I am looking for an 80s era Colnago frame set that I can build up over time. 60-62cm frame.
I sent him a suggestion and then he replied with a more specific query:
Thank you for getting back to me. I have just started looking for a vintage frame. Its hard to describe exactly what I'm looking for. I'll know it when I see it, not too picky. The brands I am interested in are:
That frame you have is nice, I would need to strip it and give it a brighter paint job. My budget is definitely less than $500. I'm looking in the 200-300 range.
Lets keep in touch,
To which I replied:
There's quite a leap from Miele to Merckx. They are not usually mentioned in the same search.
With patience, you might find a decent frame in the $200-300 range, but highly unlikely a top brand like Colnago, Pinarello, Merckx.
I think you have to refine your search.
Cat 1. Colnago, PInarello, Merckx (good condition: $500, VGC $700+)
Cat2. Conorde (but beware, only a few are their top frames), Ciocc, Bianchi (ditto - they made masses of frames, good and mediocre), Bottechia (ditto), Moser,
Cat 3. Marinoni, Lemond, Miele (A), Panasonic
Cat 4: Miele (B - they made a lot of entry level frames)
I've never heard of Fluer. Who are / were they?
By the way, what would you look at that would tell you a frame was high quality or not?
And FYI (and IMHO), unless a frame is absolutely unrideable or trashed, beware of stripping and repainting a classic frame. It makes it prettier to look at for a little while but it wrecks the collector's value.
Repaints kill the value of a frame.
Do you want wall art or a "rider"?