Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic & Vintage
Reload this Page >

The Rich Oral History: Nuggets of Imparted Wisdom

Notices
Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

The Rich Oral History: Nuggets of Imparted Wisdom

Old 08-02-20, 08:17 PM
  #1  
Narhay
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Narhay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
Posts: 3,706
Mentioned: 117 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 944 Post(s)
Liked 512 Times in 291 Posts
The Rich Oral History: Nuggets of Imparted Wisdom

Sometimes when I purchase a bike the previous owner can be a font of wisdom, imparting a rich oral history in regards to the bike. Most of the time I have to bite my tongue but here are some of my favourites.

"This [Bottecchia] uses MAFAC tires. It is a Russian brand."
"My grandfather bought this [1982 Peugeot] in the 50s.
"My father was immaculate in maintaining this [the worst mechanical nightmare of a Super Course I could imagine]. It needs nothing"
"I've done a lot of research and this bike is from this year - [not that year]"
"is the bike in your photo the one you are selling? -yes. [Not that bike]"

I'm sure you guys have a couple gems.
Narhay is offline  
Likes For Narhay:
Old 08-02-20, 08:19 PM
  #2  
polymorphself 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Posts: 1,616
Mentioned: 22 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 663 Post(s)
Liked 741 Times in 364 Posts
Originally Posted by Narhay View Post
"My grandfather bought this [1982 Peugeot] in the 50s.
I’m just here to see what can top this.
polymorphself is offline  
Likes For polymorphself:
Old 08-02-20, 08:30 PM
  #3  
BFisher
Senior Member
 
BFisher's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 2,188
Mentioned: 34 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 704 Post(s)
Liked 1,622 Times in 778 Posts
"Frame's made of aloonumin" (visible rust)
BFisher is offline  
Old 08-02-20, 08:40 PM
  #4  
thinktubes 
weapons-grade bolognium
 
thinktubes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Across the street from Chicago
Posts: 5,875

Bikes: Battaglin Cromor, Ciocc Designer 84, Schwinn Superior 1981

Mentioned: 42 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 824 Post(s)
Liked 1,392 Times in 599 Posts
"This bike was raced in the Tour de France"

"It's ready to ride"
thinktubes is offline  
Likes For thinktubes:
Old 08-02-20, 08:45 PM
  #5  
Wildwood
Veteran, Pacifist
 
Wildwood's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Seattle area
Posts: 11,877

Bikes: Bikes??? Thought this was social media?!?

Mentioned: 261 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3192 Post(s)
Liked 2,737 Times in 1,393 Posts
Rare
Wildwood is online now  
Likes For Wildwood:
Old 08-02-20, 08:58 PM
  #6  
stardognine
Senior Member
 
stardognine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Sunny Sacramento.
Posts: 2,881

Bikes: Soma Saga, pre-disc

Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 751 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 332 Times in 245 Posts
“Previously owned by a former racer”.

“Needs nothing”.
stardognine is online now  
Likes For stardognine:
Old 08-02-20, 09:34 PM
  #7  
Reynolds 
Passista
 
Reynolds's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 7,366

Bikes: 1998 Pinarello Asolo, 1992 KHS Montaña pro, 1980 Raleigh DL-1, IGH Hybrid, IGH Utility

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 790 Post(s)
Liked 490 Times in 279 Posts
Low end "racer" '60s bike:
No, I didn't weigh it, but it weighs next to NOTHING! I don't know, maybe 10 lbs?
Reynolds is offline  
Likes For Reynolds:
Old 08-02-20, 10:55 PM
  #8  
SurferRosa
Señor Member
 
SurferRosa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Pac NW
Posts: 5,618

Bikes: Old school lightweights

Mentioned: 71 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2332 Post(s)
Liked 3,038 Times in 1,650 Posts
Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
Rare
Yeah. Not sure I have experienced much (any?) of seller embellishment.

