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Vintage Tommaso - worth the price and effort?

Old 05-19-13, 02:31 PM
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Vintage Tommaso - worth the price and effort?

Hi all -

I have a shot at an older Tommaso and am wondering if it's worth the time and money. It looks to be circa early 90s (?) and the tubing is Columbus SLX. It hasn't exactly been a pampered bike, but it could definitely use some cosmetic help and some tweaking.

The frame ... seems to be sound and true, and despite a lot of dirt and some paint chips and a number of surface rub / rust spots here and there it doesn't appear to be too bad. The fork is original, and has a little pitting on the chrome at the tops, and more of the same on the chromed chainstays. Someone put a sticker over the original head tube graphic, but it's underneath and it looks like the sticker comes off with no problem.

As for the components ... again, lots of dirt and grease. Most of it is Shimano 600, including the shifters (SIS), crank arms, rear derailleur, brakes, headset (?). The front derailleur is Dura Ace, and the chainrings (at least the largest one) looks to be a Specialized. The bars are some type of Cinelli, the seat is shot, and the pedals are obviously crappy platform w/ cage. Don't know about the stem, but it seems fairly long ... ???

The wheels aren't original, and look to be decent but probably not particularly noteworthy (?). The price does include the original tubeless Mavic wheelset - I don't know the model but I assume they're period, too (early 90's?).

I took it for a test ride and it all seems fairly solid and smooth, despite the cosmetics. Not sure what else to say, other than the seller seems pretty solid on a $400 price at this point. I'm hoping I could get him to $350, so ... is that a decent price considering the condition? I'm sure that if I got it I'd have grand plans to make it a project bike ... eventually have the frame repainted, maybe improve some of the components, other??

I guess I should mention that my employer offers an annual $200 reimbursement towards the purchase / maintenance of a bike (even used) if you commute by bike, so technically I can subtract that from the price. But I don't want to pay more than I should anyway, and I know that things could get much more costly if I buy it with an intent to refurb it. So, any thoughts?

Thanks
Eric
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Old 05-19-13, 02:58 PM
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I'd put it closer to circa 1984-1987 based on the Columbus decal. Probanly bought as a frame and built up with more modern parts. The frame doesn't look that bad. The components look heavily used, hopefully not abused. Provided the bearings don't feel shot, I'd been very tempted to take a chance, especially with that employer incentive.
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Old 05-19-13, 07:34 PM
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Looks like it would clean up nicely. I'd pay $400.
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I say go for it! Even if you don't use the extra wheels, you should get some ok money off of ebay for them. If they are in decent shape.

if you don't spring for the bike, I'll find where she is and buy her for myself!
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Old 05-19-13, 08:37 PM
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$400 is a pretty fair price for a complete SLX bike. With your boss kicking in $200, you should be riding this home. What' s shot with the seat?
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I would say it is definetly worth it for a complete SLX bike that rides good with two sets of wheels. It would be worth spending some money on components and maybe wheels a little mor worthy of such a nice frame if you don't want to use the tubulars.
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Old 05-20-13, 08:58 AM
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hmm, i was thinking it might even be late 80s but wasn't sure, and the seller doesn't seem to know, either ... but i'm happy to take your word for it.
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i think it was an old Selle Rolls seat ... probably nice in it's day, but now it's cracked and torn
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thanks for all the feedback, folks ... sounds like i should give this some serious consideration
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i want to work for your boss.
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Old 05-20-13, 11:33 AM
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haha. yeah, a nice perk for those of us who enjoy bikes.
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i think it was an old Selle Rolls seat ... probably nice in it's day, but now it's cracked and torn
I asked about the seat, because it actually came with a finish that looks cracked and torn. Don't know if you've seen it in-person or if you're just going by the photos.

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did see it, and now feel foolish that i didn't pay more attention. bingo - i had no idea it was supposed to look that way. probably didn't notice because there's a lot of grime all over the bike and assumed the saddle was as worn as many of the other parts. i think it was a bit worn, but probably not nearly as much as i thought. i guess i was focused on paying attention to other details since i'm (obviously) not an expert at assessing vintage stuff ... thanks!
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