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    Ritchey content , what vintage ?

    I found this frame but cannot put a date on it.

    It has a bi plane fork, non slotted cablestops , campa dropouts, scalloped seatcluster , machined headtube , the parts are older then the decal set.

    My guess is an Everest 83 but the seller tells me there is no serial ...

    Is there someone who could point me in the right direction ?

    Thanks

    Stef


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    Decals are too new. Looks more like a Steve Potts to me.

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    Is that yours? It's really pretty.

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    It's one of the chicken coop frames that's been finished
    looking for 20-21" P team

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    it's not mine yet , i'am waiting for the seller to make a final decision.
    I also want to sure it's an early Ritchey .

    A " chicken coop" frame as in repro , replica ?

    Sorry but English is not my native language.

    Stef

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    Do a search for Cupertino Ritchey on vex

    There's a few pics on google of my unfinished one, and a few of other ones that have been finished with braze ons and paint
    looking for 20-21" P team

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    Ok thanks for the info,
    Not sure about buying it now , is there any difference ?

    EDIT: The forks are Padgett made and not Ritchey

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    Quote Originally Posted by hollister View Post
    It's one of the chicken coop frames that's been finished
    The reason I suggested Potts was that the fillets looked a little heavy for Tom's work. The clamp on stem looks more like a Potts, whereas Tom would have done a bullmoose. The cross brace on both the chainstays and seatstays appear to be flat, as on this early Potts. Maybe Tom did that too.

    1984 Steve Potts - a set on Flickr

    I don't know why there isn't a sleeve for the top of the seat collar since that was standard even on Tom's bikes from 1981.

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    Seems like I've seen this bike with this Potts stem somewhere on a forum in the last 4-5 years.

    Here's mine without the sleeve:


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    Fillet Brazed, you're right,

    I think it was one of the original 9 that Ritchey sent over to Gary Fisher and Charlie Kelly, in fact I think it was this one:

    An Original Ritchey | Retrobike

    I followed it on ebay with intentions to purchase, but the auction was cancelled and then re-listed with a buy it now price of $600 Monday night. It sold quickly. I was off-line and missed it. I wonder if it is one of the nine and if the buyer knows what he might have.
    Last edited by NDAAND; 11-06-2013 at 10:00 AM. Reason: add info

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    Wow!

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    nice needle in the haystack get some wheels on that gem

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    An Original Ritchey

    Here is a thread from 2009, started by CK - looks to be the same bike!
    They had to replace my metal plate with a plastic one

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    Some extremely fascinating history packed into this thread... Hit the links and learn yourself something.

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    How did such a significant bike lose its wheels in the time since CK posted it as complete and well-appreciated?
    Last edited by DoubleCentury; 11-06-2013 at 04:10 PM.

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    Hope I'm wrong, but most likely it was stolen.
    They had to replace my metal plate with a plastic one

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    Quote Originally Posted by NDAAND View Post
    Fillet Brazed, you're right,

    I think it was one of the original 9 that Ritchey sent over to Gary Fisher and Charlie Kelly, in fact I think it was this one:

    An Original Ritchey | Retrobike

    I followed it on ebay with intentions to purchase, but the auction was cancelled and then re-listed with a buy it now price of $600 Monday night. It sold quickly. I was off-line and missed it. I wonder if it is one of the nine and if the buyer knows what he might have.
    the bike in the photos was stolen. Looks like it might be the one.
    It don't mean a feng if it ain't got that
    shui.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider View Post
    the bike in the photos was stolen. Looks like it might be the one.
    Very little doubt that it's the same bike. It has the same Potts bar/stem, among other numerous similarities. I hope it gets back in the hands of the rightful owner.
    They had to replace my metal plate with a plastic one

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    That should be easy to trace the EBay buyer if it is. Ebay will help. Time to heat up the vise to punish the low life. I sincerely hope it is recovered and returned

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    Quote Originally Posted by rismtb View Post
    That should be easy to trace the EBay buyer if it is. Ebay will help. Time to heat up the vise to punish the low life. I sincerely hope it is recovered and returned
    Found the auction:

    Ritchey Bike Frame | eBay
    They had to replace my metal plate with a plastic one

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    Here's the link to my photobucket collection of photos of my friend's bike. Looks like a match.

    1979 Ritchey Photos by repackrider | Photobucket
    It don't mean a feng if it ain't got that
    shui.

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    If it indeed was stolen, somebody better quickly convince the seller not to ship it or it may be getting shipped outside of the country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
    If it indeed was stolen, somebody better quickly convince the seller not to ship it or it may be getting shipped outside of the country.

    I found what I believe to be the seller's website with contact info/address & forwarded it to CK via PM. (Ebay ID on auction matched the Ebay ID on the website)
    They had to replace my metal plate with a plastic one

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    Quote Originally Posted by cousineddie View Post
    I found what I believe to be the seller's website with contact info/address & forwarded it to CK via PM. (Ebay ID on auction matched the Ebay ID on the website)
    Yay, team! Go, CK, go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
    If it indeed was stolen, somebody better quickly convince the seller not to ship it or it may be getting shipped outside of the country.
    The seller's store is about 10 min from where I work. I would certainly be willing to go up there this afternoon to see if the bike is still there. Seller likely had no idea what she was selling so maybe she could be convinced to do the right thing.

    But I would first need confirmation that the bike was indeed stolen, and permission from CK or the rightful owner to retrieve it.

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