I'm a newbie- just two months cycling now and very new here (I signed up just so I could make this post). I've read up a bit so I'm not completely in the dark but I might not know everything you all take for granted....so give me a little slack if I have "stupid" questions....
Anyhow, my post concerns a vintage De Rosa bicycle. This was an impulse buy. It is a beautiful bike, it rides wonderfully and there are just not that many nice classic bikes in my area. So I purchased it, for a sizable sum, before really thinking it through. I've now realized that it is too large for me and I am trying to decide what to do with it. As such, I am interested in its details and its value.
So, the details that I think that I know: vintage early 1980's, Columbus steel frame, 22.5" C-C (58cm size?). Has the Eddy Merckx Super Prestige logo. Paint is in good condition, with significant wear marks on the inside of the seat stays, and just a few other minor marks and dings here and there. Top tube decals should be removable with no problem. Cinelli bars and stem. Campy parts include shift levers, derailleurs, brakes, seat post, pedals & straps, cranks, chainrings, dropouts and headset. The brake levers are 105, chain and gear cluster are some kind of Shimano, the hubs are Tiagra, wheels are Mavic CSP22 w/ cyclocross tires and obviously the Crosstop levers have been added. Saddle is just something I threw on.
I purchased the bike from the original owner, who had the cyclocross modifications made a few years ago to make the bike more comfortable for him. He rode it only a handful of times since. I have confirmed with him that sadly the changed out parts (wheelset, brake levers) were not kept and are not available.
So here are my questions:
1. what model of De Rosa is this and when exactly was it made? Answered: De Rosa Professional
2. what is its official size?
3. which Campy groupset does it have? Answered: C Record
4. What kind of steel is the frame, SL or SLX or other? The Columbus decal is pretty much worn off. Answered: SLX
5. I understand that De Rosas are collectable bikes. Relatively speaking, how much interest would there be in this particular one if I tried to sell it?
6. If I decide to keep it and try to ride it, how hard is it to change the stem? Do I have to take the handlebars completely apart? Answered: yes
7. Of course, what's it worth???
Happy to provide more photos and details as necessary.....thanks very much for all help and comments....