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Old 11-04-07, 10:06 AM
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Ritchey Road bikes?

What do you guyes think of Ritchey road bikes (before he made mountain bikes)? All I've been able to find is a brief history.. Ive had trouble even finding pictures of other peoples bikes.
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The late 70's-early 80's fillet brazed bikes are really nice. Gorgeous and fast. I bought one used in '81, jade green with yellow lettering. Great bike but did not fit me well enough so I sold it after a few months. You do not see those early ones too often.
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They are pretty rare. I have only seen them in photos but I had a conversation a couple of years ago with a owner of one who was looking to sell. He was asking $14,000 for it. I politely told him he was on crack.
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hahha, that would explain why im having trouble seeing the lugs in the pictures ive been sent so far.
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You've seen these, right?

https://www.oldmountainbikes.com/ritchey/

I'd like to find an early '90s Road Classic. I've missed out on a couple ...

https://www.oldmountainbikes.com/cata...hey1992_04.jpg

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Ritchey is regarded as one, if not the, finest bicycle craftsman. With people like Steve Potts, Charlie Cunningham and Kent Eriksen all agreeing on that point it's hard to dispute. a few Ritchey's have past through my door with none of them being my size. Any chance you have to secure one of his bikes, actually made by him like the older road bike you are talking about should be taken especially if it fits you.

his later bikes were made by actual Ritchey employees in Japan shipped back here raw where Tom brazed on the cable bosses, canti mounts etc. I've built a Seven Odonata road bike that cost 12,000.00 (1999 dot bomber)so 14,000 for a mint perfect original isn't to far off, if you are rich.
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the road bike he hand-built for his father was displayed at the NAHMBS last year, and in the midst of all that fantastic first-rate eye-candy, it stood out as one the most exquisite in the entire hall. And this was the work of a YOUNG Ritchey, an amazing talent.
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Here's a picture of me & my early Ritchey road bike...

https://mbent.net/

I bought it in '87 as a complete Nuovo Record equipped bike.
I still have the frame, as it fits me, and it's the frame that made me famous as a bike painter.

But if I can find a rich crack-head, I might part with it for $14,000!
 
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Might we be able to pass off my fillet brazed Schwinn as a Ritchey wanna-be?

So, Dr.D, first there were those three Cook Bro. hubs! Now you're sitting on a frame worth 14Gs!?! See what kind of blessings fall your way when you start dealing with a man of the cloth?
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pretty fillet brazed lug pictures...

https://bobbrowncycles.blogspot.com/2...bike-talk.html

*edit apparantly these are faked lugs.... but in the most time consuming and beatiful way!
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what would be a fair price for the frame bare?

and how much for the frame with the original suntour superbe/huret eco duapar range components?
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I've converted my Road Logic into a SS: (made many changes since .... yes, it's flipped now!) This machine handles and fits me better than my racer. I know it's not THAT vintage of a machine, but I LOVE my Ritchey!



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oh and its a 1981 (the last year he made road bikes i believe)
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Originally Posted by SingeDebile
what would be a fair price for the frame bare?
As little as possible!

A regular bike, I start at $20. A Ritchey, I might start at $50.

(and have about $500 in your other pocket, unless you want to leave empty handed)

As someone else posted, one guy wanted $14K for his! An '81 is likely worth some serious dough, but don't let the seller know that! If he wants to get top dollar, he can eBay it and we'll all know the truth then.
 
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Originally Posted by SingeDebile
oh and its a 1981 (the last year he made road bikes i believe)
Tom built the Road Classics in the '90s ... (about 50 a year).



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Originally Posted by SingeDebile
oh and its a 1981 (the last year he made road bikes i believe)
Just FYI, Ritchey still has road frames on the market. All are the Break Away model that can be folded in half.
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1981 Ritchey Road bike for sale in Fresno CA

Greetings all

There is a beautiful 1981 Ritchey road bike on consignment at Tower Velo in Fresno, California. It has a 23" blue, filet brazed frame with complete Dura Ace components. Fantastic ride, but too small for me.

Anyone know the history of this bike? Thanks
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I wish he was still making non-coupling mtn. cross and road bikes in real steel. I would own one of each.
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Originally Posted by Bike Fixer Chri
There is a beautiful 1981 Ritchey road bike on consignment at Tower Velo in Fresno, California. It has a 23" blue, filet brazed frame with complete Dura Ace components. Fantastic ride, but too small for me.

Anyone know the history of this bike? Thanks
Probably very similar to this '79 in the Palo Alto Catalog:

https://www.oldmountainbikes.com/cata...hey1979_36.jpg

What did they have it priced at?

One of my Holy Grail bikes ...

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Ritchey Bikes

If you have one of the early Ritchey road bikes you better hang onto it! I have a 79' Palo Alto Ritchey Road bike that Tom have me in 1980 when I was 15 years old. I was riding an old piece of crap and smacked into a parked car because I was checking out some chick. Tom fixed my old bike and gave me one of his. He stopped building production road frames back in 1980-81.
I also have an 85' Timber Wolf, and a 95' Crazy Pete. I'll post photos of the 79' soon.

oldmountainbikes.com is really the only online source for his old stuff.

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What do you guyes think of Ritchey road bikes (before he made mountain bikes)? All I've been able to find is a brief history.. Ive had trouble even finding pictures of other peoples bikes.
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Originally Posted by Ritchey_Owner
Tom fixed my old bike and gave me one of his.
Wow -- lucky you!


Originally Posted by Ritchey_Owner
He stopped building production road frames back in 1980-81.
What would the '90s "Road Classics" be considered?

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Road Classics

He he... well I guess 50 per year I guess would be considered production then wouldn't it? In any case, owning a few pieces of history is a treat... Tom is a personal friend of mine, but I've not seen him for a very long time... since the late 90's...

Originally Posted by BobHufford
Wow -- lucky you!


What would the '90s "Road Classics" be considered?

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I passed on Road Classic because of the two HUGE dings in the top tube. Sweet bike, apart from that.
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Ritchey Road Bike

Interesting forum! I did a lot of advertising/logo work for Tom Ritchey in the early '80s. Part of my payment was for Tom to personally build me a "made-to-measure" road racing bike. The bike still hangs on my office wall...unfortunately more "art" than "transportation" these days.
It is...without a doubt...still a "stunner" of a frame. 53cm...imron black...(silca frame pump painted to match)...handmade (imron black) Tom Ritchey stem...TR logo decals only on head tube and seat tube...lugwork that is beautiful beyond description. I just found this forum by accident...and if anyone sees this post...and is interested enough to request it...i will gladly post pix of my ride. later....

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You tease us with this?

You need interest to show off pics of a gorgeous bike?!

Extremely interested!
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