Re: [CR]Bike Boom Bonanza?

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Date: Sat, 09 Jul 2005 00:04:17 -0800
From: "Chuck Schmidt" <>
Subject: Re: [CR]Bike Boom Bonanza?
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Joe Bender-Zanoni wrote:
> A while back Chuck Schmidt often advocated that the garages of America were
> full of these hanger queens. I'm not so sure the quantity isn't diminishing.
> Its starting to be a long time ago and Ebay has given impetus to a lot of
> bike sales and garage scouring.
> Other shifts are occuring. I see less and less nice bikes changing hands.

I'm seeing more and more nice bikes changing hands Joe, making me very very happy. I'm seeing bikes come on the market that you would have had no chance of finding by looking in people's garages. And with new collector/bike rider guys amassing collections of bikes in the last five years I see them selling off parts of their collections as they sharpen their focus on what they found they really love vs. what others wanted so they thought they should want it too (a little confusing but I think you know what I mean).

For example someone who thought owning a Campagnolo Paris-Roubaix equipped bike would be neat but after obtaining one they found it's really wasn't their cup of tea and put it back on the market. Or someone who bought a curly stay Hetchins but then found Gillotts more to their liking so they put their Hetchins on the market.

The never ending cycle...

Chuck "your momma knows what you need, but I know what you want" Schmidt South Pasadena, CA

ps Anyone know of one of those ubiquitous Ron Coopers that Bikcology sold in the mid 70s in a 56 or 57cm?