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It is a new year and what is left on your C&V "Grail" list to acquire??

Old 01-01-19, 04:56 PM
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It is a new year and what is left on your C&V "Grail" list to acquire??

I am now up to 10 bikes in my stable and I really need to be picky on what bike (which could be the last one) to add to my stable.
It would be Gitane's Columbus tube, Pro Replica from 83ish. I'm afraid I would be jello in a seller's hands as it could be the last C&V acquisition I would make, and also the fact that I had been searching for this bike for sooo many years now with no luck finding one in the condition and price I can accept.
Dabbled recently with the possibility if finally owning a Cinelli Supercorsa, but the planets did not line up for me at that time, so I had to let that one slip away from me.
So, I start this year with an open eye towards finally finding that Gitane Pro of my dreams, but sometimes I think that it could be good to have that "Moby Dick" bike out there, unacquired. To maybe keep the C&V juices flowing as like many say, the biggest fun in most things is the hunt for it(?).....
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PX-10, not sure why it's not in stock yet.
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DiNucci
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Sachs, Weigle, Singer, Herse, etc, you get the idea.

These need to be in my size, at least 62cm or bigger so........

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My grails are oddballs and head scratchers, too many still around.
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At my age, nothing more to acquire, just maintain and fix up what I have (house, cars, bikes, appliances, etc.). In particular, I really do need to get the Sieger back together and on the road, since it's such a rare and distinctive bird.
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow View Post
My grails are oddballs and head scratchers, too many still around.
Oh yeah, that too.
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No grails, nothing on my radar except the next cool find.
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Originally Posted by Poguemahone View Post
I'll know it when I sees it.
It's like pr0n.
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Nothing, my No 2 New Years Resolution, No More bikes.
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I think the only “grail” bike I ever wished for was a Masi Gran Criterium, and I have one now. I might budge if I could find a really cool Mercier, but that isn’t a grail bike - more an object of curiosity.
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No super-defined Grail Bike on my list, especially considering 1) what I have and 2) the lack of space for more...from a practical point of view.............BUT............a late '70s or early '80s Trek 6xx, 7xx, 9xx, or 170 race bike at an acceptable price in 64cm / 25.5" would make its way into my possession without much trouble. I've had an '83 970 frame, which was flawless save for the need for standard reach calipers (just a bit too long for short reach) and the red/yellow "McDonalds" paint scheme. Essentially any other color combo would be something I'd be fine with, but red/yellow...sigh. At any rate, those early '80s high-end Trek racers have a mystique about them. Maybe I'm a sucker for catalog pictures...
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I will own a DeRosa, Colnago, early higher end Trek, and/or pre-Trek Klein Quantum by the end of the year. The first three are on my "grail~ish" list. The Klein just seems interesting to me.

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Maybe a Marnati, if one pops up.

Otherwise, not another bike atm.
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I'm with @sloar.

I tend to pick up whatever is cheap (or free), and available. I'm not seeking anything out; but bikes find me. I'd be much more interested in pursuing high-end, grailish acquisitions after I get rid of eight or ten of my perfectly good, mid-grade, 100% rideable regulars.
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I might jump on a pre-82 centurion Pro tour with post mounted center-pulls. or have an @gugie modified Raleigh Gran-der Sport-ier made up, oh wait, I have a frame waiting at his shop already... now to figure out what I want done...


Starting with center-pull posts, then Oh I don't know, too many thoughts put there by the evil master his self dang it @gugie!!!!
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I really can't justify another road bike, but if a 63cm Dave Moulton Fuso popped on the local craigslist, I would be tempted. Check out his bike registry, and the number of original owners. It's cool that Dave still blogs and keeps tabs on the frames he built.
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As every year,. 753 Lejeune Champ du Monde.
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Many, varied bikes might turn my head, but 'grail' would have to be a Mariposa randonneur ca. 1970s-1980s, or Mariposa racer ca. 1970s.

RIP Mike Barry, Sr., who passed just a couple of days ago.

Other than that, @Poguemahone nails it:

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I'll know it when I sees it.
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2nd that

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I'll know it when I sees it.
@Poguemahone has it right. I am always scouting, than my interest grows in what I come across. I got a PX10 recently, not on my mental-grail "list". But I saw the workmanship, the lugs,...man, thats a nice bike; had to have it.
I have a list, the usual Herse, Singer, etc. But what are the chances I'll come across one of those at a reasonable price.
So, I keep searching. I love the hunt.
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No grail list, but a Davidson would be nice.
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After today's N+1 I need to do subtracting. I'm feeling like I'm in a good place unless that mid-80's pearl white Olmo shows up.
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