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I’m Back in the Saddle Again

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Well, not like Gene Autry in the song of that title, but back in the saddle of my bicycle. Today, with temperatures of around 75 Fahrenheit, but not too much the sun, I decided to hop on the Motta … … Continue reading

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RailTrailsRoadTrip 2018 – Day 4 [Bicycling the Silver Comet Trail in Georgia]

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As I wrote in my previous post, I had had to somewhat modify my plans for that day, because I had not been able to do all of the distance I had originally wanted to do the day before, and … Continue reading

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A Facelift for an Italian Beauty

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Even Italian beauties can do with a facelift now and then, especially if they’re vintage. Bicycles, that is! (Gesichts)verschönerung für eine italienische Schönheit Sogar italienische Schönheiten koennen manchmal ein Facelift gebrauchen, ganz besonders wenn sie schon ein älteres Modell sind. … Continue reading

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RailTrailsRoadTrip – Day 3 [Hot Springs/AR: bicycle and cell phone problems]

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Our itinerary provided for two whole days in Hot Springs, one for bicycling and sightseeing in Hot Springs itself, one for driving the short distance [55 miles] to Little Rock/AR, to visit the Clinton Presidential Library as well as to … Continue reading

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Upgraded the “Motta”

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This afternoon I did some more work on the “Motta” and did what I had wanted to do for quite a long time: fit it with Cinelli Spinaci handlebar extensions. I had had them sitting here for a long, long … Continue reading

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New “Dashboard” on the Bicycle

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During the last few days I got handlebar mounts for my camcorder and my cell phone and that’s what my handlebar now looks like: Ein neues “Armaturenbrett” am Fahrrad In den vergangenen Tagen habe ich Lenkerhalterungen für meine Videokamera und … Continue reading

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Una Bella Machina

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Today I took my “Italian beauty”, i.e. my vintage Gianni Motta road bicycle, out for her first  ride. This here is what she looks like now: Una Bella Machina Heute habe ich meine “italienische Schönheit”, d.h. mein klassisches Gianni Motta … Continue reading

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… tops the acceleration of the Dancelli: get out of the saddle and it’s fun pure and simple. Keines meiner anderen Räder … … kann in der Beschleunigung mit dem Dancelli mithalten: raus aus dem Sattel in den Stand und … Continue reading

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My “New Old” Road Bike

Finally I’ve started to put together the vintage Gianni Motta road bicycle I got myself for Christmas, and which arrived totally disassembled [see my posting “Christmas Present Puzzle“]. This here is how far I got today:

Mein “neues altes” Rennrad

Endlich habe ich damit angefangen, mein klassisches Gianni Motta Straßenrennrad zusammenzubauen, das ich mir zu Weihnachten gegönnt hatte, und das in vollständig zerlegtem Zustand [siehe meinen Blogeintarg unter Christmas Present Puzzle] hier ankam. Und so weit bin ich heute gekommen:

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The Motta – Half-Assembled

But now I’ve taken it to the bike shop for the remainder of what needs to be done as I don’t think I’d be able to put the rear derailleur on and run the brake and shifter cables properly. I also don’t have the proper size of nut to tighten the screws for the cranks on the bottom bracket.

Aber jetzt habe ich es für den Rest der zu erledigen Arbeiten zum Fahrradladen gebracht, weil ich mir nicht zutraue, den hinteren Umwerfer zu montieren sowie die Brems- und Schaltungszüge korrekt zu verlegen. Mir fehlt auch die passende Nuss, um die Schrauben der Tretkurbeln festzuziehen.

I’m really looking forward to riding that vintage Italian beauty.

Ich freue mich schon darauf, diese klassische italienische Schönheit auszuführen.

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The Old War-Horse in Me …

… is coming to life again, when I’m on my Dancelli, or even just looking at it: it’s rearing, it’s neighing, it’s pawing its hooves. 😉 Das alte Schlachtross in mir … … erwacht wieder zu Leben, wenn ich auf … Continue reading