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Old Framemadfrate
Apr 16, 2002 8:36 AM
Im hoping that someone out there can help me.

I have an old Romic lugged steel frame w/ Renyolds Tubing Dura Ace Cranks, Campy wheelset, Diacompe brakes, and I cant remember the derailuers but they are decent. 56 cm frame.

I came across this bike second hand, and being a Downhiller I dont have an interest in keeping it around as I am just plain not comfortable on it.

Can anyone tell me what I might be able to sell it for?
Try to sell it for either money or beer....Gregory Taylor
Apr 16, 2002 8:45 AM
Sorry. Just a bit of grammar-induced fun at your expense.

Seriously, your best bet is to do the e-bay thing. Take a wad of pictures. Pitch it as a "classic", and see if you can induce a bidding war.

You may also want to take a look at

www.classicrendevous.com

They seem to cater to older bikes. Also some hilarious examples of old piece-of-crap bike parts that have been bid up to outrageous prices on e-bay.
Here is what I found on RomicDave Hickey
Apr 16, 2002 11:14 AM
From rec.sport.bicycles.

This past weekend a couple of friends and I paid a visit to Romic
Cycles, a bike builder located here in Houston. Romic is quite small;
they put out about 500 bikes a year or so, and all of their bikes are
hand-built. What follows is a (somewhat rambling) account of our
visit, in case anyone is interested. For those of your who love in the
Houston area and have an interest in bike-making or frame
construction, I would recommend the experience.

Romic is located in northwestern Houston, in the Spring Branch
area. They have a smallish, somewhat battered warehouse -- not much to
look at. No showroom inside, just the work area (fairly large) and a
tiny office filled with cycling posters, pictures, awards, etc. We
spent a while hanging out in the office checking out all the photos
and memorabilia; there's some interesting junk lying around (the
photos of the track tandems they've built are really amazing).

The guy who was there at the time was an older fellow in his 60's (at
least); later it turned out that this was the guy who started Romic,
whose name I didn't have the presence of mind to write down. Needless
to say, he was very knowledgeable, also fairly soft spoken but
friendly and helpful. We spent about an hour talking with him and
wandering around the shop floor. They don't really do "factory tours"
at Romic per se -- you just ask them what you want to look at and talk
for a while. He didn't really volunteer a lot of information; it was
kind of like a guessing game. At the time that we visited, only had a
few bikes being built up, so we weren't able to see anyone actually
putting a frame together, but we were able to look at a number of
frames in various stages of construction.

Looking at a bike frame just after the tubes have been brazed together
is an interesting experience, since you can see much more clearly how
the tubes meet, how the solder flows, what the joints look like,
etc. My first impression was that the bottom bracket joint looked
really weak, but I suspect that this was just my inexperience
showing. Later on we got a chance to look at an existing track frame
that Romic had built for a guy who later went on to win a couple of
national track competitions on it. After seeing a picture of the rider
who used this frame, I no longer had any worries about weak bottom
brackets -- this guy was huge -- he looked like a football player.

At one point we asked the owner how long his bikes tended to last, at
which point he wheeled out a bike he had built back in the 50's to
ride at the Olympic trials (the components had since been
upgraded). Aside from some strangely designed lugs (according to him
they were *forged*, not cast -- very interesting) the bike looked like
it could have been built within the last decade.

Romic offers frames in standard sizes and custom frames as well. Most
of the frames he builds are using Reynolds 531, but he'll use other
tubing as well on request. When we asked him about whether he thought
the newer Columbus stuff was any better, his response was "If you
can't win on 531, you're not going to win on that other stuff either."
True enough. They paint their frames with a Dupont Imron process. I
had never seen the stuff before; it's a really nice finish. They do
repainting BTW for around $150, in case you live in Houston and need
to get your frame refinished.

All in all, an interesting visit. Too bad there aren't any other bike
manufacturers in Houston :-).