what was that? is that all there is? who is this? this is it.

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April 27, 2020

You being bike like people the photos tell the story pretty well. I will point out this Benotto is now a member of the Profile Design Cup Holder’s Club. I turned that DANK toptube pad inside-out and it looks great. Smaller big ring (from 53t to 47t) bigger tires (from 23 to 28). I slathered the shit out of the Brooks saddle with Proofide but elected to set it aside to soak it in. That’s a Ritchey Force stem shimmed out around actual Nitto stainless shims on the flat bar (25.4 to 26.0) I started out with a wrap of Rainier tall can but it was a bit halfass slippery like, which is fine for me on my own bikes but I went all out legit on this one. The bottom bracket and headset feel just fine. All new cables and housing. New chain on a new old stock 7-speed cassette spaced out on the 8-9-freehub body. Thumbshifters all frictioned out like a trombone. The iron oxide colored fork is rust blooming through the chrome.  


If there’s ever a time that it pays to hoard bike parts this is it. When a friend asks you to work on their bike and you don’t have to leave your garage to refurbish it. That’s the time, That’s the time, I love the best.  

A quick cost/benefit analysis illustrates this: 

The cost = $0.00 

The benefits = huge 


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Case said...

Just did the same for a friend. Cables, housing, drivetrain cleaning, the works. Didn't leave the garage but for pickup and drop off. Got a pack of Alaskan bacon out of it.

Posted April 27, 2020 01:26 PM | Reply to this comment

Alistair. said...

Outstanding. Good looking bike Mark.

Posted April 27, 2020 03:01 PM | Reply to this comment

pilder said...

I already have two arcing flat bar thumb shifter bikes but this one is rather sporty. It's a 57cm right up my alley but it's not mine. If I could have a beer with Mr. Benotto I'd ask him about head tube angles briefly but mostly I'd want to hear his good old glory days stories.

Posted April 28, 2020 05:54 AM | Reply to this comment

pilder replied to Case...

what's Alaskan bacon like?

Posted April 30, 2020 05:22 AM | Reply to this comment

Case replied to pilder...

Like Kirk's trench coat. :)

Posted May 4, 2020 08:49 AM | Reply to this comment

pilder replied to Case...

that doesn't make me salivate

Posted May 5, 2020 09:12 PM | Reply to this comment

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