Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-19-10, 01:01 AM   #1
KonAaron Snake 
Fat Guy on a Little Bike
Thread Starter
 
KonAaron Snake's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Bikes: Two wheeled ones
Posts: 15,573
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 365 Post(s)
Buying a bicycle in Italy

My Fiancee and I are discussing honeymooning in Italy...which of course leads me to wonder about the possibility of buying a great new or used Italian beauty while there. Are prices any better? How is the used market? I think it would be very interesting getting a De Rosa or Cassati in the place of its birth, but I've found that often foreign products are cheaper in the US.
KonAaron Snake is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-10, 02:11 AM   #2
look171
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Los Angeles
Bikes: Casati, Look, Torelli, Ridley, and a bunch of steel bikes from the 80s and the 90s..
Posts: 889
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Casati? I raced a Casati and bag my first ever win back in the the mid 80s. It was my first real pro bike. Still have it and restored to race condition with all the original dings and such. Ten years ago, I was visiting Europe and purposely stayed in Northern Italy, Brescia, for 2 weeks. I visited many of the famous builders. One of them is, of course, Casati at Monza. I wanted to get measure up and have another Casati build for me. The other was Masi under the velodrome in Milan. His son is still there building them one at a time. I found out the wait time was over 2 months. The shipping and our tariffs were over 500 bucks. What a deal breaker. I was younger with a new wife ans a nwe house, so I had to watch my spending. Today, I would do it without question. If you can affort to bite the bullet and pay uncle sam the money then I think you really should. that would be "such cha" special bike.
look171 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-10, 04:09 AM   #3
gomango 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: STP
Bikes:
Posts: 13,665
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 187 Post(s)
Good morning KAS,

Good post look171!

We've vacationed three times in Italy over the last dozen years or so.

We aren't travel experts, but we have had fantastic experiences when we've visited.

I've also purchased a bike or two in Italy. Maybe I can help!

I'll just call you this afternoon. Too many details for a post. PM sent.

Cheers,
Gomango
__________________


Bikes and stuff

https://www.flickr.com/photos/36270004@N06/
gomango is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-10, 05:13 AM   #4
randyjawa 
Senior Member
 
randyjawa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada - burrrrr!
Bikes: 1982 Tomassini, 1963 Peugeot PX10, and eight special issue Canadian lightweights...
Posts: 7,451
Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 106 Post(s)
Several years ago, I sold a vintage road bicycle to a fellow in Spain. I found it strange to be sending a vintage European bike back to Europe and mentioned this to the fellow. He told me that vintage road bicycles were hard to find over there and costly to buy at the time. Perhaps this is still the case today.

Probably not much help, but what a great souvenir to bring home, not to mention the opportunity to practice your "why I need this particular bike" argument with your new wife:-)
randyjawa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-10, 05:54 AM   #5
KonAaron Snake 
Fat Guy on a Little Bike
Thread Starter
 
KonAaron Snake's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Bikes: Two wheeled ones
Posts: 15,573
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 365 Post(s)
Thanks for the insight gents...I look forward to it mango!
KonAaron Snake is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:40 PM.