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PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2008 8:04 pm 
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My name is Peter (aka Manatee). I found this forum while researching frames for my next bike, which I plan to build the fall or so.

I currently ride a Serotta Legend Ti with Campy Record and Mavic wheels (the ones with the 1 red spoke). I want to build up a carbon-frame bike with one of the upcoming grouppos this fall (or whenever they arrive.)

My old bike is an Eddy Merckx frame of TSX in Kelme colors, currently with 9-speed Record.

I also have a carbon Trek hybrid (rarely used), a red Specialized Fatboy (never used -- virtually unridable), and a Litespeed Ultimate (1997) frame that I never really bonded with.

I'm just a recreational rider now -- 30 pounds past by youthful weight, nearing 50 years, but I like all the cool gear I couldn't afford when I was a thin, fit, young cyclist in the '70s/'80s.

Anyway, this looks like a great place, full of great people and information.

My current ride: Serotta Legend Ti with Campy Record
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Eddy Merckx Century (originally built up in 1992)
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Litespeed Ultimate (1997 -- meaning to build it up and sell it since about 2002)
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The Fatboy... Has anyone else on earth purchased one?
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Which would you rather change by the side of the road?
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Trek hybrid - can't remember why I bought this one
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Three's a crowd... or so says my wife. ;)
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My first road bike was a purple Peugeot UO-8 (1973), but I don't think I ever had a photo of it. Sold it in a yard sale around 1985.

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Welcome to the board...I am sure you get a lot of imput that is valuable here.

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Welcome to WW and nice bike! There are plenty of great (friendly) members here that can help with your new build.

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At first I completely disliked the colors, but on a second look I must say it looks quite good with the components you've chosen. Nice bike!


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Welcome to the forum! Age does not matter when you have a passion. I'm 51.

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I like that serotta - good clean build. I LOVE that Merckx - don't change a thing, well except for a better photo to do it justice. The Litespeed is on the right track for a weight weenie bike - just leave off components to shave weight! Now, that fatboy could probably lose a few pounds in some areas to get it more on the weight weenie side.


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boarder1995 wrote:
INow, that fatboy could probably lose a few pounds in some areas to get it more on the weight weenie side.

I have to take the Fatboy to the zoo and weigh it on the elephant scale.

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boarder1995 wrote:
I LOVE that Merckx - don't change a thing, well except for a better photo to do it justice.

I wish I had kept all the original parts I used in the original build -- the original Ergo Power levers, old Chorus calipers (I never like the parallelograms), old-style crank with flatter arms. I can still put regular wheels on it to make it look a bit more retro.

The geometry of the Serotta is modelled on the Merckx, but with shorter seat tube to better fit my short legs.

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That Fatboy is one of the coolest bikes I've seen in a long time (^_^).

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TheBugMan wrote:
That Fatboy is one of the coolest bikes I've seen in a long time (^_^).

Thanks. I think I'll put red Speedplays on it to kick it up a notch -- and give it that edge in authenticity.

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