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    Default Tom Ritchey

    Won this on ebay this morning, it is not even paid for yet.
    Last edited by benson; 09-05-2010 at 10:15 PM. Reason: added a photo
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    Default Re: Tom Ritchey

    damn, that thing looks slick!
     

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    An old friend...long since gone
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    Default Re: Tom Ritchey

    Damn, look at that fork. The original disc brake. I cannot imagine how much that front end weighed... Cool bikes. Great thread to start.
     

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    Default Re: Tom Ritchey

    tandem mountainbike sounds scary
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by masispecial View Post
    Won this on ebay this morning, it is not even paid for yet.
    Love that fork crown. Bit of a Bill Philbrook influence there, no?
    "I wanted to achieve something in life, but quickly found out that I'm not very intelligent, so I took up cycling." -Richard Virenque

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosss View Post
    tandem mountainbike sounds scary
    on that ritchey, it was scary. the pic is showing it set up with 26x1. the mountain cycles suspender fork with cable actuated hydraulic brake had a whopping 1-2" travel.

    that bike had an amazing wet fade paint with purple splatters (it was the 80's, remember) the fillet brazing around the cluster areas was amazing.

    FFWD to 2010. we're now singletracking on a full suspension ventana. That would be my choice for cycling every time...more than road or single mtb. Pegs the fun meter at 11+

    The OPs ebay score is a beauty
     

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    Sweet. Can't say I've ever seen a chain stay bridge like that. I wonder if that was typical on the frames Ritchey made?

    jimi
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimi View Post
    Sweet. Can't say I've ever seen a chain stay bridge like that. I wonder if that was typical on the frames Ritchey made?

    jimi
    I have heard it called the 'parkbench' bottom bracket. It seems to be common on Ritchey road frames with lugless bottom brackets from the late 70s.
    Some of his earlier frames had a more conventional chainstay bridge which was offset above chainstay centreline.
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    What do you call the things that are routing the derailler cables above the bottom bracket shell?
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfoot View Post
    What do you call the things that are routing the derailler cables above the bottom bracket shell?
    Cable guides. That is how it was done back then on most bikes. Around the early 80s or so, under BB became more common.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by th_boone View Post
    Cool bikes. Great thread to start.
    +1, let's see more.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by geoffk View Post
    +1, let's see more.
    Here's one I saw at l'Eroica last year.
    Lugged head tube and seat cluster, but with the same lugless BB and parkbench as my frame.

    I also have a collection of photos of Ritchey frames that were not in my size from ebay and Craigslist HERE

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    My '95 Road Logic as ridden 9 hours this weekend on "roads" in W. Mass and Southern VT.
    It's the one bike I'll never part with. Every bike I design uses the fit, feel and handling of this thing as a baseline.

    It's done laps of World Cup mtb tracks in the US and Canada, won 2 short track mtb races, 2 state Jr road champs, served 2 seasons as my 'cross b-bike and has been packed to fly somewhere around 30 times. It has clearance for 30c file treads if you use older brakes and has super-balanced geometry.


    I made it extra-ugly recently and built it up with Sram brake levers and a mish-mash of 9 speed Durace and Ultegra. And whatever crappy wheels I haven't lent out to people. There is a set of DA 7900 hubs heading this way to get laced up to some Ambrosio Excellence clinchers. Here's to another 15 years of good times...

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    Baaaaaaaad Aaaaaaaas bike!

    You really won a short track race on it? That's incredible.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by suspectdevice View Post
    I made it extra-ugly recently
    I think it looks great.

    Well, maybe not that bottle cage.

    But overall, great.
    Last edited by geoffk; 09-13-2010 at 04:53 PM. Reason: extra added redundancy removed
     

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    The STXC races were all dirt roads and pavement. A road bike is the right bike for roads, right?
    Carl Decker won a National shortrack race on a Giant road bike a few seasons back- promoters have stuck us with some pretty lame courses in the past- heck, I was racing some pretty goonish racers, carpetbagging some Southeastern winter races back when I had some more erythrocytes and mitchondrial density, so it was sorta a dick move. I wish I still had the form or motivation to be a dick!
    The beauty of a fine road-racing bicyle truly shines through when you click it up two gears on the rough stuff and hold on for the ride. Good bikes make you want to go faster. OK bikes just go fast...

    I love my Ritchey though. It was the last road bike I ever bought- everything after it came and went via sponsorship obligations. When it came down to actually buying bikes like a normal consumer the only road bikes I ever purchased were my Ritchey and a Caad7 I had for a little bit. I like Ritcheys and Cannondales... I wonder how Spooky bikes tend to feel...

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    Quote Originally Posted by suspectdevice View Post
    My '95 Road Logic as ridden 9 hours this weekend on "roads" in W. Mass and Southern VT.
    It's the one bike I'll never part with. Every bike I design uses the fit, feel and handling of this thing as a baseline.

    It's done laps of World Cup mtb tracks in the US and Canada, won 2 short track mtb races, 2 state Jr road champs, served 2 seasons as my 'cross b-bike and has been packed to fly somewhere around 30 times. It has clearance for 30c file treads if you use older brakes and has super-balanced geometry.

    I made it extra-ugly recently and built it up with Sram brake levers and a mish-mash of 9 speed Durace and Ultegra. And whatever crappy wheels I haven't lent out to people. There is a set of DA 7900 hubs heading this way to get laced up to some Ambrosio Excellence clinchers. Here's to another 15 years of good times...
    reads like a toast atmo.

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    The Ritchey frame that I bought a month ago has arrived finally. I will have photos of the built-up bike by the end of the weekend.
    David Benson

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    Quote Originally Posted by masispecial View Post
    The Ritchey frame that I bought a month ago has arrived finally. I will have photos of the built-up bike by the end of the weekend.
    So I'm behind schedule, but what the hell, here it is.
    Components are a Greatest Hits package of Suntour Cyclone & Superbe, with an SR Royal ESL seatpost.
    The top tube is only 56.5cm (on a a 62cm frame), so I repurposed the 15cm Salsa stem that was standing by to go on my tandem.
    More photos





    I just noticed that the front derailler is broken...
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