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  • The Hetchins, in a heartbeat

    19 22.35%
  • The Merckx, in a heartbeat

    42 49.41%
  • The Hetchins, but it's close

    13 15.29%
  • The Merckx, but it's close

    11 12.94%
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    Poll: Rich uncles and does it get any better than this?

    Each of these beautiful Ebay bikes were highlighted in recent C&V threads.

    A Hetchins Magnum Opus with a Campagnolo 50th Anniversary groupset:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hetchins-Mag...#ht_738wt_1398




    A 1989 Eddy Merckx with a Shimano 7400 DuraAce groupset, raced by an original member of the 7-11 team:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Eddy-Merckx-...t_19006wt_1562


    If a rich uncle owned both, and was willing to give you one as a gift, which would you choose?

    And no flipping considerations please!
    I'm curious about which of the two you would rather own yourself, not which you think you could sell for more money.

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    Merckx, no contest.

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    Hetchins Magnum Opus
    - Auchen

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    Quote Originally Posted by auchencrow View Post
    Hetchins Magnum Opus
    +1
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    Merckx.

    The other one looks like a 2-bit Fancy House.... on wheels.
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    whichever one fits better my man!

    i'd get the hetchins just because you're not going to see one of those pop up again with that gruppo for a very long time.

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    but i'd take that bottle cage off.. thats a bit too much bling

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    Quote Originally Posted by Creme Brulee View Post
    but i'd take that bottle cage off.. thats a bit too much bling
    I agree. Not wild about that paint job, but that group set would be a must have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbossman View Post
    Merckx.

    The other one looks like a 2-bit Fancy House.... on wheels.
    Quote Originally Posted by Creme Brulee View Post
    whichever one fits better my man!

    i'd get the hetchins just because you're not going to see one of those pop up again with that gruppo for a very long time.
    Get it BECAUSE it looks like a fancy house on wheels, and because you're not likely going to see one (and/or be able t buy one) again. Get yourself a purple jersey that says "Big Pimpin'" and a gold helmet with a peacock feather on it. Hells yeah!
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    Not into squiggly stays.
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    I prefer my Hetchins to be made by Mr. Denny, not Bob Jackson. Got to go with the Merckx.

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    I would go with the Hetchins. If I had to have the Eddy Merckx, I would sell the Fishing Groupo and drench it C-Record.

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    I'd keep the DA on the Merckx.

    I prefer the "function" of the DA 7400 series to C-Record.

    More of a "riders" gruppo.

    ...and keep the Merckx.

    The only bicycle I could actually own with "curvy" stays would be a Kirk Terraplane.

    Or maybe a couple of the ti Serottas.

    I couldn't imagine actually riding outside with something that looked like the Hetchins.

    Absolute silliness.

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    Hetchins...because it is rarer. The 50th anniv. group is the reason. I'd hang it up as wall art and go ride my other bikes outside. But I'd use something other than a paper towel holder as my wall mount.
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    Merckx. No contest. It is even my size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mazdaspeed View Post
    Merckx, no contest.
    Same. It's not just another Merckx--it's a bicycle whose rider played an important role in adancing the United States in international racing.
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    This one is easy for me.

    I already have a Merckx that is close to that one.

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    Neither. I'm too short.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
    Not into squiggly stays.
    I'm glad I'm not the only one turned off by the crazy Hetchins stays.

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    Old fat men look silly on racing bikes, so it would be the Hetchins

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    Too difficult to get rid of the internal cable guide braze-ons on the Merckz. The cable guides(and the rd hanger) on the Hetchins would cooperate nicely with a hammer and chisel and cutoff wheel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velognome View Post
    Old fat men look silly on racing bikes, so it would be the Hetchins
    Maybe.

    But after they lose the weight, would they want to be left with the Hetchins?

    Nope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbossman View Post
    Merckx.

    The other one looks like a 2-bit Fancy House.... on wheels.
    Again, I kinda hate it when I agree with BBM, but he's nailed it. The Merckx is a serious bike. The Hetchins is just fancy, gaudy, ostentatious, tacky, and... well, I'll stop, but you get the drift. The Merckx was made to be ridden by a serious rider. The Hetchins was made to be looked at by someone with no taste.

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    My initial instinct was to take the Hetchins for a simple reason - I already have a Team Merckx (though Motorola) and it was owned by a better rider than the one in the auction. Then I looked at the Hetchins and I just don't like it. The gold color is not attractive to me, I don't have much interest in Campy 50th (it's a moving Campy poster) but I'd never allow myself to have it resprayed. I'm back to the Merckx. It's in better shape than mine and has the original gruppo.

    There are several bikes I'd rather have than either of these...don't get me wrong, if they were inexpensive I'd buy them (and probably flip them within a year or two). I was much more tempted by the Lemond Merlin (and I'd wager that's a better rider than either of these bikes).

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    Merckx!!
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