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(Quite) old aluminum bike - Has anybody seen this before?

Old 09-24-20, 08:28 PM
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(Quite) old aluminum bike - Has anybody seen this before?

Look at those lugs ! It's clearly French, and it's up for sale for a few $. Tell me why I shouldn't listen to reason and buy a 3rd bike this month.





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WHOA that's super cool. Looks to be in the same vein as the venerable Caminade Caminargent. The French have a long history of screwing and/or gluing aluminum together to make bikes, starting with Caminargent and culminating with Vitus. They are also the home of the first welded aluminum bikes, autogenous aluminum welds being pioneered by Nicolas BARRA under the trademark "Barralumin".

I'd buy it in a heartbeat if it's not much to spend or much trouble.

The gold Simplex derailleur is easily worth $150 on the 'bay.
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I’d buy it for the derailleur.
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Old 09-24-20, 08:54 PM
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I think I'd buy it for the whole thing - it would kinda be sad to part out a bike that has come here from France just to make a few bucks. I'll definitely ask for a test ride!
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Very pretty! I have seen a Duravia bike before. In Belgium, IIRC.
I may even have posted a pic on this forum. I'll see if I can find it.
Meanwhile you go get the bike.
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Use Google translate and this page to find out everything you want to know https://bike-cafe.fr/2020/04/duravia...gn-intemporel/
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That is the most unique and interesting thing I've seen in quite awhile. Really hope you get it, clean it up, and thoroughly document it here with photos.
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Do it.
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Originally Posted by KenNC View Post
That is the most unique and interesting thing I've seen in quite awhile. Really hope you get it, clean it up, and thoroughly document it here with photos.
someone jumped on it while I was gathering some info... arff
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J-7,
I don't know what the ask was on this one. You seem to be missing out on a few nice bikes first the Colnago and now this one...I think that you are finding some nice rides and you have an eye for quality...trust your instincts a little more.
If you like a bike and it meets the criteria of fit, price etc., buy it, the worse that could happen is that you overpaid a bit, BUT you will have a bike that you LIKE...we've all overpaid at some time, buy it if you like it no biggie.
Buy the next time ask later, Ben
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If you have to ask about this one........................................C+V is not for you.
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Originally Posted by xiaoman1 View Post
J-7,
I don't know what the ask was on this one. You seem to be missing out on a few nice bikes first the Colnago and now this one...I think that you are finding some nice rides and you have an eye for quality...trust your instincts a little more.
If you like a bike and it meets the criteria of fit, price etc., buy it, the worse that could happen is that you overpaid a bit, BUT you will have a bike that you LIKE...we've all overpaid at some time, buy it if you like it no biggie.
Buy the next time ask later, Ben
Especially if it was for "a few dollars" wow.
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Originally Posted by xiaoman1 View Post
J-7,
I don't know what the ask was on this one. You seem to be missing out on a few nice bikes first the Colnago and now this one...I think that you are finding some nice rides and you have an eye for quality...trust your instincts a little more.
If you like a bike and it meets the criteria of fit, price etc., buy it, the worse that could happen is that you overpaid a bit, BUT you will have a bike that you LIKE...we've all overpaid at some time, buy it if you like it no biggie.
Buy the next time ask later, Ben
You are correct! Two losses in a few days is hard to accept. This one was sadly not even a matter of price, I just couldn't go see the bike immediately, and withheld my offer just a little too long. After the Colnago I wrote "lesson learned", I guess now I should write "lessonS learned"!
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Originally Posted by xiaoman1 View Post
Buy the next time ask later, Ben
Probably the single best, and most honest piece of advice ever given here.
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Originally Posted by jadocs View Post
Especially if it was for "a few dollars" wow.
Originally Posted by jonny7 View Post
You are correct! Two losses in a few days is hard to accept. This one was sadly not even a matter of price, I just couldn't go see the bike immediately, and withheld my offer just a little too long. After the Colnago I wrote "lesson learned", I guess now I should write "lessonS learned"!
Yes, paying a little more for something will be long forgotten if you really enjoy it....losing to save a dollar...well, we've all done that.
Don't beat yourself up...there will be others, you are on the downhill side of the learning curve.
Best, Ben

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It needed a longer chain anyway. Just as well someone else has to deal with that - right?
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Originally Posted by sykerocker View Post
Probably the single best, and most honest piece of advice ever given here.
Well... unless it is marked "Huffy", or "Dutchess", or "Murray", or ... (with a few exceptions).

But, I agree, once one sees the signs of the quality of bike one wants, jump on it quickly. I've kicked myself for getting up and getting a cup of hot chocolate while pondering a deal.

Unfortunately, I set my Craigslist drag net about 150 miles... and for some items up to about 500 miles, and the harder to get to, the more things that are missed.

As far as The Colnago, I've been avoiding the aluminum Colnago frames, although that bike does have some unique features that might make it worth following up on.

It is hard to say about the Duravia bike. It might have been fun, but not necessarily the choice for a regular rider. The bolt-on lugs are a unique feature, and certainly could help with maintenance, although finding spares might be impossible.
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Originally Posted by Steel Charlie View Post
It needed a longer chain anyway. Just as well someone else has to deal with that - right?
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Well... unless it is marked "Huffy", or "Dutchess", or "Murray", or ... (with a few exceptions).

But, I agree, once one sees the signs of the quality of bike one wants, jump on it quickly. I've kicked myself for getting up and getting a cup of hot chocolate while pondering a deal.

Unfortunately, I set my Craigslist drag net about 150 miles... and for some items up to about 500 miles, and the harder to get to, the more things that are missed.

As far as The Colnago, I've been avoiding the aluminum Colnago frames, although that bike does have some unique features that might make it worth following up on.

It is hard to say about the Duravia bike. It might have been fun, but not necessarily the choice for a regular rider. The bolt-on lugs are a unique feature, and certainly could help with maintenance, although finding spares might be impossible.
These are a great way to "rationalize" missing on something that I wanted to buy but missed out on.....I'm putting these quotes away for future reference....
I feel better already
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