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http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/bik/462465502.html

it seems like $250 might be too much, and the unicrown fork is at least a little ick, but could be a really decent project bike for learning/turning into real-live cyclocrosser

gbx, Monday, 29 October 2007 21:53 (twelve years ago) link

Any idea how old that bike is?

Super Cub, Monday, 29 October 2007 21:56 (twelve years ago) link

Based on the paint job? 1989.

Laurel, Monday, 29 October 2007 21:58 (twelve years ago) link

when did miami vice air?

cutty, Monday, 29 October 2007 21:58 (twelve years ago) link

i would buy it and call it the JAN HAMMER

cutty, Monday, 29 October 2007 22:00 (twelve years ago) link

And I am speaking as someone whose bike was teal with black and yellow details.

Laurel, Monday, 29 October 2007 22:03 (twelve years ago) link

Based on the paint job? 1989.

Seeing as Bianchi is an Italian company, it could be far more recent than that.

Super Cub, Monday, 29 October 2007 22:05 (twelve years ago) link

when did miami vice air IN ITALY?

Laurel, Monday, 29 October 2007 22:05 (twelve years ago) link

yeah, but do i buy this thing

secretly i'm not ready to drop even two hundred, but if it's quality then it's almost exactly what i'm looking for

gbx, Monday, 29 October 2007 22:06 (twelve years ago) link

I believe miami vice is still being made in Italy. Milano Vice anyone?

Volpe nowadays is a great bike and retails for around $900. Assuming it's in good condition, maybe offer $200?

Super Cub, Monday, 29 October 2007 22:07 (twelve years ago) link

gbx it is too bad you're not as tall as me:

http://chicago.craigslist.org/nwi/bik/462805383.html

dan m, Monday, 29 October 2007 22:08 (twelve years ago) link

NO! NO! NO!

ddb, Monday, 29 October 2007 23:59 (twelve years ago) link

are you telling me not to buy this y/n

gbx, Tuesday, 30 October 2007 00:16 (twelve years ago) link

I think he's saying no.

Super Cub, Tuesday, 30 October 2007 00:17 (twelve years ago) link

he is saying no, three times, once for each bike posted in this thread, also in caps

cutty, Tuesday, 30 October 2007 00:18 (twelve years ago) link

CAN WE CHANGE THE THREAD TO: DO I BURN A THING

ddb, Tuesday, 30 October 2007 00:26 (twelve years ago) link

teal with black and yellow details

yes!

jhøshea, Tuesday, 30 October 2007 00:29 (twelve years ago) link

aw but i want it!

gbx, Tuesday, 30 October 2007 00:36 (twelve years ago) link

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Does this mean you bought it?

Mark C, Tuesday, 30 October 2007 11:59 (twelve years ago) link

i guess someone else did!

gbx, Tuesday, 30 October 2007 13:48 (twelve years ago) link

I PAID HIM $250 TO THROW IT INTO THE LAKE!!

SORRY BRO!

ddb, Tuesday, 30 October 2007 15:04 (twelve years ago) link

harsh

gbx, Tuesday, 30 October 2007 15:11 (twelve years ago) link

i bought a bike

gbx, Wednesday, 31 October 2007 19:18 (twelve years ago) link

??

cutty, Wednesday, 31 October 2007 19:31 (twelve years ago) link

used schwinn touring/road bike purchased here for $90. frame is in decent condition, specs are.....OK. it's functional, and it'll work for the build-a-bike class i'm taking. also, for winter! has hideous risers on it, but whatever.

may also serve as something CX-able, but that's a stretch

gbx, Wednesday, 31 October 2007 19:39 (twelve years ago) link

http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/bik/465875179.html

dan m, Wednesday, 7 November 2007 20:53 (twelve years ago) link

I don't need it, I just like it.

dan m, Wednesday, 7 November 2007 20:53 (twelve years ago) link

I would find out the year and model. It could be a totally junk frame and weigh a ton. Is it rusted, dented, chipped? Also, you should get a picture of the dropouts and drivetrain. Is it a good conversion or slapped together? What's stock and what's been upgraded? I would get more info.

It's says singlespeed, so it may have a freewheel instead of fixed gear. In that case, you'd probably want to put a rear brake on it.

