So, she who must be obeyed is wanting a bike with a better fit. Fitting a spouse is not an easy process. The 51 cm Medici was the first attempt but now that is too small. A steal of a 54 cm Bianchi with Campy Veloce was too big. Now we have found a 1997 all Steel Lemond Reno in 53 cm which she likes. Maybe a minor stem change. Yea....I think.
My fear....Shimano 7 spd RSX brifters. UGH! Ok, how can a brifter fitted bike be in Vintage? Well, the other forums are past 1997 gear so I figured there were some tinkers like me in here that might have some wisdom. My fear, 3 months from now it will be time for new spendy brifters...7 speed are no longer available...have to upgrade to 9-8 speed...new rear hub....the beat goes on. A classic case of shipfitters desease.
But, I am inclined to buy it for $300. It works fine and given that it still has the orignal toe clips and reflectors on it I would say it has been used very little and should have many miles in it before she needs an upgrade. She is a very serious marathon runner looking to do more triathlons and this would be for training. Interestingly some guy is selling working RSX brifters for over $100 on ebay which seems shocking. Guess if they still work they have value.
Thoughts, ideas, experiences please.