[CR]Hand-me-down ... Need Help

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Date: Sun, 4 Sep 2005 21:01:23 -0400
From: "Brian Eng" <engman@gmail.com>
To: Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]Hand-me-down ... Need Help

Hi all,

I was suggested this mailing list as a better source of information from a Bike Forums user after I posted in their vintage section.

My father recently gave me his bike after years of neglect and I was hoping to get some more information on it before I spend money fixing it, which it sorely needs. I was told he purchased the frame from a shop in the 70's (early? late? I wish I could be more precise) and the components seperately. The name he said the frame was resembles Mirella the closest of the frame names I've seen. He also mentioned something about the number 4, I looked and couldn't find it.

Pictures: http://img252.imageshack.us/my.php?image=frameside8id.jpg - Side View http://img252.imageshack.us/my.php?image=framefront2ne.jpg - Front View http://img252.imageshack.us/my.php?image=handlebars17tf.jpg - Handlebars http://img338.imageshack.us/my.php?image=handlebars24kf.jpg - Handlebars again http://img338.imageshack.us/my.php?image=stem5op.jpg - Stem http://img338.imageshack.us/my.php?image=skewer3pc.jpg - Skewers http://img338.imageshack.us/my.php?image=hub6bf.jpg - Front Hub http://img136.imageshack.us/my.php?image=seatpost2it.jpg - Seat Post (says 26.4 patent campagnolo) http://img133.imageshack.us/my.php?image=crank9oe.jpg - Crank http://img168.imageshack.us/my.php?image=frontderailleur3fl.jpg - Front Derailleur http://img168.imageshack.us/my.php?image=rearderailleur3fl.jpg - Rear Der ailleur http://img168.imageshack.us/my.php?image=rearbrake3jl.jpg - Rear Brakes (front are the same brand) http://img168.imageshack.us/my.php?image=pedals6hb.jpg - Pedals

All of the dropouts are stamped "brev campagnolo"

Now I realize that asking what something is worth is frowned upon as per the rules, but what I really want to know is how much should I be spending on getting the bike useable again. Is it a can of krylon bike or something to get professionally redone? Do I buy top end stuff or pillage another bike from the thrift store?

Also what would be the best route to go for upgrading the brakes and wheels? Since the brakes aren't recessed mount like most newer ones and the wheels are 630mm instead of 622mm what would be the options for new components I could put on it?

Let me know if pictures of anything else would help and thanks for any help you can offer.

Brian Eng
Yorktown, VA