How tall are you? How long is your inseam? That's a big bike. You don't want to buy a bike that doesn't fit right.

Super Cub, Wednesday, 7 November 2007 21:00 (twelve years ago) link

I am 6'5", it'll be ok :D

dan m, Wednesday, 7 November 2007 21:17 (twelve years ago) link

Dude selling it must make his living doing these things, he has 5 or 6 up on CL at any one time.

dan m, Wednesday, 7 November 2007 21:18 (twelve years ago) link

one year passes...

http://sacramento.craigslist.org/bik/1223214487.html

why because wheeee

all yoga attacks are fire based (rogermexico.), Wednesday, 17 June 2009 23:22 (ten years ago) link

yah go for it!

i want to marry a pizza (gbx), Thursday, 18 June 2009 04:44 (ten years ago) link

sooo tempted... I'd have to sell a guitar but it's... so shiny...

all yoga attacks are fire based (rogermexico.), Thursday, 18 June 2009 05:28 (ten years ago) link

prob gonna buy a thing off ebay?/

http://i43.tinypic.com/30wqnhj.jpg

wilter, Friday, 19 June 2009 00:55 (ten years ago) link

so many things to buy

cutty, Friday, 19 June 2009 19:24 (ten years ago) link

so many things to repair :(

the other day the shoulder strap from my bikebureau went into my rear wheel and ripped my fender off (must replace fender, should replace strap). rear rack is giving up due to old age (replace). need to replace cables for shifter and brakes. missus rear wheel needs rebuild or complete retension, not sure which. her race disc needs new tire and glue-up for shakedown before next weekend race. my decrepit trail bike needs tires replaced.

iro with the brown bag (Hunt3r), Saturday, 20 June 2009 00:09 (ten years ago) link

thing: bought'd

thanks ILTRMB!

all yoga attacks are fire based (rogermexico.), Sunday, 21 June 2009 03:41 (ten years ago) link

we're always here to enable you to spend money on bikes that you love to ride

cutty, Sunday, 21 June 2009 09:23 (ten years ago) link

do i buy a thing?

http://madison.craigslist.org/bik/1251267334.html

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Friday, 3 July 2009 14:41 (ten years ago) link

!!

am0n, Saturday, 4 July 2009 09:05 (ten years ago) link

the bike comes with aero bars, SPD pedals, a computer ?

computer or not that seems like a sweet deal @ 200

am0n, Saturday, 4 July 2009 09:06 (ten years ago) link

seven months pass...

been looking at this thing:

http://inlandempire.craigslist.org/bik/1607391807.html

always loved the looks of classic 3-speed town bikes. only obv. cons are the EZ-off seatpost and cottered cranks. is the price too high (esp. for a fmr. rental)?

naus, Sunday, 21 February 2010 09:27 (ten years ago) link

Are the cranks rly that bad? It's not a high-performance machine, just tap 'em farther in if they get loose. My slight experience with them was that by the time the pins loosened up, something else needed to be done on the bike anyway so it was like a "time for service" reminder.

The other side of genetic power today (Laurel), Sunday, 21 February 2010 15:48 (ten years ago) link

Cottered cranks aren't really a problem, as Laurel says, this is a bike for pootling. It looks pretty, complete and original. Stick a wicker basket on it and go to the shops or join a local tweed ride. Not a lot on it to go wrong really. Those SA 3 gear hubs are pretty bomb proof and even if they wear our replacements or spares are easy enough to come by, my local bike store has hundreds salvaged from old bikes.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Sunday, 21 February 2010 16:53 (ten years ago) link

just looked at the super enlarged photos and that looks like a pretty sweet ride. the worst you can point to is some dings in the paintwork and fewer than I'd expect on an ex-hire bike. I say check it out, see how tight everything is and offer $150.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Sunday, 21 February 2010 17:10 (ten years ago) link

http://www.ride-this.com/index.php/torelli-bormio-700c-shimsram-wheelset-fr-black.html

i just want lightish wheels for training rides in the hills. that seems rly cheap and i dont see too many bad things about these wheels.

malicious humor victim (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 14:22 (ten years ago) link

i am going to purchase dura ace wh-7850-c24-tl tubeless clinchers for this season

shite new answers (cutty), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 14:51 (ten years ago) link

What's a tubeless clincher, cutty?

