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Old 05-21-18, 05:14 PM
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Neighbor's garage . Just sayin'
Ah, yes, the zero bike gambit.
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THE COMPARATIVE VALUE METHOD: I ask myself if I bought a nicer quality bike in better condition for less money than the one I'm looking at. Getting a super deal will take some of the fun out of future finds.

THE TORTURE METHOD: I ride very hard for an hour— hill repeats or something. Hopefully when I come back I won't want to look at a bike for a while.

THE SOMEONE ELSE'S TEMPTATION METHOD: I post the link to the ad in the "are you looking for one of these" thread. If the deal is good enough, nature will take its course and maybe a BF member will thank me for the head's up.

THE SLOWROLL METHOD: I hit that star on the CL ad to favorite it. Then I wait two weeks before thinking about contacting the seller. Hopefully it's long gone by then. I have 12 favorites bookmarked right now. Whoops!
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
Ah, yes, the zero bike gambit.
I've already got 2 Zero bikes stashed in other cities where I visit.
A Taiwanese Wheeler and a Peugeot.
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Simple. I have limited my buying to American made customs and the Westminister Swap meet and insist on top notch condition. This year only an Eisentraut and a Osell fit these requirements.
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Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
For a nice old Frejus, I'd jump.
I swore off Aluminium frames decades ago. Rightly or Wrongly is sorta immaterial.
I know a guy with a late 60s, original, full Campagnolo chrome Frejus for sale. Just sayin.

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Old 05-21-18, 09:32 PM
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Don't buy nice bikes. You can afford many more if you buy the beaters, the mongrels, the undesirables that need a new home. You could be the person who saves them. Everybody wants the nice bikes, so let everybody else have them.
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Old 05-21-18, 10:17 PM
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Simple. I have limited my buying to American made customs and the Westminister Swap meet and insist on top notch condition. This year only an Eisentraut and a Osell fit these requirements.
I tried the 'limiting the collection' thing. This last time it was rebuilt from 1 vintage, the stipulation (with myself) was only one from every major Euro cyclng country. Then the Bottecchia came for a song = 2 Italians - but i can live with that. And the Mexican Carabela with chromed head lugs is goin to a friend - i swear it.

Lookin for a Raleigh Pro (in MY colour) because I know that at one point Raleigh produced enough bikes to be it's own cyclng country.

At age 67, i've more than enough bikes wearing nice tubulars to ride my legs off.

For anyone wanting a mid-80s Cannondale tourer, original 600 components, listed as size 62 (???) - check the Seattle CraigsList. Seller will accept less than listed price, don't quote me. But be careful, Seattle CL always has desirable vintage bikes.

edit: Let's go ride!
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Old 05-22-18, 01:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
I tried the 'limiting the collection' thing. This last time it was rebuilt from 1 vintage, the stipulation (with myself) was only one from every major Euro cyclng country. Then the Bottecchia came for a song = 2 Italians - but i can live with that. And the Mexican Carabela with chromed head lugs is goin to a friend - i swear it.

Lookin for a Raleigh Pro (in MY colour) because I know that at one point Raleigh produced enough bikes to be it's own cyclng country.

At age 67, i've more than enough bikes wearing nice tubulars to ride my legs off.

For anyone wanting a mid-80s Cannondale tourer, original 600 components, listed as size 62 (???) - check the Seattle CraigsList. Seller will accept less than listed price, don't quote me. But be careful, Seattle CL always has desirable vintage bikes.

edit: Let's go ride!
I've seen that "62cm" Cannondale ST. I chuckle because it is very much not a 62cm. The seller even alludes to measuring CTT, which, with old C'dales, is grossly misleading. As always, researching before selling is a good idea. It's likely a 58cm, so, too small for any of us tall guys.

For me, I'll go with the "is it nicer than what I have already" questioning system. Though I didn't need it/any bike, I got back from the Port Angeles metric century ride, and bought a 65cm Guerciotti, which was an unknown brand to me (hard to know them all!), but a bike that I had been tracking for several days before. Lots of mystery surrounding that early '80s Italian bike. Nice enough on the test ride, and I bought it. Small upgrades/tunings, including pumping up the tires from 48 psi (test ride) to 85/95 psi (once home), and then to heck with it, full teardown and build with proper pieces. Best bike in my fleet. I thought I was 'over' Columbus SL, having ridden multiple offerings and having those be superseded by my SLX Masi. Nope!

