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Old 12-28-17, 11:49 AM
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Thoughts on this?




Ive always liked this since back in the day. Looking at picking it up. Thoughts?

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Old 12-28-17, 11:53 AM
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Wouldn't know whether to ride it or salute it...
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Old 12-28-17, 11:54 AM
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lol.

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Old 12-28-17, 11:57 AM
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Seriously, I'd want to ride it before making any kind of decision.

I remember when these were a "thing", but can't recall what the impressions were. Probably have an old issue of BG with a test somewhere.
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Old 12-28-17, 12:43 PM
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This rare Polchlopek Rigideol 2 was I am told painted to commemorate Greg LeMond's victory at the World's in the early 80's, though is an artisan-built French bike made by Edmund Polchlopek.
Possibly the most expensive bike available at the time, it is fab'd entirely of brazed thinwalled steels, and even the rear "fender" is a fabricated tubular structure. So ahead of it's time!
It's the only one I've seen, due to very limited numbers imported here, and turned up on both Ebay and Craigslist at around the same time. I bought it for a very reasonable single-bid starting price because it was my size and I'd already owned one of this builder's MacSteel (carbon-lined steel) triathlon bikes that turned up locally some seven or eight years earlier.
Oval chainrings were hand-made (supposedly from modified round rings) and oriented about 90-degrees out of phase of how BioPace rings are oriented, so considerable training is needed to adapt one's legs to high-effort riding. The acceleration feels spooky fast and with the aggressive positioning the rider can keep up a good pace.






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Old 12-28-17, 12:57 PM
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Ive always liked this since back in the day. Looking at picking it up. Thoughts?

With that downtube and the seatstays it's gotta be a harsh ride. Will it fit 23mm tires or only narrower?
Needs to be ridden in a tight aero position, or risk being called a wannabe racer.
But if you like it, buy it. I've made sillier bike acquisition decisions.
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Old 12-28-17, 01:05 PM
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The paint scheme and Corima seatpost make me think its an old national team bike -

Be nice as a collector , --- as a rider? --- ehhhhhh, --- some bikes do just fine hanging on the wall

Be a shame to press a 20-22 year old National team bike into service just doing the daily grind, but would be a fun bike to take off the wall for special occasions and would definitely be a conversation starter
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Old 12-28-17, 01:11 PM
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It has to be very harsh riding. An aluminum frame with a large teardrop profile downtube and seat-tubes will have very little compliance.
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Well if the price was right I'd do it just for the look!

Of course it would fit in perfectly with a couple of mine.



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Old 12-28-17, 01:37 PM
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Yes! Would also be nice to come across a track version.


Made me miss my 09' Jamis.


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Old 12-28-17, 01:57 PM
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Not particularly light, though. Add the weight of a saddle, tires and sealant or tubes and you're over 20 pounds...
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My kidneys hurt just looking at it.
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I'd like to dive into Putin's peleton with that bike, like Roger Ramjet!!
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Old 12-28-17, 03:41 PM
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Yes, I had an old Cannondale from back in the late 80's. Harsh indeed!

Durace Ace equipped 9-speed. Asking price is $900.00.

Worth it?

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I like it. Would be a fun build with black components, a little less stem and bar action....
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Originally Posted by Bluebatmobile View Post
Durace Ace equipped 9-speed. Asking price is $900.00.

Worth it?

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If some provenance or it calls to you maybe. Lots of bikes out there at close to/at four figures. I would try to make that buy in the $700 range if possible.

If you do, look close for dents/dings those tubes are ultra thin.
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Old 12-28-17, 08:17 PM
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One other thing, that weigh in is with tires, who knows maybe even saddle and or pedals.
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Originally Posted by Bluebatmobile View Post
Yes, I had an old Cannondale from back in the late 80's. Harsh indeed!

Durace Ace equipped 9-speed. Asking price is $900.00.

Worth it?

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Its worth it if its an actual National Team bike I would think

If its not , its worth about $500 IMO

It looks like a fairly big bike ---- if its the wrong size, also in the "not worth it" category even if it is a Nat. Team bike


Were it a 54 and with the above mentioned provenance, I would be all over it at $900 , but then again, like JamesDak, --- I'm a fan of the color scheme

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Originally Posted by DMC707 View Post
--- I'm a fan of the color scheme
But your bike is red, white, and blue, that bike is blue, white, and red. Not the same. Not the same at all. You'd be coming instead of going.
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Originally Posted by Bluebatmobile View Post

Durace Ace equipped 9-speed. Asking price is $900.00.

Worth it?

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Originally Posted by DMC707 View Post
Its worth it if its an actual National Team bike I would think

If its not , its worth about $500 IMO

It looks like a fairly big bike ---- if its the wrong size, also in the "not worth it" category even if it is a Nat. Team bike


Were it a 54 and with the above mentioned provenance, I would be all over it at $900 , but then again, like JamesDak, --- I'm a fan of the color scheme

I'll check if it is a National Team Bike.

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Look at some other GT bikes from that time, same color scheme but not that yuk OS tubing.
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