Mark C, Wednesday, 24 February 2010 16:36 (ten years ago) link

a clincher wheel that can run tubeless clincher tires, as well as standard tires w/ tubes

shite new answers (cutty), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 16:38 (ten years ago) link

Ok, so I have a butload of delta airmiles enough for a trip back to europe at a non- peak time. They have this shopping thing where you can trade miles for goods. Turns out I have enough miles for a free, and utterly frivolous, garmin 705 bike gps. I have no need for one, other than geeky lust and frivolous desire. Should I get it?

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Saturday, 6 March 2010 20:40 (ten years ago) link

i almost bought a powertap last night (*drinky motion*), like i had the credit card info in place, then thankfully, i realized i TOTALLY DON'T NEED A FUCKING POWERTAP. AT ALL. it was like i was possessed or in a trance.

blot it out (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 5 March 2014 18:32 (six years ago) link

Was Yoda nearby?

he is looking only the ball (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 5 March 2014 20:01 (six years ago) link

i thought it was just you or some other mantis, shortwaving common sense to me.

blot it out (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 5 March 2014 20:05 (six years ago) link

i would like to borrow someone's powertap to test the accuracy of my inride's calibration though. some people claim they are +- a couple watts, others say no way, 20 watts off.

blot it out (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 5 March 2014 20:08 (six years ago) link

only if you know somebody who already has one, and will rep for it's soundness imo.

blot it out (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 5 March 2014 22:58 (six years ago) link

I assume you have good health insurance and I know you know some doctors, so sure, why not.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Wednesday, 5 March 2014 23:18 (six years ago) link

Sorta thought q was a jest that is not the frame of a soul rider like gbx

blot it out (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 5 March 2014 23:28 (six years ago) link

Review of the charge plug 4 here.

A lot of the negatives sound like positives for this kind of bike.

http://road.cc/content/review/112830-charge-plug-4-road-bike

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Thursday, 6 March 2014 00:41 (six years ago) link

that q was not in jest, i am A-OK w/carbon

ps - pretty sure that the frame in question is just an unbranded this: http://foundrycycles.com/bikes/auger

gbx, Saturday, 8 March 2014 16:38 (six years ago) link

i think i stand on my previous, if you can find someone to vouch for it and/or be confident it's a gray-market leak of an identifiable brand, it could be a greatdeal.

i think i mentioned round here that i bought one of these framesets pretty cheap. it is a canti frameset, as it will be raced, and discs are really just extra weight (imo) in colorado most of the time (yes, i know discs are the way and truth). anyway, compare the foundry and the sette frames. they are really verry similar- afaict identical geometry (for a 56cm: 72.5/73 degrees, 65mm(!) bb drop, 42.5 cm chainstay, 155mm headtube), both have the weird double wishbone seatstay, same shape of the chainstay bridge, the weird routing and shape of the f. derailler cable stop. look at the rear derailler cable routing, both have full cable from the top tube to the rear derailler, which is- well maybe that's the norm now, but i'd never seen it til i built up the sette. the big dif is discs and rear brake cable routing.

same factory/mold? coincidence? dunno. i do not have the mileage on my bike that i hoped for, but it handles great so far, the front end is incredibly stable with the 1 1/8 to 1 1/4 tapered head tube and massive fork blades.

blot it out (Hunt3r), Sunday, 9 March 2014 01:06 (six years ago) link

what is also funny is that both foundry and sette have four frame sizes, and the geometry is the same across ALL of them. it's gotta be the same frameset updated with discs. even if true though, the disc thing- discs stress frames/forks in very particular and afaik severe ways.

blot it out (Hunt3r), Sunday, 9 March 2014 01:10 (six years ago) link

two weeks pass...

bike computers: go

i'm thinking about a garmin edge 500 since it seems to do p much everything i need, and the 510 doesn't have much to recommend the price (as i learned reading the exhaustive review at the literally incredible website dcrainmaker.com --- credit where credit is due, the guy does fantastic reviews and seems to have no problem whatsoever going out in public on a tri-bike that has something like 5-7 computers on it, along with several power meters)

i'm sorta hoping that maybe a lil investment in training stuff might actually spur me into getting back into shape since i am now v much a fat, fat mantis

gbx, Monday, 24 March 2014 20:43 (six years ago) link

yeah, that guy's site is o_0, i use it to keep abreast of tech matters.

