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  • Mike

    Quite a story and it probably rings a bell with many people on here. I have a steel, Campag’ equipped bike that will never be sold unless one of my kids needs a new heart. And even then …..

  • Allez Rouleur

    Awesome story! Really great piece. One correction, which can’t be corrected…I was a senior in high school in BingHAMton, New York in 1997. No “p,” Adam, no p:) I’m guessing he was there to race the Chris Thater Memorial criterium and road races? And Binghamton was glamorous, just like Buffalo, once upon a time. Largest IBM in the world was there, large highly technical workforce too. Capitalism has done away with that. Anyway, glad your bike is back in your possession!

    Gotta love rich guys who pass on awesome bikes to us mainly used bike buyers. I have a 1990 Tommasini Diamante that I picked up second hand. I don’t know the full story behind it, but I highly suspected it was an investment type fella working in NYC and living in CT. My bike arrived, in 2010, with original Continental 3000 tyres, an early Specialized BG saddle, Campa clips and straps, a full C-Record Gruppo, early Campa clincher rims (insanely hard to mount tires!) and a Sigma computer with…60 km, which I’m guessing is the total it was ridden. It’s in immaculate shape and a dream to own. Best bit is that it must have sat for a year, as it’s the only 1990 frameset I’ve seen with non-DT shifters. Very happy about that. Also, the serial number is in the low teens, which I’m guessing means it was very likely the XX one shipped from Italy to the U.S. distributor that year.

  • 2wheelsandme

    Keep the stories like this coming! I used to build frames in the 90’s myself, and have had a couple come back to me. I have also run into people riding them that weren’t the original customers! That’s always an interesting conversation.

  • Mark Blackwell

    Great story, more like this please!

    I have similar regrets about a bike I sold in 1992, but no great tale of reconnecting with it. A Kevin Perkins hand-built frame using Columbus Max tubing, which was shaped to resist the various pedalling forces and well ahead of its time in that regard. Eight speed Dura-ace with STI levers, back when shifting from the handlebars still made the rider on your wheel stop and take notice at your unexpected shift… It was my out and out dream-bike, when my bike was easily my largest asset, and I so wish I still had it.

  • Jäybe Jäybe

    Simply amazing. What a story!

  • Gavin Adkins

    Great yarn. I was particularly interested in Sachs’ comments about Myerson being a great sponsored rider (“he always was available to speak to people about the brand, to give interviews, and he got results. He was always in the money or in the news story”). For me, that is probably the highest compliment you can pay to a *professional* bike rider. My impression is that much of the development/institute/pathway cottage industry does not take these softer skills anywhere near seriously enough. To adapt one of Sachs’ lines, in order to be a pro, you’ve gotta give good brand atmo.


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