After reading all the great finds of great bikes here, and lamenting my chances of coming across such deals out here, I'm so glad to have good news of lightning striking for me last night on CL.
I was on a Midnight Run across metro PHX to beat another potential buyer to a circa 93-94 Lemond Titanium with full Dura Ace, 740x 8-spd STI. The seller was getting rid of his wife's bike. I had 45 minutes to hit an ATM for cash, and haul ass. Told my wife what I was up to, and she said, "go for it!" She came and played navigator and ran to the ATM for me. First one was out of cash! #%$%@$#^!
I did a number of illegal turns to reach the next ATM, and was a burgundy Honda UFO through the East Valley of PHX. Luckily, all the speed cameras were off.
I was still 10 minutes late!
But I was still first. Woohoo! The seller was a nice guy, garage full of road bikes. The bike looks to have very little wear, and he informed me his wife stopped riding after their son was born. It had a flat and he apologized. He threw in a new tube, a Blackburn saddle bag full of flat fixing tools, 2 water bottles, and cycling computer!!
The Turbo saddle was worn, the front wheel could use truing, but that's about it.
Wife didn't have the heart to haggle. So she handed over the asking price....$150.
While on the way home, I was concerned about justifying the purchase, as money is tight. I thought at least it's under-valued and could possibly turn a profit if needed. She replied she'd go without food for a week if need be, it was worth it for the look on my face when the LeMond was wheeled out. God I love this woman!
I've always thought about getting a Ti bike some day. Didn't know it would be yesterday!
It's a 53cm c-t-c, a bit smaller than my 55cm target, but it fits. From what I could find out, it's supposed to have Campy Omega rims, but mine has Wolber TX Profil, and a black Cinelli stem instead of 3ttt. This will be my 1st brifter bike.
If anyone has experience, knowledge, anecdotes, caveats about this bike, do chime in. This will also be my 1st Ti bike. Advice on its care and feeding is appreciated. (Unfortunately, it's not a polished finish.) It's in nice condition, but it's still going to get an overhaul and thorough cleaning. Hope I did well.