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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2009 7:22 pm 
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besides here, of course!

Basically I'm after a nice old cyclocross bike - lugged, brazed, even tigged if a shortcage M735 would look right on it - and was wondering where else they might turn up...

Cheers all! :D


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 8:55 am 
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Cross frames don't seem to turn up for sale very often on Retrobike. Even scouring EvilBay, it can be hard to find stuff. It took me 2 years to find my Alan and then it showed up less then a mile from where I lived.

(and nearly 3 years on I've still not sourced the right fork for it)

Depending on size - there's this one on ebay.nl right now.
http://cgi.ebay.nl/ALAN-ALLOY-COMPETITION-CYCLO-CROSS-FRAME-SIZE-56-5_W0QQitemZ390021928604QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_123?hash=item5acf1e569c


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 9:54 am 
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It depends on how old a bike you are looking for - in the earlier days then specialist cross frames were rare - bikes were much more all-rounders and would be used on the road for the summer and cross in the winter. In the same way, people used to ride their bike to the track, swap the wheels and then race, before riding home - hence the wheel carriers you occasionally see for the front forks.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 11:00 am 
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looks cool - ish

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/RETRO-AENDE-RACER ... 326wt_1165

and anuvvva:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Gios-Torino-Cyclo ... 500wt_1182


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 2:52 pm 
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Hi

It will be worth the wait for an older cyclocross frame/bike

I bought a new Spcialized Tricross Sport last year - cost me £750 plus £40 for a carbon seatpost. It is no better than OK with the exception of the brakes whick are truly dire. Stopping at a road junction is a hit and miss affair. It's been back at the LBS several times - I've even been in touch with Specialized - who told me that from their experience the brakes were very good. Oh well that's OK then :evil:

Looking at the ads here and on ebay I think I could have done a lot better spending £800 on a retro bike.

I have learned my lesson though - instead of buying a new road bike I picked up a 1981 Raleigh 'Competition' - 531 frame, forks and stays with Campag gears - for £100. It is a better bike in all respects than the Specialized.

keep looking

John


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 10:37 pm 
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I've was after a retro crosser for sometime, however I really needed something useable and ended up modern again.
I had a 531c seventies cross frame a few years back it was a good ride but it bent up double from constant use. The other thingis alot ofthe older stuff has pretty tight tyre clearances compared to later day frames.
That said I did have a bid on a couple of Vitus's Viti?

That Aende looks a bit touring like and the Gios IMO is overpriced.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 11:43 pm 
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Right now the demand for cx frames is probably high since the cx season is upon us. For buyers, that can be a good thing since there are probably more people selling frames at the moment, but it also means you may be competing with more potential buyers.

As far as vintage cx, Alan is pretty much the gold standard. A Guerciotti badged Alan would be just as cool (if not more so).

If you're looking for lugged steel cross frames you might also keep an eye out for touring frames. The geometry may be a bit different (lower bb height, for one), but you can usually run 38-40c tires on most touring bikes. And, unlike most cx frames, they usually have rack and fender mounts, which can come in handy.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2009 2:08 pm 
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Depending on your height this looks good value for money.

I built my Fuquay as a winter hack and for a laugh but it's surprisingly competitive (held back only by the rider). It's great to build one yourself to your own spec.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2009 7:05 pm 
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I might be able to source something for you. What exactly are you after?


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2009 7:08 pm 
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If that Empella Mike linked too tickles your fancy Im trying to get shot of mine.. It is a 56cm c-t


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