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Is there some mysterious cult following to tubular rims ?(11 posts)

Is there some mysterious cult following to tubular rims ?DeeEight
Mar 19, 2002 2:14 PM
In the last month, I've sold about 20 NOS Tubular rims of various brands/models (mostly Campagnolo, Nisi, Wolber, Ambrosio, Weinmann, Araya) to a few people, all to americans. Hell, 12 so far to ONE rider (and he just emailed to order 4 more). Why the sudden demand (not that my paypal account is complaining) for tubular rims? I don't remember these being such big sellers a couple years ago. I can understand the demand for the 30 or so vintage Bianchi labeled Turbo saddles i just finished clearing out (afterall, lots of bianchi owners who loved their classic turbo saddles), but tubulars, still? Aside from racers, do people still use them even?
re: Is there some mysterious cult following to tubular rims ?Dave Hickey
Mar 19, 2002 2:52 PM
I'd say some are collectors that are looking to restore bikes. I'm currently restoring a LOOK KG86 and I'm going to put tubulars on it. I don't race so for practical purposes, I use clinchers on my everyday bikes.
re: Is there some mysterious cult following to tubular rims ?flying
Mar 19, 2002 4:14 PM
Ah you must be the Canadian on Ebay selling all those ;-)
Actually there is not much to choose from anymore here in the USA.
Mainly Mavic Reflex.
Although I see LaBicicletta has a good selection.
But they are from Canada too no?
actually no, i refuse to sell on ebay...I don't like doing...DeeEight
Mar 19, 2002 6:39 PM
auctions to sell soI list all my stuff on the mtbr/roadbikereview classifieds, and on rec.bicycles.marketplace. I set firm prices, period, I don't do OBO posts, nor auctions.
Not so much a cult following..Lone Gunman
Mar 19, 2002 4:51 PM
More like Retro Grouching... What was old is new again. And alot of the old top end mid 70's-80's had tubulars, they were the best tires then. The restoration thing is getting bigger and doing so faster. Alot of stuff being sold to the Japanese market.
Actually I've only sold mtb parts to japan, and then its been toDeeEight
Mar 19, 2002 6:46 PM
US Servicemen on overseas duty. I have sold a syncros fork to Austrailia recently, and a set of maguras to finland.
There is a list of classic bike restorers, in excess of 500Lone Gunman
Mar 19, 2002 7:10 PM
members dedicated to the preservation, resurrection and restoration of old classic lightweight bikes. These guys buy and sell parts by net, swap meets, and their board members. Anything old, especially Italian stuff. Some hoard parts because they fear that the old but good stuff is being sold out of US and the day will come when they can't find the old stuff any longer. Classic Rendevouz is the site ran by Dale Brown with frequent posters of Sheldon Brown, Brian Baylis, Richard Sachs. Hard core old school, must be period correct and they go to extrordinary lengths to be original equipment.
There is a list of classic bike restorers, in excess of 500harry hall
Mar 20, 2002 7:07 AM
Very fun list and website. I've bought and sold, answered and received answers, got back in touch with two old friends through it.
no, we just can't find any good ones anymore!Alexx
Mar 20, 2002 4:16 AM
Just look in the latest Nashbar catalogue. Mavic, and el-cheapo Sun rims. That's it! Even my 'roadie' bike shop only stocks the Sun rims. Anything else needs to be special-ordered.
I'm holding onto my Ambrosio rims for now!
That's the answer,TJeanloz
Mar 20, 2002 5:22 AM
Some particular models of tubular rim, like the Mavic Gel 280, are nearly impossible to find, and have their devotees who will give almost anything for a replacement when their's breaks. Due to the popularity in pre-built wheels, there isn't nearly the selection in rims that there used to be- mavic makes one tubular rim, the Reflex, Sun makes a couple, Campy makes one or two- but none of them are nearly as light as the old ones. So people scour e-bay for the classics, in hopes of building up a super wheelset with a NOS tubular rim that can't be bought new anymore.
Hmmm, maybe I should raise my prices...DeeEight
Mar 20, 2002 11:09 AM
although I'm already making a damn good profit and I'm happy with it. Hell, profit margin on the Benotto bar tape is amazing (though having seen a set go on ebay today for $9.95 when I'm charging $2 for the same one... lots of people looking to be parted from their dollars it seems.