Masi! Gesundheit!

The Masi Speciale Randonneur, up against the Wall of Science.

There’s a new bike in the house: a Masi Speciale Randonneur.

It’s one of them there newfangled “sport touring all-road bikes,” but you don’t gotta plug it in at night. 650b x 47 rubber. Columbus Cromor tubes. Three sets of bottle bosses and the usual rack and fender mounts, plus fenders to go with ’em.

If I can beat back these allergies its maiden voyage will be tomorrow. Yesterday I felt like I’d been tear-gassed. Today I squeezed about eight hours out of a Claritin-D 12 Hour, which if my math is correct falls about four hours short of getting ’er done.

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17 Responses to “Masi! Gesundheit!”

  1. Flahute Says:

    Gah! My eyes! It burns!

    I know none of us are as young (or flexible) as we used to be, and thus the need to raise the bars for comfort … but that photo hurts.

    Looks like the stem is a +/- 6˚ stem in the -6˚ position.

    Have you thought about flipping it to bring the bars up and closer, and then rotating the bars back into something resembling normality?

  2. JD Dallager Says:

    Re the Masi “sport touring all-road” bike: Yeah……ALL ROAD being key because those fenders look like mud-clogging machines par excellence if you tried to go off road in the wet.

    Randonneur has a nice ring to it too. Elegant, yet provincial….with subtle nuances of paperboy, BMX, Tour de France, moto, and Brooksian saddle nostalgia.

    That said……I kinda like the looks of it!! 🙂

  3. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    I’m sorry, I just can’t look at something like this with the venerable MASI name stuck on it anymore than I can the GIOS branded Chinese-made bikes Alfredo Gios sells worldwide, while the real GIOS-Torino 100% Made-in-Italy Aldo and Marco Gios bikes can only be sold in Italia.
    Faliero Masi’s gotta be doing 360’s in his grave. Same with Tolmino Gios.

  4. Herb from Michigan Says:

    Both the Masi and Rungu look like they could plow my back 40. The brake lever setup on the Masi looks like an erection I had back in 1978

  5. khal spencer Says:

    We used to have balloon tire bikes like that when I was a kid. Back to the future, eh?

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