I have lurked around for a while, and own a couple of quasi-classic quasi-vintage machines, but have a chance to get a truly vintage Meral from a friend of mine. The owner has taken very good care of the bike, loved it, and rode the heck out of it. The short story is that he lives in the country now, and does not want to load the bike into a car to ride it.
But to the bike...
He bought the bike in the mid 70's and equipped it with a mixture of parts: all metal simplex rear der.; dura ace front der.; campy breaks, levers, and pedals; stronglight crank; 3t stem; ambrosio 19's laced to malliard 700's, Ideale 90 saddal. The less than ideal part is he had the bike sandblasted and he repainted it with imron about 2 decades ago.
I talked to my boss at the LBS and he said he would not pay much more than $250 if he was buying it, but my gut reaction was closer to $400 for a really fair price. As I mentioned it is a friend's bike and I want pay a fair price for both of us. So I beg all of you gurus, particularly the francophiles for some ideas.
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