Right now I'm a bit at capacity, which helps limit things. As does the desire to spend money on another bike when I have a project midway already. Though if you are looking for a nice frameset or two from the '80s (my specialty, haha), I have a couple, including a proper 25"/63.5cm Cannondale ST400 in metallic black (just need to fix the water bottle cage bolt/rivet issue, ugh).

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Good Deal. Great Bike

Buy it, and like a previous poster suggested, offer it to fellow BF members .
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I just figure that all the bikes I really wanted back when I worked in a shop but couldn't afford are now all on deep sale.

It's a heck of a lot easier adding to the fleet than subtracting . . .

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Old 05-22-18, 05:17 AM
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I still enjoy the shopping but, lately, I find I keep asking myself "does that really get you anything you don't already have?" And the answer keeps coming back "no". Another good aspect to this is that many Marques do not catch my interest : Trek, Bianchi, Serrota, Moto (got one now), etc. Great bikes but they don't click for me.

Part of of the fun of this is the overhaul/preservation phase. I've found I can borrow neat bikes from a friend of mine for that. I get the fun, he gets a full preservation for nuttin. I get a nice long test ride but don't have yet another bike to store and maintain. Good nuff for me.
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Telling me this: "not orange", "brand i allready have", "gearing range i allready have", "not old enough", "wrong frame size", "tubular tires", "indexed derailleur shifting", "gear hub that's not a Sturmey archer AW", "not lugged steel" "aluminium bars", aluminium stem", "no fender eylets", "no rack eyelets"
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Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
I tried the 'limiting the collection' thing. This last time it was rebuilt from 1 vintage, the stipulation (with myself) was only one from every major Euro cyclng country. Then the Bottecchia came for a song = 2 Italians - but i can live with that. And the Mexican Carabela with chromed head lugs is goin to a friend - i swear it.

Lookin for a Raleigh Pro (in MY colour) because I know that at one point Raleigh produced enough bikes to be it's own cyclng country.

At age 67, i've more than enough bikes wearing nice tubulars to ride my legs off.

For anyone wanting a mid-80s Cannondale tourer, original 600 components, listed as size 62 (???) - check the Seattle CraigsList. Seller will accept less than listed price, don't quote me. But be careful, Seattle CL always has desirable vintage bikes.

edit: Let's go ride!
Oh, I could be dissuaded from my standards. But it would take another Alfio Bonnano type find for that to happen. A Cannondale would never do it
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Impulse control via the addictive personality is a strange beast. I find that it usually takes some training, that is falling off the wagon is normal. Usually just try to make the best of it but for example I am down to 1-2 impulse buys a year. Fortunately these impulse buys have all been resold within a few months and each time I find the urge to get that special bike is less and less going forward. It helps if you have some long term keepers you ride or enjoy regularly to remind yourself "does it get much better than this"?.....other than swilling old milwaukee I would say for me the answer is generally no.
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All this time spent being wishy washy and you could have already been there and purchased it!
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This thread is yet another in a long series of threads (thread-threads?) that are like alcoholics anonymous meetings held in a bar.
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Someone coming to this particular forum for advice on how to not buy a bike seems awfully suspicious to me. Are we sure that the original poster isn't a SWMBO masquerading as a forum member?
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Is it something you have truly lusted after for a long time? Or is it something that would be nice to have? If the former, go for it. If the latter, let it go.

In my case, my three main riders (Cinelli, Eisentraut, Ron Cooper) and my commuter (Paramount), all from between 1965 and 1982, are frames I lusted after in my impressionable, misspent youth. When I had a chance to get them in my size, I jumped at them.

On the other hand, I recently saw a drop-dead gorgeous, damn near pristine, big Della Santa in my size on another forum for a reasonable - not cheap, but reasonable - price. Great looking frame. I have no doubt it is a great riding frame, too. I am sure I would love it. But as much as I love me some Della Santa, it doesn't appeal to that covetous teenager in me (not any fault of Roland's, his stuff just wasn't on my radar BITD). So I will let it pass.

And that opinion is worth exactly what you are paying for it.
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