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I need to figure out what to do with my Tesch 101

Old 03-15-10, 11:12 PM
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I need to figure out what to do with my Tesch 101

(Actually I have 2 of them.)
My first wife bought me the red/white frameset as a present sometime before 1990. I've ridden it quite a bit, I've ridden it in around 20 years of the HotterThanHellHundred. At first I swapped over the components from my old bike but sometime in the early 1990's I upgraded everything to Shimano DuraAce. Unfortunately I managed to slightly crinkle the downtube where it goes into the lug at the head tube so I'm not riding it right now. (I'm not going to admit how I did that in order to protect the guilty.)



The white one I found in a local bike shop on consignment in 1992. For most of the time I've had it I rode it as a trainer and kept the red/white bike clean for use in rallies and so forth. When I bought the bike it had a mid-range Campy groupo on it. I've kept the hubs/crankset/headset but I upgraded the brakes/derailleurs/levers to Shimano Ultegra.



The first thing I'm trying to figure out is if it is worthwhile to have the red/white frame repaired and repainted. I'm guessing a minimum of about $800 for repair, decals and paint. I don't know what the bike would be worth if restored to original condition. There aren't a lot of Tesch frames out there and there certainly won't be any more made. I don't know if there is any market for a frame like this that looks good but is not in rideable condition, i.e. would a collector want it as-is and not ride it?

I don't ride a lot of miles these days, maybe 1500-2000 miles a year. Both of my wheelsets have freewheel style hubs, and I weigh about 220 at the start of riding season, so I have a problem with breaking axles. Plus my DuraAce hubs are pretty old and they have a lot of wear on the internal bearing races. So I probably need to build a new wheelset using freehub hubs. Right now both wheelsets have 7-speed freewheels, but one of the bikes might have 8-speed shifters. I've got to check on that. Either way I'd have to hunt up some old freehubs to use. If I had to upgrade the shifters and wheels on both bikes that would be pretty expensive, closer to the point of where I could buy a new bike.

There has been some benefit to having 2 bikes. Occasionally I get ready to ride and one bike is not ready so I just grab the other one and go. Flats, broken axles, dead cyclometers, stuff like that. Otherwise I would be OK with one bike. Of course I could sell them both and buy a new carbon or ti thing to ride like everybody else, and for awhile one new bike would be more reliable than my older bikes.
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The first thing I'm trying to figure out is if it is worthwhile to have the red/white frame repaired and repainted. I'm guessing a minimum of about $800 for repair, decals and paint. I don't know what the bike would be worth if restored to original condition. There aren't a lot of Tesch frames out there and there certainly won't be any more made. I don't know if there is any market for a frame like this that looks good but is not in rideable condition, i.e. would a collector want it as-is and not ride it?
You would have difficulty getting your money back out of a repair and repaint, IMO, which is often true with older bikes. There's really no market for it as a non-rider.
While Tesch has a great reputation as a builder that approaches minor cult status, his bikes (aside perhaps from the few true custom jobs) don't really command high prices. Yet another example where the market is simply not in lock step with the build quality. They're not common, but not super rare, either. And they do tend to ride very aggressively, which is not everyone's cup of tea.
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I just finished a reconditioning of one I bought a couple months ago. The shakedown was really good. So good that now I would have a hard time parting with it (not that I had any plans to). Unless you need money or space, I'd probably hang onto it. Tesch is another of those storied builders, a great craftsman who went far too soon. Perhaps in another 10 or 15 years when Confentes are bringing triple digits, Tesch will have the same kind of appreciation. If not, it's a fantastic ride in the meantime.
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Old 03-17-10, 10:42 AM
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And they do tend to ride very aggressively, which is not everyone's cup of tea.
I've ridden these bikes for a long time, and before them I had one of the Cinelli-made Centurions, so maybe I don't know what a less-aggressive bike would feel like.
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sell the one you hit the garage with.....
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