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Old 11-09-14, 11:42 AM
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old pinto

Looks like an old steel frame Fiji with the words pinto on it. What is pinto? Google didn't find anything. How much would you pay for this?
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Old 11-09-14, 11:50 AM
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Mel Pinto......
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Old 11-09-14, 12:22 PM
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Moved from C&V to Appraisals.
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Old 11-09-14, 01:04 PM
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full name is Mel Pinto Imports which was sometimes written as MPI.

company still going -

Mel Pinto Imports
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Old 11-09-14, 07:19 PM
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Some pics. Guy wants 1000. How much would you give him?
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Old 11-09-14, 07:30 PM
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$1000? One too many zeros. That's a lower end bike, even $100 would be on the high side.
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$1000? One too many zeros. That's a lower end bike, even $100 would be on the high side.
+1, Sure the price wasn't a typo?
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only Fuji bit is the saddle. machine a Gitane Gran Sport Luxe in Mel Pinto livery. MPI was a big Gitane agent back at this epoch.
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Originally Posted by juvela View Post
only Fuji bit is the saddle. machine a Gitane Gran Sport Luxe in Mel Pinto livery. MPI was a big Gitane agent back at this epoch.
The rear derailleur says Fiji Vx though.

But yeah I was thinking that 1000 was a bit high for this bike. But it rides great. Just not used to the downtube shifters. So maybe 50?
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Old 11-09-14, 08:13 PM
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only Fuji bit is the saddle. machine a Gitane Gran Sport Luxe in Mel Pinto livery. MPI was a big Gitane agent back at this epoch.
Also what exactly does Mel Pinto do? Import old bikes?
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Old 11-10-14, 08:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Deontologist View Post
Also what exactly does Mel Pinto do? Import old bikes?
No, he imported new bikes. But that was back in the 60s-80s. So those bikes are now old.
I bought my first 10 speed back around '72-3 from one of Mel's shops in the Wash DC area.


The new owner of the Mel Pinto name does carry a lot of C&V related inventory, but he's not importing old bikes.
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Originally Posted by Deontologist View Post
The rear derailleur says Fiji Vx though.

But yeah I was thinking that 1000 was a bit high for this bike. But it rides great. Just not used to the downtube shifters. So maybe 50?
Fuji, not Fiji.
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Old 11-10-14, 09:06 AM
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Note that some part are totally interchangeable and often are replaced on older bikes such as this. You also may want to exercise caution and check to see if the bottom bracket is french or swiss threaded as this would limit the options on replacements. Not make it impossible but difficult for the neophyte.
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Oh my, cottered crank goodness! I'm being facetious.

But seriously, a bike with no name recognition = department store pricing or $35 tops.
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Old 11-10-14, 11:59 AM
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$1,000?!

That's delusional. Even here in NYC that is maybe a $100 bike.
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Originally Posted by lostarchitect View Post
$1,000?!

That's delusional. Even here in NYC that is maybe a $100 bike.
I asked the owner again. He said the best he could do was about 400 because "it's a Pinto." No joke.
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Point out to the owner that Pinto was the name of a car for those that couldn't afford a Mustang.
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I'd wish him well and get on with my life without a pinto.
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Originally Posted by Deontologist View Post
I asked the owner again. He said the best he could do was about 400 because "it's a Pinto." No joke.

Send him a link to this thread. There is no way he'll ever get $400 for that bike unless he scams somebody.
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Forget that bike for $1000.00! Consider it for $100.00 or less. Rides great..?

Before making that call, consider a better bike. One in the $200 to $300 range. For that you can get chrome moly frame, forged drops, friction or indexed shifting, good condition, your size and there are scads of those deals out there - just look.

Just look? This is How To Find Vintage Bicycles. And this is how to differentiate the good (higher quality) from the bad (low quality and not particularly good riders). That Pinto is not a good rider, when compared to many other bikes - [BVintage Bicycle Quality[/B].
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The seller went from $1000 to $400? Really? That's so generous. It looks like a re-badged entry level Fuji. They are great beater bikes. You can pick them up all day long for $25 - $125. I would completely forget about $400. You could probably find a really nice vintage Centurion or Raleigh for that price.
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