Lol'd at the seller's reply to the questions asked.
haha Basil Fawlty is on ebay!
Vintage, yesteryear and retro biking
someone picked up an alan with 50th group today. can't help but think it has a local brizzy boy's name on the box.
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/121085313818 ... 500wt_1182
Do you think it was sold through private negotiation? I wish I'd noticed it. 50th Campag, I'll probably never see a set of that. Time to cry..
yeah sold privately for an undisclosed sum. can't be too much, considering a $75 starting bid, and that description.
I know it went for an absolute song
On the good side......after going through a box of Kleenex........is that wonderful bargains, occasionally, abound on ebay. Yay, all is good again.
But......from now on the words "50TH" anything are now banned in this forum..... ALRIGHT.
Yes, I shouldn't think too much about it, just makes me sad for the one that got away. It sold for less than I offered him after somebody convinced him the frame was damaged by the top tube being squashed in a bike stand (well the flattened top tube is a feature of the ALAN super records ), and I know I nearly got it for way less than I should have.... Moral of the story, if you don't know what your bike is worth, let the bidding take it's course.
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I would have flown to Melbourne to buy that Alan...
A friend has a similar Alan and its highly polished, can spot him from 2kms away !
May the new owner never stop smiling.....
How can you tell how much it sold for?
AFAICT, it didn't go for $75 if that's what you're thinking.
Not sure what people think this Colnago is worth, but it'd be reachable from my place (Hornsby), albeit an hour's drive. If someone has their heart set on it, and their location is an issue, PM me, and we can work out a plan. Once it's in BNA Retro hands, it's just a matter of leisurely arrangements. I also have a bunch of work colleagues from the Central Coast, as I work in Mt Kuring-gai.
Bear in mind, looks like it's been in a maritime environment, so plenty of spotty rust to deal with, BTL.
I don't mind boxing it for pickup from my work. But am jumping ahead here...
Closer to 20~25 years, I woulda thought.
If you are asking questions of the seller, do NOT make jokes about his locale name. They are not amused by other people being amused.
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Suspect LG knows the buyer. I think ldr got himself a honeymoon present.
I was literally tripping over bare Alan frames at the Sydney classic bike show on Saturday ( a bit embarrassing but I'm sure they can cold set it). Seems there are a lot of them about. 50th anniversary gruppos were less thin on the ground though.
I have no idea who bought it, and to be honest, have no issue with whoever did. Just disappointment it wasn't me . I know what I offered which was relatively little, and the seller let me know he sold it for less.
It's actually not a bad bike. Not a Colnago, though.
Thanks. After posting that, I had a weird feeling... someone might say that. They seem to suffer 're-branding' more than most.
any tips on how to spot a 'not-colnago'?
lugs, seatstays, bottom bracket, stickers, fork. start there.
learn what a colnago should look like, then it's easier to dismiss the fakes.
With photos like that, it's had to tell anything, which can be a giveaway in itself. And then there's price.
Typically there's a lot of detailing on a Colnago but it will depend on the model - things to look for include pantographing on the fork crown (either clubs or the word colnago), lugs (HT) and seat stays, club shaped cut out in the bb, short wheelbase, dropouts - usually campagnolo or columbus, chrome bits, wacky tube profiles etc.
edit - Munga beat me
Good info., grantw. I think I'll give a wide berth in future, though. But I guess asking for some close-up pics of fork crown, underneath BB, would not be an unreasonable request on such a listing.. :backingawaynow:
I wonder what the response would be on suggesting to seller he's not listing a Colnago? (..Geoffrey Robertson Hypothetical. No, am not going to).
indifference or ignorance, i'd expect.
The dead give away is the number of cable ferrules on the top tube. I've been told [by people more knowledgeable than me] that there was only one model of Colnago which had 3 ferrules on the top tube... and that they're as rare as rocking horse dung.
And as Munga says, the fakes become easy to spot when you've been looking at them long enough.
Do what most (I think) do and blow the ebay photos up as much as you can. I shouldn't complain about missing bargains. I picked up a Colnago Master a few years ago for $150 because it didn't look obvious enough to be a real one. Touch of risk involved trusting what looked like a squiggle to be a panto, but It paid off. By the way Colnagos as one of the easier frames to identify. They are proud of their product and don't hide it.
Decal for me. Hands up here who has a colnago with logos that aren't painted on?
It's certainly not the worst frame I've seen, I'm curious to learn what it is.
So, does that mean I may have to reinstate my pickup offer? No, just kidding. Was a Colnago-only offer, in all my glorious ignorance.
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