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Three ads that have caught my eye, a Columbia, a Panasonic, and a WTH.

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Three ads that have caught my eye, a Columbia, a Panasonic, and a WTH.

Old 04-20-14, 06:09 PM
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Three ads that have caught my eye, a Columbia, a Panasonic, and a WTH.

So I am looking for a nice steel frame bike for longer commuting and reading this forum here has totally corrupted me into wanting something tasty and stylish. Price isn't a huge objective, but then again, I don't want to needlessly waste money. What do I want? Steel, comfort, nice ride. Touring bikes sound nice. Drop bars, because headwinds suck so badly after a 10 hour day. Suicide or interrupter levers because I ain't racing and if there ain't a headwind, I want to sit up. Not a huge fan of downtube shifters either so anything with them is going to likely end up with barcons. Fenders and rack capabiltity. 28mm tires as well. So I humbly present three craigslist ads for your assessment against my desires.

I'll start with the WTH. I have no idea what this thing is, but I keep seeing it and it fascinates me. What is it? Should I just shut up and buy it? Should I run away as fast as I can? The dynamo light amuses me, though it's not needed, I have invested a fair amount of money in decent LED battery powered lights and have no need for new lighting.
WTH:
Vintage 1970's Bicycle - Dual Shifter - Headlight - Odometer

It is pretty. It's a Columbia, but is it a good one? It will need some mods, what will they cost me? Is it worth the asking price?
Columbia:
Vintage 10 speed road bike

Good or bad? Again, what will mods likely cost me? Is it worth the asking price?
Panasonic:
Panasonic sport road bike

I am also looking at the Kuwahara Caravan from the CL/Ebay thread:
Vintage 1980's Touring Bike 54cm Handmade
I pretty much love this bike other than the color.

So, there we go. I fear I am on a terrible obsessive road here though and will end up with a garage full of bicycles and parts and an irritated SO. Give me your thoughts anyway, I look forward to it.
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Well I'm in the Denver market for a quick rundown just no on the Dual Shifter pos that bike has been listed twice a day for several months and will be listed for several more. The Panasonic has potential if its's close worth a look but likely needs a bunch of work, $50-100 DIY forget about shop costs. The Kuwahara Touring Bike is the only decent one in the bunch and is overpriced for the market by about $100 and $150 considering the seller.
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These aren't bad for the prices. Basicaly better deals Denver is about the best large buyers market for bikes in the US.
Peugeot road bike (new seat & tires)
Fuji Finest men's road bike
Vintage Men's 10-Speed Road Bike
Vintage Centurion Accordo 10-Speed Road Bike
SCATTANTE ROAD BIKE!!!!
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
How do I say this? Those first two that caught your eye are junk. The third one is basic, by OK. Need to get knowledge or you will get taken.
Last one is decent but a bit overpriced. The first two noted express to me that you have some reading to do. I would start by finding an old copy of the Complete Book of Bicycling by Eugene Sloane, originally written in 1970. there were follow on additions too, but I have not read them. Good basic information on what to look for.
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No doubt I have a lot to learn and will be checking the resources mentioned, much appreciated.
I knew the first one was likely to be junk, but it was just too weird for me not to notice.

Originally Posted by zukahn1 View Post
These aren't bad for the prices. Basicaly better deals Denver is about the best large buyers market for bikes in the US.Peugeot road bike (new seat & tires)Fuji Finest men's road bikeVintage Men's 10-Speed Road BikeVintage Centurion Accordo 10-Speed Road BikeSCATTANTE ROAD BIKE!!!!
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The Puegot ad I had seen, seemed like it would be a bit on the small side, but it is cheap, so I could easily spring for a stem to correct that, right? I wish it wasn't in bloody Wheatridge though.
The Finest ad I confess I had kinda skipped over, because the modern seat and that funky headset turned me off, but I can spring for a seat and that headset actually might be suitable for my purposes however ugly it is.
The unmarked silver 10 speed is pretty but in this case I was thinking it would be too large, but it is nice looking bike.
Same deal with the Centurion, gorgeous thing, I just figured it as too large. I'm 5'6" with a 30 inch inseam. Maybe I am being to critical in the size department? I dunno.
The Scattante ad is gone, but that is ok, it's not what I am looking for at all, too close to my current commuter.

If anyone has any thoughts on the sizing thing, let me know, because if I'm being overly specific in thinking 50-54 cm range, I would be happy because it seems a lot of what I am looking that I really like is outside that range.

Off to read some mytenspeeds and thank you all for the input.
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