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Old 10-03-09, 09:45 AM   #1
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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.
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Old 10-03-09, 10:47 AM   #2
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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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Old 10-03-09, 10:50 AM   #3
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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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Old 10-03-09, 10:54 AM   #4
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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.
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