I was garage saling with a friend a couple weeks ago and didnt find much. We only checked out the sales on Elgin’s west side because we only had about an hour and a half to spare. One of the first stops was a sale that had several bikes lined up for sale on the driveway. They were mostly low end mountain/road bikes from the 90s ranging from $30-$40. I immediately overlooked them all and focus in on this bike that was hanging upside in the garage.
It belonged to the an older lady who bought the bike brand new in 1989 for $500. The emphasized hot great the condition was and she wasnt lying. Her husband worked on bikes as a hobby and always kept her bike in tip top shape. We worked out a very fair price for both parties and I brought it home, overhauled it and gathered new components.
What a fun bike. I have been blessed with these high performance vintage road bikes this last month and have definitely enjoyed putting miles on them. This bike initially seemed like it was a little bit too big for me but since it had such a small stem, it was a good fit.
I didnt put this bike on the market because I honestly wanted to spend sometime with it. I was also invited to join a team for Tour De Farms in June but needed an appropriate road bike for the event. If I still have this bike by that time, Ill definitely use it.
Originally, the bike had Maillard Hubs laced to Alesa Rims but I found a good deal on some Alex DA16’s and decided to switch over after a week. The wheels in the photos are the original Alesa Rims.
Ill definitely miss the bike when its gone. I got to do some good semi long distance rides with it and had some fun in Chicago over the weekend on it.
Who ever winds up with this bike will definitely be pleased.