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    Default Finally bought my first steel frame

    After being on bike forums for years and on this one for a month or so I finally bought a steel frame. I currently have a few nice bikes now but I wanted to see what steel is all about.

    I asked Roland about the frame and he said it was from the late 70's and painted with refridgerator off white paint that he did himself. I guess this frame has a story but it starts anew with me.

    I have ridden it a handful of times now and I am sooo amazed at the ride quaity compared to my other bikes. I can see why people love steel now.

    So here she is: my "new" Della Santa.

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    Greg Lemond famously rode Della Santas. They don't get a much better endorsement than that.

    Bigger pics, please.
     

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    Gorgeous!!!!

    I love, love, love Della Santas.

    Congratulations.
     

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    The paint is nothing special but I guess it has surivived 30 years so that says something. lol

    I will see if I can get bigger pics posted.
     

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    very nice, that looks fun.

    please tell us about the setup you've chosen
    and how and where you ride this beauty.
     

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    The set up is a mish mash as I had no parts for this sitting at home, Dura Ace brakes, Nitto stem, Cinelli handlebar, some Mavic wheels which are ok for the price.

    Basically I walked into one of my fav LBSs and asked what nice stuff do you have that you can give me a deal on. I didn't want to spend a huge chunk of monies on it as I am having a custom aluminum MTB built by Mike Ahrens as we speak (or I should say I am next in the queue).

    As far as where I ride, it is mostly rolling hills which is the reason I just bought a 19 cog to replace the 18 I have on it.
    Hopefully that keeps me in the saddle a bit longer.
     

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    I don't know what your geared bike is, but I'd think about moving it up in your stable. If it's spaced at 126, maybe build up a great classic. You can't get any better than that bikes heritage. At that age with original paint yet. :thumbs_up:
     

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    Hawt!

    That thing looks awesome!

    PS: It's not the steel that makes it ride well, it's the heart of the builder.
     

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    Many moons ago I lived in San Francisco, and there was a shop called the Bike Nook out in the Sunset District. Della Santas (among other eye candy) everywhere. Neat place, all road bikes all the time--a real serious roadie shop. I can remember one of the guys there waxing poetic about Della Santa at the time. Gorgeous bikes indeed!

    Kudos on yours. Enjoy! :thumbs_up:
     

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    Thanks much everyone this popped up on EBAY and I grabbed it (and ran away with it).
     

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    Congrats! Enjoy your new bike!
     

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    Put some gears on.
     

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