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tempting....very tempting......vitus (ebay)(11 posts)

tempting....very tempting......vitus (ebay)Spirito
May 24, 2002 8:38 AM

very nice

very fond memories of sean kelly emulation in my younger days. i had a silver one with a mix of galli and dura-ace 6 speed and it was at once a classic although very different ride. i remember its geametry being tight but still being a great bike for loooong miles. different but brilliant.

this looks a nice one - no decals but its features are so distinct that it couldn't be anything else but a vitus. from memory the sellers weight claims are fairly true but a good parts list (more reliable) would have it come in at around 18lbs. remember that stretching the rear spacing (126mm) is not 6 speed only

i think everyone should try one .....i might try it a second time...

any advice on bidding on ebay? nmcolker
May 24, 2002 11:19 AM
sure ...tarwheel
May 24, 2002 11:53 AM
-- Ask the seller a lot of questions through emails on the condition of frame or parts, size, etc. If they don't respond or you don't like what you hear, don't bid.
-- Get seller to email photos if not posted.
-- For expensive items, consider an escrow service to protect yourself in the case of damage or goods that aren't as described.
-- If seller has participated in previous auctions (as indicated by numbers in parentheses after their name), check out his/her ratings by previous customers.
-- Watch an item you are interested in, but don't bid until late in the process. If you bid early, and it's something worth buying, someone will outbid you. An effective tactic, called sniping, is to watch an item until the last few minutes and then post a bid at that time if it's still in your price range.
-- Set a limit for what the item is really worth to you, and stick to it. It's easy to get caught up in the bidding and overpay.
-- Remember, the seller usually has to pay shipping costs and sometimes insurance.
-- Create a watch page where you can follow auctions of items you are interested in. Sometimes it's a good idea to follow several auctions before actually bidding on one. It will give you an idea of how the process works and the prices things go for. Generally, much or most of the serious bidding takes place near the end of an auction. It's not unusual for an item to have few bids all week long and then a whole slew of them within the last hour.
-- A "reserve price" means the seller has set a price (generally not disclosed) that he or she will not take less than. The auction page will indicate whether or not the reserve has been met. Items with high reserves usually don't sell or attract many bids.
thanks!now... is it easy to find 126mm rear hubs?colker
May 24, 2002 2:33 PM
what about cassettes,freewheels, shifters?
my first bike was going to be a vitus exactly like that one: blue. one size too small though... that one is my exact size. just like spirito's...
thanks!now... is it easy to find 126mm rear hubs?Walter
May 24, 2002 3:37 PM
Good eBay advice except in my experience the buyer usually pays shipping.

I've always been told that spreading the triangle of an aluminum frame is bad but if DHickey has actual experience I'll defer to him.

126mm retro stuff is not hard to find. It's all over sources like eBay and FWIW a Shimano DuraAce 6spd freewheel is the smoothest and quietest rear gear I've used and that includes modern Campy Chorus. You can get index shifting but no STI or ergo with 126.
you're right -- buyer pays shippingbianchi boy
May 24, 2002 6:43 PM
brain freeze
think about bidding like this....Spirito
May 24, 2002 3:55 PM
you walk into a party and the hotttest woman (man?) is setting your lust factor high. but the same goes for all the other men io the room.

so hang back and watch from a distance and pretend not to notice but look for clues as all the other herd of testosterone try and fail. yes its a chance game but you have to have faith and patience.

then at the end of the night when the cops come pounce in the last few seconds and invite her to join you for the side exit and make a getaway to your house.
cool as you like and strike definatively - women sense these things.

same for ebay dont play nickel and dime biding wars - watch the other sellers, study whats going on and set your limit price and enter it just before the bell.

you play to win - not to entertain yourself for a few days and make the seller richer by doing so. dont get involved and be prepared to win or lose - there is always another bike that will come around.

oh the woman at the party thing.....i have never managed to pull it off...yes im one of those guffawiing schmucks that run in like a bull, get a funny look and shrink to half the size before sneaking away to lick my wounds. so now i just get smashed and act like an idiot and refrain from asking the stunner who i wake up next to what happenend the night before. i am dancing on the inside but play it cool as you like!!!!!!
and on the rare occasion that i wake up by myslef i had

a great time and cant remember anyway - win or win ;-)

women: princesses, countesses, beautifull peasants and hangoverscolker
May 24, 2002 5:14 PM
yup. love games. most of the time i'm the schmuck. sometimes i'm "on", it clicks and i flirt any girl. the mystery is: why the "magic days"? i don't ask "why the bad days" cause actually those are supposed to be the norm.. why don't the magic days happen when i see "her"? some girl that could be the queen of my heart? when i see them, it's schmuck day...
retro classic confessions.
Rear spacingDave Hickey
May 24, 2002 3:02 PM
I have a 979 I use as my rain bike. It is NO problem spreading the dropouts to fit a 8/9 speed hub. It's still one of my favorite bikes.
Not so fond memories here.unchained
May 25, 2002 1:33 PM
A rear triangle that could not be aligned after a minor mishap, a mushy bottom-bracket, peeling decals, and a terrible ride. The Colnago Super SL that replaced it was far superior.

Sorry Spirito, but I think Kelly was great inspite of his bike. (Didn't he take his last Green Jersey on an SLX Concord with PDM colors?)
and don't forget...gtx
May 25, 2002 1:49 PM
a really soft front fork--hit the brakes at speed and watch them flex.