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Old 06-09-09, 06:14 PM   #1
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What is a reasonable price for this frame?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=170340045008
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Old 06-09-09, 07:04 PM   #2
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$446.65 + shipping.

Winning bidder totally overpaid.
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Old 06-09-09, 07:17 PM   #3
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Well I for one, don't care about history, so for me, it is a solid, well made frame. I would would pay no more than $75 for it, if it was a size I could use.
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Old 06-09-09, 07:31 PM   #4
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Columbus SLX steel tubes, hand made, lugged construction, paint in excellent condition. I'd say $446 is not a bad deal. What could you get new for that price? A 4130 Steamroller?
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Old 06-09-09, 07:32 PM   #5
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i had a max bid for 200 bucks. where/what would you guys recommend for a track setup frame (such as the one i posted) for around 300-400 bucks? ebay seems to overprice pretty much everything.
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Old 06-11-09, 08:18 AM   #6
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bump,

found this on ebay again? I read that Lotus from the 80's had a good rep, but what do you guys think should i shoot for a 300 max bid?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=180365117779
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Old 06-11-09, 08:27 AM   #7
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I think it's a risk. Lotus did offer some nice bikes, but there is no description of the tubing and no picture of the sticker (looks like columbus?). I would be weary, I also think you can get a very nice complete bike for the same price if you are patient.
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$75, that's all? Man ya'll are stingy.
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That is CERTAINLY a Columbus decal...well worth the two bills! Go for it!
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That Mondonico is a beautiful frame. I think it is definitely worth what the buyer paid. The thing about these vintage, hand-made bikes, is that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Some people don't care about them and wouldn't pay over $100. Some people prize them and would pay anything for such a nice looking frame.

Back to your question about a "track setup frame". You need to be looking for an actual track frame if that is what you want. Sure, you can make a sweet fixie conversion from one of these road frames, but you won't be riding it on the velodrome.
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Old 06-11-09, 09:13 AM   #11
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fyi, i am referring now currently to the Lotus in my previous post, not the original post, that frame is no longer available.
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Are you riding this in the street or on the track? If you want a track bike then you need to know that ONLY a real track bike will do...if it's a fixed streetbike...then pull the trigger on the Lotus!
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Keep an eye on your local CL, nice complete bikes come up all the time and you can get one for $300 or so.
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street bike for now, track bike to follow. I am currently riding an SE Draft completely stock. I wanted to try out fixed gear and figure i would find a nice, interesting frame to build up.
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If you're looking to go back and forth between street and track on ONE bike get a true track bike. Newer ones keep the track geometry but use forks that either have drilling or can be swapped for drilled forks. Road geometry is relaxed...track geometry is more agile, less input makes the bike move quicker. I'd consider KHS/Mercier TT, Fuji track PRO...etc.
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Old 06-11-09, 12:42 PM   #16
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frame, check.
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Check out the Leaders at www.leaderbikestore.com.
They are great bikes at a very affordable price. I picked on up about a month ago and already have the urge to build up another. Just for the love of it.

As a rookie rider, I had a lot of dumb questions about cycling. I spoke to Leader reps Sal and Chris and was greated with patience and great service. Id buy one from them just for being good to the customer.

The bike it self rides like a dream. Before making my purchase I took others for a test-ride including the Bianchi Pista, Surly SR, Fuji Obey, Cannondale Capo and a few others. I can't speak for everyone but this bike fits me very well for what I do which is: Riding drunk from bar to bar, long endurance rides around Long Beach, and commute to and from work.

I love my Leader!
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Old 06-11-09, 05:49 PM   #18
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nvm

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hello. that first one was a mondonico. worth every penny of $460 in that condition. kicks the crap out of the lotus fer shur.

OP, if you're looking for an interesting conversion, 80s lugged steel is the place to be. DO NOT chop off the brazeons...when you grow up, you'll be kicking yourself. look for good tubing and an under the radar builder.
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im the owner of the lotus, im not sure if 200 bucks + 50 s&h was too much but well see when i get the frame.
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Well I for one, don't care about history, so for me, it is a solid, well made frame. I would would pay no more than $75 for it, if it was a size I could use.
Wow, really?
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Old 06-11-09, 10:21 PM   #22
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Check out the Leaders at www.leaderbikestore.com.
They are great bikes at a very affordable price. I picked on up about a month ago and already have the urge to build up another. Just for the love of it.

As a rookie rider, I had a lot of dumb questions about cycling. I spoke to Leader reps Sal and Chris and was greated with patience and great service. Id buy one from them just for being good to the customer.

The bike it self rides like a dream. Before making my purchase I took others for a test-ride including the Bianchi Pista, Surly SR, Fuji Obey, Cannondale Capo and a few others. I can't speak for everyone but this bike fits me very well for what I do which is: Riding drunk from bar to bar, long endurance rides around Long Beach, and commute to and from work.

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is it just me or does anyone think this is a leader ad?
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is it just me or does anyone think this is a leader ad?
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is it just me or does anyone think this is a leader ad?
taiwanese robot-welded aluminum vs. italian hand-brazed lugged steel. tough choice!
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what about this?
http://cgi.ebay.com/52cm-Track-Fixed...94%3A50#dtdimg

i have seen a couple of these on ebay, or similar ones, are they decent, any experience with them? the ad makes me a little wary
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