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Nice Olmo for auction(11 posts)

Nice Olmo for auctionflying
Apr 30, 2002 1:26 PM
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1096869166

Not mine but I noticed it & the good price...so far
But if someone was looking for retro this reeks of it ;-)
that is great value so far....Spirito
Apr 30, 2002 2:39 PM
olmo frames are much underated nowadays - i remember the name carrying a lot of reverance and most have been proud to have owned one.

the one on ebay looks like a fine ride and im sure its value is held down somewhat from people's reluctance for tubular tires. if that worries you then equally good used clincher wheelsets can be had for reasonable prices as people are holding off wheelsets that aren't cassette hubbed versions either.

small coins stretch a lot further if you are buying a classic bike - it just takes a little planning.

and for many i would recommend they give tubie's a try at least once - its not as hard as it all sounds and most that try are more than pleased at doing so even if they go back to clinchers.
Nice Lugs tooflying
Apr 30, 2002 2:56 PM
Yup I agree on the Tubs & its all I ride even on my newer Colnago.

This Olmo has the nice long pointed lugs just like my Masi.
This is a nice bike. The more I look at it the more I see that it is also a great deal. If that price stays below say 500? The Campy parts are clean & even the rear dropouts look clean.
Nice overall.
Spirito, wouldn't you agree that almost all of once coveted...Djudd
Apr 30, 2002 4:17 PM
frames are completely undervalued. I'm 40 this year and I remember when Basso, Benotto, Olmo were the frames to have. Now I see the frames going for practically nothing. The love for the latest and the greatest has made the market for older classics a lot easier to negotiate for those that want to. Lucky us
Spirito, wouldn't you agree that almost all of once coveted...Walter
Apr 30, 2002 5:09 PM
I'm not Spirito but I'll go ahead and agree with you. In fact my retro ride is a Basso (described in a thread below) and I got the frame for about $75 on eBay. I'm pretty sure I was the only bidder.

I don't understand the rush to desert these frames either. A good SL or 531 frame isn't far off the mark weightwise when compared to new and features lugwork that'll break your piggybank into many small pieces if you get a custom builder to duplicate it for you. Spreading the rear triangle to 130mm is straightforward for a good shop so you can have your cake and eat it too.
Spirito, wouldn't you agree that almost all of once coveted...flying
Apr 30, 2002 9:59 PM
"""I don't understand the rush to desert these frames either. A good SL or 531 frame isn't far off the mark weightwise when compared to new and features lugwork that'll break your piggybank into many small pieces if you get a custom builder to duplicate it for you""""""

SHHHHHHHHHH ;)
I'm hoping not too many others realize this in the near future ;-)
Gives guys like us great deals as you described.
Not to mention you can still add a threadless carbon fork if you wanted to modernize a bit ;-)
Indeed, I am afraid that this boon...Djudd
May 1, 2002 9:18 AM
will come to an end when the rest of the biking world finds that perfectly good even great bikes are available for all under $600
basso viper.colker
Apr 30, 2002 5:16 PM
has anybodu heard of this one? and the masi 3v... there's guy around here with a white one so pretty.
'tis true......so many great bikes...Spirito
Apr 30, 2002 8:03 PM
frames of my era were casati, olmo, vitus, and only the colnago's, deRosa's and some pinarello's of my time reach fair prices in today's market.

the era preceding when i started riding with masi's, cinelli's, bianchi's are now well out of my reach and sensibilities.my two current bikes practically cost me nothing and were complete and perfectly rideable.

as a matter of fact i love nothing more than buying, stripping and rebuilding. i get more confident and enjoyment wih each one. if only i had room for painting.....

i wish i had more riding buddies starting out on a budget... i find it the greatest challenge to be given $500 to cover shoes, shorts, helmet and a bike. thats much more fun than building my now sold and parted sub 17lb 20 speed modern wonder.

i missed out on a 3 speed sturmey archer hubbed english made armstrong (reynolds tubing). $40 and shipping was only $20 as it was only upstate. it would have been perfect for riding around town. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1096630660

gotta be quick. might just check out more yard sales over summer.

tis true...lucky us. and if looked after they can only increase in value.

:-)
56cm?wooglin
Apr 30, 2002 5:22 PM
Does that frame look bigger than a 56cm to anyone else, or is it just the angle?

Sure is purdy, though.
re: Nice Olmo for auctionWalter
Apr 30, 2002 5:24 PM
Check out http://sheldonbrown.com/vrbn-o-z.html#olmo for some info on Olmo and many other vintage roadies as well.

Sheldon Brown refers to how large a maker Olmo was/is. I have some support for that as well. A few months back I picked up an early 70s "bike boom" special. A heavy 10 speed from Belguim called Del Romi. Never had heard of them but the bike had never sold and was still in its box and I figured it a decent gift for my father in law. All kinds of Euro components some such as the Altenberger centerpulls and plastic Simplex derailleurs are long gone from most rider's memories. The bike sat on a, still in fine condition, pair of Olmo 27X1&1/4 tires. Company definitely covered all the bases.