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    Need some advice on getting a vintage road bike

    So far, most of the bikes I have been buying and tinkering with have been 60's and 70's British 3-speeds. I've had fun finding $30-$50 deals at garage sales and customizing them. I've turned some into rat rods and kept others really traditional. I think I want to buy a vintage road or touring bike but don't know a ton about them. I am willing to pay a good bit more for one of these but don't want to get taken to the cleaners. I want something that rides really good and still has enough style to turn heads. I like the early 80's Bianchis and I also really like Rivendell's new touring bikes (but not the price). I'll just be riding for pleasure but could be going 15-20 miles at a time. Any suggestions on makes and models that you think could fit the bill would be greatly appreciated and thanks for taking the time to read this.

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    ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, hi. Alright it sounds like you know what you want really already with that Bianchi comment, and being as you've been tinkering with 3 speeds, I'll also assume you can tell if a bike is about your proper size, Bianchi is definitely considered a good brand by most people, so I don't think you'll be going wrong there. As for getting taken to the cleaners... depends where you are for your bike market, your random luck, etc. Brands/models? Peugeot makes nice bikes (I'd reccomend against the uo-8 unless you wish to channel your inner tank driver), Windsor also, Centurion made the Le Mans and Iron Man bikes both respectable rides, Raleigh is of course a huge thing for a lot of people, the super course is a nice bike.. as I think is the gran prix. I'll add more later if you want.
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    MY "TEN SPEEDS" is a website I publish, with the hope of helping people, new to the interest of vintage road bicycles, get into the activity, with the least expense and hassle possible. Spend some time there and see what you can learn. My guess is the things you learn there will save you money, time, effort and anguish if you apply some of what is offered.

    You might want to click on FINDING to get you started.

    Hope it proves to be a help.
    Learn how to find, restore and maintain vintage road bicycles at... MY "TEN SPEEDS"

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    Wow randyjawa, I've been lurking these forums for pretty much the same info OP was looking for. That website is a great read with a lot of info to get started... thanks!

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    Buy Low sell HIGH

    Hi Apaulo there are lots of great girls and guys here and the pool of knowledge runs very deep in deed. In general terms just looking for something with mostly alloy parts, especially the wheels, braze on shifters and a deraillleur and you can't go too wrong. a nice clean Bianchi is always a safe bet because if it is just not for reselling it will be easy.
    Bianchis '87 Sport SX, '90 Proto (2), '91 Boarala 'cross, '93 Project 3, '88 Trofeo SOLd, '86 Volpe, '89 Axis SOLD, '79 Mixte SOLD, '99 Mega Pro XL Ti SOLD, '97 Ti Megatube, , '90 something Vento 603,

    Others but still loved,; '80 RIGI, '80 Batavus Professional, '87 Cornelo, '86 Bertoni (sold), '09 Motobecane SS, '98 Hetchins M.O., '09 K2 Mainframe SOLD, '89 Trek 2000, '?? Jane Doe (still on the drawing board), '90ish Haro Escape

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    Lots of good Motobecanes out there. I picked up a very nicely preserved Super Mirage this summer off Craigslist for 60.00. Classy ride but not like my more hardcore Trek 460 that was a garage sale pickup. Just look around and if you have any questions just pop in here and you will have 15 or 20 opinions real quick
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    You might want to go to www.classicrendezvous.com and click on the various countries, and look over the zillions of makers represented there. Dale has done a fabulous job of accumulating mega-info. there over the years. Highly recommended.

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    One simple guide: if it has stem shifters or turkey levers, pass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymoose View Post
    One simple guide: if it has stem shifters or turkey levers, pass.
    Oh, now you've done it.

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    Probably the worst thing you can say about stem shifters is that they came on an awful lot of bikes. Though of course it's universally acknowledged turkey wings just suck, they don't automatically make a bike 'bad.'
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