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My late 70's Mikkelsen.

Old 12-17-11, 07:16 PM
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My late 70's Mikkelsen.

***Sold today***

This is my Mikkelsen (some of you have seen it before). It was my first vintage bike and the one I have spent the most time and money on. In the end, it was a great experience but the bike is just too small for me (it's a 62cm).

Part of my wants to keep it, part out the SR bits and make it a comfortable city bike with porteur handlebars and a technomic stem. Part of me feels that that it would ruin it and I should just pass it on to someone else. What do you guys think?

It is such a well made frame. And I love the color. But the saddle as you see in the pictures is much lower than it would be when I ride it.

Anyways, here it is:














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Old 12-19-11, 01:16 AM
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no thoughts?
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Old 12-19-11, 01:20 AM
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errmm that's the second one I've seen on here in a few days.. the other had the identity crisis thing.. I personally think it's a clean bike and if it fits you and you like the ride, why the hell are you even considering anything else? If you'd really feel bad about making the bike suit you.. sell it.. I guess...
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Old 12-19-11, 01:35 AM
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good point. If I were to make it fit, I'd slot in a technomic stem, set it to max height, and then run a set of riser porteur bars.

It's just that I have a 63cm Eisentraut that I really like and it would neat to have two bikes from two of the Bay Areas greatest framebuilders.
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Old 12-19-11, 01:37 AM
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So now the question is, do you want to put the stem and bars on it? Cause to me that really sounds minor in the long run as long as it's not a flipper.
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Old 12-19-11, 07:52 AM
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I would just set it up differently than the other, unless you can't get comfortable on it.
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Old 12-19-11, 08:15 AM
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How much lower is the saddle than what you'd like? I'd just get a long seatpost and ride it. Sounds like low bars is your main concern.

Got pics of the Eisentraut setup how you like it? 1 cm doesn't seem like it would make enough difference to make this one unrideable.
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Old 12-19-11, 12:22 PM
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I've got a 64mm+ Peugeot PX-10 frame that might be a good trade, if you're interested. 62mm is the max. for my size, 6'.
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Old 12-19-11, 01:11 PM
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Bah, I'll keep it for now. But I'm going to definitely part out the SR bits.
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Old 12-19-11, 01:18 PM
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No problemo, I'll try to make the PX-10 work for me, until I can't stand it anymore!
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Old 12-19-11, 03:22 PM
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While looking through Bike Forums (before I have to go to work) I saw your Mikkelsen bicycle. To answer your question, I'd keep it. I don't know your income, but many bike enthusiasts would love to have a road bicycle of equal quality, looks, etc. It is a very nice bike, and nice bicycles (similar to your Mikkelsen) are usually custom made.
However, it looks as though it has been painted. Nice paint job.
Keep it, dude. QUOTE=toosahn;13613050]This is my Mikkelsen (some of you have seen it before). It was my first vintage bike and the one I have spent the most time and money on. In the end, it was a great experience but the bike is just too small for me (it's a 62cm).

Part of my wants to keep it, part out the SR bits and make it a comfortable city bike with porteur handlebars and a technomic stem. Part of me feels that that it would ruin it and I should just pass it on to someone else. What do you guys think?

It is such a well made frame. And I love the color. But the saddle as you see in the pictures is much lower than it would be when I ride it.

Anyways, here it is:













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Old 12-19-11, 03:23 PM
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It is Campagnolo equipped. Super Record? If so, KEEP IT!
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Old 12-19-11, 05:13 PM
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It's not a repaint. Bernie just didn't put any decals on it way back when.
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It's a nice looking bike. Is there a reason for the single cable guide(clamp on) on the top tube?
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Only reason that is there is to take a little slack out of the housing. I over measured.
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no thoughts?
I think it's a hunk of junk made by some fly-by-night hack and that it is far, far too small for you. I think you should bring it over to my house immediately, if not sooner, and leave it with me for proper disposal.

No, don't thank me. It's just one of the little things I like to do to help my fellow man.
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Your 62cm Mikkelsen

[QUOTE=toosahn;13613050]I read your initial post regarding the bicycle's frame size (62cm), and you said that the frame size is too small. I once had a vintage Team Fuji that was too small. I didn't realize that it was too small until I ended up with a serious case of wrist tendonitis. I had to stay off my bike for eight weeks, or until my tendonitis went away. I hated to sell it is was a beauty, a real head turner.
I believe if a frame is too small it can't be ridden by the original owner. You should sell it, or if you have a small child, keep it until the child is old enough to ride it.
But, if you do sell it what would be you asking price?
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This is my Mikkelsen (some of you have seen it before). It was my first vintage bike and the one I have spent the most time and money on. In the end, it was a great experience but the bike is just too small for me (it's a 62cm).

Part of my wants to keep it, part out the SR bits and make it a comfortable city bike with porteur handlebars and a technomic stem. Part of me feels that that it would ruin it and I should just pass it on to someone else. What do you guys think?

It is such a well made frame. And I love the color. But the saddle as you see in the pictures is much lower than it would be when I ride it.

Anyways, here it is:













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How does having an extra cable clip a half inch in front of the brazed clip take up any slack?

Why not just trim the cable housing?

Oh, and I'd keep something like that, special bike!
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Rivendell sells a steel stem riser (that can raise the height of the handlebar stem to a point where a tall person can ride a smaller frame. I have one. When installed it looks kinda dorky but it works. It sells for $18. Here is what Rivendell says about it.
"That old frame you got is unfortunately way too small and you're on a budget to make it useful again. This stem riser is the easiest, cheapest, and fastest solution to get them bars up high and comfy. Maybe not the most elegant answer but definitely better than the bike collecting dust or being all hurty just riding it to the store.

The overall length of this is 21cm but after taking into account the minimum insertion required to go into the steer 15cm is left over as an extension for the stem that is currently on your bike. Think of it as a stilt for your stem and bars.

Expect to put on longer brake and shifter cables and housing, too. "
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Well, looks like I'm going to sell this one today. Half hoping the guy doesn't like it.
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