i like my garmin 500, it's now almost 4 years old. it just keeps working. conditions here are good though, it hardly ever gets wet.

i think i'd rather have no computer on my bike than something other than my garmin, which is kinda crazy. but it's so tidy, no wires, no magnets, you just slap it on there and go.

a nation filled with lead (Hunt3r), Monday, 24 March 2014 20:50 (six years ago) link

I have the 705 and it has been pretty reliable for nearly 5 years. I had to replace the battery. Mapping function is useless, not much better on the 800/810 so not worth going higher than the 500. I'd probably buy a 500 if I were buying one now.

I guess I'm in the same boat as Hunt3r, I have no idea what I would have on my bike if I didn't have a garmin.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 24 March 2014 21:10 (six years ago) link

I've got the 800 and it's great.

he is looking only the ball (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Monday, 24 March 2014 22:42 (six years ago) link

sold

gbx, Tuesday, 25 March 2014 02:12 (six years ago) link

always buy a thing

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Tuesday, 25 March 2014 02:20 (six years ago) link

lol

had 500 for three years, never misses a beat.

BARGEARSE (haitch), Tuesday, 25 March 2014 02:47 (six years ago) link

four weeks pass...

I have arranged to test ride a thing weekend after next.

i reject your shiny expensive consumerist stereo system (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 22 April 2014 12:12 (five years ago) link

Specifically a CDF.

i reject your shiny expensive consumerist stereo system (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 22 April 2014 12:13 (five years ago) link

really fancy the idea of the CDF and related models, or something similar - maybe that raleigh gravel thing. neither brand distributed in aus - well raleigh is but they seem to focus on kids and cruiser bikes.

be keen to see what genesis do with the new shimano 105 hydro stuff, seems like they'd be all over that market.

Get A BREAKER! MORANTS (haitch), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 05:29 (five years ago) link

Tested and ordered via CTW. Yum yum yum. Seemed like it would be a lot of fun.

i reject your shiny expensive consumerist stereo system (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 29 April 2014 16:24 (five years ago) link

yay new thing!

months ago i bought avid shorty ultimates, i finally have the rear set installed. they are jewel like, easy peasy to adjust, and work beautifully.

so i have new brakes that are state of the art, and obsolete (rim based).

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 29 April 2014 16:48 (five years ago) link

And HR have approved my CTW application; just have to wait for the voucher now. Please come soon, please come soon.

i reject your shiny expensive consumerist stereo system (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 30 April 2014 09:00 (five years ago) link

I want my voucher so I can go and pick up my thing!

i reject your shiny expensive consumerist stereo system (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 6 May 2014 10:20 (five years ago) link

Finally got my bloody voucher! Pick up the new thing tomorrow.

i reject your shiny expensive consumerist stereo system (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 16 May 2014 17:22 (five years ago) link

omg fun

i reject your shiny expensive consumerist stereo system (Scik Mouthy), Saturday, 17 May 2014 13:14 (five years ago) link

four weeks pass...

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/bik/4510094436.html

fits great. perfectly turned out.

i currently have zero bikes. should really buy a city bike and a proper road bike. trying to decide if this could be my road bike, or if it would end up being a sweet sweet toy.

it's a few pounds heavier than my late specialized. and the ride isn't quite as mellow as carbon.

but!

ugh (lukas), Sunday, 15 June 2014 02:15 (five years ago) link

i mean, i can always sell it ...

ugh (lukas), Sunday, 15 June 2014 02:39 (five years ago) link

got a few reasons, but i'd vote no. otoh, u can always sell it.

