My lust list is not very sophisticated. It is not based on the fine craftsmanship displayed in earlier non-investment cast bikes where lugs, BBs, etc were carefully sculpted by hand. It is not based on innovative design, of historical importance in either racing or the craft. No, the bikes I really want are the bikes that the giants of the road were using when I was first cultivating pathologic bike lust. Panasonic Team Raleigh 753 (built by O'donavan, preferably) As above, but earlier with Creada scheme A Moser as ridden by the man himself, the dark blue one with white headtube and panels Merckx in Team Lotto trim (Yellow and white) Miyata Team (or was it Pro?) Blue and Gold as used by those Koga guys An earlier bike I want is a model 3000 Benotto in that classic Champagne color. I think the Gis team rode these in the early 80's... AND ALSO of that vintage, a Gios Super Record And a 3Rensho from the early 80's, the one that looked like a normal Euro bike with normal lugs, but with giant seat stays. I came in a groovy ink-blue color with lots of chrome. May aslo have been called Super Record. Tom Dalton Bethlehem, PA
None of these bikes is a work of art, and I don't want any one of them because on any individula who rode them. It is more their association with the pro ranks at a time when those guys seemed so god-like. These four choices are among the most attractive bikes of that era.
ABB3330002@aol.com wrote: We all seem to agree on the Italians (Cinelli, Pogliaghi, Masi,etc) and Americans. But what about some of the great unsung Japanese bikes: Miyata Pro and Miyata Team, the San Rensho and what of the the short-lived but elegant Zunow (bluebird)? Alan Bernstein,NYC