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which of these should i buy?

Old 01-20-12, 08:43 PM
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which of these should i buy?

someone is selling these, each one of them 250$. I'm really liking the bianchi folgore 1937, should I?

thanks in advance for your opinions.
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While you are wondering which one to buy, someone else is probably buying them. I would have bought the Bianchi in a heart beat. However, without more information and a better look, I could be making a mistake. It looks like the bikes have all been powder coated and I do not like powder coating. It tends to hide frame details and is hard to remove.

Also, some of the bikes are incomplete. If the Bianchi was a geared bike chances are you will have a tough time getting original components for it, assuming that you wish to restore the bicycle.
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It's hard to tell from the small pics without descriptions. Yet as said if the 37 Bianchi is real my guess is most of the C&V guys here would consider it in just about any condition. Also most of these bikes at first glance seem to be worth the $250 asking price or more. I would say if those bikes are listed on CL in major market a couple are probably already sold.
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They are all nice. I like the green one with the fenders. Can't read the name. They all look like quality bikes , so choose what you like.
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The Rudge.
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These are all nice bikes but they look like they have been re-painted, is that the case?
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I would probably drop 250 on almost any of those bikes, oldies like that are getting harder and harder to find, thus I did a little search:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/obgbikes/sets/

found where the photos appear to come from. Looks like the guy knows bike stuff from how much he has, so I'm surprised he wouldn't have a more public place to offer them. Lucky you op if you really have a shot at them.
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^Nice detective work, but I am sure achilleus did not want his source revealed, that is why he embedded his photos.

From the small photos I would think any one of the would be worth $250 as a keeper.
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To the OP,

What are you looking for? If you're looking for a bike to ride then that leads in one direction, but if you're looking for a bike as an "investment" then that leads in another direction. Are you looking for something as a display piece, or a bike to recapture something you or someone else had as a child or in younger years? Are you looking to build up a collection of items from a particular era, or are you just looking to get into a hobby and old bikes seems like a fun hobby?

It helps to know your motivation in order to give a better opinion.

Apart from that the blue one looks interesting as an around town bike and ride to the coffee shop on Sunday mornings bike, could even be a decent commuter depending upon where you live.
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^Nice detective work, but I am sure achilleus did not want his source revealed, that is why he embedded his photos.

From the small photos I would think any one of the would be worth $250 as a keeper.
The only bike I was familier with is the Biachi, the rest are obscure Euopean bikes that are really old but seem to be well made. I would be wondering what the threads are like on the crank and the rarity of parts. These bikes look to good to be $250 each. All look like total restored antiques in mint condition. Not really something you would use as a rider. Should be in a museum somewhere
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I ended up not buying any of them, I chose instead to get fatter and postpone getting my first bycicle. I now have found something interesting to my current motivators (commuting and stop being fat), here... https://articulo.mercadolibre.com.uy/...M#questionText what do you think?, 50 dollars, guy says it has a campagnolo frame, are they any good?. I just wanted to follow up on your responses, thank you.
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I have had to commute by bike this summer since I don't have a car here. My choice in commuter bike was an older steel mountain bike with nice components, a rack and fenders. The fenders were probably the best choice since it rains a lot where I am now. It also has nice city tires (bald) so rolling resistance is lower than normal mountain bike tires. It's perfect for what I need.

I'm not going to say a C&V bike isn't right for you because back home I use one to commute, but maybe something closer to this is better:
https://articulo.mercadolibre.com.uy/...ry-hibrida-_JM

oh, and the bike you showed in the link seems ok, but campagnolo didn't make frames, they did made drop-outs which i don't think that bike uses. Likely just a sticker he read on the bike, or maybe some components. I looked at other stuff around that price point and I think it's an ok deal, at least for the time being. You would probably want to upgrade eventually when you learn more about bikes/components.
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