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Looking for semi-retro parts source(10 posts)

Looking for semi-retro parts sourceCaseysdad
Apr 11, 2003 9:40 AM
I'm about to start building up a 1981 Colnago Super - or should I say "re-building", as I'm purchasing it with a full set of components. I'd like to replace some of the existing, non-original components (stem, bar, etc.) with items that are more in line with the frame's actual age. Unfortunately, each local LBS that I've visited only stocks "modern" parts that just wouldn't seem right on this bike. Any suggestions for online or other retailers that might be able to help me out? I'm not necessarily planning on holding out for actual original components, though I'd like to at least stay in that ballpark.

Thanks!
Where are you?Humma Hah
Apr 11, 2003 10:49 AM
If you're anywhere near Pennsylvania, the Trexlertown Swap Meet is tomorrow, at the Lehigh Valley Velodrome. Anything you want! Swap meets are held at various places around the country, and are a good bet if you can get to one.

I've bought parts from sources on the internet, small outfits that specialize in old stuff.

keithsbikes.com
cyclart.com

I haven't dealt with them, but there are a number of others. Check out classicrendesvous, Campy Only, and other retro website you'll find.
Where are you?Caseysdad
Apr 11, 2003 11:37 AM
As usual, my timing is ever so slightly off. I live in Nashville, TN, but will be visiting family in PA just down the road from the Trexlertown Swap Meet starting next Thursday. Darn it all... Oh well, at least it's spring down here!
I belive I recall seeing ...Humma Hah
Apr 11, 2003 1:00 PM
... several bike dealers in the T'Town area. They were closed the day of the event, but maybe they'll be open when you are there. If I'm not mistaken, some of them carry vintage stuff.

One comment I heard while there is that the Amish, many of whom are cyclists, have a habit of buying up good old parts in that area. They probably have an active retro market there.
Paramountcurlybike
Apr 12, 2003 11:27 AM
Are you still interested in Paramounts? I have acquired one in not so good condition that needs painting. It is a 63 with a 60 top tube. Any interest? Has all Campy parts and is a 700c bike not a 27".
Hmmmm ... its way to big for me, but ...Humma Hah
Apr 13, 2003 8:52 AM
Actually, my stable is pretty full at the moment, although I've got a junker I'll probably give away soon.

I take it you mean a 63 cm? Way too big for me, although the other hardware sounds interesting.

I'm betting someone here would dearly love to have it and would not perform the sacriledge of robbing parts from it.
Hmmmm ... its way to big for me, but ...curlybike
Apr 13, 2003 5:26 PM
The top tube is got some funny (not good) looking rust on it that makes me suspect of the tube. I was going to strip the stuff off and put it on ebay(I know, bad karma). I am willing to give the frame away to somebody in the DC area, or sell the whole shebang. I figure that this is a mid 60's bike. I can't represent the frame as prime by any sense of the word.
Hey, folks, read Curly's post here ... old Paramount free ...Humma Hah
Apr 13, 2003 8:17 PM
I'd have to see that rust in person, but it would have to be pretty bad to compromise that frame. I've seen some of the pitted stuff CyclArt has restored, and its gotta be pretty far gone to be hopeless.

At worst, the bike could be restored to show, but ridden only gently. That vintage is certainly worthwhile.

Log on to keithsbikes.com. His website has a table of Schwinn serial numbers that will give you the year and month of production (the same list folks on e-bay are constantly trying to sell you). A 60's bike was certainly built by a very select and small group of artisans. I'd have to look up if it was Waystyn-built, or made in "the Cage", but its a special machine that deserves some love.
re: Looking for semi-retro parts sourcedesmo
Apr 11, 2003 12:36 PM
http://www.velostuf.com/

http://www.bicycleclassics.com/home.html

http://www.renaissance-cycles.com/

Here's a few good places to start. Also Branford Bike seems to have some older stock. And of course ebay, but I would check the retail places first so at least you'll know what the current market prices are.
Another source (Greensboro, NC)micha
Apr 12, 2003 2:27 AM
http://www.cyclesdeoro.com/