Greetings to all. I am a newbie. Got on the list about 3 weeks ago bu t just managed to gather enough courage to write - very scary with so many pro 's around. Was also initially overwhelmed by:
1. The amount of emails in my inbox (work email) everyday - but now, I' m good at scanning through them and clearing my inbox; and 2. The amount of information that I have been so ignorant of. My exper ience and interest in bikes are somewhat limited to the 80's and thought I kn ew quite a bit about bikes but realized that there's so much that I didn't know esp earlier bikes. A bit like a horse with blinkers on all these years .
Now, a few newbie questions:
1. Is there a rule of thumb or some rough guidelines to tell whether a frame has been resprayed or whether it still has the original paint? Of cour se, no issue for battered frames but some close to NOS condition frames, say f rom the 70's would be a potential concern.
2. Why is Daccordi not on the Classic Rendezvous site? I don't have a Daccordi (I have a Zeus, Masi and Colnago Master) - just thought that t hey look nice and was a name I saw quite a bit growing up in the 80's.
3. KOF. Yes, I know it stands for Keeper of the Flame but what does th is mean? Something to do with a torch flame??
4. Cinelli Laser - missed one on Ebay not long ago and don't see them v ery often. Any mint condition frames/bikes out there for sale?
5. I think I know the answer to this but....is there any way to stop ru st? I hang my bikes on my wall. HK is very humid but I have dehumidifiers on most of the time. However, the chrome parts on my bike do show signs of rus t. I suppose I should be polishing them more often but just wondering if the re are other preventive methods out there.
In terms of the contentious cut-off date of 1983, well, I would think t hat steel bikes after that would be worth talking about as well. Personall y, I don't care about aluminum, titanium or carbon frames (eventhough my eve ryday ride now is a Colnago C40) because their construction methods are just too different to the steel lugged frames, which I'm crazy about.
I hope I didn't break any rules by asking so many questions in one emai l - just didn't want to flood your inbox!
Eryck Su Hong Kong, China
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