Heaven help me...
In the spirit of fair play and to prove that I can take
as well as I dish out
, here is one of MY
freaks... It's a little... Kind of... A bit... And sort of... Pearly King Taxi
by kenjonbro (Celebrating 60 Years 1952-2012)
, on Flickr My freak flag flyeth when I ride my Raysport travel bike;
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I'd had this old Raysport SuperCorsa frame for a while and decided to build a travel bike out of it. The frame builder that did the conversion offered to powdercoat it for me as well. As time was tight, it seemed the perfect thing. I picked up the frame upon completion, payed, shook hands and pissed off to finish my packing as I was flying the next morning.
Without unwrapping the frame, I chucked everything into the S&S case and off I went. When I got down to building the bike up, I unwrapped everything and just about fell over. The "powdercoating" looked like my granny's legs with dimples, bumps and fisheyes. Some small sections were missed entirely... At the time I didn't have any spray equipment or the time to get an autobody shop to strip and paint it before I needed to be on the other side of the country with that same bike between my legs. I dug DEEP into the tickle trunk and grabbed an envelope full of old stamps I'd picked up previously and tastelessly applied them to frame that I had wet sanded to reasonable smoothness, then shot the whole thing with a rattlecan worth of clear.
I have since gotten spray equipment, but can't quite bring myself to destroy those old stamps, so I have patched up the misses and recleared the lot with better quality stuff.
It rides beautifully and always breaks the ice. I can run 25's, even 28's and I can get it, clothes and shoes into the S&S case.
I need to ditch the "Ritchey Carbon" script on the forks and swap out the Campy boat anchor brakes for something lighter as they are 350gr. As pictured, it weighs 8820gr with pedals and cages.
I had an extended base plate (ChrisKingese for crown race) made to restore the geometry. I run Campy 10 speed ergo shifters with Mavic 840 Rear derailleur shifting an 8 speed Cassette. It works beautifully
It's not my lightest ride, but I love the thing...So, now...your turn. What freaks are hiding in your basement/garage? Monkeyburger