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    Dang! Still looking

    sold my track bike in april to fund the purchase of a vintage lightweight. after several lost ebay auctions and next to no luck locally, i'm still looking.
    example: as i was picking up my wife's bike from the lbs, the owners's friend dropped by to chat. we are about the same size and of course i noticed his ride, (a weathered but solid 80's De Rosa. "Nice bike.", i say. he says that it's his girlfriend's bike and that he uses it mainly for commuting. he adds that he's not into the "old stuff". he races new bikes. so i ask if he's willing to sell. if i had cash in hand he probably would have sold, but since i did not he said he had to check with his girl. this was feeling promising. so much so that i dreamt about the bike. after almost two weeks of emails, calls and test rides girlfriend decides that she does not want to sell the bike. bummer for me but if i was her i also would not sell. just heard yesterday that the De Rosa and boyfriend's new bikes were stolen from his home. DANG! everyone loses and i'm still looking for a bike.
    BTW: i'm in san diego and looking for something in the 52-54cm range. lowranchero@gmail.com

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    DRF aka Thrifty Bill wrk101's Avatar
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    Need to aggressively/actively look, and need to always have cash on hand. You never know when one will pop up.

    You'll find something good out there!

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    Senior Member randyjawa's Avatar
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    Hot Irons...

    I agree with Thrifty Bill - strike when the iron is hot. In other words, always be ready to buy a vintage bicycle. In the time it takes to go to the cash machine, a golden opportunity can slip away. It has done so a few times to me and I have learned from the lesson.

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    Waiting for Summer ! soderbiker's Avatar
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    too right . cash in the hand is 10 times better than running to the bankomat ( ATM ) .
    BTW , i am also looking for a De Rosa .
    Wish us luck.
    Cheers
    T
    1989 Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra|1991 Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra
    1991 Eddy merckx Corsa Extra Time trials|1992 Eddy Merckx Strada
    1994 Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra|1998 Eddy Merckx MX Leader
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