I stumbled across this bike (really, that's how these things happen) and I am absolutely blown away by the shape that it is in. I put it in a stand and ran through all the gears and brakes and wheels, and everything worked flawlessly! The only problem is I don't know what I am going to do with it.
Here is what I know about the bike.
It is 58cm from BB to top of seat tube. It is an early 80's, maybe? Simplex downtube shifters, Shimano 600 (present day equivalent Ultegra) pedals and front derailleur; Dia Comp brake levers; the rear derailleur is Shimano Crane (present day equiv Dura Ace); crankset is 170mm Sugino; Cinelli; saddle and the brakes are (I forget now, but starts with an 'm' and ill insert here when found).
Wheels are 700c Mavic tubulars with brand new tubies, and even a spare. Bars have to be originally wrapped because they are leather stitched onto the bar and perfectly match up with the tapered edge near the stem. Saddle also must be original as it bears some foreign seal and is also leather.
The only thing I have done to the bike is replace the cables (not the housing because that too is orginal and matches the frames color ) and raised the saddle.
So What To Do?
What model and how much is something like this worth? I know this thing is of some collectible value, but I am not a collector.
I don't really know what to expect. All I know is this is not a fixie conversion worthy bike.
Pictures here: http://picasaweb.google.com/stevenrm...TcxeCI1Le1igE#