The last bike I bought, an '87 Trek 560EX, I paid what he asked and got some good info. He surely messed up on some things, like the condition of the spare wheelset (clinchers I threw away -- couldn't even use the axle parts), but he mailed me a package of other stuff a couple days after the sale. It wasn't really stuff I can use personally, mind you, but the gesture was appreciated.
SurferRosa is offline  
Old 08-03-20, 05:24 AM
  #9  
nlerner
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 15,657
Mentioned: 402 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2947 Post(s)
Liked 3,664 Times in 1,639 Posts
I’ve learned not to ask.
nlerner is offline  
Old 08-03-20, 08:06 AM
  #10  
gugie 
Bike Butcher of Portland
 
gugie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 10,420

Bikes: It's complicated.

Mentioned: 1147 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3930 Post(s)
Liked 3,257 Times in 1,462 Posts
This bike weighs 9 lbs.
__________________
If someone tells you that you have enough bicycles and you don't need any more, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.
gugie is offline  
Old 08-03-20, 08:55 AM
  #11  
3speedslow
Senior Member
 
3speedslow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Jacksonville, NC
Posts: 9,110

Bikes: A few

Mentioned: 114 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1880 Post(s)
Liked 816 Times in 518 Posts
Yes, it’s missing XXX part, but it will only cost you XX cents to replace!.
3speedslow is offline  
Likes For 3speedslow:
Old 08-03-20, 09:25 AM
  #12  
Narhay
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Narhay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
Posts: 3,706
Mentioned: 117 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 944 Post(s)
Liked 512 Times in 291 Posts
Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
I’ve learned not to ask.
Some people just can't help sharing some hard won wisdom.
Narhay is offline  
Old 08-03-20, 09:29 AM
  #13  
Mr. Spadoni 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 635
Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 234 Post(s)
Liked 183 Times in 100 Posts
This bike is aluminum. See the decal? Reynolds Aluminum.
Mr. Spadoni is online now  
Likes For Mr. Spadoni:
Old 08-03-20, 12:48 PM
  #14  
uncle uncle
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: south kansas america
Posts: 1,836

Bikes: too many

Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 386 Post(s)
Liked 153 Times in 107 Posts
"This bike cost $650 new..." during negotiations for an early 80's Schwinn World Sport. I do think a lot of people, when they purchased that new bike for themselves decades ago, have memories of it being expensive. I think this was the biggest delta between memory and actuality, at least that I can recall.
uncle uncle is offline  
Likes For uncle uncle:
Old 08-03-20, 12:51 PM
  #15  
Wileyone 
Senior Member
 
Wileyone's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: GWN
Posts: 2,523
Mentioned: 27 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1830 Post(s)
Liked 571 Times in 388 Posts
The breaks work fine.
Wileyone is offline  
Likes For Wileyone:
Old 08-03-20, 01:05 PM
  #16  
tiger1964 
Senior Member
 
tiger1964's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Maryland, USA
Posts: 1,665

Bikes: Drysdale/Gitane/Zeus/Masi/Falcon/Palo Alto

Mentioned: 28 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 598 Post(s)
Liked 236 Times in 172 Posts
Originally Posted by Mr. Spadoni View Post
This bike is aluminum. See the decal? Reynolds Aluminum.
Possibly the most-quoted misinformation ever; I'd swear it's been around since before aluminum was on the Periodic Table... then again, maybe not.
__________________
Larry:1958 Drysdale, 1961 Gitane Gran Sport, 1974 Zeus track, 1988 Masi Gran Corsa, 1974 Falcon, 1980 Palo Alto. Susan: 1976 Windsor Profesional.
tiger1964 is offline  
Likes For tiger1964:
Old 08-03-20, 01:13 PM
  #17  
79pmooney
A Roadie Forever
 
79pmooney's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 10,415

Bikes: (2) ti TiCycles, 2007 w/ triple and 2011 fixed, 1979 Peter Mooney, ~1983 Trek 420 now fixed and ~1973 Raleigh Carlton Competition gravel grinder

Mentioned: 112 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3403 Post(s)
Liked 2,157 Times in 1,403 Posts
Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
Rare
Rare, ie gently cooked, Might well be true.
79pmooney is offline  
Old 08-03-20, 01:19 PM
  #18  
Salamandrine 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 6,287

