• older1

    Wow, Mark, VERY nice work, and shot in an appropriate environment most of us should envy!
    You have my vote for one of the elite contributors to this site who set the benchmark, in stark contrast to the proliferating purveyors of patina-partial proltaria as myself.
    If your Ross could talk, it would probably say: “See? I always KNEW I could be a beeeyoootiful bike!”

  • Julie s

    Seafoam green, very appropo. Excellent work.

  • http://haguester.posterous.com/ Bob Hague

    Fantastic work, gorgeous bike. I particularly like the color-matched chainring guard. Nice touch.

  • Jim

    Bianchi “celeste” / “sea foam” green! Nice!!!

  • http://hughsbicycle.blogspot.com Hugh

    Temporary insanity? On the contrary I would say your “The Model of Mental Health” Very nice work!
    Of course this is coming from a certified nut case (:

  • http://hughsbicycle.blogspot.com Hugh

    P.S. It is colder here in Mi this morning than it is in
    Juneau Alaska. And my wife (another certified nut case)
    just made reservations for a spring vacation 400 miles north of here. Shoot Me Now!

    • older1

      Okay, Hugh, you’re starting to get a nervous twitch, and it’s scaring us…listen carefully: back away from the keyboard….slowly…slowly…there, now…take three deep breaths…iiiiinnnn….and ooouuuttt…that’s it, good, now, find your peaceful, sunny cycling place in your mind’s eye, and just stay there for another month or so and put this past winter behind you!

      • http://hughsbicycle.blogspot.com Hugh


  • http://www.ontherodeagain.com Mike H

    Nice job on the Gran Tour. I just finished one over the winter as a conversion to a single speed. http://www.ontherodeagain.com/2011/02/1982-ross-gran-tour.html
    It’s an exception comfortable ride.

    • Mark D

      Enjoyed reading your blog about my bike’s “cousin.” Nice work. Yes, the long wheelbase and relaxed geometry makes for a comfy ride. I’m thinking of adding a rear rack and using mine for commuting and light touring.

  • Matt K

    Beautifully done. That looks like Florida, Gulf coast?

    • Mark D

      Florida is correct, but it’s actually Fort Lauderdale Beach, about a half hour north of Miami. I took that photo here a couple of months ago, in the dead of winter.

      • http://hughsbicycle.blogspot.com Hugh

        lol Yeah that looks like the dead of winter!

  • Doug W.

    I’ve not seen a stand off water bottle cage like that before; but I don’t get out much. Great project! Congrats.

    • Mark D

      It’s by Bell Sports. About $9 for the clamp and bottle cage. Even includes the rubber strips so you don’t scratch your frame. Installs vertically or horizontally. Great for old bikes without braze-ons. Available at Walmart, Kmart, and other fine big box marts.

  • laverack

    What is the borderline between genius and lunatic? You, my friend, have answered the question for many of us. Thank you for sharing.

    • Mark D

      Well, as I read on a randonneuring web site, “Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” Glad to be of service. 🙂

  • BeaterRezQ

    Did someone say Ross?
    Gorgeous bikes that never caught on quite like the Schwinn’s, but nice nonetheless.
    Most folks that I encounter while riding this bike sadly never heard of Ross bicycles. Even sadder are the ones that thought all that Ross ever produced was cheap cruisers or heavy mountain bikes.
    83-85 Mt. Hood

    **also, Mark D. your labor of love paid off…it’s beautiful and one of a kind.
    Nicely done!