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Old 09-01-15, 10:49 AM
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Originally Posted by FRANK CANNON
Soma and Surly are ****. That's why they are on sale every year, that's just another Giant bike.

If you are not too worried about the paint you can get a frame for under $1000.

Right here, Curtlo at $990.


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At current exchange rates, $990 US is well over $1300 Canadian. The OP is located in Vancouver BC. Cross border shipping charges are very high as well

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Old 09-01-15, 11:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Oldguyonoldbike
+1 on Marinoni
The lugged frames are rather pricey, but very pretty (not as pricey as the Italian frames at Adrenaline, though). I have also heard good things about their piuma and primo frames, but they are tig welded and have carbon forks.
Well, this was kind of an easy decision after all. I will save my nickels for a Marinoni Retro SL. I like that they are in Canada, especially with the $ trading at 75 cents...
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Originally Posted by wannabemekon
Well, this was kind of an easy decision after all. I will save my nickels for a Marinoni Retro SL. I like that they are in Canada, especially with the $ trading at 75 cents...
Marinoni is a great outfit. I can give you some great anecdotes about how they service their customers. They are a Campagnolo distributor and service center. On 2 occasions I have taken in ergolevers for service. On both occasions they did it while I waited. The first time they apologized for the extra long wait, just over 1 hour, because someone else was ahead of me. A friend of mine crashed his Marinoni into the back of a parked car (don't ask how). He was leaving 2 days later to do a special ride to Atlanta for the '96 Olympics. He took the bike in,and they were able to repair the frame in a single day and send him on his way. Another friend owned a Marinoni that was one of the first 100 bikes they had built. When his frame finally failed a few years ago, they replaced it, it was over 30 years old
If you looked at their price lists you will have noticed that the upcharge to a custom fitted frame is only $200
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Seven Cycles has a steel model. CoMotion makes single bikes with steel. Volagi has a steel model.
Seven and CoMotion can both do custom stuff, but have off-the-shelf sizes, too.
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TiCycles in Portland has at least one line of stock steel frames. They are popular in the local racing crowd as winter and training bikes. Tig welded, yes, but TiCycles has been tig welding steel and titanium for decades and is one of the best. (They do know what they are doing with a brazing torch. I have seen the crown braze on a cut up crashed fork. Perfect radius. like it was machined (except for the matte raw braze finish - this braze inside the fork crown had never been seen by human eyes before). TiCycles is also closely affiliated with at least two limited production lines of bikes/frames, REN and Sage. These might both be titanium only, but I would take a look.

Disclaimer - I have no interest in TiCycles but do own 2 custom frames, 4 stems (why I went to them in the first place) and 2 seatposts of theirs, consider the owner a friend and have been to the shop many times.

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I have a Jamis Coda which will get repurposed soon. It has a nice butted steel frame. Mine is a hybrid, but will probably become a drop bar gravel/cross bike.

The best deals on steel road bike frames will be on used bikes/frames from the 70's to 90's or so. LOTS of them out there, if you just have a little patience with the hunt.
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Portland seems to be biking nirvana.

To AMalcjphil: How did your friend crash into the back of a parked car again?
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You A highly paid software code writer ? they have a Real Estate Bubble inflating there , may rise to the SF Bay area level .
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Originally Posted by fietsbob
You A highly paid software code writer ? they have a Real Estate Bubble inflating there , may rise to the SF Bay area level .
God, no. I hate computers... If I were, I'd buy a brand new italian something or a very old italian something all tricked out.

I also don't flip houses for a living. I just "teach"...
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It will take a big % of your Income to live in that "nirvana " ..

you might consider Aberdeen Washington? that was Kurt Cobain's Home town

he headed the band bearing the Nirvana Name.
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Another Canadian option you might consider is Mariposa:
https://mariposabicycles.ca/#type-Randonneur
Get the most out of those 75 cent dollars
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I've got one of these and love it
Viaje XL-Steel Frameset | Volagi Cycles
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Originally Posted by alathIN
I've got one of these and love it
Viaje XL-Steel Frameset | Volagi Cycles
Might be a great frame, but counting the exchange rate, about $1600 in Canada not counting shipping and import charges. Figure on a price well above $2000 delivered
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Originally Posted by alcjphil
Another Canadian option you might consider is Mariposa:
https://mariposabicycles.ca/#type-Randonneur
Get the most out of those 75 cent dollars
Wow. Nice bike. 6900 w/ultegra bits though.

Turns out a new shop around the corner from me sells Marinoni and they had a Retro SL just built up for a customer with Campagnolo Athena components. Gorgeous. It looks like it was made 40 years ago but with nice new components. I'm sold. The "classic" lettering and the chrome fork.

As for pricey Portland: can't compare to here, sadly. Seems "affordable"...

thanks all--the references are a great resource.
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The Soma San Marcos model is a lugged steel frame designed by Rivendell. $900 last I saw.

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Originally Posted by alcjphil
Might be a great frame, but counting the exchange rate, about $1600 in Canada not counting shipping and import charges. Figure on a price well above $2000 delivered
Oops, missed the Canada part .... plus, I always assume that people are going to overspend their budget by 25% minimum. Maybe that is just projection...
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Originally Posted by alathIN
Oops, missed the Canada part .... plus, I always assume that people are going to overspend their budget by 25% minimum. Maybe that is just projection...
It's a bad time for Canadians to be buying anything from the US just now. The last time the Canadian dollar was this low, I would look at US prices and figure that once I paid exchange, shipping, and import charges my cost in Canadian dollars would be double the US dollar price
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