I took a punt on the bike in this:
listing the other week and after a few comedy emails back and forth regarding location and collection, I'm almost set to go. I was supposed to drive up and collect it this weekend but illness prevented that. A friend works near the seller and so will collect it for me, probably Wed or Thu.
The question is, what doe sthe collective RB wisdom reckon it is?! There's nothing at all in the description, and the poor pic - from the wrong side - gives little away. The description just says
"Race bike : make Eddy Merckx ; silver-grey colour ; size frame 58 ( see photo )"
Koersfiets : merk Eddy Merckx ; zilvergrijze kleur ; maat kader 58 ( zie foto )
but from the pic I'm hard pressed to even convince myself 100% that it's a Merckx - though the decals look consistent with late 80s/early 90s Merckx ones, if I squint at them just right. The fork looks like a straight-blade Time carbon one, but equally could be straight-blade steel one with a Time sticker, I suppose! The components look ok though, apart from the spuds and ugly quill adaptor for the stem and what appears to be a bell on the side. The seatpost look like an aero Campag while the Ergos are all-alloy so probably Chorus at least. The dual pivot brake calipers have silver shoes, and there's some variant of Flite on top.
As for the frame, it's welded rather than lugged and the front mech is clamped not brazed - so I really don't know what I've got lined up for myself. So what will it be? Trash or Treasure?? Is it even a Merckx??? The anticipation is killing me ...