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Craigslist accessory score. Berthoud with decaleur

Old 04-23-23, 07:31 PM
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Craigslist accessory score. Berthoud with decaleur

I noticed this bag and decaleur on the Seattle Craigslist and after a few chats, I felt safe to pay via PayPal, with an invoice to cover both of us. The decaleur appears to be a Compass one prior to the locking mechanism.

perfect fit for my 85 Voyageur. While I’d prefer the Nitto m12 rack, I already had this vintage blackburn front rack. I think it looks better than the Ortlieb handlebar bag I had on it.






time to find a good deal on a brown B17.

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Has anyone ever suggested that frame might be a tad on the small side for you?
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Originally Posted by nlerner
Has anyone ever suggested that frame might be a tad on the small side for you?
Yes. The 23” was to big, this one is a 21”. The guy had both available when I bought this one. A 22” would be perfect. I could bring the stem down, but my back prefers the handlebars up high.
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I'd seen those on CL as well and was tempted by the decaulleur
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Originally Posted by Lbxpdx
Yes. The 23” was to big, this one is a 21”. The guy had both available when I bought this one. A 22” would be perfect. I could bring the stem down, but my back prefers the handlebars up high.
You would know best, but with that seat post height I have to imagine the 23" would actually be perfect for you, especially if you like a more upright position. Drop the saddle pretty low and raise the stem. And, fwiw, The 23" is actually 22", or damn close.
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Originally Posted by nlerner
Has anyone ever suggested that frame might be a tad on the small side for you?
When I saw the set up, I was encouraged that the too small Raleigh Competition that I am preparing for paint will fit me close enough. And then …
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Have to agree with nlerner that the next size up would be more appropriate for you. These bikes were designed so that you only need a few inches of seatpost and stem height.

On-topic, nice score, it's a good looking and functional bag.
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Nice score! The decaleur is the icing on the cake.

I picked up an as-new Compass/RH-specced GB28 (no side pockets) off ebay last year for a buy-it-now of $65. Gonna be riding that high for the next few years, lol.
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Originally Posted by nlerner
Has anyone ever suggested that frame might be a tad on the small side for you?
Originally Posted by polymorphself
You would know best, but with that seat post height I have to imagine the 23" would actually be perfect for you, especially if you like a more upright position. Drop the saddle pretty low and raise the stem. And, fwiw, The 23" is actually 22", or damn close.
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Have to agree with nlerner that the next size up would be more appropriate for you. These bikes were designed so that you only need a few inches of seatpost and stem height.

On-topic, nice score, it's a good looking and functional bag.
First off, I agree on the surface, but

what if the OP has disproportionately short legs or?

I have the opposite and we all know what many here think of my setups.
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Originally Posted by merziac
what if the OP has disproportionately short legs or?
To me it would the opposite, the setup looks like it is compensating for long legs + short torso and arms.
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No doubt bike fitting over the internet is fraught; hence, my use of hedges.
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Originally Posted by bear_a_bug
I picked up an as-new Compass/RH-specced GB28 (no side pockets) off ebay last year for a buy-it-now of $65. Gonna be riding that high for the next few years, lol.
Thassa sweet deal!
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Originally Posted by TenGrainBread
To me it would the opposite, the setup looks like it is compensating for long legs + short torso and arms.
Huh, well you could be right, most of my setups like this are on too small frames but even some of the big ones end up like this too.

Geometry, TT length and proportion can really jack things around and some frames ride well at one end of the spectrum or the other regardless.

Hence the "or?"

Many of my setups don't turn out the way they should, once I get close several test rides and another mm. + or - here or there to nail it down often presents some pretty odd results.
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Seattle Craigslist...

Large, well-used Berthoud bag in great shape with older Compass decaleur...

Was the seller a tall man with a pronounced German accent and a very short Japanese wife?

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Originally Posted by ShannonM
Seattle Craigslist...

Large, well-used Berthoud bag in great shape with older Compass decaleur...

Was the seller a tall man with a pronounced German accent and a very short Japanese wife?

--Shannon
And did he mention “planing”?
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