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Old 04-02-24, 09:28 AM
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Hidden gem or dusty junker?

https://santabarbara.craigslist.org/...727942467.html
Saw this while browsing, couldn't tell what I was looking at? Chromed fork crown? Campy hub, claims 531? not enough for me to decipher from these lousy pics



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Some diabolically bad photos, almost like seller trying to hide as much as possible from searches.
Seat pin is slammed, clearly too big for them.
Buyer beware of dubious ownership..
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Pretty sure the bad photos are to hide that the frame and fork are bent.. Pretty sure the actual bike is a early 80's Nishiki International. So pretty much junk but it does have a nice set of brakes and lever's which are worth $100 give or take bit.

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Originally Posted by zukahn1
Pretty sure the bad photos are to hide that the frame and fork are bent.. Pretty sure the actual bike is a early 80's Nishiki International. So pretty much junk but it does have a nice set of brakes and lever's which are worth $100 give or take bit.
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brake calipers do appear to differ betwixt bow & stern

other readers may be able to identify them...


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I think the frame is on the nicer end as it has reinforcers on the brake bridge. Derailleur cable runs under the BB shell, helping to narrow the guessing. I would go investigate but only if the asking price is low.
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Not a bad bike, good lugs, Campy dropouts, it’s worth $170.
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Id say theres a chance its worth $170, but probably an equal chance you show up and find a basket case of a bike beyond salvage. Id be tempted to take the odds if it was very close to me, and Id show up ready to haggle.
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Old 04-03-24, 10:25 PM
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Remnants of a 531 decal? Looks like pretty tight clearances (ala racing bike). The brazed on seatpost clamp says 'nicer' rather than 'cheaper' to me. I'd go look at it
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I'd check it out. Might be trying to hide something but a lot of times clueless sellers just take random pics because they have no idea what is important to show
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In my experience dealing with stuck seat posts, 90% of them were on bikes with slammed saddles like that. This promotes water intrusion, which leads to the whole aluminum corroded into steel issue. So take a wrench with you and check.
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Seatpost size could be a clue to the tubing type
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Did you check it out yet? Curious minds want to know!
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This one is too far to go look at without really good reason. Absent a "Run, don't walk" assessment not gonna make a long trip to look, I don't "need" another. The potential for a stuck post is the nail in the coffin, that is a lesson I have been slow to learn. I saw enough that I thought I should consult the smarter folks, but not enough to add another project.
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Good move , I’m in Ventura and I wouldn’t drive to Santa Barbara for that bike even if it were my size (it ain’t).
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That looks to be a race frame, I say this because there are no rack or fender eyelets.

I tried adjusting the photo, I could not draw any information from it.
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Based on the details frame geometry i would say it's a 80's Tri frame so no braze on's. Most sport or even race bikes would have some braze on or dropout mount points. So god spot point Mr. 66.
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