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Old 07-29-14, 11:31 AM
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What's your C-V Kryptonite?

Forgive me if this question has been asked, but I didn't see anything in the past forums like it.

So, having just bought a fairly used and abused bike that a good portion of my brain was telling me to pass on, it got me thinking about those small things that get me weak in the knees and cause me to act against better judgement when I stumble on bikes at garage sales or on craigslist. And I mean this beyond finding a premium brand name or high end components.

For me, it's finding a bike with front rack and/or an obscure manufacturer (preferably one I've never heard of before). Both of these explain my latest cheap pick up.

Maybe you all have higher standards out there than I do, but I'm sure some of you have kryptonite like me. What will get you to act when maybe a lot of your brain tells you otherwise?
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Chrome. Gets me all weak in the knees, and turns my brain cells into jelly. Really stupid jelly.
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Anything with Campy, shallow, yeah I know.
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a road bike with 700c wheels, whenever i see a road bike listed on CL that has 700c wheels that looks old and has a bad description.. i get super crazy, can't wait to find out if its valuable or not
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+1 for Chrome.
If not all chrome then chrome lugs
Well executed fade paint jobs.
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reynolds tubing frames, get me every time
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Custom builders that I haven't heard of before. I like to see what they did to make a frame stand out as coming from their torch.

Any old frame with STI/Ergo shifting. Makes me feel like someone loved something too much to get rid of it.
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complete original bikes in my size range. 58cm and up
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tout français + poids léger = je me rends!
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Fancy lugs.
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Bargain prices on tubular wheels.

Chrome lugs.

Hand-filed lugs.




Nice old leather saddles.

Campagnolo cranksets.

Mavic parts from the mid-80s.

VAR tools.

I could go on but I'm starting to feel faint...
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Off the top of my head, contrasting lugs - whether black lugs on a white PX-10 frame or chrome lugs on any number of frames, I'll be interested.

Also, nice but neglected frames... if it was once high end but is now covered in rust, there's a part of me thinking "I can fix that..." even if I really can't.

And yeah, unique stuff... James Pickering frames, anyone?
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Obscure but gifted craftsman built.

Hilton Wrigley, for example.

Oh, and any frame built by Tom Ritchey. . .
1959 Hilton Wrigley Connoisseur (still my favorite!)
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Anything cheap.
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Skyway, C. Itoh, Kabuki I guess I am a Pre-Bridgestone guy. Also full fenders on a road bike.
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Duomatic hubs...got 4 of them now. Makes any bike twice as useful.
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