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Finally got to the Osaka bike museum. I went to see Breezer #9 and roundly criticized the place for displaying it as a Brezzer built by Joe Brezzer. It was correct in Japanese :(



Pretty awesome bike.

Wandering around the museum I saw a room full of bikes that I could barely see.



I first asked them to turn the lights on but still couldn't see the lights. The curator graciously allowed me to enter through the staff entrance to get my hands dirty, so to speak.

First I was amazed by this bike. I was told it was great because it had a 1st gen XT group :|



Then I saw this one and was told it had a Cunningham-style brake :|



And none were for sale or trade, though I tried, very hard.

Tons of pix are here.
 

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Wow. I'd love to walk around that place. Cool to see the Motorola Merckx- I just bought one of those.

These two (sarcastic?) comments you made had me wondering...

bushpig said:
First I was amazed by this bike. I was told it was great because it had a 1st gen XT group :|

Then I saw this one and was told it had a Cunningham-style brake :|
They make it sound like the museum doesn't know what they have, or at least your guide doesn't. I mean, the obvious response to both of those comments is 1. Sure! The fact that it's a Mantis has nothing to do with it's greatness, just the XT gruppo! and 2. Wow! It has a Cunningham-style frame too! Was your guide a little clueless, or was it just a language barrier?
 

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Fillet-brazed said:
That's the Shimano Museum right?

I want some of those tracks and hooks for my garage ceiling. ;)
i want the merckx.:cool: :cool: :cool: :) :thumbsup:
 

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Not Just Any Merckx

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i want the merckx.:cool: :cool: :cool: :) :thumbsup:
Team Motorola Merckx MXL!!!!!!!!! (check the fork and chainstays)

that bike most likely belonged to some big whig. Maybe the bike he won Fleche Wallone on.
Motorola bikes are great
Motorola team bikes better
Most are Corsas
that is an MXL, rare and reserved for the stones
 

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They make it sound like the museum doesn't know what they have, or at least your guide doesn't. I mean, the obvious response to both of those comments is 1. Sure! The fact that it's a Mantis has nothing to do with it's greatness, just the XT gruppo! and 2. Wow! It has a Cunningham-style frame too! Was your guide a little clueless, or was it just a language barrier?[/QUOTE]


My guess is lost in translation!
 

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Fillet-brazed said:
I think Noah speaks the ranguage somewhat. Did they mention the smooth firret brazing on the Mantis?
now I have that scene from a christmas story stuck in my head...


nice sig
 

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My guide was the curator of the museum. In fairness to him, the museum has a huge range and my guess is that he is more focused on the really early bikes and championship bikes. I didnt take many pictures of them but they had draissanes (sp) boneshakers, etc etc. They had a lot of championship road and track bikes. He told me that for the mountain bikes his main interested was getting the Breezer and confirming that it was authentic. The other bikes are just things he picked up. He really dug a fluoresent pink three seater mountain tandem that was built for the three Shimano brothers for an office party. The real shame for me is that visitors cant see most of the bikes that I went crazy for.
 

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haaki said:
Team Motorola Merckx MXL!!!!!!!!! (check the fork and chainstays)

that bike most likely belonged to some big whig. Maybe the bike he won Fleche Wallone on.
Motorola bikes are great
Motorola team bikes better
Most are Corsas
that is an MXL, rare and reserved for the stones
The funny (or depressing, depending on your point of view ;) ) thing is that when the Motorola team ended they were selling all the team hardware off at pennies on the dollar. An old teammate of mine got Max van Heeswijk's MXL for $600, complete with Dura Ace STI and Mavic SSC wheels :eek: , and there were others in the Chicago area that got similar deals on everything from complete bikes to rollers to shoe covers. Unfortunately for me I was too new to the sport to appreciate the value of any of it :madman: .
 

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What's important to some isn't to others. I have wonder what the curator would say touring First Flights collection???
 

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-Anomie- said:
The funny (or depressing, depending on your point of view ;) ) thing is that when the Motorola team ended they were selling all the team hardware off at pennies on the dollar. An old teammate of mine got Max van Heeswijk's MXL for $600, complete with Dura Ace STI and Mavic SSC wheels :eek: , and there were others in the Chicago area that got similar deals on everything from complete bikes to rollers to shoe covers. Unfortunately for me I was too new to the sport to appreciate the value of any of it :madman: .
that is how my MXL is set (Mavic Classic SSCs) just need a nitto noodle bar and UIG stem
to get rid of the black (stem and bar). Mine is one of the last 100 to come off the line (2005) done in Motorola. With those wheels you are talking Tour of Flanders , Paris Roubaix,......

my guess, by looking at the size and the bars is that it is one of Pre Cancer Armstrongs. Either World Championship, Fleche Wallone or San Sebastien.
 

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haaki said:
that is how my MXL is set (Mavic Classic SSCs) just need a nitto noodle bar and UIG stem
to get rid of the black (stem and bar). Mine is one of the last 100 to come off the line (2005) done in Motorola. With those wheels you are talking Tour of Flanders , Paris Roubaix,......

my guess, by looking at the size and the bars is that it is one of Pre Cancer Armstrongs. Either World Championship, Fleche Wallone or San Sebastien.
Curator said world championship.
 
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