Recently I have been eyeing to get me an Italian speed bike from the 80's. Purely aesthetics.
Of course their prices are way up there. I have looked in the local Craig's List and to lesser extent E-Bay because I want to be able to ride it first and look at it up close before spending my Franklins on something that comes accross the other side of the world with glossy high definition pictures.
Recently, I came accross a post in e-bay selling DeRosa decals. A whole bunch of them. Authentic DeRosa stickers and as you know DeRosa is quite a pricey name.
It had never occurred to me that someone could conceivably buy stickers for any brand and place them on a freshly painted cheap frame and all of a sudden he or she is on Craigs List advertising a DeRosa for a grand (what a great deal huh?) being that I am not an expert I would not know if that DeRosa is a real one.
I was looking at such a sweet deal with a Casati recently and I let it go solely because I could not tell, beautiful as it was, if indeed this was not a rusty frame from the 80;s with a bright red paint job and new stickers.