[CR] Recently ended Medici & Herse

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To: <chasds@mindspring.com>, <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Date: Sat, 2 May 2009 12:37:56 -0400
From: Dale Brown <oroboyz@aol.com>
Subject: [CR] Recently ended Medici & Herse

Charles (& all):

You know, I think the marketplace is exactly correct in both of these:

- The Herse does not have the handmade lugs but everything else I can see is really pretty darn good and valuable. From what I can see of the seat stays and other frame details, this one is built to a pretty high standard, esp. considering the age. The racks will need rechroming (not unusual in a bike this age) but the patina is not bad at all on the frame. It will respond to gentle cleaning very nicely... It has the good cranks and stem. True the brakes are not brazed on but that is minor issue as compared to finding a Herse of this age in such almost-complete form. This is a very important builder with International appeal. With some TLC and chromework, this can be a very, very valuable bike. I am not surprised at the price at all..

- The Medici... what can you say about this brand? Sort of a poor cousin spin-off from Masi, with no strong following (apologies to members of the list who love this make, but I am talking $ here!) Badly rusted fork, low value components... Again, not a surprising price IMHO.

But who is to say what bike will sell for? Each of us have our favs and will pay what we choose to acquire a long-sought-after piece of nostalgia.?

Dale Brown Greensboro, North Carolina USA

-----Original Message----- From: Charles Andrews <chasds@mindspring.com> To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org Sent: Sat, 2 May 2009 11:48 am Subject: [CR] ebay outing: recently ended Medici


Someone scored a heck of a deal on this one:


times are tough. That was a steal, imho.

Charles Andrews Los Angeles

"everyone has elites; the important thing is to change them from time to time."

--Joseph Schumpeter, via Simon Johnson