|Breaking Away--look at that crankset!|
As luck would have it, a very nice 1981 Masi in original condition appeared on E-Bay and I could not resist. The seller, a professor of French literature, was relocating and thinning his bike collection. He said that the bike had only been ridden five times in the last five years or so and he doubted that the person he bought it from in Brooklyn had ridden much more than that either.
Since we were planning a weekend in New York (to see, among other things, the bike exhibit at the Museum of Art and Design), it was easy to pop down to Philadelphia and pick up the bicycle and not have to worry about shipping issues.
|My newest Tin Donkey is the oldest|
|Stylish 29 year old|
In the 1970s, North America experienced a “bicycle boom,” and huge numbers of bicycles were sold. Although Mr. Masi was astute enough to realize this, he would have not been aware that the Masi brand would get another boost in 1979. The unexpected hit film “Breaking Away” featured an orange Masi Gran Criterium as the ride of the hero, Dave Stoller, and of course this did not harm sales at all.
Since purchasing my bicycle, I have changed the bar tape and added Campy Super Record pedals with toe clips and yellow straps. The bicycle is almost identical to the Stoller bike, although my cables are orange rather than yellow. The bike came with a set of Mavic GP4 tubular wheels but I also purchased as set of Open Pro clinchers from the seller and think they look better.
As Bob Hovey's website indicates, Masis have a cult following. Faliero's son Alberto continues to build in Italy, but the Masi brand is now applied to bicycles from the Far East that have no connection whatsoever to "Breaking Away."