Interesting point to consider - one might argue that it is less "wrong" to part out this ALAN or the Colnago someone else mentioned, than it would a production bike like a PX-10, Schwinn Paramount or Raleigh Pro. I say this because ALANs and Colnagos were usually sold as framesets, so there is no "original" equipment which applies to an ALAN or Colnago model. One could part it out, and the new frame buyer could build it back up with completely different parts which would be equally "correct". The production bikes mentioned, on the other hand, had in a given year, a very definite set of specs, albeit there could be some minor variation due to parts availability at the factory. Whatever their virtues, Campy NR can never be "correct" on a PX-10 or Stronglight/Simplex an a Raleigh Pro or 70's chrome Paramount. That doesn't make Chuck feel any better of course. I have a 1981 ALAN Super Record which has the Zeus 2000 gruppo I had it originally built with, and I would never want it parted out, even if it were then rebulit with period-correct Campy SR/NR.
Jerry Moos Big Spring, TX
Chuckdds@aol.com wrote: Yes I agree that there are many differing opinions about parting out bikes. It is a necessary part of our hobby. I am not against that. I was just making a point of being deceived into thinking that the bike was going to a good home. I know, I know, I should not have put it up for auction if I felt so strongly about the bike. That is not what I am saying- It just saddens me when when parting out occurs like that. Anytime the whole is turned into parts (except in organ donation) it is sad. Like when I was 22 years old and I sold my 1961 Volvo P1800 coupe- serial #24! The next time I saw the car, the guy(idiot) had the roof cut off so he could have a convertible.
I know the Alan was not historically significant and not valuable. I was just sharing my feelings with the group. Some understood what I felt, others did with a caveat, and others did not. That is what makes this group so interesting!
San Diego, CA