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If you had $1500-$2000. US.........(8 posts)

If you had $1500-$2000. US.........Ed_D
Nov 18, 2003 1:25 PM
After reading the article in Bicycling about buying an Italian bike direct and cheaper, it got me thinking. If you had US$1500-$2000, (I know that's not much, but that's all I could afford) to spend on a European bike that you would buy during a vacation over there, what would you get?
Another LOOK or Fondy!!!!(nm)funknuggets
Nov 18, 2003 1:52 PM
A custom US steel bike like Landshark nmPdxMark
Nov 18, 2003 1:55 PM
re: If you had $1500-$2000. US.........russw19
Nov 18, 2003 1:59 PM
Isn't this really a loaded question though? I mean you have to have the money to get to Europe in the first place. If you were to be going over just to buy the bike, you won't save anything. But you will get a nice vacation out of it, so I guess you do make out, but that's only if what it costs for you to go is balanced by what you save on the bike for going.

But on a side note, if you are looking to get a good bike cheap, try talking to your LBS. Volunteer some time at the shop in exchange for them letting you order a bike wholesale. Better yet, quit your high paying job to work for $6 an hour at the shop, then you can E.P. the bike. I can get a whole lot more of a bike for 2 grand than 90% of the people on this board. But my paycheck is probably lower than 90% of you all too.

re: If you had $1500-$2000. US.........LIBoy
Nov 18, 2003 2:12 PM
Litespeed Firenze...
going home (France) for Christmas, w/ 1500-2000$... US bike :-)PeterRider
Nov 18, 2003 2:33 PM
Going to pack and take my Bike Friday on the plane... made in Oregon, I paid 1800 second hand for it.

Well, from what I heard, prices of bikes are not all that great in France, so when I can have deals here I take the occasion.

re: If you had $1500-$2000. US.........gtx
Nov 18, 2003 2:41 PM
Don't trust anything you read in Bicycling. I'm sure there are some good shops in Italy with enough selection that you could actually find something you'd want on short notice, but I've never been to one. Anyway, if you've spent the money to get over to Italy, you want to be riding, not going through the hassle of trying to buy and set up a bike. I always bring my own bike when I go. If I wanted to buy an Italian bike I'd buy a a Colnago Master Light from Maestro in England. But if I was going to spend $2k on a bike it would be US built steel with Shimano...
re: If you had $1500-$2000. US.........djg
Nov 19, 2003 7:22 AM
Bunch of stuff might be tempting.

Colnago--bought my CT1 abroad and I'm not in the market for another, but at your price I'd be tempted by either an MXL or Dream Plus (or whatever has just replaced the dream plus)--you could do either of these in Centaur at your price range. Or you could just do mail order, which is what I did (maestro, in England, which I'd recommend--also, total cycling in Northern Ireland actually has some very good closeout prices on last year's Nag models).

Pegoretti--2k is tight, even at euro prices, but you might be able to manage a Palosanto or one of the less expensive AL jobs (there's a new "8:30" model).

DeRosa--the revised Primato looks kind of sweet. Not sure what you'd be looking at for Al.

Mondonico--made to measure?

Ciocc? Look (French, obviously)? Lots of options.