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Did you buy this unmarked Ritchey Tandem???

Old 10-16-20, 07:39 AM
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Did you buy this unmarked Ritchey Tandem???

Somebody made a heck of a buy on the big auction site a few weeks back on a "Vintage Tandem" for $225. I asked seller if he would consider shipping but before he could answer, bike was sold. Fitted with Campy NR cranks and Phil Wood hubs, they alone were worth the purchase price. Seller had posted many pix and I'm pretty convinced the unnamed bike was a Ritchey Palo Alto. I compared his pix to my bike, and the sellers bike has all the hallmarks of a pre-Mtn Bike Ritchey tandem including "X" bracing for twin laterals at stokers seat tube, ovalized seat tubes at bottom brackets, and the telltale "park bench" reinforcement at stokers bottom bracket. I reached out to seller, requesting that he let the buyer know what they might have bought because it would be a shame if this bike gets lost to history. Not sure seller followed through so I'm posting here in case the lucky buyer is trying to ID their recent purchase. Early Ritchey road bikes are known for their beauty...no moustache hairs to get in way of a beautiful brazing effort!!!








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Old 10-16-20, 02:39 PM
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Wow.......225 bucks? That's definitely a steal! If you happen to be a Facebook member, you might want to post this on the "Tandem Bicycle" group. There's a considerable amount of activity there.
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Your bike is BEAUTIFUL! Oh, and to have that slip through your hands, so painful! Good luck tracking it down. There are a few other tandem groups to post on, like Tandem Club of America, so make sure you cover your bases. MTBR might be of help too, but their tandem site is mountain-related and doesn't get much traffic.
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Old 10-20-20, 06:45 AM
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Do you know where it was sold?

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Somebody made a heck of a buy on the big auction site a few weeks back on a "Vintage Tandem" for $225. I asked seller if he would consider shipping but before he could answer, bike was sold. Fitted with Campy NR cranks and Phil Wood hubs, they alone were worth the purchase price. Seller had posted many pix and I'm pretty convinced the unnamed bike was a Ritchey Palo Alto. I compared his pix to my bike, and the sellers bike has all the hallmarks of a pre-Mtn Bike Ritchey tandem including "X" bracing for twin laterals at stokers seat tube, ovalized seat tubes at bottom brackets, and the telltale "park bench" reinforcement at stokers bottom bracket. I reached out to seller, requesting that he let the buyer know what they might have bought because it would be a shame if this bike gets lost to history. Not sure seller followed through so I'm posting here in case the lucky buyer is trying to ID their recent purchase. Early Ritchey road bikes are known for their beauty...no moustache hairs to get in way of a beautiful brazing effort!!!







it looks like one of the tandems Ritchey made for a friend of ours back in 1978.
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Old 10-20-20, 09:17 AM
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I'm thinking it was built towards end of 70s as it uses slotted cable guides as opposed to the little buttons both our bikes have....that was the only difference I could see between this bike and mine...even has the captains seat post binder brazed to front side of seat tube.
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