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    Vintage Ritchey -- Should I Ride It or Hang It?

    Friend gave me her Dad's road bike that Tom built sometime between 1978 -1980. It's basically in mint condition, not a scratch on it anywhere, looks like it's never been ridden. All original Campy Super Record (except the crank, front/rear derailleur were switched to a triple Campy Record sometime in the 90s, I can get the original parts to put back on). Fillet brazed. Super Champion Gentleman rims with Super Record Hubs. Cinelli bars. Matching Silca frame pump. Original Avocet seat. 56cm.

    Thinking to convert it to an everyday around town bike. But, does anyone think this bike might be rare or special enough to hang and keep it like new?







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    Wow!!! Nice gift!

    If it fits you, ride it. Ride it gently, but ride it.
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    Ride it.

    Be nice to it, but ride it!
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    Stop asking how much it weighs and just go ride it.

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    Agreed, if it fits you reasonably well, ride it, and be nice to it, for it is indeed, a very special bike, (and an utterly gobsmacking gift).

    But doing some goofy daily rider commuter city bike conversion on it would not only be a waste, it would border on the sacrilegious.
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    Wow, enjoy that bike for sure.

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    Damn, thats a pretty good friend, please appreciate it.

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    Get the original parts. Even if you don't install them back on the bike.

    Don't even think about converting it to a town bike.

    Do you even have a clue what a mint and basically unridden late 70's Ritchey would sell for?

    Has to be somewhere between $5K-$10K.

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    A bike that unique deserves to remain in its original intended setup. Modifying it would be like putting a wing and low-profile tires on a 60s Ferrari.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spectre View Post
    A bike that unique deserves to remain in its original intended setup. Modifying it would be like putting a wing and low-profile tires on a 60s Ferrari.
    As long as he keeps the parts neatly stashed in case anyone wants to rebuild AND newer parts need no modifying like spreading stays... itīs ok.
    That bike is not only valuable but smooth riding and fast. Why keep it a garage queen?
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    Yup, what good is a bicycle not being ridden? I could perhaps see a #1 bike or other notable bike preserved as a museum piece, but bikes deserve to be ridden. Just like classic cars, I love to see vintage cars well cared for but also being driven.
    Take good care of that bike, but ride it! Perhaps put a good coat of wax/sealant on it and use some frame protection tape and rust preventative inside.
    An please don't leave it somewhere unguarded and unlocked. It would be a shame to have it stolen, and odds are if it gets stolen it'll be some lowlife who doesn't know what it is and it'll get thrashed, weird parts replaced, paint/decals stripped or painted over, change hands for a couple hundred bucks and dissappear.

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