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Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2001 22:23:49 -0700
From: "Brian Baylis" <rocklube@adnc.com>
To: "Mark A. Perkins" <bicyclemark@juno.com>
Cc: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
References: <20010824.223843.-132725.0.bicyclemark@juno.com>
Subject: [CR]Re: MASI


Congratulations! You now own an Italian built Masi G.C.. Too bad the D.T. amd seat tube decals were taken off; although I have some original Italian printed decals to replace the missing ones if you were so inclined.

As far as The KAS team bike, I'm sure it is the KAS scheme (I've seen vintage DeRosas like this also) but not likely to be an actual "team bike". Without seeing it I'm guessing the frame to be 1972. It should have a date (Mo, and Yr.) stamped on the steerer that will date it. It would help to know which tubing it is built with. It could be 3 main tubes Reynolds and Columbus forks and stays (most if not all 1970 and 71 G.C.s' are like that. In 1972 they seem to be evenly divided between all Reynolds and all Columbus. I have a pristine example of an original Italian Masi (date on fork 3/72) in the shop right now for reference. This one has the twin plate fork crown; how about yours?

Some detail shots will allow me to tell you a lot more about it. Got any? I can relate for lusting after a Masi for over 25 years. I followed the trail of the 1971 Masi GC I have for 26 years until finally in 1998 I was able to purchase it from the origina1 owner in pristine condition (and my size of course) for a very reasonable $1000. So I assume you're planning to bring it to the Velo Rendezvuos to make us jelous, no?

Welcome to the "Masi" club.

Brian Baylis La Mesa, CA
> Hello out there CR members:
> I have now acquired the one MASI Gran Criterium that has always been my
> very favorite for almost 30 years. Someday I hope to have pictures for
> everyone to see, but for now I am more interested in learning a little
> more about it. This particular frame set was purchased from a S.F. Bay
> area shop in the early 1970's, prior to '75 I'm sure, and I think '73 or
> '74. I remember riding behind it in pace lines on club rides back then.
> It's serial number, or the only number on it, is M60. It is medium gray
> metallic, with a fine metallic gold head-tube, and yellow enamel in the
> lug cut-outs, which I believe is a KAS team paint scheme. It's previous
> owner removed the seat-tube and down-tube decals right after he purchased
> it, much to my protests, but the Faleiro Masi signature is intact, as is
> the MASI Milano head-tube decal. Brian Baylis, or anyone else who may
> have MASI knowledge, can you help me date this frame? And can you help
> me determine if this is truly a KAS team issued MASI, or if it was just a
> standard paint combination? By the way, it still has the original Campy
> NR headset, BB set, and seatpost binder bolt, but I haven't removed
> anything yet since i've only had it in my possession for less than a
> week. Oh yea, Jim Cunningham, if you're reading this, this is the one I
> mentioned a few months ago in an e-mail. Once I determine the frame's
> year of manufacture, I will be looking for some correct Campy NR
> components for a buildup, but I will send another e-mail when I'm ready
> for that. That's all for now, please help if you can. Many thanks in
> advance.
> "Bicycle Mark" Perkins
> Visalia / Fresno, Calif.
> Soon to be living in Squaw Valley, Fresno County, California, above 1000
> ft. elev., and about 3 miles south of hwy 180 between Fresno and Kings
> Canyon Nat'l. Park. If you've ever, for any reason been to the Orange
> Cove Road Race, my place to be is very close to that course. I think my
> luck is changing, maybe I should buy a lottery ticket !
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