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Old 12-26-09, 02:18 PM
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1990 Basso with 105

trying to see what i got here. basso with Tretubi decal, meaning SL main triangle and "builder's choice" stays, as i understand. i believe this makes it a Paris-Roubaix? pantographed brake bridge, fork crown, and seatstays. Mavic rims. Full shimano 105 group, index shifting. ambrosio stem. 3ttt bars. paint is mostly in great shape, a little scratch here or there. decals in great shape. any ideas? oh, and the serial number puts it at 1990. looks like not a single thing on the bike has been changed since purchase, doesnt look like it got ridden much either, definitely stored inside. any ideas? would i be completely stupid to commute in NYC on this thing? or does it equal the level of "really nice bike to ride and own but not much worth as collector's item"?

thanks for any help

(sorry no pics, my cam is busted)
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Old 12-26-09, 02:39 PM
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$3-400 imo.
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I would not use it for a winter beater or cummute in the rain but if you are able to keep it inside I would ride to work on it. it is an upper midlevel bike IMHO and sure to be a great rider I would try and put x28s on it for in the city though
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Originally Posted by sardonic math View Post
would i be completely stupid to commute in NYC on this thing? or does it equal the level of "really nice bike to ride and own but not much worth as collector's item"?
Depends... if you can park it some place safe (inside), it would be fine to commute in NYC the months that there is no salt on the streets. For the winter time get a "disposable" mountain bike
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hmm, ok. yeah, i was a little worried about it getting yanked because it looks really nice, but reading some archived threads it seemed like maybe it wasn't worth much (in the grand scheme of things i guess it's not). probably going to be messengering, maybe i'll just flip it since it seems i could make a little money off of it and get a super beater, hate to see a bike like this get trashed.
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Originally Posted by sardonic math View Post
hmm, ok. yeah, i was a little worried about it getting yanked because it looks really nice, but reading some archived threads it seemed like maybe it wasn't worth much (in the grand scheme of things i guess it's not). probably going to be messengering, maybe i'll just flip it since it seems i could make a little money off of it and get a super beater, hate to see a bike like this get trashed.
Good plan, any of the older rigid frame MTBs make great, cheap, commuters and around here can be found for around $100, less if you look really hard.
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sardonic, its overall value shouldnt determine if your willing to have it stolen or not, its a matter of principle. As others have mentioned find yourself a 'disposable' mtn. bike, a nice one shouldnt cost you more than $100 or so.
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Old 12-27-09, 10:40 AM
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sardonic, its overall value shouldnt determine if your willing to have it stolen or not, its a matter of principle. As others have mentioned find yourself a 'disposable' mtn. bike, a nice one shouldnt cost you more than $100 or so.

i'm not sure what you mean by that, i think you may have misunderstood me. I'm not willing to have any bike stolen, if i can help it, and knock on wood, to this day i never have. When i lived in tribeca and williamsburg in 2003, i had a centurion ironman with all 105, it never got stolen, but then, i had spray painted it with taxi yellow paint which got chipped fairly quickly, so it really looked like *ss after about two weeks. (it was my first real bike, i didnt know anything about centurions at the time). Likewise my possibly marinoni-built Raleigh Team USA with campy parts never got stolen, but it also had a sht paint job (one of the seatstays had separated at the seatpost, and the rebrazing destroyed the paint) . all I meant about the getting stolen part is, i'm more worried about this bike getting stolen than my others because it's a head turner. Personally, I'm of the conviction that a great bike should be ridden, and I'll probably just wrap the tubes, put some beefier tires on it, and ride the hell out of it. at least for the first few weeks until i have the cash to buy a crappy bike. I mean, if I flipped it, i stand to make about $200 apparently, and for that I'd rather ride it.
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