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Old 01-06-13, 08:54 AM   #1
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To buy or not, Eddie merkx gas pipe bike

Just saw this and thouhgt for hundred, why not.
http://baltimore.craigslist.org/bik/3524766912.html

Should I pick it up.?
Here is a catalog copy of it.
http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=103634
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$95 buck, yeah i'd buy it.
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Just called, he is in ocean city and there are four guys who called already.
oh well, not a huge loss,
ok it's orange and a lugged frame, and a lot of steel parts to swap,
does not even have the decals.
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Beyond the orange paint, I see few redeeming qualities. Wouldn't spend more than $10. You dodged a bullet...

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I'm not going to cry too much,
It looks too much like my cardinelli,
same time era and almost same components.
I swapped all the steel to aluminum and it still weighs 25 pounds!
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Mike, I don't think it's gaspipe. The catalog you linked to says the Giro d'Italia was made with Reynolds 531. If it really is 531, I'd say just the frame and fork are easily worth $100.
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Beyond the orange paint, I see few redeeming qualities. Wouldn't spend more than $10. You dodged a bullet...

I think that bike looks just fine!
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Mike, I don't think it's gaspipe. The catalog you linked to says the Giro d'Italia was made with Reynolds 531. If it really is 531, I'd say just the frame and fork are easily worth $100.
If you look on the second picture, I think it's a supporter 114 model,
which does not says the tubing, and steel components.

im not going to huff and puff to get it,
its for a friend.
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I'd be all over that, would look great beside my basement model Bottecchia, my Louison Bobets' and the worlds cheapest Concorde!
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This is a twist, he had no takers, so now I guess to make it sell best thing is to adjust the price.....
from 100 it is now 150!
http://baltimore.craigslist.org/bik/3533041303.html

i really believe it is the bottom of the line model,
All the components are steel.
maybe he wrote 150 and wanted to write 50?
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looks familiar, just saw this on my local cl
http://tampa.craigslist.org/hil/bid/3541372472.html
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Yep,that looks the same,
that one looks far more interesting, it has the decals which is in my opinion a big issue.
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But it also has tons of rust and I'm sure that guy won't give it away either. I didn't even make an offer and it's my size..
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i think i recall, vaguely, from some research I did long ago,
that the better ones had a different seat stay arrangement at
the lug..........I personally would not go a hundred bucks for that,

........but the saddle in the current ad is adorable.
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i think i recall, vaguely, from some research I did long ago,
that the better ones had a different seat stay arrangement at
the lug..........I personally would not go a hundred bucks for that,

........but the saddle in the current ad is adorable.
Back when these bikes were built, I sure hope Eddy got a royalty per bike, only justification I can see for allowing his name to be used on a bike of this level.
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