i am happy to report that the super was purchased tonight, using the b.i.n. option, by one of our own, mr. ken denny. i am gratified that a recognized experienced collector and cr colleague, is the new owner of one of the best bikes in my collection - or rather, formerly in my collection. i trust that a buyer from this list will give my former bike a good home - to me, that means keeping the bike's identity and integrity intact, with only correct and appropriate changes being acceptable. in this particular case, that would mean keeping the bike as is or possibly fitting it with a period-correct wheelset (such as high flange nr hubs laced to ; maybe also down-tube shifters if that is the owner's preference. it would not mean attaching shimano, sugino or record-c (or is it c-record?), and or repainting it in a non-original scheme. and it would certainly not mean dismembering it and selling it for parts. obviously the new owner can do as he wishes, but there are expectations that i believe are implicitly understood. i can see the new owner putting this bike's components on a definitely-1972 frame and refitting the probably-1973-or-1974 frame with period-correct nuovo record components, but i would prefer that he not do this. i believe that this frame, albeit a 73-or-74, was originally fitted with the existing 72-vintage components. if i am correct, that's the way it was setup by somebody in the colnago shop, and i would like the bike to remain that way.
somebody here said not long ago that our bikes don't belong to us, or only to us, but to history and/or the the world's bicycle enthusiasts (something like that, i hope i got the gist of it). i am clinging at the moment to this thought in order to alleviate the feelings of loss that i feel (read: seller's remorse). i sold it because i need the money, and being well preserved example of a desirable on-topic bike, i chose it for the auction block, confident that it would sell. i am grateful for the compliments as well as helpful comments regarding the hub/skewer/date