Okay, so here it goes!
It's amazing how things work these days and by means of communication and its never-to-underestimate power. A few weeks ago I was wondering about a rare DH fork and I got a response from one of the designers himself. Last week, this...
So, long story short, after the cranks article on our local website (inspired by this thread), I got a message from a fellow mountainbiker from another Romanian town. He said that he has some collectible cranks that I might me interested in. He listed them to me and I was blown away. They were in perfect to very acceptable condition, but no way I could afford them and constantly buying cranksets isn't exactly my top priority. So I was reluctant and told him that I would feel burdened by that kind of value simply given to me. We evaluated the stuff via e-mail and I told him to rather let it be and maybe just send me an XTR M950 compatible spider that I was looking after since quite a while. He wrote again and said something like "Hey, I got this packed already, so I will just send it to you. You just pay the shipping. We'll hang out sometime and you'll pay for the beer and we'll see." The no-pressure kinda thing. But the burden - still there. Anyway, last week this package appeared and it took me a few hours to decide to open it. Fear? Maybe.
This is what we are talking about:
I have no idea what to do with the Next LPs that are as good as new, or the Turbine LPs with damaged ISIS (I was told), or the 3rd set of M900 XTR (a year ago I would never thought I'd have one complete pair), but for the moment they'll remain boxed, just in case the man wants his stuff back, who knows.
So, dear Retrobike users, this little world of hours contains once too often stuff dreams are made of and I don't want to add anything else to that. Except "what goes around comes around" and that I do my share of donations and gifts, meaning bicycles and componentry, mostly to kids.
Thanks for your patience once again!
PeEs: The Sugino Maxy cranks have a different source, but they were also a gift. I thought they'd fit well with this thread.
1990 GT Karakoram 20" Purple Haze (urban project); 1993 GT Karakoram 20" Ferrari Red (classy beater); 1993 GT Karakoram 14.5" Black Light (almost original); 1994 Breezer Jet Stream 18" (unlikely story); 1995 Winora full suspension (a fine riding mistery); 1997 Kona A'Ha (anniversary edition); 1997 GT Arrowhead 18" (poisoned gift); 1998 Stevens 6.1.2 (true warrior); 1998 GT Moto cruiser (just google it!); 1999 Santa Cruz Chameleon (the heartbreaker revived); 1999 GT Lobo 1000 (retired with works Super T); 2000 GT Lobo (turns original); 2001 Klein Attitude Comp 19" (ultralight project); 2001 Cannondale Jekyll 1000 SL (better that a lot of "fresh" bikes); 2003 Intense Tazer (close to factory team spec); 2003 Intense M1 (old dream on hold); 2007 Crupi Pro XXL (pumptrack teacher)