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What would you do

Postby old al » Sat Dec 22, 2012 3:29 pm

I am thinking of buying a classic Italian frame and building it up with a modern full Italian build. Campag, Cinelli, you know what I am about. It will be expensive but give me a lot of pleasure to restore the frame and build it up. Or should I just buy this?

http://www.bikeexchange.com.au/bicycles ... /102121240

Every thing I want to build ready made.

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Re: What would you do

Postby greyhoundtom » Sat Dec 22, 2012 3:52 pm

That is real nice :wink:
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Re: What would you do

Postby Marto » Sat Dec 22, 2012 6:58 pm

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Re: What would you do

Postby JustJames » Sat Dec 22, 2012 7:07 pm

Buy and build.

With something like this it's not really about having the bike. The journey is the thing. The endless fussing over every last detail of the build. Hunting for just the right this and that is half the fun.

Building a bike is an act of self expression. Buying a bike is an act of crass consumerism (although admittedly fun!).
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Re: What would you do

Postby bigfriendlyvegan » Sat Dec 22, 2012 8:15 pm

JustJames wrote:Buy and build.

With something like this it's not really about having the bike. The journey is the thing. The endless fussing over every last detail of the build. Hunting for just the right this and that is half the fun.

Building a bike is an act of self expression. Buying a bike is an act of crass consumerism (although admittedly fun!).


+1 to this.Especially the frame, which you got of that guy with tons of classic old stuff in his shed and didn't want anything as "modern" as a mid 80s Italian frame. And those gum hoods that you swapped the touring pedals for, you got a good swap with that one. Don't forget the quick release, where you bought the whole bike just to get them and then sold the rest of the bike on the forums.

When you know where every part came from and what you paid for it, and when you know the name of the guy who made your frame and the name of the woman who painted it - better still when you've met them....that's what it's all about.
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Re: What would you do

Postby old al » Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:14 am

Yeah, buy the frame and go from there seems to be the way to go. Maybe I could buy a vintage Gios frame and build that.

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Re: What would you do

Postby open roader » Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:33 am

old al wrote:I am thinking of buying a classic Italian frame and building it up


Great, every gear head should build up a bike from scratch at least once in their lifetime.......

old al wrote:you know what I am about.


Indeed.

+1 more to buy and build - never 100% smooth sailing but it's about the experience as much as the destination.
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Re: What would you do

Postby munga » Sun Dec 23, 2012 12:44 pm

that gios sure is pretty, but looks disappointingly expensive next to something like this:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Gios-Torino-P ... 19d7775bcd
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Re: What would you do

Postby greyhoundtom » Sun Dec 23, 2012 3:53 pm

munga wrote:that gios sure is pretty, but looks disappointingly expensive next to something like this:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Gios-Torino-P ... 19d7775bcd

Does that look like a crack in the top of the seat tube or just my imagination?
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Re: What would you do

Postby twizzle » Sun Dec 23, 2012 8:18 pm

Mate at work went through two Gios frames, both cracked at the BB.


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Re: What would you do

Postby Snicks » Sun Dec 23, 2012 8:41 pm

Whatever you do I hope we get to see a final product...
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Re: What would you do

Postby Xplora » Mon Dec 24, 2012 6:26 am

Build it yourself. You sound like you've already decided in your post....

The only exception would be if you're required to have an older bike for racing/club purposes, and can't wait 12 months for the bike to materialise. In which case, you would need to buy for time constraint. You didn't mention that in your post, so there is your answer. 8)
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Re: What would you do

Postby old al » Mon Dec 24, 2012 10:19 am

Xplora wrote:Build it yourself. You sound like you've already decided in your post....

The only exception would be if you're required to have an older bike for racing/club purposes, and can't wait 12 months for the bike to materialise. In which case, you would need to buy for time constraint. You didn't mention that in your post, so there is your answer. 8)


Got heaps of time. I have a carbon Avanti for racing (masters) and have built up 5 other bikes but I want this one to be a long term project and as spot on as I can get it and completely Italian. I will wait 'till after the holidays and start casting around for the frame then away I go!

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