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(X-post) What to do with $700?(11 posts)

(X-post) What to do with $700?The Don
Jun 25, 2003 9:03 AM
If you had a budget of about $700, and you wanted an Italian steel road bike as a second bike, what would you buy/build?

Context: I mostly ride my mountain bike, but thought an older Italian steed would be fun. Looks would be less important than structural integrity, index shifting is not an issue either.
re: (X-post) What to do with $700?african
Jun 25, 2003 9:36 AM
I have been looking into the same thing myself. An old/classic steel bike. I think for $700 you can get a great bike. I have been looking on e bay and there are some classics, try a search in cycling using the term "vintage" or just look for some classic steel bikes like, gios, de bernardi, ciocc, coppi, merckx, colnago, peugeot, raleigh, de rosa, masi, moser, viner, dacordi, willier.

Or up the stakes and get a new Fondriest!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm free for dinner on FridayKristin
Jun 25, 2003 9:52 AM
Pick me up at 7?
That's great. Where do you live?The Don
Jun 25, 2003 10:19 AM
I'm happily married, but I have a riding buddy ... great climber, fit, smart, funny, perceptive, wealthy, single, and lives in the SF Bay Area.
Charles Manson? nmeschelon
Jun 25, 2003 10:43 AM
Either you're high maintenance or...Fez
Jun 25, 2003 12:58 PM
that's a going to be a lot of food for dinner.
heck, for $700, I'M free for dinner on saturday! j/k nmJS Haiku Shop
Jun 26, 2003 5:23 AM
re: (X-post) What to do with $700?Fender
Jun 25, 2003 9:58 AM
check this link:

with the extra $500 you can upgrade to 105 or ultegra 9 speed and still have some cash in your pocket.
Okay, seriouslyKristin
Jun 25, 2003 10:15 AM
Take a look at the DeBernardi Aelle. Its gotten great reviews. Its a classic Italian, lugged, steel frame and retails for around $350. I'm not sure you could build it up for less than $700 though. I bought mine complete with Veloce at a shop for $1099. It weights 20-21 lbs.
Okay, seriously ded ex??????african
Jun 25, 2003 10:31 AM
IS that the fed ex ripped up one??
MoserI Love Shimano
Jun 25, 2003 4:30 PM
Hmm, have you checked the Moser frames? They are pretty cool.

For $700, I can easily build a classic bike here. But in the US, it will be hard to get one brand new...I guess.

Do the new italian steel frames come with those thingies that DT shifters attach to? If not, you might have to go get Ergopower or STI.

If you were here, you could build one with Suntour components (YES Suntour is still sold here..brand new but old stock) or those old old Campy stuff like Delta (YES brand new Delta components are still available). Shimano RSX DT shifters and Exage brakes are my way if I really really want to save money.

My frame would not have to be Italian, I can get a custom job for around $120. Total cost of bike would be around $500.