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1985 Olmo

Old 10-08-20, 09:01 AM
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1985 Olmo

I'm no Vintage expert, but I can appreciate everything about this bike, but I'm wondering why it's still for sale? Seems like a decent bike. It looks to me like it was probably found in much worse condition and this is as far as they got gleaning it up. Still?

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/sf...209945144.html
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Old 10-08-20, 09:05 AM
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I am not sure but I thought I saw this on Offer-up a few days ago for 100.00.....in my book even with the panto parts it needs a lot of work.
This is why it hasn't sold, the asking price is way too high in my opinion.
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Old 10-08-20, 09:11 AM
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Condition is everything, that bike is in rough condition. Overpriced by at least $500.
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Old 10-08-20, 01:07 PM
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If your going to ask that kind of money could you not give it a bath and some 20 dollar bar tape?
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Old 10-08-20, 01:10 PM
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I sold this Olmo for $500 Canadian this year
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Old 10-08-20, 01:41 PM
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WAY overpriced and neglected bike. Unlike the red one above that's great !!!!

Even though bike prices are at an all time high, there are MUCH better bikes and much better deals out there,.

Be patient and keep looking. The bike will find you
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If you already had an Olmo that needed some pantographed parts, that might be a good buy for $350.

As is, it just needs a repaint and full overhaul/refurb.

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Old 10-08-20, 06:55 PM
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That stem sure looks wonky. This is a great project bike though. I think $300-$350 would be a good deal. Going to need quite a bit of refurbishing and elbow grease. Even at $300, it'll be a $600+ investment before you know it.

Shopped my Olmo to a few prospects at $700. Some "hmm"s but no paypal deposits. These are very nice bikes but I think they're hard to sell against the more sought after Italian marques.

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I think that the Olmo in the add may have gooseneck, perhaps steer tube issues.
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Originally Posted by TakingMyTime View Post
I'm no Vintage expert, but I can appreciate everything about this bike, but I'm wondering why it's still for sale? Seems like a decent bike. It looks to me like it was probably found in much worse condition and this is as far as they got gleaning it up. Still?

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/sf...209945144.html
it would make for a great sgrt or long beach waterfront ride. really like the 80's olmos and love that particular color. the crimson and yellow olmos posted were dynamite for the price whereas the
craigslisted one...not. parts look to be in good shape...frame and fork, not so much.

i really need to stay out of c & v...got the itch again even after building up two bikes this year.

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Originally Posted by Mr. 66 View Post
gooseneck...
Was this ever a thing? To call a stem a large, dumb bird's body part? If so, can we stop it?
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I don't know the pandemic pricing for LA but the pricing would be fanciful pre-pandemic. The components are Campagnolo Gran Sport with Nuovo Record derailleurs. The tubeset is Columbus Aelle. Then there are the cosmetic condition issues. I doubt the mechanical condition is any better. This bicycle has not been well cared for and the owner is asking over the original MSRP. About the only thing in its favour are the pantographed components. Basically, it's a mid-1980s, mid-range model in sub par condition but with some eye candy pantographing.
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
Was this ever a thing? To call a stem a large, dumb bird's body part? If so, can we stop it?
The term "gooseneck" when applied to a bicycle stems, dates back over a century. Originally. it referred to a specific style of stem with a forward extension that was notably above horizontal. To-day we refer the style generically, as a "riser" stem.

The style started gaining popularity on American, single speed, coaster brake, roadster bicycles around the Great War. The term distinguished it from a standard stem, which had little or no forward extension, and the "extension" stem which had a forward extension that was horizontal or near horizontal. Eventually, the "gooseneck" became the dominant style seen on American bicycles, at which point the term became synonymous with a bicycle stem. It started losing it's popularity with the influx of European 10 speeds during the early 1970s bicycle boom but a lot of the cycling fraternity raised on earlier roadsters and Stingray style hi-risers continued to use the term generically for all handlebars. If you hang around at The CABE, you'll see it used a lot.

Applying the term "gooseneck" generically to all handlebar stems was no different than the current practice of using "clincher" to refer to what are technically "wired-on" tyres. Both are misnomers that have become de facto through common (mis)usage. The misuse of "clincher" is a personal pet peeve but I don't think I can change the world.

Attached is an excerpt from a 1918 retail mail order catalogue showing the three basic handlebar stem styles of the era. Note how the standard (No. 92) stem uses the expander bolt to double as the handlebar clamp bolt. Also, the "extension" stem has a hidden binder bolt, similar to style that would become popular again on "aero" stems of the 1980s.

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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
If you already had an Olmo that needed some pantographed parts, that might be a good buy for $350.

As is, it just needs a repaint and full overhaul/refurb.
Agree, the panto stem, post and crank are all very nice bits that have nice individual values, especially to Olmo lovers. The campy pedals and straps are also nice sellers that often get close to $100, atleast when eroica is happening.

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Thanks for all the help and info. I think I'll pass.
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Thanks for all the help and info. I think I'll pass.
Good call... I had a very similar Olmo with Aelle tubing and I really didn't like the ride, which is why I sold it. At that price there are plenty of nicer bikes...
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I do agree that it looks like there may be a problem with the stem, but not sure about the rest of the frame. Regardless, I didn't way to drive 50 miles to offer the guy $300 and then not have him accept the offer. What really caught my eye were the pantographed parts.
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OLmo was the 3rd largest bike manufacturer in Italy making childrens bikes, 3-speeds and everything else
So even though the Reparto Course frame shop (different building) made racing bikes as good as anybody elses
My thinking is this is why the resale value is lower than other high end makers. it was a double edged sword when
my shop was selling them from 1978 to about 1986.
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