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Old 05-06-07, 02:59 PM   #1
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Almost finished my purple aero 3rensho with campy dropouts, serial #A658-560 57cm, according to yellow jersey bicycle year is 1985-86.trying to make it period correct---- the components are no date campy super record front and rear deraileurs, 1985 super record cranks, campy nuovo record 68-SS bottom bracket 114.5mm, super record seatpost, 1980's everest aluminum freewheel, modolo pro brake levers, regina c-x chain,2004 campy record brakes, recent nitto stem and handlebar, recent B-17 narrow saddle, campy super record hubs with dt spokes with recent sun rims----waiting for the campy super record brake levers and brakes to arrive and will be put on this week, will be looking for campy super record headset in the near future--the c-record is fine for now----and the sun rims are okay for now---but looking for araya rims an araike saddle which were period correct--the bike weighs 21 #'S with the heavy B-17 saddle and look pedals---the bike rides better then a new bike--rides straight as an arrow with no hands-----she's a keeper---and will be my sons' when i can't ride no more. They do not make 3rensho's anymore, the builder Mr. Yoshi Konno was paralyzed in a car accident--enjoy the pictures---Jim










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Old 05-06-07, 03:09 PM   #2
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Very hot bike there, looks like you've put a lot of work into it.
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Old 05-06-07, 03:28 PM   #3
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Nice! And the other bikes aren't too shabby, either...

Is the paint more metallic than it appears?

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Nice! And the other bikes aren't too shabby, either...

Is the paint more metallic than it appears?

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Yes the purple has a metallic finish, looks really cool in the sunlight-----the parts on the bike were my own stash that was sitting around and others were purchase on ebay or retail----yes i did put alot of money into it and will never recoup it back but it is mine--the frame i got on ebay for only 500 dollars which was a bargain.--jc
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Just remember that you only live once (well, unless you subscribe to Hinduism), so you might as well enjoy the ride .

I thought it looked metallic...perhaps some photos in the sun when you have time?

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Old 05-06-07, 06:26 PM   #6
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As Jim already knows, the frame he bought is the first 3Rensho I owned and later sold. He wanted some history on it, so here is what I know. I purchased from the original owner at the St Louis Bike swap for $500 complete with early C-Record on it. I saw the bike, looked it over and decided it was too big for me. He was taking offers. Ended up buying a Guerciotti panto chain ring from him. Came back later and asked how it was going. Said most of the offers were insulting. I offered the $500 and said he could not turn it down. His fiancee was pushing the sale, I think. PO indicated he raced the bike for at least two seasons. There was some road rash on the pedals and RD which supported that claim.

I took it home, removed all the parts save the headset and BB. Took the frame to A-1 in St Louis where they serviced both. Took a Dremel to the C-Record RD to fix the road rash, bought some new hood and replacement bars along with a NOS yellow Selle San Marco Regal. Photographed the frame and reassembled, rode it about 50 miles. It was wondrous. But I also knew it was too big and I had other fish to fry.

Put it up for sale on CR and it was purchased by Ken Denny for $1000. I actually got less cash and a whole bunch of Campy parts. I think I did alright. Some people claim Ken is difficult to deal with, but he was fine with me and answered a lot of questions for me concerning his bikes. About 10 months later, he emailed me, offering the bike back at the same price. Had it been 54cm, I would have done it. I saw the bike later on the bay with IIRC a $1500 BIN and it did not sell. Ken appeared to have had a touchup done and added the missing decals. Saw it once again on the bay and it sold for $2500. So I think Jim got a deal.

I am curious how the seller came to part it. That was probably one of the nicest bikes I have ever owned and with the near complete early C-Record, it was pretty rare.

Hit the link in my signature to see pics of it while I had it.
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Old 05-06-07, 06:57 PM   #7
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Nice, nice, nice.

FYI: cuda2K has a SR headset in the for trade thread
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Old 05-07-07, 06:41 AM   #8
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Beautiful bike! I used to walk by Yellow Jersey regularly back when this bike was new and saw them displayed in the front window. I always stopped to admire them, but they were beyond my budget(still are).
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