy on the big-box store bike is on the pavement as the paramedics slip a back board under him.

None of us “cyclists” may know this guy. He may not show up at group rides, help maintain the local trails, or smugly espouse pro-cycling opinions on the Internet. He just rides a bike. And now, he doesn’t. And will he again? Will he even WALK again?

I have written and rewritten so many diatribes to end this post, and I’ve deleted every one of them. They were too callous, too political, and too cycling-specific. They tried to make points that have been made over and over and over again.

The plain, simple truth of the matter is this poor guy was hurt, maybe badly, maybe very badly. Just another story to add to those of Tom Palermo and others. Just another guy who is someone’s son, someone’s brother, someone’s father.

Just another guy on a bike.

SOME STATISTICS

  • According to the NHTSA, in 2012, 2.2% of fatal traffic crashes involved bicyclists. That’s 726 deaths, an increase of 6% from 2011.
  • 49,000 cyclists were injured.
  • During the same time period, the total (not just cyclists) number of injuries in “distracted driver” incidents increased 9%, from 387,000 to 421,000.
  • Drivers “visibly manipulating a handheld device” while driving held steady at 1.3%. This number increases to 1.5% on weekends, when more cyclists are on the roads.

FOR SALE Wheels! Part Two!

Okay, it’s part TWO of the wheel sale!

SOLD! Shimano Dura-Ace tubeless clincher wheelset (WH-7801-SL) SOLD!
EDIT: I have just been made aware that these wheels are not WH-7850-SL, but in fact WH-7801-SL. I was under the impression that the 7850 was the first iteration of the tubeless-compatible wheel set, which was in error. The difference is apparently in spoke nipple placement, as the 7801 is trued from the hub and the 7850 is trued from the rim. This change was made to suit the pro mechanics who were adjusting the wheels before every race. Additionally, the lacing pattern on the rear wheel is different, with a 2-cross on the drive side compared to the radial and 2-cross mix on the 7801. Otherwise, they’re very similar wheels, with many suggesting the 7801 is a stiffer wheel.
Weight: approx 1470g
Spokes: 16 front (radial), 20 rear, radial drive-side, 2-cross non-drive)
Hubs: Shimano Dura-Ace 7850
Compatibility: definitely 10-speed or less (with spacer). I am unsure about upgrade paths to 11-speed.
Skewers: none
Condition: Very good+. No scuffs or scrapes.These are tubeless compatible and are currently rigged tubeless with the Hutchison tires and tubeless stems. I would recommend new tires, though. These may be a little dry. (Note: I love these wheels and am keeping a set for myself. It’s hard to improve on these.)
SOLD! Price: $250 shipped in Continental US. SOLD!

Mavic Paris Roubaix SSC / Chris King RED tubular wheelset
Spokes: 36 front and rear (3-cross)
Hubs: Chris King Classic hubs, RED
Compatibility: Shimano/SRAM 7/8/9/10-speed
Skewers: included matching Chris King skewers
Condition: Very good+. No scuffs or scrapes. Some light marking on brake track anodization. Decals are sturdy. These are the 1990s redux of the Mavic Paris Roubaix SSC rims, and yes, they are genuine. Veloflex tubulars currently glued should still have quite a bit of life in them, but this sale is for the wheelset…the tires are just a bonus and are not warrantied. I recommend that you remove and reglue them for your own peace of mind. These wheels have <1000 miles on them, none of them racing. Price: $550 shipped in Continental US.

Topolino Revelation II AC29 clincher wheelset (29mm alloy aero rim with carbon aero spokes)
Spokes: 30 carbon through-hub spokes rear (mixed pattern), 24 carbon through-hub spokes front (2-cross); these are Topolino’s aero-profile, through-hub spokes. The spokes are carbon/fiberglass and terminate at each side of the rim, not at the hub. This is Topolino’s selling point.
Hubs: Topolino
Compatibility: Shimano/SRAM 10-speed
Skewers: included matching skewers
Condition: Very good+. No scuffs or scrapes. Little marking on braking surface. Decalas are very sturdy and intact. I kept these as everyday wheels on the Roark that I kept at my office (the one I just sold, actually). Thus, very, very low mileage….I INTENDED to ride often from my office and just never actually DID. These are some freaky-looking wheels, but I found them quite stiff and responsive…more so than most of the “normal” wheelsets I have owned and a lot stiffer than most of the ultralight carbon wheels. I’d trust them on anything, under any size rider. They’re bulletproof. The Continental GP4000 tires are probably useful, but as always, they’re just included for you to determine.
Price: $350 shipped in Continental US.

