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This is one of the prettiest double centuries on the schedule each year. It traverses the beautiful hill country of the central coast and if you have a sunny Spring day, you are in for a real treat!

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Now for some parts! Choosing the right parts for a build is usually pretty easy for me. I’m a Campy guy and for an Italian bike it should be a no-brainer, right! But this time I am letting the bike tell me what to do. With Simplex and Balilla as original equipment it is clear that this was not a top shelf racer, but probably more of a sport bike than entry level. A little French, a little Italian, I like it!

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Well, right now I am happy with my frame alignment efforts so I am willing to commit some more time and effort to this project. The next step is to get the frame cleaned and more closely inspected. It can be hard to locate problems on a dirty frame so a good cleaning is necessary. As a second step, removal of rust from the chrome as well as the painted areas has to happen.

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6:00 am  February 13,  2016,  Solana Beach CA

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This would be my first event of any real distance this year. I signed up for it in part because I really like the route, but also because it fit in well with my availability. Still, doing nearly 200 miles in one day with no mileage base was going to be a challenge.

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Trying to straighten the frame

This is the problem that I am going to try and fix. The frame is upside down in the work stand and so the down tube shows as the upper in the picture. There is clearly some deformation visible on the underside of the down tube. The top tube is also damaged in the similar location but is not quite so severe.

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Here is a project that I may regret taking on. I stumbled across this frame online and picked it up for a song, and that may be about all it is worth. To my optimistic eye however it has some potential in spite of its condition. Rusted chrome, bent top and down tube, bent fork etc. But, I am usually up for a challenge!

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Another great Oregon Randonneurs event!

This years Verboort Sausage Festival ride started well enough, cool and cloudy but not raining. Well, that fantasy lasted for about the first mile before the rain came in and settled on our ride!

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