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Old 09-13-11, 09:32 PM
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Well, I posted my beloved Lotus Classique on the local C/L as a lark, it was really too small, but it was the one bike I had left stock, and the bike that had been in my keeper fleet the longest. Wouldn't you know it, sold in a day. Told the buyer, I was getting ready to pull my ad and keep the bike...... I also sold off my Paramount Series 3 about two weeks ago, beautiful bike as well, but smallish.

So today I picked up the chrome Katakura Silk, more my size, kind of interesting. I'll build it up with vintage parts, and it will take the place of the Lotus. We'll see how this plan works out. Can't keep every bike, and I have plenty.
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Originally Posted by frantik
pink & white crackle paint with sante gruppo? *drools* i would ride that bike just to pick up chicks
Wrong! Not Sante, although I wish it had been. That's a RX100 group with a factory white RX100 crank! Shimano made a limited number of white RX100 cranks and brakes. I got the crank from an eBay seller in Poland.
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instead of regretting the sale of a bike. i regret the color of my bike.

it is a golden brown. dont get me wrong i LOVE the bike itself and will probably never sell it, but as far as colors and accents go i am left little choices. i personally like brown accents for the classy look, but that would be brown overkill. so i feel ive been backed into a corner to do white. that is a complete paint in the ass to keep clean even though it looks really good lol. granted i could throw some color on the bar tape and clip straps, its just not what i want to do personally.

because of this i plan on tearing the bike down and completely restoring/painting the frame a new color. putting exact new decals on the bike to keep it authentic/stock looking.

this will happen in the off season when its too cold, windy, and snowy to ride in the city

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Originally Posted by wrk101
Well, I posted my beloved Lotus Classique on the local C/L as a lark, it was really too small, but it was the one bike I had left stock, and the bike that had been in my keeper fleet the longest. Wouldn't you know it, sold in a day. Told the buyer, I was getting ready to pull my ad and keep the bike......
You sold your Lotus . . . . Blasphemy!!!!

Was that the blue-ish late 80's model ('86 I think) . . . w/ garage door pic? (If my memory serves). I was going to write and ask the owner for photos of that bike for the website, but then it was gone before I got a chance!

Oh, or the burgundy one with yellow bar tape?

I regret selling my Silver 1982 Guerciotti Jet that I built piece by piece with all Campy Super Record, Cinelli and tubular rims, the frame was my high school graduation present. We were buying our first home and at the same time I also sold my 32,000 mile all original 1972 Chevelle SS 454 . . .

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Originally Posted by 4Rings6Stars


Originally Posted by eja_ bottecchia
Non, Je ne regrette rien...

I still have her:



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Beautiful bikes!

I kinda feel better now. At least the ones I let go are not on the same leaque as these bikes.
If I ever have a chance to have one of these bikes, and it fits, I don't think I'll ever let go.
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Should have held onto this one.
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At the moment, I can't think of anything I regret selling or giving away. I regret a few bikes that were stolen from me, including TWO PX-10's.

Oh yes, I regret selling my 1975 Raleigh Gran Sport in order to buy my first PX-10 in 1979. I was 18, and it didn't occur to me to have two bikes: a nice one for fun rides and a commuter bike that isn't theft bait.
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Old 09-14-11, 04:58 AM
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I'm regretting getting a full knee replacement on Oct 19th .. Ahhh the joy.

It has really messed up my ride quality.

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Selling my 531 Knight (Wolverhampton) thirty years ago! I must have been insane. These days I can't even find a pic of one to put up on the thread. Mostly Campy Record. I hope my recently acquired Woodrup (Leeds) frame (build not started yet) will bring back the magic. I'm not like 20grit; I collect regrets like greying/whitening hair.
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Regret#-2: About three years ago, my wife and I were doing a big clean-out. In the shed were bits of bicycle and nearly all the stuff that was to become my Vitus. Stuff was hauled out and sorted into piles. One huge pile was going to the recycling center. (We don't have 'dumps' or landfills in Japan.)

Somehow ... SIGH! ... a Brooks B-17 ended up in the wrong pile.
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I have 2 major regrets.

1958 Norman built Western Flyer. It was nicer that any other three speed that I have seen in person.



I should have sold my Raleigh Pro and kept this Mike Melton frame... I REALLY regret selling this! It did go to another forum member so that does ease the pain a bit. I may never find another in my size so easily ever again.


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I threw out a full campy super record groupo by mistake. Does that count?
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Originally Posted by jet sanchEz
He put that saddle on it 5 years ago so that he could ride around a bit on it, that is the original owner of the bike in the photo. It is a '67 so I guess that puts him in the 70+ age group. He didn't throw out the original Unicantor saddle and it was included in the sale.
Fair enough. I guess my regret is making a snarky comment about an elder. I do hope a saddle like that isn't in my future, though.
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Regrets? Mostly wishing I still had some of my old bikes...

I sold a MB-0 mtb to a kid I coached for $100. It was in very well-used shape, not much was left original, and he needed a bike. He still has it.

There are lots of bikes I wish I pulled the trigger on and bought even though I didn't have space, $$, etc. The one I remember most was a Colnago Bi-titan with Chorus. The guy wanted $400 for it and it was in my size. But I didn't like the color (blue)....
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Originally Posted by due ruote
Fair enough. I guess my regret is making a snarky comment about an elder. I do hope a saddle like that isn't in my future, though.
Haha, no worries, I hope we are all riding at that age, cheesy saddle or not.
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Originally Posted by Badgerjohn
I threw out a full campy super record groupo by mistake. Does that count?
wow, how did you do that? I found one in the trash, btw.
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Originally Posted by Lenton58
Regret#-2: About three years ago, my wife and I were doing a big clean-out. In the shed were bits of bicycle and nearly all the stuff that was to become my Vitus. Stuff was hauled out and sorted into piles. One huge pile was going to the recycling center. (We don't have 'dumps' or landfills in Japan.)

Somehow ... SIGH! ... a Brooks B-17 ended up in the wrong pile.
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I threw out a full campy super record groupo by mistake. Does that count?


I am now making a box for my nicer bike parts, that will be marked; "Good stuff's, Do Not throw away" on all sides.
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Originally Posted by DVC45


I am now making a box for my nicer bike parts, that will be marked; "Good stuff's, Do Not throw away" on all sides.
I have a system like that. I keep nice bits like my gold MAFACs or the two campy gruppo's waiting for a frame in wooden boxes of the kind they present expensive wine in. Shimano/Simplex/Huret/city bike stuff goes in shoe boxes.
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The only one I miss.
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The only one I miss.
Sweet 520! Treks have a bit of a soft spot in my heart for some strange reason.
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Sorry, no photos (sold them before photography was invented ), but here are the ones I wish I still had:

Early 70s Windsor Pro
'71 Raleigh International
70s Paramount P-15
Centurian Ironman
2 Trek 520s
70s Schwinn Heavy Duty
70s Schwinn Collegiate
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Nice 520. Are those bags Swiss, from a surplus outlet? I remember seeing some like that a while back. I think now I regret not buying them.
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Originally Posted by khatfull
Wrong! Not Sante, although I wish it had been. That's a RX100 group with a factory white RX100 crank! Shimano made a limited number of white RX100 cranks and brakes. I got the crank from an eBay seller in Poland.
wow crazy.. i was thinking the other bits didnt look like sante. still a great looking bike
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I regret letting Barbara Ellen ****** slip away. . .
wait, we're not talking about that? oh.

I regret selling my Serotta even though it was too small for me
what the heck am I supposed to do with those Serotta jerseys?
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