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What have I gotten my hands on???? 54 cm Zini Cicli

Old 06-17-11, 12:31 PM
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What have I gotten my hands on???? 54 cm Zini Cicli

I am buying my every first road bike. I've been into mountain biking since I was a teenager, but have decided to try road biking. I found a bike I'm in love with. A woman's pink 54cm 1981 (possibly 82) Zini Cicli. I'm buying from a local bike shop owner who bought the frame a while back and did a complete re-build (original paint left) on it. He originally built the bike for his wife, but it was just a bit to large for her. It's a perfect size for me. I'm buying it for $370. The bike felt good when I rode it, gears changed smoothly, and no unexpected wear. Needs a different seat and different pedals (just has platform pedals right now.) The shop owner has offered to do any adjustments need to make the bike comfortable for me, and to even to take me out to ride to help me get use to the bike. I just I am asking for a first road bike, am I getting a good deal??? Even a cheap diamond back mountain bike runs $450 or more, so I am a little nervous about paying so little for a bike. Advice????
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Old 06-17-11, 01:09 PM
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Not knowing what the original owner used to build the bike up, its tough to say. It would have to be pretty special to warrant nearly $400. So how much did he love his wife?

If you can get more details, that would be great.

Note that there some value in the attention the owner is giving you. You'll want to take that into consideration.
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Originally Posted by citoyen du monde
He is a former pro from Parma in Italy who now works as a gold and silversmith. He has little if any interest in bikes nowadays. Your bike could also have been built in South Africa as the fellow who imported his bikes there prior to his leaving the framebuilding business, had a local builder build bikes with the Zini name during the apartheid era when importing bikes was not very easy. I have heard from South African friends that they had a reasonable good reputation.
found that doing a search on Google, there is at least one other BF member who has one.
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Originally Posted by Beach Comber View Post
Not knowing what the original owner used to build the bike up, its tough to say. It would have to be pretty special to warrant nearly $400. So how much did he love his wife?

If you can get more details, that would be great.

Note that there some value in the attention the owner is giving you. You'll want to take that into consideration.
I don't know how much he loves his wife, lol, but I know that I fell in love with this bike the moment I saw it!!! I really wish I had taken a picture of it. From the way he was talking about it, at the very least this bike is special to him. He's the local small town bike shop guy that has been doing this for 30+ years... I'll post specs and pics when I pick it up...
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If you love the bike, buy it!! I made this mistake when I fell in love with a guitar but thought I could do better. I bought a nice, new Martin but I never felt that "connection" to it. You're lucky that you've found a bike you love and I'm sure it will serve you well.
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