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Calling all 80's roadbike experts!!!!

Old 07-02-08, 10:33 PM
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Calling all 80's roadbike experts!!!!

I recently was given two 80's roadbikes by a very nice couple who has been riding for over 25 years. They just told my wife and I to come and get them and they are in reasonable shape. I need road bike experts opinions as I am a mountainbiker all the way and know not much about pavement cycles. What I do know is that the mens bike is decked out with Profile bars and all Campagnolo parts right down to the toe clips, hubs and chain. Looks like Early Carbon Record Equipment but I am not sure. Both of these frames are lugged steel and extremely lightweight. The red one is made for a woman and actually has a 26 inch tire on the rear and a 24 inch on the front - I guess it was custom built for the woman who rode it. It has a mix of Campy, Shimano, and salsa parts on it. I want to know a few things:

1. What kind of bike is the red one? (notice the logo on the frame)
2. Are they worth anything? (I doubt they are worth that much)
3. The men's one is far too big for me to even touch the ground with my feet so what should I do with it? (besides give it away)
4. Any other bits of info you guys may have.

Here is the link to my photobucket with the pictureshttp://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y18.../Road%20Bikes/ I very much appreciate the help because I could not get much info from the people who gave them to us other than "they are good bikes" The yellow one looks like it might have been top of the line for its time...

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Old 07-02-08, 11:19 PM
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bump for some help - this thread moves fast!!!!!
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Old 07-02-08, 11:36 PM
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try cross-posting here:

http://www.bikeforums.net/forumdisplay.php?f=181

it's the classic and vintage forum. There's people there wo have forgotten more about classic bikes than most of us will ever know.
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Old 07-02-08, 11:39 PM
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Originally Posted by soni_guin View Post
try cross-posting here:

http://www.bikeforums.net/forumdisplay.php?f=181

it's the classic and vintage forum. There's people there wo have forgotten more about classic bikes than most of us will ever know.

no kidding
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Old 07-02-08, 11:45 PM
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Dude, you pulling our chains here? Those are two very, very nice bikes. The red one is an early Terry, which was a pioneering women-specific brand. The smaller front wheel allows a small frame to have proper geometry, though some people find them squirrelly. It probably wasn't actually custom built, but there aren't that many of these out there. Terry is still around, you could email them and they could tell you about how old it is.

The yellow Milano I don't know as much about, but it's loaded with very nice parts, including campy delta brakes, which are kind of a collectors item, and a vintage white selle rolls saddle, which some hipster would pay a bundle for. I'm hesitant to shout out a value without more pics and knowing much about Milano (which is impossible to google as it's the name of a bike model by Bianchi), but that's probably at least $1000 worth of bikes right there, and maybe more to the right buyer. For what these would bring if you sold them, I would ask the people that gave them to you first. Also, if you stand over the yellow one, how much clearance do you have from the top tube to your crotch? If you have an inch, it may still fit you, sitting on the seat of a road bike you're going to be on your tiptoes (if that) trying to touch the ground.
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Yeah, I recognized the brakes right away. Those brakes go for a lot of money on ebay and are sought after by collectors.

Nice bikes! Please post in C&V!
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Originally Posted by Landgolier View Post
The yellow Milano I don't know as much about, but it's loaded with very nice parts, including campy delta brakes, which are kind of a collectors item, and a vintage white selle rolls saddle, which some hipster would pay a bundle for. I'm hesitant to shout out a value without more pics and knowing much about Milano (which is impossible to google as it's the name of a bike model by Bianchi), but that's probably at least $1000 worth of bikes right there, and maybe more to the right buyer. For what these would bring if you sold them, I would ask the people that gave them to you first. Also, if you stand over the yellow one, how much clearance do you have from the top tube to your crotch? If you have an inch, it may still fit you, sitting on the seat of a road bike you're going to be on your tiptoes (if that) trying to touch the ground.
The Milano may be made by the Masi family. See this link for history of Masi and Milano.
http://www.ebykr.com/?p=28
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Originally Posted by Pb_Okole View Post
The Milano may be made by the Masi family. See this link for history of Masi and Milano.
http://www.ebykr.com/?p=28
Yeah, the yellow bike appears to have oversized tubing and internal lugs, that's a Milano by Masi. Nice catch!

OP, the yellow bike is much nicer than I thought -- Masi is one of the most prestigious builders out there.
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OP - there are Campagnola collectors out there that will fight for those Delta brakes. The true collectors are experts at all the nuances the Campy parts have gone through - I'd do some research so you know how to get full value out of them.
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