This should have been so simple, to scratch my itch for a Masi by buying a frame and building it up with parts that I had lying around.
That's how it all started, but it didnt take long for things to go pear shaped.
The trouble started when I read a CR List posting by Brian Baylis which said:
"All CA Masis have 1973 dated parts. That shipment lasted for several years." Baylis worked there, so he ought to know.
Most Campagnolo parts from the era are not date stamped, so there was no need to mess with the pre '78 brake calipers or front derailler, but the 1981 rear mech had to go.
The decision to ride the Masi at this year's Noosa Strade Bianche created a couple of more practical problems.
The unpadded Cinelli saddle looked the part, but was excruciatingly uncomfortable after a couple of hours.
Knowing That Eddy Merckx used Ottusi saddles, a boutique-butchered Brooks, on days when his arse was tender, I wanted something similar.
I pondered doing a bit of saddle butchery myself, but, once again, ebay came to the rescue with a nicely modified Brooks B17 Competition.
The B17 Competition was the predecessor the legendary Brooks Professional, and this one has been reshaped, trimmed and re-rivetted with large copper rivets.
The 32 spoke Super Champion Arc en Ciel rims that I had built initially give a lovely ride, but are a bit light for spirited gravel riding at 340g.