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Old 09-14-11, 02:16 PM
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Originally Posted by gaucho777
A few weeks ago, I replied to a CL ad for a $500 Cinelli Super Corsa with Campy parts. The ad had already been up for almost an hour (like an eternity in the bay area), so I didn't have much hope. Never got a reply...then yesterday, I noticed that I did in fact get a reply that somehow was misdirected to my spam folder. I was first in line and never knew it! Now it's gone, gone, gone...
I can help ease your pain:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/160650743684...84.m1555.l2649

You'll still have to find the parts to finish it, but we all need to start somewhere!



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Originally Posted by due ruote
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.
That's correct; they are the swiss ammo bags. I purchased Ortlieb's attachment system for them, and they looked and worked really slick. I made two or three hundred bucks selling the 520, but that just means I doomed myself to never being able to afford one again.
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Regrets - all a LOOOOooooNG time ago now, so I can remember without too much sedation. giving a 1948 Claud Butler Tour Anglais frame to a school friend because it was too big for me - I grew about three inches taller during the next 3 months.

At the wise old age of eighteen, clearing out all my Claud Butlers, my Youngs hand built racing frame, with full Campagnolo group, three sets of racing wheels (Record large flange hubs, straight skewers, Super Competition sprint rims and D'Allessando silk tubs-trading the whole lot in for 45 towards the cost of the supercharged MG Midget that I bought as a project that took over the garage space.

Then buying and riding motorbikes, crashing one and ending up in hospital and having to sell the MG to pay the costs. Never did get to drive it myself. Lessons in life. No photos still exist of any of these.

My Holdsworth Mistral now fills the gap left by the Youngs, but I'm still seeking a reasonably priced Claud Butler tour Anglais - although I do now have a lovely 1935 Claud Butler Super Velo....





So, with these two as consolation, "Je ne regret rien" (apologies to Mme Piaf for my execrable french!
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I regret lending this to a friend. It was stolen on his watch. :'(

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I regret that the fellow with the handbuilt Ritchey Team Comp I saw yesterday is not interested in selling it to me even if it is a little small for him and just about right for me.

Maybe I cold entice him with a custom frame replacement...
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I regret selling almost every bike I have sold but I can only keep so many. I especially wish I could have kept these:





And this one most of all:

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A homeless man at copake asked me "how much for the orange bike?"
I chuckled to myself and said $2000... He asked why it was so expensive and wondered if it would ride at all like his bike, they were after all both orange. I humored him for a while explaining why it didn't have any brakes, that with a fixed gear you control speed with the pedals... he compared it to his coaster brake bike from his childhood.

"OK then, I'll take it" he says after a few moments pause..... Wait, what? The next few bits of details become fuzzy as I only vaguely remember his spoutings about how he couldnt figure out how he was going to get it home.... but oh so clearly do i remember looking down at my hand holding a pile of hundred dollar bills, neatly stapled in sets of 3, dumbfounded, asking myself "What the hell did I just do? what the F** just happened?" as he ziptied my Paramount to this milkcrate and rode away.




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Originally Posted by ericbaker
A homeless man at copake asked me "how much for the orange bike?"
I chuckled to myself and said $2000... He asked why it was so expensive and wondered if it would ride at all like his bike. I humored him for a while explaining why it didn't have any brakes, that with a fixed gear you control speed with the pedals... he compared it to his coaster brake bike from his childhood.

"OK then, I'll take it" he says after a few moments pause..... Wait, what? The next few bits of details become fuzzy as I only vaguely remember his spoutings about how he couldnt figure out how he was going to get it home.... but oh so clearly do i remember looking down at my hand holding a pile of hundred dollar bills, neatly stapled in sets of 3, dumbfounded, asking myself "What the hell did I just do? what the F** just happened?" as he ziptied my Paramount to this milkcrate and rode away.

...I'm confused...
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Originally Posted by ericbaker
A homeless man at copake asked me "how much for the orange bike?"
I chuckled to myself and said $2000...






At least you know he takes good care of his bikes. What is that attached to the seat tube by the way?
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Originally Posted by gaucho777

At least you know he takes good care of his bikes. What is that attached to the seat tube by the way?
That looks like a guard to keep bags from getting caught up in the rear wheel.

That Paramount story is pretty funny, thanks for sharing
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I regret selling my 1986 Martin HD-28 Brazilian. The car had just blown up and a friend came along just at the right time. I sold it for what I paid for it but it's not something I'll be able to replace easily if ever. Guitar is still around but the car went to the crusher long ago, which makes it all the more depressing.
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Regret may be a strong word, but I certainly miss all the bikes I ever owned.

I miss my 1984 Specialized Allez (3Rensho built frame) that I saved for a full year to buy. My first *real* bike!!!

I miss my 1986 Stumpjumper that was my first MTB and my "college" bike.

I miss all the bikes I raced: 1987 Basso Gap, 1988 Masi Nuovo Strada (only had for a week before it was stolen!), 1989 Basso Ascot, 1990 Merckx Team 7-11, 1992 Bridgestone RB-1, 1989 Fat City Wicked Fat, 1990 Bridgestone MB-0, 1995 Yeti FRO ARC

I miss all my "work" bikes from when I was a messenger: 1985 Basso, 1986 Stumpjumper, 1988 Giordana, 1990 Bridgestone MB-0

I miss the bike I rode cross country (LA-Boston): 1991 Bridgestone RB-T

I was happy to sell every one of them at the time because it meant I was getting a new bike -but I miss every single one.
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I sold the Superbe, a few weeks ago, to a student who takes classes in the building where I teach. It stares at me accusingly from the bike rack nearly every day.
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Originally Posted by ericbaker
A homeless man at copake asked me "how much for the orange bike?"
I chuckled to myself and said $2000... He asked why it was so expensive and wondered if it would ride at all like his bike, they were after all both orange. I humored him for a while explaining why it didn't have any brakes, that with a fixed gear you control speed with the pedals... he compared it to his coaster brake bike from his childhood.

"OK then, I'll take it" he says after a few moments pause..... Wait, what? The next few bits of details become fuzzy as I only vaguely remember his spoutings about how he couldnt figure out how he was going to get it home.... but oh so clearly do i remember looking down at my hand holding a pile of hundred dollar bills, neatly stapled in sets of 3, dumbfounded, asking myself "What the hell did I just do? what the F** just happened?" as he ziptied my Paramount to this milkcrate and rode away.
That is the most hilarious story I have read in a long while! The picture of the Paramount hanging off the back of that bike is totally hilarious.

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hilarious and heartbreaking.
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i bet you he's gonna put a basket on the track bike, then reverse those handlebars like the the one on his....

poor schwinn, this is like giving your child away to a homeless man......

but i guess you didn't love it that much, hahah, plus you're 2k richer. unfortunately you can't do that with kids, that's human trafficking...
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I'm addicted to italian stuff and whatnot lately, mid 80s to early 90's with brifters, but surprisingly i kinda missed this one, it was a neat color scheme and had an amazingly smooth ride for what it was, i was definitely amazed, so was the kid i sold it to, he was super happy and sent me some emails to tell me how awesome it was!... (rubbing salt in the wound) lol....

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