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    Another dream bike followed me home.

    Happened across this Rodriguez on my local craigslist. I don't currently have a touring bike and this one is pretty light, rides nice and is gorgeous.

    The crappy picture, price tag, bizarre stem setup and lack of information did a good job of keeping competition away and I was able to bring it home for probably less than 1/5 of what it cost new.

    Full Ultegra 9 speed. Velocity aerohead rims laced to ultegra hubs. Cool color changing paint job (looks green in this picture but in a different light its completely purple) and the best part of all. It's the epitome of the perfect size for me.

    I will post better pictures after i make some major changes.

    God bless Craig! Sadly, someone has to go (looks at the Trek).



    New Pics. Paint is all one color.









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    Quote Originally Posted by Epicus07 View Post
    bizarre stem setup and lack of information did a good job of keeping competition away and I was able to bring it home for probably less than 1/5 of what it cost new.
    That stem looks dangerous.

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    Touring bikes are few and far between on Craig's List ... at least around my neck of the woods. If it is the right size, and in good condition .... great score! Check out the Adventure Cycling Assocation's website, and start planning for a bike tour!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gerv View Post
    That stem looks dangerous.
    With it that high, why bother with drop bars?

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    Your going to be reaching over your head to apply the brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Epicus07 View Post
    Happened across this Rodriguez on my local craigslist. I don't currently have a touring bike and this one is pretty light, rides nice and is gorgeous.

    The crappy picture, price tag, bizarre stem setup and lack of information did a good job of keeping competition away and I was able to bring it home for probably less than 1/5 of what it cost new.

    Full Ultegra 9 speed. Velocity aerohead rims laced to ultegra hubs. Cool color changing paint job (looks green in this picture but in a different light its completely purple) and the best part of all. It's the epitome of the perfect size for me.

    I will post better pictures after i make some major changes.

    God bless Craig! Sadly, someone has to go (looks at the Trek).


    I love to find these oddball set ups on Craigslist.

    I had been looking for a Chris Kvale, after one that was offered locally didn't work out.

    When I eventually bought my Chris Kvale from a fellow in Iowa, he had a Nitto Technomic sticking so high up in the air, it looked totally unsafe.

    Not to mention, the el-cheapo cracked fenders, cruddy lo-qual tires, and some ratty sacked out Brooks that was badly detensioned.

    Of course the chain was filthy, as well as the rest of the bicycle.

    Turns out he had recently returned from RAGBRAI.

    He posted the bicycle with an incorrect phone number at his "girlfriend's" house.

    Let's just say he didn't have his marketing plan totally together.

    ...and he didn't get full value.

    The best part is he also has a Serotta that's collecting dust, and I am first on the list for that when he gets around to it.

    This is a great way to buy bicycles if you know what you are looking for.

    Present them decently, or you leave good deals for the rest of us bike nerds.

    Oh, congrats to Epicus for having the good sense to rescue that poor bicycle from humiliation!

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    So many sellers miss the boat on the marketing required to get anything near full market value. They figure they can just float it out there, and someone will recognize it and pay top dollar. This is yet again another great example of the impact of marketing.

    I have been able to pick up nice bikes, well under market, some that sat on C/L for an extended period. My last C/L pickup was for sale for 16 days (out of my area) before I picked it up, for about half of market.

    And in general, higher end bikes can make the best deal on C/L. At least that has been my experience. A lot of buyers here just recognize a handful of brands: Trek, Specialized, Peugeot, Raleigh, Cannondale and Schwinn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
    So many sellers miss the boat on the marketing required to get anything near full market value. They figure they can just float it out there, and someone will recognize it and pay top dollar. This is yet again another great example of the impact of marketing.

    I have been able to pick up nice bikes, well under market, some that sat on C/L for an extended period. My last C/L pickup was for sale for 16 days (out of my area) before I picked it up, for about half of market.

    And in general, higher end bikes can make the best deal on C/L. At least that has been my experience. A lot of buyers here just recognize a handful of brands: Trek, Specialized, Peugeot, Raleigh, Cannondale and Schwinn.
    +1

    Quite true.

    The fellow I bought my Merckx Corsa from on Friday knew what he had though.

    He sold it to me because I promised to restore the full 600 gruppo, clean the frame, put on appropriate tires, get rid of the Shimano 105 shifters, swap the Salsa bars for Cinellis, etc.

    He liked my plan for the bicycle, as he had owned it for 23 years.

    He was sad to see her go, and if the Merckx doesn't work for my brother, I am sure I can find someone to take care of her for the next decade or so.

    I have no reason to disbelieve him when he said he had multiple offers, but he took mine because he liked the energy I brought to the transaction.

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    I never saw ape hanger drop bars before....

    What size is your Trek?

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    I'll post pictures this afternoon.

    Removed the riser. Put on my FSA omega bars and stem. Installed my new Paselas, wrapped the bars and gave it new cables and housing.

    That picture doesn't do it justice by any means. Going to love my new custom steel
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    If you've got the money ...

    http://www.rodbikes.com/touringprofile.html
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    Pics are up.

    How did they achieve the effect with the paint?
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    I love craigslist t@@ I just got followed home literally as it was on my bike rack by a VINTAGE 62cm Rodriguez in 531 butted
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    That color changing paint was hugely popular for about a month. I saw pictures in street rod magazines. There were a couple of cars in town painted with it. I even saw a rattle can kit at the local auto parts store. They all suddenly and mysteriously disappeared. Strange.

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    It's beautiful in person. Rodriguez told me that they stopped doing it because the paint was really expensive.

    We need pics of yours kcyoef!
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    i saw that one Looked like he wasn't getting much attention as the price kept coming down.

    How much were you able to snag it for?
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    Splendiferous !

    The paint job alone is worth than many nice mid level bicycles which may explain why it was not used a great deal on cars or bicycles.

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    Question guys: How do you like those Superbe brake calipers?
    "After all is said and done, a hell lot of a lot more is said than done."

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    That color change, or flip-flop paint was pretty pricey back in the day. I painted a guitar for a friend of mine in the exact color of that bike and I think a pint of the miracle liquid was well over $35.00 (add reducers and clear to that cost as well). It was also tricky to apply, which is another reason it may have lost popularity.
    Always searching for Lotus literature and memorabilia for use at www.VintageLOTUSbicycles.com, can you help?

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    Dupont Chromolusion...$120 a pt. back in the late 90's. You also needed a special base coat depending on which color range (there were quite a few) that you chose. My 1974 Innocenti Mini Cooper 1300 is painted in Chromolusion, I wouldn't mind returning it to original colors, or plain ol' BRG...

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    I'd love to have a bike painted in BRG
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    Put some drop bars on it. Hurry!

    Looks like a fantastic ride. Can't wait to see you rescue it.
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