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Early 90's Ritchey Road bike

Old 07-19-17, 02:32 PM
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Early 90's Ritchey Road bike

Hi there,

I am helping a friend get this bike ready to be sold. It came to me having sat in a garage for at least a decade; rigged for Triathalon with no saddle or seat post, no brake hoods and mismatched worn tires. I don't have an exact year as even with the serial # Ritchey HQ wasn't able to tell me much.

What I know
  • Ritchey Road bike from late 80s to early 90s based on decals
  • Campy C- Record era components, (8 speed indexed shifting from the down-tube) but the only part I can really ID are the brake levers as from 92-93
  • FD shifter is Shimano

What I have done
  • New tires tubes rim strips
  • new cables and housing
  • Laprade 27.0 seat post with Novara saddle
  • Frame cleaned and waxed
  • seat post and stem removed and lubed
  • New Rustines replacement hoods, not an exact fit but C-record hoods are like hens teeth
  • Chain cleaned and lubed
  • new bar tape
  • Its not perfect but it shifts and stops

What I have not done
  • I have not rebuilt the main bearings
  • I have not taken apart the components other than the shifters which I lubed
  • brake pads have been sanded but not replaced

I am not a Campy expert and I took the tack of "first do no harm" also as I am working on this for my friend its not my bike to experiment with, the sale listing will include the caveat that this bike needs to be gone through by a mechanic experienced with Campy 8 speed parts. Any input on worth would be appreciated. Plan A list it in Seattle on CL, Plan B expand to Portland, Plan C dismantle and part it out.

Before
[IMG]The Frame as it came to me by Ryan Surface, on Flickr[/IMG]

Serial #
[IMG]Serial number on the underside of the BB by Ryan Surface, on Flickr[/IMG]

After
[IMG]IMG_1659 by Ryan Surface, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_1672 by Ryan Surface, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_1674 by Ryan Surface, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_1675 by Ryan Surface, on Flickr[/IMG]

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Old 07-19-17, 04:16 PM
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I believe that is Chorus not C-Record it may even be Athena. The C-Record, turned Record in the '90s when 8Spd Ergo came out has one of the chain ring mounting bolts on the arm so there is only 4 arms on the crank. The Monoplaner style brakes were Chorus buty trickled down to Athena around '93ish when Chorus got daul pivots.

Is the chain stretched out? how worn are the cassette cogs? I think the brake levers are set up incorrectly rendering the quick release mechanism on them.
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Old 07-19-17, 04:24 PM
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That's pretty poor looking Braze work for a Tom Ritchey Bike. Unless it's just poor Paint.
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Old 07-19-17, 04:36 PM
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@Bianchigirll thanks for your input and Campy expertise! to address your questions

the chain is not new but seemed fine with my chain checker tool

the cassette cogs seem to be in decent shape per photo
[IMG]IMG_1192 by Ryan Surface, on Flickr[/IMG]

The bike came to me with the brake cables routed areo, when I ran new cables I tried to route them non aero but could not get them to work correctly so they are routed aero to get them to work but yes I could have easily set them up wrong as I am unfamiliar with old Campy components. The lever appears to have 3 ways to route the cable - through the top, on the inside of the handlebar or on the outside. I routed them on the outside of the bar
[IMG]IMG_1305 by Ryan Surface, on Flickr[/IMG]
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Originally Posted by Wileyone View Post
That's pretty poor looking Braze work for a Tom Ritchey Bike. Unless it's just poor Paint.
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Old 07-20-17, 06:01 AM
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The brake hoods you want are part number BLRE-500. They come up quite often on Ebay. I've picked them up for $35 a pair before.
The really hard ones to find are the ones for the first gen C-Record levers, without the quick release button.
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Old 07-20-17, 10:28 AM
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thanks @nesteel for the hood recommendation I found an article that appeared to ID my levers as 4 generation C-record era levers
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Old 07-24-17, 10:33 AM
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Ok so no input on value then, we'll start around $400 and see what happens
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Old 07-25-17, 12:41 AM
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Speaking as a Portland buyer/seller, I think $400 is fair. Right in between too much and "you gave it away".
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Old 07-25-17, 11:56 AM
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Originally Posted by The Thin Man View Post
Speaking as a Portland buyer/seller, I think $400 is fair. Right in between too much and "you gave it away".
My thinking exactly Thin Man and if there is little interest in Seattle you may see it on PDX CL before I go to the nuclear option and part it out on Ebay. Hopefully there will be someone looking for a 21.5"/54.6cm Ritchey in the greater PNW.
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Old 07-26-17, 10:47 AM
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My opinion- if that were 55-56cm, I'd be ending you $400 right now. But that's a bit of a Grail bike for me, and not too common in Fly-over land.
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My opinion- if that were 55-56cm, I'd be ending you $400 right now. But that's a bit of a Grail bike for me, and not too common in Fly-over land.
If it were 56cm I might be tempted myself ....its probably a good thing its not lol. I saw a larger one on Ebay for $455 @aeshultz just sayin'
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UPDATE: Sold full asking! to a nice young man who seemed thrilled to have it. CL can be odd. In the first 7 days I had only one inquiry from a guy in BC who wondered if it would fit a 6' 2" person, umm no you need something larger sir.


I refreshed the listing last night and this morning when I checked email I had THREE emails about the bike, one was a low -ball which I politely declined despite not feeling all that polite...... $150? really?

One from someone very interested but not available until Wednesday. And the young man who was my first email after the refresh, my CL policy is first come first served and he was available today and super excited about the bike.
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Well played sir!
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