I so pleased with myself at the moment it is almost rude! I hardly post on here but have enjoyed reading many of the postings and sometimes feel jealous when reading about people's outrageous finds. My find isn't exactly outrageous but maybe someone will enjoy reading my tale of trans-oceanic bike hunting with help from the natives in a far away country. Or at least provide a little help with dating my find.
I live the USA but am from the Netherlands. Like many Crusty&Vintage junkies I can't help myself & surf some of the Dutch websites which are similar to ebay. I've lusted after a Colnago shortly after finding this forum, especially those with a straight bladed chrome fork and the beautiful manipulated tubing framesets. Yesterday I came across a Colnago Master Piu in my size with the equivalent of a "Best Offer" asking price on a Dutch website.
My folks live in the Netherlands and have been retired for a while now so it was time to get them out of retirement and put them to work Neither was ever a cyclist although my mum has always been a fan of the TdF (influenced by her dad), remembers the excitement of Eddie Merckx winning when she was young, and knows lots of the other big names.
I asked my dad to call the seller, make a lowball offer if the conditions seemed right, check it out and buy it if the frameset isn't damaged and the seat post wasn't rusted to the frame - even if all the other components looked like they lived in the bottom of the ocean. The seller told my dad everything worked great, the frameset was fine and she was ready to ride as is and all it needs was newer tires as the current ones are about worn out. He also said someone had offered him 180euros for the frame but dad was able to talk the seller into not selling the frame until 3pm while they drove the 100km to go check it out.
When the folks got there the seller tried back pedaling on the deal but stayed true to his word once my dad told him he just drove 100km to get there based on the price they agreed on earlier in the day and he was buying it for his son in the USA. At that point the seller became very friendly and proudly showed of his Masi frame he bought in the USA many years ago. Apparently he used to be a racer & bought the Colnago new as his race bike (note the number hanger on the frame) but couldn't ride any more because of back problems. By the sound of it his wife was probably fed up with all the bikes cluttering up their place as he had about 10 frames/bikes scattered around.
Dad mentioned he put the rear wheel back in & tried to ride it but something was rubbing so only "rode" it a few dozen meters Hopefully he didn't hurt anything & it was just the brakes rubbing but i didn't have the heart to quiz him about it. It must have been a funny sight - picture a respectable looking, well dressed 66 year old in his jacket, driving cap, slacks & street shoes wobbling down the drive with his knees sticking way out. Bless his young heart - maybe I can turn him into a cyclist yet and I'm so proud of him anyway!
Looks like it has some sort of Suntour components although the original ad said Dia-Compe? Is Dia-Compe a Suntour model line? I only know Shimano and whatever Campy stuff on my Pinarello. Can someone outline Suntour's line up with comparable Shimano levels to me or provide a link? Have asked him to shoot a bunch more and will post them when available. Any ideas which year it is and if the fork is original? Thought they came with a chromed fork? Don't see it in the Colnago catalog scans on bulgier.net
Either way, the link shows the pics my dad took. He promised to take lots more.
I'm so excited to own a Colnago Master! Although I'll probably leave it there till the next time i go on vacation so won't get to see it in person or ride it for 6-8 months
Thanks in advance everyone. I'm just going to sit here and daydream for a while now