I've been trying to find a bike for my girlfriend for a while. I've been watching ebay, craigslist, bikeforums marketplace, etc like a hawk for months now. I'd been hoping to find a good deal on vintage Italian steel with a sub-$700 De Rosa being a sort of 'holy grail.' On Friday, I saw this ad about 20 minutes after it was posted and replied immediately via email. A few minutes later, I realized that I'd better call if I stood a chance
De Rosa 23" Racing/Touring Bike - $600 (Rabun County)
Date: 2010-02-19, 12:55PM EST
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De Rosa 23" 14 speed racing/touring bike in men's style, but ridden by ladies. Has small coggs. Comes complete with women shoes in a size 7 and a helmet. $600.00 If interested, please call (864) XXX-XXXX
It was a good thing that I did, because the woman did not have a computer; her friend had posted the ad for her. She told me over the phone that the bike was aluminum with shimano components. This was quite disheartening since I'd really had my heart set on Columbus steel and Campy components and I know nothing of the Shimano hierarchy. I eventually decided that I had nothing to lose other than time and gas money and decided to make the 2 hour drive up to see the bike.
2.5 hours later, I arrive at her house. It was on a dirt road that was several turns and 7+ miles away from any google maps directions or cell phone service.
The woman selling the bike told me that she bought the bike new in 1989 for $3000 and raced it for 5 years before breaking her back and storing it indoors for 16 years. Other than a few paint chips and needing new tires and bar tape, the bike was in perfect condition.
Contrary to her claims, the bike was made of Columbus SLX tubing. And while the brakes/brake levers, derailleurs, and hubs were in fact Shimano (RX100, 600, and 105 respectively), the stem and handlebars are Cinelli and the seatpost, headset, cranks, and chainrings are all Campagnolo.
I decided to offer her $500 which she accepted and she also included shoes, a helmet, a little bike computer, allen wrenches, and tri bars.
So I have two inquiries here:
1) Could someone please help me identify these Campagnolo components? (Other than 170 Strada and an 11 inside a square, there doesn't seem to be much writing other than Campagnolo Breve Inter)
2) Did I get as good of a deal as I think I did (a very good one), or has my newbie status and brand name fetishism blinded me to the true (and lower) value?
Below are pictures. Thanks for all help; this is my first large post to the forums!