I posted over in Road Bike forum and received some great help from them but I might as well post here for a different type of question regarding this bike. Would a bike of this age be a good choice for me?
The seller described it as a racing bike. Track bike=racing bike? The seller was very knowledgable and I trust him. He says the bike is mostly Campy equipped with silk sew-ups. It's chrome. He said he has kept great care of it ?changing/repacking the bearings? and whatever other crap you bike geeks do to your bikes to keep them in top shape. Only rode the bike for shorter distances, he says. Definately not a commuter. No dents. He advised on changing to clinchers and adding low gears because I had said I do longer rides ..truth is, though, most of my rides are less than 35 miles with only a few upwards of 75-100. I ride atleast 3 days a week and more in nice weather.
I do assume that with a lightweight road bike I may at times decide to do a 200 mile trip since I have done a 150+ on knobby tires just for the hell of it. If I can fly on the bike I would probably average 50 miles each trip or more.
I don't believe I need small gears. I don't use them on the heavy as SHT mountain bike. Tubular tires are not scaring me anymore as it seems just as many people say they are no hassle as those that say the opposite.
Q: Cheap tubulars. Do you replace the tubes inside or just throw them out if they flat? Repair them? $30 is nothing if they last a while but a huge crush to my wallet if I'll be needing a new one every 2 weeks. I have received 2-3 flats within the past couple years on my MTB w/ slicks. If I get near that kind of longevity with cheap tubular tires - Wonderful
Q: Silk sew-on's. Something I should save for "flossin" around the city in? Are there any cheap silk tubulars? I don't care to waste expensive tires riding around town.
The cost to lace clincher rims to the existing hubs is more than I care to spend at this time on my first road bike. I don't care to spread the dropouts because from what I've read Frejus bikes are quite classic. I don't like fuking with history.
Someone told me that because of the advancement in technology I would be better off getting a more modern bike to take my virginity.
That may be true
OTOH my price range for a more modern bike only takes me up into the early 80's Miyata/Nishiki/etc bikes and such.
I like classic things. If I were to buy this bike I would baby it. I baby damn near everything.
As stated, I do not know age. I have seen one chrome w/ red decals Frejus and it was a 64, I believe. I'm sure that chrome finish was popular back then so who knows.
I don't know model. Torino or TDF or whatever else -entry level- it could possibly be...no idea.
Selling it for $150. 54cm. Sound like a good deal? He said the frame alone was worth $150. Said I could even sell the sew-on's and wheels if I desired to recoup some cost for clinchers. ? I figure I'll be buying new tape and seat for the bike atleast -just because something has to be ratty for him to be selling it for $150, right? I've seen one late 50's blue one on ebay go for $400 and one guy here from the forums sold one, I believe, for $600. There is a red frame on ebay currently going for $75 w/$30 shipping and 4 days left.
Seems like a good deal to me without having actually seen the bike. Is it something I could easily trade here on Bike Forums -for a more modern roadie- if the bike doesn't suit me?
Anything I should definately look for? Broken crank or freewheel or something? Stolen? LOL
Anybody know the more entry level Frejus models? The guy could be a member here so I won't give out his name just yet. Ok, it's Vince. Heard of him? Dealt with the guy?
What are your thoughts? -on the bike purchase... not my rambling