Thursday, November 17, 2011


Or at least used.
Frames I mean.
In addition to looking all over the creation and under every stone and coral head, one of my other options in this Quest for the Frame(QFF) is looking for something vintage.
The thing about vintage frames is that there are like a GAGILLION of them out there, unfortunately only like three of them are my size.
Okay I exaggerate, there's like maybe five frames out there in my size.
Another unfortunately as all five of them are still being ridden.
Take the Celeste Devil for instance.
Ever since I got it, I've sort of been on the look out for another, maybe nicer frame, but so far nothing.
Oh once in a while a 49 or a 50 pops up but it's usually in not very good condition.
Don't think I've only limited my search to Celeste Devils either.
I mean I've been looking at every marque under the sun, and then the ones that aren't under the sun too!
Seems like short bicycle riders of the world have united and taken over every small frame available.
I don't blame them, I would if I could too.
Now I don't know enough about some of the marques like say Daccordi, Fagin, Olmo, etc. to make an informed decision.
I'm sure I won't and can't make a mistake going with something like this:

Or this:

Okay, those frames aren't my size but I guess I could keep a lookin and a waitin until something similar comes up.
The thing is, those types of frames ain't exactly cheap and if you've been following along at home you, the reader, already know that it's like a $150 to ship a frame here if I go with a private sale.
Now I don't know about you but I gotta have like an enormous infatuation in order to spend that much on shipping.
I figure though, a nice vintage frame might be worth it.
I mean it's not like you can get them any more and I kinda like old stuff.
Coolness factor if not bling, is high.
Again though, there is the sitting and waiting for something to drop into yer lap.
Yes, I know good things come to those who wait, but some of us just don't have the patience.
If you know what I mean.
Now the thing that is making this QFF difficult is my decision to only have two bicycles.
Of the road type I mean.
Not counting the Celeste Devil either.
So this is sort of like the Quest to end all Quests.
For frames anyways.
I mean I want this to be the last time in this lifetime that I need to search out a frame.
I don't want to be thinking about "oh I should have gotten that" or "I should have gotten this."
Vintage is not out of the question, but it will have to be something pretty darn exciting and kewl for me to go there.
This morning though, as I was doing my glazing, I think I got a sign from the bicycling gods.
They were telling me to make more bowls, so that one day, I can afford this:


Steve A said...

My Falcon has a 49 frame. It cost me $29 plus shipping. Or maybe it was $49 and a 50 frame. Normally I ride 53 or 54. No carbon at that price and the Campy was low end.

limom said...

Shipping is one of the reasons why I can't play the frame game.
I just take too big of a hit.