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Old 08-17-14, 02:23 PM
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Have the itch to buy/build a vintage steel road bike

Please pardon my ignorance/redundancy on this thread as I don't know too much about the older stuff out there....8-) I just got finished building up my everyday rider and now I'm looking to get a classic steel road bike. Italian, USA, French, whatever. I wanted to ask the people out there that have had experience buying/building these beauties on how I should approach such an endeavor. I definitely want a vintage with the shifters on the down tube. Pre-90's? Anyhow, I would appreciate any advice on where to start and what I should start thinking about. Thanks a lot!
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There is so much in an answer to your inquiry. I suggest starting out by checking out Randy's website.

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Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
There is so much in an answer to your inquiry. I suggest starting out by checking out Randy's website.

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Exactly what I needed. Thank you so much.
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Welcome to the club! Let us know what you decide to do.
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Randy's website is good for one perspective.

If you want more, check out all of the links on Chuck's site, Velo-Retro: Links
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Randy's website is good for one perspective.

If you want more, check out all of the links on Chuck's site, Velo-Retro: Links
Thanks buddy!
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Starting to think about these so far: USA made Raleigh, Colnago, and Bianchi. Also in the back of my mind is a Pinarello for some reason.
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Pretty much all the good bikes are gone to people's collections, who bought them long ago.
You'll have to be content with a Schwinn Varsity.

Just joshing, welcome to a fun hobby.
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Pretty much all the good bikes are gone to people's collections, who bought them long ago.
You'll have to be content with a Schwinn Varsity.

Just joshing, welcome to a fun hobby.
If you'll build it, the sellers will come.
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Originally Posted by zeego View Post
Starting to think about these so far: USA made Raleigh, Colnago, and Bianchi. Also in the back of my mind is a Pinarello for some reason.
You can have more than one.

Really. It's okay.
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US made Raleigh, not so much. It's English Raleigh or nothing for me. Super Course, Competition, Professional. I have all three, in duplicates except for the Professional. My second Competition is in the mail. Colnagos are fine if you have the funds. Bianchi's are good, but I would do Italian only, and pre 90. Welcome to the madness. I am on to about 40 bikes give or take.,,,,BD

US made Treks are worthy of looking into. They made a lot of nice bikes from 76-90.
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[QUOTE=zeego;17045349]Please pardon my ignorance/redundancy on this thread as I don't know too much about the older stuff out there....8-) I just got finished building up my everyday rider and now I'm looking to get a classic steel road bike. Italian, USA, French, whatever. I wanted to ask the people out there that have had experience buying/building these beauties on how I should approach such an endeavor. I definitely want a vintage with the shifters on the down tube. Pre-90's? Anyhow, I would appreciate any advice on where to start and what I should start thinking about. Thanks a lot![/QUOTE


I am going to oneday build a fixie from a vintage steel frame, I am going to use a 531 doublebutted frame, doesnt matter to me really whether it is French, Italian, American, British or Japanese. I will scoop up the first one I find for a good deal,
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US made Raleigh, not so much. It's English Raleigh or nothing for me. Super Course, Competition, Professional. I have all three, in duplicates except for the Professional. My second Competition is in the mail. Colnagos are fine if you have the funds. Bianchi's are good, but I would do Italian only, and pre 90. Welcome to the madness. I am on to about 40 bikes give or take.,,,,BD

US made Treks are worthy of looking into. They made a lot of nice bikes from 76-90.
Have any in 55cm - 56cm you'd like to part ways with? thanks for your advice
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Hi
if yore not in A hurry the thing to do is shop Europe in Jan. Feb. You cab pick up some fantastic bargins. Prices in Europe drop dramatically in winter. Decide what you want and check EBay. There
are sevetal dealers in the Netherlands that have very good prices and reasonable shipping. Ed
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if yore not in A hurry the thing to do is shop Europe in Jan. Feb. You cab pick up some fantastic bargins. Prices in Europe drop dramatically in winter. Decide what you want and check EBay. There
are sevetal dealers in the Netherlands that have very good prices and reasonable shipping. Ed
Hi Ed, great suggestion. Can you suggest a good place to look in Europe/Netherlands? Website? May have to buy myself a X-mas present.
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A couple of my favorite bikes were found in the dump; others are from yard sales. Craigs list is another source. Spend some time reading older posts on this forum. I suspect that everything there is to be said about vintage steel bikes has been said here. The challenge is to find it because it isn't organized. Other sites I have found useful are the Vintage Trek, i-bob, and sheldon Brown sites.
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Juest pick a brand and search EBay. I bought the most beautiful Colnago I have ever seen . Frame set for #600 .
A Gitane Team Pro custom build for $175 delivered. A Gios 1976 Su9er record full Campy 1st gen. ES a 9 oe 9.5 bike
for $40.99. In the winter there some real bargins out there. Look at Colnago they made some terrific bikes
up until thr mic 90 ties. I have ten of them. Ed
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The frame and fork on my mid seventies 56cm Marinoni Quebec is up for grabs. Feel free to email me through my website, MY "TEN SPEEDS"...

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The frame and fork on my mid seventies 56cm Marinoni Quebec is up for grabs. Feel free to email me through my website, MY "TEN SPEEDS"...

Message sent to you sir. So Randy, here's the big question. What bike in your infinite amount of experience was/is your all around favorite/favorites? Which ones stick out in your mind? :-)
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That thing is gorgeous, wish I hadn't just recently depleted my bike budget.

I'm bookmarking your site though. I recently got a Lovell (still overhauling it, stupid job getting in the way of my bike projects) and my long term bucket list is to also get a Marinoni and a Cyclops so I can have my Canadian trinity of beautiful bikes.

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Hey don't forget the nice japanese stuff. San Rensho, Zunow, Miyata, Bridgestone just to name a few. Tons of great bikes out there.
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Message sent to you sir. So Randy, here's the big question. What bike in your infinite amount of experience was/is your all around favorite/favorites? Which ones stick out in your mind? :-)
There is no such thing, in my mind, as an all around favorite bicycle. The Marinoni is loved for great ride quality and gorgeous appearance and it is one of my longest kept bicycles...



My 1977 Motobecane Grand Jubilee is the one I ride recreationally, as it offers me an upright riding position, much favored since breaking my neck a decade ago...



My Cyclops is my absolute drop dead favorite racer style training/exercise ride...



...at least I think it is although a recently acquired Waterford just might be taking its place for exercise rides...



Then there is my Legnano that is kept for its aesthetic appeal and an unexplained love for a Legnano bicycle but, in truth, I don't ride it often these days...




If I were to keep only one, the Cyclops would be my choice since it is easy to keep one eye on:-)
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it's a cool bike !
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Hey all. Well, I've decided to try and find a nice Lemond Team Z if they're out there. Patience is a virtue...sigh.
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