I'm in accord with Charles here. If you want to part out an old Raleigh or such, go for it. Mid-70's Campy parts, Cinelli bar and stems, etc. can be found on Ebay and the F&F can be reassembled to catalog-correct specifications. Not so for the Herse mentioned here, she was was murdered and forced to be an organ donor. It will be impossible to put the original pieces back on her. It's depressingly ironic that a bike originally designed to be more than the sum of her parts lies now dismembered, her pieces rendered hither and yon to maximize her value, in complete opposition to her original ideal. Although it pains me to see early 70's Colnagos and such parted out of their pantographed parts, the dismembering of this bike is a far greater sin. It just seems an affront to her original purpose. Of course, all this is my opinion. I could be wrong and my friends point out that I frequently am. Also, all the precceding is assuming that the parts being sold by Grant are original to this F&F. My humble apologies if they are not.
George Allen Lexington, Ky USA
Charles Andrews wrote:
>Seems to me it's a real crime to have parted out that bike. But Grant
>Handley knows better than anyone what this stuff is worth. He's sold
>most of his stuff to Japan over the years, for extremely high
>prices..and I can only guess that he felt that this bike would fetch
>more in pieces, since it's not a good size for Japan.
>But it's still a crime to have done what he did. I couldn't have done
>It might not have sold for 6500 complete. But so what? Some things are
>more important than money. Although, not to everyone, apparently.