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Old 02-12-19, 07:01 AM
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Originally Posted by nomadmax
What would be a bad reason for zip tie on a frame tube?
The most likely reason is wires from a computer with a cadence sensor like a CatEye Micro.

Does anyone really think a small zip tie on a frame is a sign of frame damage?
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll
The most likely reason is wires from a computer with a cadence sensor like a CatEye Micro.

Does anyone really think a small zip tie on a frame is a sign of frame damage?
That's what I meant. BUT, you can fill a big hole with what I don't know. I, like may others here, buy used bikes. If there's a good reason to be suspect of zip ties around the frame, I'm always interested in learning.
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1900 Pierce Arrow $1650

https://buffalo.craigslist.org/bik/d...817060364.html
Don't own it and wouldn't have a place to safely store it if I did and not sure I'd have a bike not to rid, but.....

Per ad: "Since photos were taken wheels were taken off bike and hub-bearings cleaned and greased and a broken spoke replaced on rear wheel, not put back on yet because thinking of getting new tires. Cranks and fork taken off in preparation to clean and grease their bearings. Bike can be put back together as-is in 30 minutes, it is a very simple bicycle.
Probably best for static display, but new tires are available and it could be ridden in a limited way for shows or up and down your street a bit. Original paint and finish, from an old local estate. A fixed-gear bike with no coaster-hub and no brakes, as simple as you can get. Price is $1650 firm."
Ps in 1899 these were $50 new which was lot of money back then, roughly what seller is asking now






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Old 02-12-19, 09:37 AM
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Originally Posted by nomadmax
What would be a bad reason for zip tie on a frame tube?
Looks like you can see a bike computer wire that it is likely holding in place.
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Old 02-12-19, 10:33 AM
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Originally Posted by sixysixss
Looks like you can see a bike computer wire that it is likely holding in place.
Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs
It's been lingering on ebay too, but local pickup only and zero feedback seller. The zip tie on the down tube gives me pause.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Tommasini-R...~RE:rk:50:pf:0
I understand that it's to hold a computer wire. My question was related to what I highlighted in another post in red ^.
What is it about a a zip tie around the frame that would give someone pause? Understand, I'm not being argumentative; there could be a heck of a good reason and I like to learn all I can.
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Originally Posted by WGB
About the same price in adjusted dollars as when new. Online inflation calculator estimates $50 in 1890 is $1400 today, and those are always falsely low, since they include prices of technology items that go DOWN over time. In short, buying a $50 bike BITD really meant something.

Re: zip-ties, is it really THAT long ago that ALL computers had wires going to the sensors? Not sure what else one would expect on a bike of that era.

Oh, another TX-era Trek, from the "Milwaukee dude": https://madison.craigslist.org/bik/d...817115712.html

Trek TX500 Road Bike (60cm Ishiwata 022 Frame) Shimano 600EX Group - $325 (East Side)

He references "600EX", but it looks all Arabesque to me.
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Old 02-12-19, 12:38 PM
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Originally Posted by madpogue
He references "600EX", but it looks all Arabesque to me.
Arabesque was one iteration of 600 ex. VeloBase.com - Component: Shimano RD-6200, 600EX Arabesque (Short Cage)
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Originally Posted by Fahrenheit531
Ironman. Very original. $275
...been listed for a while, has already seen some price reductions. Maybe somebody's lucky day.
I like that Ironman. Those aren't the original wheels?

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Originally Posted by hazetguy


That's been on ebay for a while, and has been re-listed many times.
Seller and I have messaged back and forth a few times; he's not responded to a direct question about whether or not the fork is original. Based on his story about how he purchased the frame, it's possible that the fork is original to his 1981 purchase, but not the correct fork for a TX900.

At any rate, he's thinking $1500 is fair for the frame and fork, which strikes me as being somewhat...optimistic. I mean, maybe for "Dad bought it, had a heart attack the next day & couldn't ride it, so wrapped it in a blanket and put it in his closet for safekeeping" kind of condition. Maybe.
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Early Klein Pinnacle. Tiny cute tangerine. Shimano XT. Seller has extras. Going cheap... apparently... reserve not met, start bid $165 + 75 shipping ... or BIN $342.
https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F303052380956


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Old 02-12-19, 05:26 PM
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Originally Posted by rccardr


Seller and I have messaged back and forth a few times; he's not responded to a direct question about whether or not the fork is original. Based on his story about how he purchased the frame, it's possible that the fork is original to his 1981 purchase, but not the correct fork for a TX900.

At any rate, he's thinking $1500 is fair for the frame and fork, which strikes me as being somewhat...optimistic. I mean, maybe for "Dad bought it, had a heart attack the next day & couldn't ride it, so wrapped it in a blanket and put it in his closet for safekeeping" kind of condition. Maybe.
Lots of questions about this one and very unique. Inquiring minds want to know-

Its sort a blend of the 700 and 900. The tx900 had the fastback seat / stay cluster however this one doesn't. The fastback stays were prone to failure. It would be interesting to learn of Ron Boi's opinion, where apparently it was sold in '81. A custom frame maker and Trek dealer, and where did he acquire it - Trek? Fork as well... does it have crown tangs? Have seen some with and some without.

We mostly think of Trek as the giant bike manufacturer but in reality back then at its roots, was sortly a custom / production maker in a barn.

