The secret of life
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My Ottrott got stolen almost immediately -- some low moral neighbor of mine cut through the door of my storage locker in the basement and stole it with only 32 miles on the clock - hopefully he has permanent saddle sores.
I replaced it with a frame of almost equal size that I bought on e-bay. An all aluminum Raleigh - its ok but the buzz of the aluminum frame has led me to order a Ti SEVEN - more when it arrives on that...
here is a picture of the Raleigh frame
My long time ride was the Battaglin (red and white below) - I gave this after 10 years of riding/training/racing to the UCSD Cycling club. Below is my 3'rd hand $100 fixed gear commuter (an old road race Trek)
updated in 2002 (i think)
1991 Battaglin SLX (Steel) - an excellent ride in fine Italian tradition - stretched out top tube for comfort on long rides yet a tight geometry for fast handling and excellent Criterium or descending manners. Outfitted as a bit of a mongrel - Campy Chorus drive train, Campy Record shifters, various other Shimano parts (brakes, headset, seatpost). The wheels have served me well as both trainers and racers - Mavic Open SUP Pro in the rear (hand wire tied and soldered with galvanized wire - stays true till the end of time and is super stiff), MA-40 upfront. Chrome steel fork ;-) Gotta love the internal cable routing - they don't make many like that anymore !
photos will go here when I get them back from Wolf Camera
I recently had a major overhaul done by City Cycle (at the corner of Union & Steiner in San Francisco) as a tune up for the final season
The mechanics did a fantastic job on the bike - it has ridden perfectly all summer - but unfortunately it speeded up the bike lust and I am now working with City Cycle on a Serotta Ottrott ST (Titanium & Carbon Fiber exotic) - more bike than I need but man it rides nice...
The Ottrott ST comes with pivots in the rear triangle (here) - the combination of materials and the rear triangle supposedly give you a lot in corners and descending. I certainly found on my test rides that I could push this bike a lot farther into corners than any other Serotta they had - yet it was not as twitchy as my Battaglin - I think the geometry is a little less tight but manages to deliver better handling. I got off the bike with a huge smile and somehow justified to myself the extra $$ for the upgrade from the mid-range.