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Would you bid this much for a Medici on Goodwill?

Old 06-14-12, 09:17 PM
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Would you bid this much for a Medici on Goodwill?

I started watching this since it's about 8 miles from me and my size. I have bought from Goodwill auctions before but not for a while now. It used to be a source for decent flip material. It seems folks are paying quite a lot and don't have the same recourse as ebay auctions.

It says on the auctions"as is" unless grossly misrepresented. I am pretty sure I wouldn't have bid more than the $350 to get this bike in this condition. Maybe it's just dirty. The guys at Goodwill are probably not bike nuts but when they say the alignment may be off, yikes.

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Old 06-14-12, 09:23 PM
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Will they let you take a look at it? The forks don't seem right from the pictures.
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"Alignment may be off"

I don't like the sound of that

If the bike just needs a good DKO, this will go around $500-$600 at least. All Campy SR - and the wheelset looks to have a Phil Wood hub up front at the least.

Remember, Medicis have a little Confente cachet, too. Some people pay good money for that crap

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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude View Post
"Alignment may be off"

I don't like the sound of that
+1. I'd love to own a Medici, but I don't like the sound of that.
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Look at the chainstay on the drive side near the dropout...
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Old 06-14-12, 09:48 PM
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^ I wondered about that, too. Is that electrical tape? And if so, is it hiding a crack?

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Originally Posted by WickedThump View Post
Will they let you take a look at it? The forks don't seem right from the pictures.
I don't think you can go and see it before the auction ends. I have asked questions about bikes I have bid on. Sometimes you get an answer that helps, sometimes not. The questions and answers are not listed on the auction as is sometimes the case on ebay.

The employees probably inventory, photograph and list a LOT of items and may or may not be knowledgeable about what they touch. It's a huge operation.
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Old 06-14-12, 10:28 PM
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It's got a Brooks Professional banana seat and the Cinelli handlebar cushions have been eaten away...

Sold!
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Old 06-14-12, 10:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude View Post

Remember, Medicis have a little Confente cachet, too. Some people pay good money for that crap

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$350 is a reasonable risk. Much beyond $425. is a Vegas roll of the dice.

Medici has very little to do with Confente other than helping to prompt Mario's departure from his Los Angeles set up and Medici moving in to it after he got locked out. Medici did use lugs that were based on Mario's design but Mario never used them and probably would not like them as they turned out, they lacked finesse.
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As much as I love my Medici, unless you're able to go out and see it in person, I wouldn't risk it.
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Old 06-14-12, 11:23 PM
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Originally Posted by repechage View Post
Medici has very little to do with Confente other than helping to prompt Mario's departure from his Los Angeles set up and Medici moving in to it after he got locked out. Medici did use lugs that were based on Mario's design but Mario never used them and probably would not like them as they turned out, they lacked finesse.
This bit of Confente lore is precisely what I was referring to. I know it's not much, but to a select few out there (I'm not one of them) this might prompt them to go balls-to-the-wall.

I've seen some nicely-made Medicis and wouldn't mind owning one at all. But I wouldn't take the risk myself on this one.

I like getting beat-down frames relatively cheap and applying some magic

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Sad how some folks let bikes as nice as this get to be so funky. Neglect. I'm not sure I'd trust it.
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Old 06-15-12, 08:08 AM
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This is close to me too, and I considered bidding on it a couple of days ago. You're not allowed to view the bikes in person at the Santa Ana Goodwill, and the photos are lousy. Campy NR components can be worth the $350 alone if they're not scratched up, but the frame is a gamble. Without better pics or seeing it in person I passed on this one.
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Better lower those bids by a hundred bucks! The Grab-ons are shot!

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I am a bit of a gambler so yeah, I would have bid. Plus, I love a good project and this one looks like a lot of fun.
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I had a chance to buy a mint, very pretty Medici, but after reading the back and forth on the CR list about what went down with Masi, Confente and Medici, I couldn't do it.

Originally Posted by Drillium Dude View Post
"Alignment may be off"

I don't like the sound of that

If the bike just needs a good DKO, this will go around $500-$600 at least. All Campy SR - and the wheelset looks to have a Phil Wood hub up front at the least.

Remember, Medicis have a little Confente cachet, too. Some people pay good money for that crap

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Old 06-15-12, 09:30 AM
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I had a chance to buy a mint, very pretty Medici, but after reading the back and forth on the CR list about what went down with Masi, Confente and Medici, I couldn't do it.
I bought one, but I got it cheap. It is interesting to note that geometry wise is is almost a dead ringer for the same sized Confente.
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I had a chance to buy a mint, very pretty Medici, but after reading the back and forth on the CR list about what went down with Masi, Confente and Medici, I couldn't do it.
Same here.

Total turn off.

An original early Masi might be a different story though.
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I had a chance to buy a mint, very pretty Medici, but after reading the back and forth on the CR list about what went down with Masi, Confente and Medici, I couldn't do it.
Let's hear it. Or link? I am always interested to hear about the personalities behind these bikes.
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Search, Medici in titles only in the CR list and the thread will come up.

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Let's hear it. Or link? I am always interested to hear about the personalities behind these bikes.
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Originally Posted by jet sanchEz View Post
Let's hear it. Or link? I am always interested to hear about the personalities behind these bikes.
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Originally Posted by gomango View Post
Same here.

Total turn off.

An original early Masi might be a different story though.
Call me crazy, but the entire Masi California story turns me off to the point that if/when I finally get my Masi, it will be a built-in-Italy model.

Just my dealings with JC lend credence (for me) to the acrimonious BS that came out of the California adventure.

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Agreed!

But to answer the OP, I would pay $350 for that bike. Does look tweaked though...

Originally Posted by Drillium Dude View Post
Call me crazy, but the entire Masi California story turns me off to the point that if/when I finally get my Masi, it will be a built-in-Italy model.

Just my dealings with JC lend credence (for me) to the acrimonious BS that came out of the California adventure.

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I dig Medicis, and love that color. If I knew that the fork weren't bent, I'd take a gamble on it.... I love the historical angle to it all.
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Wow. Never knew all that went down. Heard some talk about the San Marcos facility but nothing to that level of detail.
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