52 hertz so good (Hunt3r), Sunday, 15 June 2014 22:32 (five years ago) link

Huh, what are the reasons?

ugh (lukas), Sunday, 15 June 2014 23:21 (five years ago) link

I mean I can imagine a few but maybe you have reasons I hasn't thought of

ugh (lukas), Sunday, 15 June 2014 23:24 (five years ago) link

had not

ugh (lukas), Sunday, 15 June 2014 23:24 (five years ago) link

i didn't scrutinize too closely, but that all looked like 1991 era 8 spd d/a- could you get the replacement chains and cassettes you want? iirc 8 spd dura ace has a weird cassette body, too? with expense, you could swap over to 9, as the cassette width should be the same. might need to get a newer derailler though? how committed are you to riding d/t shifters? if you're thinking of racing, that shifting is really not great, esp for crits. those decals are over the clearcoat, whoever the owner is did a good job keeping them from getting scraped up and trashed.

i guess i just sorta think it's not a very practical ride? i'm a mostly boring practical person. it is beautiful, noteworthy, and i assume it rides very nicely

xp - looks like it's deleted tho.

52 hertz so good (Hunt3r), Monday, 16 June 2014 02:05 (five years ago) link

Yeah cuz I gave him a downpayment.

This will probably end up being unwise, but I saved the text and photos from the listing and I'll try to keep it pristine.

Ok back to being excited about it!

ugh (lukas), Monday, 16 June 2014 03:59 (five years ago) link

man, i am sure you will enjoy the hell out of it. to me that bike is sort of the high point of the classic columbus era (before some of the crazy shaped stuff like ms and el-os, and well before tig welding). slx was like sl but iirc had extra butting around the bottom bracket to make it stiffer while still being light. that bottom bracket looked beautiful, and the internal routing of the brake cable is pretty sick.

52 hertz so good (Hunt3r), Monday, 16 June 2014 04:17 (five years ago) link

Thanks, yeah, looking forward to seeing what a good example of the form is like to really ride.

ugh (lukas), Monday, 16 June 2014 04:41 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

Won an unbuilt 2014 Felt AR frame for cheap ($800) on ebay...realized it's electronic only. There goes my plan to keep it cheap.

sous les paves, Sunday, 27 September 2015 09:09 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

https://paddle8.com/auction/robin-williams/

coolest bike on that list would be a good poll.

wishy washy hippy variety hour (Hunt3r), Friday, 14 October 2016 21:44 (three years ago) link

yellow zipp

Ireland's Industry (that is what we are) (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 14 October 2016 21:47 (three years ago) link

Funny I was thinkin that too, so fast. Kestrel with no SP another 90s tri icon.

As an iro owner, was quite surprised there.

I think if it was a bike for my riding, it would be the Merlin,tho that's a late-ish one.

wishy washy hippy variety hour (Hunt3r), Friday, 14 October 2016 22:12 (three years ago) link

oooh man so many

jason waterfalls (gbx), Friday, 14 October 2016 23:34 (three years ago) link

just spent £30 on a park tools cable cutter and it's made just about a ham-fisted shitty job as the random blunt tools i tried previously.

quis gropes ipsos gropiuses? (ledge), Wednesday, 26 October 2016 19:03 (three years ago) link

man, that's terrible. i wonder what changed, i've had one for cables, and one for housing, each for like 20+ years, they have always worked perfectly? The housing cutter is so strong I have misused it to cut spokes (not recommended for rim health or long-term cutter health. also can be dangerous to eye health if you have no rim strip).

wishy washy hippy variety hour (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 26 October 2016 20:13 (three years ago) link

Do you have to file the housing after cutting? It's so tough I find it hard to imagine you wouldn't but I had high hopes, maybe too high?

quis gropes ipsos gropiuses? (ledge), Wednesday, 26 October 2016 20:17 (three years ago) link

I mean it looks so mashed I think I'll be filing for hours.

quis gropes ipsos gropiuses? (ledge), Wednesday, 26 October 2016 20:28 (three years ago) link

spiral brake housing, or shifter housing? Yeah the soft spiral stuff tends to mash down a bit if I don't manipulate the cutting process a bit (I sort of bend the housing back, away from the core as I cut. But mine never mashes or messes up that tough shifter stuff. Boom, right through.

wishy washy hippy variety hour (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 26 October 2016 20:50 (three years ago) link

Brake housing. I've got plenty to play with so I'll give that a go, ta. I see the park tools website does say some filing will be necessary.

quis gropes ipsos gropiuses? (ledge), Wednesday, 26 October 2016 21:08 (three years ago) link


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