RE: [Classicrendezvous] Firenze bicycle? WORST OF WORST!

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From: "Koepke, Mark" <>
To: "'Dave Feldman'" <>, walter skrzypek <>,
Subject: RE: [Classicrendezvous] Firenze bicycle? WORST OF WORST!
Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2000 22:34:50 -0500

hi, a sorry name, firenze; you'd thing all the florentines of tuscany would rise in mass protest. being from wisconsin, and of an age when firenzes were everywhere when i worked my way through college in bike shops, i can second (with mighty enthusiasm) david's comments. we generally told people that they simply weren't worth the cost of even a new tube and tire when they rolled in to the shop. and rolled was generally not the operative word with these, shall i laughingly say, bicycles. firenzes belong in the trash... put it back where it belongs! mark

-----Original Message----- From: Dave Feldman [] Sent: Friday, October 27, 2000 8:14 PM To: walter skrzypek; Subject: Re: [Classicrendezvous] Firenze bicycle?

This is truly a garbage bike. These were the lowest end of Taiwan's early 80's manufacturing. A home furnishings store in my area was giving them away with furniture and electronics purchases around 1982-83. You could have a free Firenze or a $25.00 discount. People who knew anything at all about bikes were taking the discount! Many of these had frame and fork failures with no abuse, genuine "JRA's." David Feldman ----------
>From: "walter skrzypek" <>
>Subject: [Classicrendezvous] Firenze bicycle?
>Date: Fri, Oct 27, 2000, 2:19 PM
>Question: What quality are Firenze framesets? I rescued a Firenze GL5000
>from the dumpster. It has low quality lugged tubing, one set of bottle
>bosses. Appears to be a 80s style set up. It has a little 5000 etched in the
>top of the seatstay near the seat lug. Decals say 1010 tubing, and also
>"made for Firenze of Wisconsin" It is is remarkably good shape. No dents or
>dings and rather clean. Anyone heard of this...anyone, anyone,
>Walt Skrzypek
>Falls Creek, Pa
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