Edit: The red barn apparently still exist and used for CNC mold making in carbon frames.

pics of TX900 fork crowns


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Originally Posted by nomadmax
I understand that it's to hold a computer wire. My question was related to what I highlighted in another post in red ^.
What is it about a a zip tie around the frame that would give someone pause? Understand, I'm not being argumentative; there could be a heck of a good reason and I like to learn all I can.
In this particular case probably nothing but when I see zip ties on a frame I think broken off cable braze on. I think the computer wire in this case is the right answer.
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Originally Posted by crank_addict
Rarely do these early TX900 frames come available. 1978

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F254120369694

I actually have a TX 900 Columbus SP fork in good condition. The fork has a unique lug design. It was a match to a 25 inch TX 900 frame that was damaged. Even for a hardcore Trek collector would never pay more than $800 for this bike as is.

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Old 02-12-19, 09:22 PM
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$150, looks clean. https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/bik...818093091.html
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Old 02-13-19, 05:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs


In this particular case probably nothing but when I see zip ties on a frame I think broken off cable braze on. I think the computer wire in this case is the right answer.
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57cm Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra - $1000 (Lowell Ma.)


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Available locally for $1850.
https://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/bi...816827381.html
Beautiful frame, but that build is an eyesore -maybe why it hasn't sold (along with the price!). I normally love modern parts on C&V frames, but that one just looks wrong with paired low spoke wheels, that saddle, yellow cables, and awful splash tape.

Originally Posted by crank_addict
Rarely do these early TX900 frames come available. 1978

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F254120369694

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Originally Posted by Rocket-Sauce
Available locally for $1850.
https://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/bi...816827381.html
Beautiful frame, but that build is an eyesore -maybe why it hasn't sold (along with the price!). I normally love modern parts on C&V frames, but that one just looks wrong with paired low spoke wheels, that saddle, yellow cables, and awful splash tape.
+1; there was just something.... off-putting about that build, that look. Couldn't put my finger on it, but I think you nailed it. Esp. the "missing" spokes.
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Lots of chatter on that TX900, with most of us in the same camp.

Who knows what's next in that bikes story, but will certainly always be unique.

Builds are always subjective, add that these early Trek offerings were mostly as framesets, many have evolved with component changed and rarely original -including paint. How many become available in your size?

Seller is not easily letting go of it but the description is open to just frameset only. The build change is easy. Again though, seller is holding strong.

Of course and like many things, what is one willing to pay? Some get turned on by certain things over the next, and then consider how often an opportunity comes up to acquire. There's currently an owner who's dangling a carrot and only one might get it. Its simple, he has it and not one of us.
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Originally Posted by Barrettscv
I actually have a TX 900 Columbus SP fork in good condition. The fork has a unique lug design. It was a match to a 25 inch TX 900 frame that was damaged. Even for a hardcore Trek collector would never pay more than $800 for this bike as is.


Hereís the eBay pic of the 77 TX900 I bought. Starting bid was $599, didnít make even that.Contacted the seller directly, and got it for less. Bike was absolutely perfect! These things donít bring Paramount prices.
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Hereís the eBay pic of the 77 TX900 I bought. Starting bid was $599, didnít make even that.Contacted the seller directly, and got it for less. Bike was absolutely perfect! These things donít bring Paramount prices.
That bike looks pristine. Heck of a buy.
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Hereís the eBay pic of the 77 TX900 I bought. Starting bid was $599, didnít make even that.Contacted the seller directly, and got it for less. Bike was absolutely perfect! These things donít bring Paramount prices.
Beautiful and terrific buy!

But for the most part, that size frame (including very small) does not attract the majority. Large and smaller sized individuals do have an advantage in the used bike market. Regardless of brand or model, 55 to 58cm is where the demand is.

BTW: Vintage Paramounts are available for less than what your posted sellers original listing was. Matter of fact, I personally purchased one off of this BF sale section with Campy. The bike actually was talked considerably about but apparently the takers just didn't grab it. Seller then advertised a lower price and I'm very thankful for it--

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That bike looks pristine. Heck of a buy.
Thanks! Sold the Brooks professional saddle, the Mavic blues rims, and spare Continental tube tires. My net cost was less then $250. It is a nice ride.
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Hereís the eBay pic of the 77 TX900 I bought. Starting bid was $599, didnít make even that.Contacted the seller directly, and got it for less. Bike was absolutely perfect! These things donít bring Paramount prices.
I remember watching that one on eBay. I bought mine as a frame with some parts. I have no where near the $1800 being asked for the CL Trek into it. I'm not an expert, but I've never seen a chrome fork on any example I have ever seen. Sounds as if the seller is being vauge about its originality.
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Originally Posted by crank_addict
Beautiful and terrific buy!

But for the most part, that size frame (including very small) does not attract the majority. Large and smaller sized individuals do have an advantage in the used bike market. Regardless of brand or model, 55 to 58cm is where the demand is.

BTW: Vintage Paramounts are available for less than what your posted sellers original listing was. Matter of fact, I personally purchased one off of this BF sale section with Campy. The bike actually was talked considerably about but apparently the takers just didn't grab it. Seller then advertised a lower price and I'm very thankful for it--

Cheers!
Yeah, large frame definitely worked in my favor, as it has with all my bikes. Nice score on your Paramount, havenít found anything close to that, in a large frame.
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