Re: [CR]Mark Dinucci 57 cm bike on eBay...

(Example: Production Builders:Peugeot)

Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2007 21:45:23 -0700 (PDT)
From: Donald Gillies <gillies@cs.ubc.ca>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: Re: [CR]Mark Dinucci 57 cm bike on eBay...

Marcus Helman 'doesn't get it' about this bicycle, a Mark DaNucci built in Portland in 1976, full super record, ridden about 100 miles.

Well, I can say, having recently struggled to part up my first full super record bike (a 1975), that at $1500 which is the seller's reserve, you'd be getting the frameset for free, given the quasi-NOS condition of most of the parts. The rear mech, pedals, and BB of this bike are worth $600, add in the seatpost and brakes and headset ($400) and you'll understand why $1500 is a reasonable price ...

And as for whether the details are 'right' on this bike ... isn't that irrelevant if the bike actually 'rides' as claimed? The thing about perfect-ride bikes is that in used condition they are invariably ALL USED UP. I have had that experience looking for a somewhat classic frameset, recommended by Grant Petersen. There are only 2 types of frames available : NOS, and worn-out, with nothing in between ...

So if the seller's claims about this bike are correct, and his back injury story is true, this may well be the BEST instance of this builder's craft in original paint that exists ...

Is there even such a thing as a NOS custom frame ??

- Don Gillies
San Diego, CA