Let us know when you take the Prelude for a real ride. It's a "sleeper bike!"
Here is the thread where I originally talked about finding the Prelude. You can see the pics I took at the pawn shop where I found it.
Picked up this Gios Super Record for a great deal the other day. Rides wonderfully. Replacement decals are on their way from Cyclomondo. :-)
Wondering about dating - it has a pat. 79 rear derailleur, nutted calipers, single water bottle bosses, over the bottom bracket cable routing, decal headbadge, silver fork crown coins. Any Gios experts care to weigh in?
Thanks! It might be the best riding bike in my modest collection right now. I'll post some pictures once the semi-restoration is done.
And I just noticed it has the porta catena holes so I'm thinking it's a '78 or '79.
Porta catena? My Italian is non-existant, would that be portable(porta) water (canteen) bottle holes ?
they're little holes in the drive-side dropout that let you install a short-lived campagnolo piece designed to make wheel/tire changes faster.
more info: http://www.bikeforums.net/archive/in.../t-211986.html
So much for my Italian. Kinda cool idea.
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A friend of mine who works at the county convience site, combination dump, recycling center, and gossip hot spot, called Saturday saying he had me a bike. I though it might be a wally world ride, boy was I suprised it is a Raliegh Rapide In rather good condition. New tires, tubes, bath and a lube job and it will be rideable. Serial number M00613569, Does anyone know how old it is. If you can help thanks a bunch.
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"change is the only constant"
[QUOTE=droobieinop;10403389]Picked up this trek 700 two weeks ago for a friend for $75.
Which I turned into this with some sora shifters et all from a BD bike I had that was too tall for us.
Proud new owner, so he'll stop riding my bike when he visits.
What an eye opener! I always thought the 700 was a nice bike, but "lame" looking. What a difference the drop bars and racing saddle make! Your posting has my imagination running wild right now. Thanks for sharing!
Thanx, glad I could help.
Here's a pic of the 700's big brother, my 750 which I've never had stock.
First it had drops and barcons, then brahma's and trigger shifters,
and now drops and RSX brifters.
Last season I raced (1 lap @ 25 mph) on my 750.
I'd been sick, had a frame failure on the bike I was going to race, 3 days to set up, it sucked.
But I caught the bug.
"change is the only constant"
+1 Nice job turning that so so hybrid into a nice bike. I have had a few hybrids, none of them turned out that good!
Found this medium quality bianchi on Kijiji yesterday. Ambrosio rims on suzue hubs, with a suntour ARX drivetrain and Dia-Compe brakes.
Very grimy and dirty but it is in good shape, showing few scratches, though some decals are falling off. The handlebar bag is a bonus, as i've been looking for a cheap one for ages.
I picked this bike up one day last summer, but just now got around to cleaning it up. It's a '76 insofar as I can tell.
I had hoped to get some decent outdoor pictures, but the weather has been unrelentingly gloomy here.
Thank you for saying so, Doohickie.
You know, it always amazes me how many people don't see any aesthetic worth in these old bikes
(- but of course if they did, most of us would need to find a new hobby!)