Fulcrum Racing Zero clincher wheelset, RED
Spokes: 16 front aero (radial), 21 rear aero (radial and 2-cross)
Hubs: Fulcrum
Compatibility: Shimano/SRAM 10-speed (Campagnolo and 11-speed bodies are available from Fulcrum)
Skewers: included Fulcrum skewers
Condition: Awesome. I hate getting rid of these, but I don’t have a THING that they look good on, anymore. They’re so very, very RED, and that alone is good enough for an extra 20 watts, right? These are some crazy-stiff clinchers. The decals are sturdy and undamaged. They have almost no miles on them, as they were mostly just hanging out here for the past few years, waiting for something cool to hang them onto. Put these on your race bike and ride the HELL out of them, please! Before I change my mind.
Price: $650 shipped in Continental US.

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Why I Ride Tubulars

I was asked a question about “venturing into the dark side” and riding tubulars today. As usual, I got silly and convinced myself that what I was writing might be a good manifesto to post here, so…for your toleration, “Why I Ride Tubulars.”

Well, I’ve ridden tubulars for the past 25 years or so, so yes, I’m a fan.

I was sold my first set of tubular wheels by Bob Beck, whose Albany, Georgia bike shop was noted for exceptional bikes and components…so exceptional that he scared away most of his clientele who were simply looking for another gas-pipe contrivance for little Jimmy to propel around the block at Christmas. Bob had TASTE and CLASS. Bob carried Mavic and Campagnolo and LOOK. Bob built wheels. Bob knew John Howard. Bob was AWESOME. (And he could move those 50-year-old legs a sight faster than we 19-year-old layabouts could suspect on the local training race. Bob could HURT you.)

My first set of tubies were Campy Omegas laced to Chorus hubs. Not super light, but superb wheels for a Cat 4 to start strutting around with. Those loose bearings hissed like a cat smeared in lard. Smooooooooth. And they still ARE. They’re a little less shiny, now, but they’re still rolling and still amazing wheels, fit for rolling smoothly on the worst chip-and-seal 1988 Albany had to offer, and probably worse. These WERE and ARE better wheels than my own cycling capability. This has been a consistent theme throughout my life.

From the first, I fell in love. I still recommend bike enthusiasts try a pair, just to have the experience. Why?

1. From a ride standpoint, they’re second-to-none. A nice, expensive tubular has a smooth, supple feel on the road, especially in corners. You never feel “on edge” like you can with narrow clinchers. That ride inspires confidence in corners and on descents. And, you’ll find that you start liking wider and wider tires just because they feel SOOOOO good! Luckily, the old beliefs about narrow being faster are pretty much horseshit, and provably so.

2. Tubulars are expensive, comparatively, in both cost and time. Learning to glue, then wait, then glue, then wait, then glue, stick, then wait again…that’s a bit of a pain when you’ve got a new set of wheels in front of you that you just HAVE TO RIDE. It’s not actually difficult, it’s just a pain. You WILL end up sticking yourself to your garage floor at LEAST once, and until you discover the use of cheap flux brushes for gluing, you’ll be picking glue off yourself for days. Still, you will learn that tubular glue isn’t “glue,” it’s CONTACT CEMENT. Layers and curing are your friend…your sticky, sticky friend.

3. Cheap tubulars can be pretty horrible in comparison to expensive, wide open-clinchers. Cheap tubulars aren’t always sewn straight, so they are sometimes hard to align properly on the wheel, and that’s annoying. Cheap tubulars are sometimes prone to tread separation or base tape separation, which is one more thing you don’t see in expensive brands very often. So long as you stay within some brands and read around a bit, you can figure out what works and what doesn’t…it’s not that difficult, and the penalties aren’t all that great for finding out you don’t like something.

4. Repairing tubulars on the road is pretty much nonexistent. You take a spare and maybe some Tufo tape with you, stick it onto the cured rim, air it up, and go. You’ll get props for carrying a tire in your jersey pocket (which looks pro as hell), but it’s not as convenient as a couple of tubes and some levers. Still, it’s super-pro, and looks count for something, right? Repairing tubulars is something you do with a Velox sewing kit during the long, cold, wet Winter evenings. Your wife knits. The cat sleeps by the fire. You cut, patch, and sew tubulars you flatted last season. Again…SUPER-pro.

5. You’ll be sucked into the lore and mythology of cycling. Yes, you’ll experiment with hanging $200-dollar handmade silk FMBs in the rafters for a couple of years to “age” them. Whatever THAT’S supposed to do. Still, you’ll be connected to the glorious past of cycling greats.

6. If you’re like me, it’ll mean yet ANOTHER set of wheels. And if you have multiple bikes, you’ll end up getting another set for EACH of them, because I’m an idiot.

