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Readers’ Rig: Thomas’ Tommasini Tecno

This week’s Readers’ Rig is fine piece of Italian workmanship in Steel. Thomas in Pennsylvania has a Ferrari red Tommasini adorned with Campagnolo, as it should be. He has also made quite a few additions to make this a unique steed.

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Name: Thomas T. Hodges
Location: Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
Bike: 2008 Tommasini Tecno frame/Columbus Minimal fork
Groupset: Campagnolo Record Ultra Ergopower 10 Speed
Wheels: Mavic Ksyrium SLs with Continental Gatorskins (28mm)
Pedals: Shimano XTR SPDs
Saddle: Brooks C17 Cambium, carved
Other: Thomson Elite seatpost, Deda Newton stem, Salsa Cowbell 2 handlebars and tape, Nitto bar end plugs, King Cage stainless steel water bottle cages, Jandd leather seat bag, Spurcycle bell, GoPro Hero 5 Session w/ K-Edge Go Big On-Center Mount, Cygolite Epsilion USB 850 front/Hotshot 50 rear lights, Fiks:Reflective stealth safety reflectors.
Weight: 19.1 lbs. including pedals and water bottle cages, not including other accessories listed.

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When did you buy it?
I purchased the bike during the summer of 2008.

What made you choose this bike?
I wanted a classic Italian road rig from a company that still made each and every one of their frames in Italy.

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Have you done any modifications/additions to it?
Yes; many! The most significant are:

● Salsa Cowbell 2 handlebars; I find myself using the drops much more due to the shallow reach and slight flare.
● Brooks Cambium C17, carved saddle; it feels as good as it looks.
● Columbus Minimal fork; I needed a more upright position from the original fit (time is taking its toll on my lower back) and the Minimal is one of few full-carbon offerings available with a 1” diameter steerer tube.

How many miles/kilometers do you do a year?
Last year I logged just under 6000 miles using the Tecno and two other bikes.

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What do you love about this bike?
It’s red…Ferrari Red! The lugwork, enameled headbadge and, most importantly, the ride quality make the her a keeper.

Favorite riding area?
My local backroads; I’m blessed with being able to head out the front door, spin a good warmup through low-traffic neighborhoods and, within about 20 minutes, cross a covered bridge and kick it up out and about through Lancaster County’s Plain Country farmland.

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Favorite riding experience on your bike?
Hmmm…I had an excellent time riding in Lancaster Bicycle Club’s Covered Bridge Classic back in August, 2017. (See my ugly, smiling mug in the pic!)

Future upgrades?
I reckon a custom road tubeless wheelset (with aluminum rims) would be nice. Other than that it’s all good.

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Last words?
Steel is real, fo’ sho’. The Tecno is my “Special Events Rig”. Special events being defined as a large, organized supported ride as well as any warm, sunny, dry day!

Also…the bike was damaged (down tube seriously dented/crack formed) on a return flight after a cycling vacation in Tuscany. It was not the airline’s fault; I didn’t secure the rig properly in its really nice Thule hard case container. Totally my bust.

Todd and Greg of Era Ski & Bike Shop were the gents who brought the Tommasini Tecno into my life so I naturally took the wounded frame to them for help. It was shipped to Grosetto, repaired and returned home…all for a very reasonable cost with excellent turnaround time.

I like to think it’s quite possible that the artisan who originally created my Tecno and the person who repaired it are one and the same. This is a good thing.*

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* Martha Stewart; world famous personality, lifestyle entrepreneur, former model and convicted felon.


Thanks to Thomas for sharing his ride with us. Got a bike that you’re proud of? Well, how about sharing it with fellow PEZ fans and getting it featured in Readers’ Rigs so we can all stare at it! Send us a Readers’ Rigs submission direct to [email protected] and your bike could be featured in all its glory here on the pages of PEZ.

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