Bikes: 78 Masi Criterium, 68 PX10, 2016 Mercian King of Mercia, Rivendell Clem Smith Jr

Mentioned: 120 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2316 Post(s)
Liked 578 Times in 417 Posts
Originally Posted by Mr. Spadoni View Post
This bike is aluminum. See the decal? Reynolds Aluminum.
I'd hear that one all the time. A classic, so to speak.
Salamandrine is offline  
Likes For Salamandrine:
Old 08-03-20, 02:20 PM
  #19  
T-Mar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 22,762
Mentioned: 605 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4486 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2,564 Times in 1,626 Posts
"Campagnola frame."
T-Mar is offline  
Likes For T-Mar:
Old 08-03-20, 03:49 PM
  #20  
Narhay
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Narhay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
Posts: 3,706
Mentioned: 117 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 944 Post(s)
Liked 512 Times in 291 Posts
"It is either metal or aluminum"
Narhay is offline  
Old 08-03-20, 03:51 PM
  #21  
madpogue 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Madison, WI USA
Posts: 5,736
Mentioned: 37 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1892 Post(s)
Liked 989 Times in 743 Posts
The tires are alloy.
madpogue is offline  
Old 08-03-20, 04:07 PM
  #22  
WGB
WGB
 
WGB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Niagara Region
Posts: 4,320

Bikes: Panasonic PT-4500

Mentioned: 39 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1338 Post(s)
Liked 1,078 Times in 760 Posts
Verbal
"Of course the seat post will come out. Wait, why do you want it to come out?"

From actual ad
"Handmade Japanese bike"
(Marinoni)

Current listing on Goodwill Auctions
"Fuji Berkeley Penny Farthing"

Reply email from seller
"The wheels are square, but that's just from sitting a long time"

Verbal
"That's not rust. It's called Patina"

Reply email from seller
"No the wheels are steel. Steel wheels are stronger than aluminum"

Ad copy
"You can sell this bike and make a lot of money"

Last edited by WGB; 08-03-20 at 04:45 PM.
WGB is offline  
Likes For WGB:
Old 08-03-20, 04:27 PM
  #23  
3speedslow
Senior Member
 
3speedslow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Jacksonville, NC
Posts: 9,110

Bikes: A few

Mentioned: 114 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1880 Post(s)
Liked 816 Times in 518 Posts
From today, “ what length is the seat tube?” Reply “ The seat tube is long.”
3speedslow is offline  
Likes For 3speedslow:
Old 08-03-20, 05:13 PM
  #24  
WGB
WGB
 
WGB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Niagara Region
Posts: 4,320

Bikes: Panasonic PT-4500

Mentioned: 39 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1338 Post(s)
Liked 1,078 Times in 760 Posts
https://buffalo.craigslist.org/bop/d...170660436.html

The Ad - High lites are mine

New ,used ,take offs;

I have a lot of parts Schwinn and higher quality parts all from a closed up bike store.
Too much too list Look At Pics.
Much money to be made for the bicycle shop owner or backyard fixer.

Seats, Brake pads, Brake hardware, Seat posts, Adj. goosenecks, Forks,
Shock forks. Hubs, Cranks newer and
old . Spokes(new in box).
Cables: Shimano

Brand new with part#’s
Misc Fasteners bolts axels
Cassettes 5,6,7 gears.
Worth thousands to the guy that does bikes.
Mostly Mountain bike and street bikes
26”&27” primarily.
This is a lot of stuff !

The Reality




WGB is offline  
Likes For WGB:
Old 08-03-20, 07:01 PM
  #25  
clubman 
Youngman Grand
 
clubman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Nova Scotia
Posts: 8,143

Bikes: roadsters, club bikes, fixed and classic

Mentioned: 118 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2056 Post(s)
Liked 1,376 Times in 894 Posts
Originally Posted by Wileyone View Post
The breaks work fine.
And it peddles well.
clubman is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.