All that said, you should try them. You should definitely try them. You should try them on a nice, double-walled set of alloy rims with a name like Ambrosio or something-something-“Paris-Roubaix” labeled on them. You should buy the fattest pair of tires that will fit through your fork and stays. You should ride them on a road that is pitted and rocky and awful. You should experience the magic and chuckle knowingly as your friends are scraping along on their 23mm clinchers while their hands go numb.

Ride tubulars.

(But keep some nice clinchers handy, too.)

FOR SALE! Shimano Dura-Ace Wheelsets

Welcome to the next part of my big clear-out, the WHEELS! Up first is a trio of Shimano Dura-Ace wheels:

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(See below for more photos.)

Shimano Dura-Ace 50mm Carbon tubular wheelset (WH-7801 Carbon 50mm)
Weight: approx 1500g
Spokes: 16 front (bladed, radial), 20 rear (bladed, radial drive-side, 2-cross non-drive)
Hubs: Shimano Dura-Ace 7800
Compatibility: definitely 10-speed or less (with spacer). I am unsure about upgrade paths to 11-speed.
Skewers: none
Condition: Very good+. Tires are mounted, and if you can get use out of them, so be it. I’d recommend pulling the tires and remounting them, however, as glue can dry out, and I’d rather you be in charge of your own tubular security. Otherwise, no nicks, scuffs or damage to the rims. I did notice a decal flaked up a tiny bit.
Price: $550 shipped in Continental US.

Shimano Dura-Ace Carbon tubular wheelset (WH-7801 Carbon 24mm)
Weight: approx 1300g
Spokes: 16 front (bladed, radial), 20 rear (bladed, radial drive-side, 2-cross non-drive)
Hubs: Shimano Dura-Ace 7800
Compatibility: definitely 10-speed or less (with spacer). I am unsure about upgrade paths to 11-speed.
Skewers: none
Condition: Very good+. No nicks or damage.Tires are mounted, and if you can get use out of them, so be it. Again, I’d recommend pulling the tires and remounting them, as glue can dry out, and I’d rather you be in charge of your own tubular security.
Price: $350 shipped in Continental US.

Shimano Dura-Ace tubeless clincher wheelset (WH-7850-SL)
Weight: approx 1470g
Spokes: 16 front (radial), 20 rear, radial drive-side, 2-cross non-drive)
Hubs: Shimano Dura-Ace 7850
Compatibility: definitely 10-speed or less (with spacer). I am unsure about upgrade paths to 11-speed.
Skewers: none
Condition: Very good+. No scuffs or scrapes.These are tubeless compatible and are currently rigged tubeless with the Hutchison tires and tubeless stems. I would recommend new tires, though. These may be a little dry. (Note: I love these wheels and am keeping a set for myself. It’s hard to improve on these.)
Price: $250 shipped in Continental US.

These wheels are all VERY low mileage, easily under 500 miles. I purchased them when I began experimenting with wheels back in 2008 or so, and have kept them bagged up in my bike shop for the majority of their lives. To be frank, I needed to lose the weight on my BUTT before I lost weight on my bike.

There are TIRES on these rims, and if you can use them, great, but I’m only shipping them to protect the rims in transit and will NOT be guaranteeing the tires. Some tires age better than others.

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Whoops! Account creation now FIXED

If you’ve read this blog and attempted to create an account, you have undoubtedly received an error of some sort. It is unfortunate that WordPress is under persistent, daily attacks from spam bots and other miscreants, and even more unfortunate that I had locked down the account system a little TOO tightly. This probably gave you all the impression that I didn’t want to hear from you…and you’re RIGHT…I mean WRONG! I would LOVE to hear from you! So, feel free to create an account and comment where you will. I’ll leave the lights on for you.

SOLD, Day 5: 60cm Roark Titanium Custom Road bike

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The crazy savings continue with this bicycle, a 60cm custom Roark Titanium road bike. If you don’t know Roark, they’re an aircraft manufacturing company in Indiana, who happen to perform miracles with titanium. This particular miracle is a custom road race bike that I purchased during my years feeling out custom geometries and marks. It’s polished Ti, which shows fingerprints, but MAN, does it shine! In any other stable, this would be a lifetime bike, but I have to clear some room for my incoming Zanconato steel.

I recently found out about a recall that occurred prior to this bike’s construction. This bike is NOT affected by the recall.

It’s race-ready and a steal at $1600, shipped in the CONUS.
SOLD!

Geometry:
Toptube 60cm
Seattube 59cm C-to-C
Headtube 19.5cm
Stand-over 82.5cm
Stem 120cm

Equipe:
Dura Ace 7800 10-speed gruppo, 175mm 53-39 crank
SRAM cassette
Easton EA90 SL clincher wheels
Thomson cockpit
Ritchey WCS saddle
Ritchey WCS carbon bars (44cm)
Chris King headset
Easton EC90 carbon fork
Pedals are NOT included

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