My take on the original(I believe) poster on this item, mentioning the smudge on the rear derailleur, was that it was meant in tongue in check.
Usually tongue tied, I do remain,
Tom Hayes Very wet, Chagrin Falls, Ohio USA
On 10/17/06, Donald Gillies <email@example.com> wrote:
> Today, $3000 will get you a richard sachs frameset and about 1/5th of
> a campy record 2006 build kit. With this bike, you don't have to wait
> 2.5 years ... *grin* ...
> I'm sure Richard Sachs spent at least 200 hours stressing out over the
> parts acquisition. Since he probably spends about 20-30 hours
> building an RS frame - i believe - you are getting this bike at 1/10th
> of his normal price ... and a NOS 1971 build kit for $500 ...
> NOS 1974 Raleighs (pro, international) with yucky lugs and sloppy
> paint sell in the $2000 - $3000 range all the time, NIB. This bike
> lacks the yucky lugs and has REAL paint and can be admired in your
> living room, unlike most raleighs ...
> I didn't even notice it was the RS frame until the 3rd posting on the
> subject ... I didn't know for sure it was sarcasm until the posting
> just now ... This is probably one of the most famous MASI's in
> existence, given all the articles written by Richard Sachs and all the
> free PR the bike has received - appearing as a celebrity bike on
> http://www.richardsachs.com/articles/rsachsperiod.html ...
> - Don Gillies
> San Diego, CA, USA