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Craigslist; just because.
 

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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
Posts: 17462
Location: Portland, OR

9/11/19 4:48 PM

Craigslist; just because.

https://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/bik/d/portland-59cm-650b-custom-randonneur/6975965387.html

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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
Posts: 4498
Location: Nashua, NH

9/11/19 7:23 PM

Ya know, I've always wanted a road bike with no ability to brake from the drops. Braking is overrated, anyway.

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dan emery
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 6278
Location: Maine

9/12/19 9:28 AM

Drop braking

I ride on the drops so seldom that absence of braking from there wouldn’t bother me much.

But nonetheless I hate those extension levers. I’m always on the hoods and want the levers there.

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KerryIrons
Joined: 12 Jan 2004
Posts: 2994
Location: Midland, MI

9/13/19 7:30 AM

Stiff frame?

Think how flexy that frame must have been before they installation of the twin laterals. It must make reaching for the water bottle kind of complicated. And those laterals add, what, a pound?

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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
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Location: Nashua, NH

9/13/19 10:41 AM

I would guess double that. The frame only 59cm, so they shouldn't even be necessary.

This was obvioiusly a custom build for someone with very specific - and to me, somewhat odd - preferences in their bike design and setup, especially in the cockpit. Aside from the weird brake setup, the stem seems to be at it's upper extension limit and the saddle looks low for this size bike. I'm not a fan of cantilever brakes, but I guess they were the only choice for this rig. The thought of a generator rubbing on a gumwall tire makes me cringe!

The drivetrain, OTOH, is sweet! The "hammered" fenders and leather-covered toe clips look pretty classy, too.

Strange brew.

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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
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Location: Portland, OR

9/13/19 12:43 PM

Strange brew indeed. Its is odd even for here...

Yester-jour hipster remnant?

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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
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Location: Nashua, NH

9/13/19 3:05 PM

The kicker is that he had it built, then rode it less than 10 miles. WTF?

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daddy-o
Joined: 12 Apr 2004
Posts: 3299
Location: Springfield

9/14/19 3:36 AM

It's a 59, local, take it for a test ride, c'mon.

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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
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Location: Portland, OR

9/14/19 9:18 AM

I average $2k for a new build, maybe a touch more. Used 1/2 that.. 4200.00? not I.

I kinda do appreciate it, like I might appreciate dursley pedersen.

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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
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Location: Nashua, NH

9/14/19 9:57 AM

It would definitely attract attention and comments, as it has here.

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daddy-o
Joined: 12 Apr 2004
Posts: 3299
Location: Springfield

9/14/19 12:36 PM

Who knows, it might be the new sliced bread.

Seller needs an agent, an informed opinion, your fee is a test ride. Put his house on your loop one day. Bring your Chuck Taylors.

Stop reading here Sparky.

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Obviously it's going to take all of us convince him he needs to test ride this overpriced buyer's remorse death trap and file a report. If each of us works an angle he'll jump on board. It's obviously fired his imagination.

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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
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Location: Portland, OR

9/14/19 1:16 PM

I rode one super low trail bike for a spin. This one certainly qualifies as short trail.

Even my 72 Paramount with 50+ mm rake unless some weight was in a bar bag was too weird for me. This beast is 7CM Rake and 32mm trail. You'd need to put 20lb up front before it probably behaves.

After I had a low trail rando go thru here, which I traded for a Soma Saga [more Trek 520 middle touring bike geom]. But I wanted to try it for myself. It went thru here so fast I never posted a pic even. ;)

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daddy-o
Joined: 12 Apr 2004
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Location: Springfield

9/14/19 2:53 PM

Ballast, who knew.

And I thought that contraption on the front end was for cargo. ;-)

It's fair to assume tor that price the ride-adjustment plates are included for the ballast-rack system.

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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
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Location: Nashua, NH

9/14/19 3:33 PM

"overpriced buyer's remorse death trap "

I'll have to remember this one, as it's bound to come in handy in many ways! ;-)

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dan emery
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 6278
Location: Maine

9/14/19 3:56 PM

Campeur

As alluded to in the blurb, this is a knockoff of the Alex Singer Campeur, built for heavy duty touring. This bike was not built by Singer, but his successors. It had normal brake levers. Scroll to the end. I might buy it if it included those uber cool Berthoud bags.

https://issuu.com/rizzoli/docs/acr87482899722944-22101

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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
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Location: Portland, OR

9/14/19 4:06 PM

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