[CR] Historic bike, but who's ?


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Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2009 16:42:17 +0000
From: nicbordeaux <nicbordeaux@yahoo.fr>
To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Subject: [CR] Historic bike, but who's ?


A small while back I caught a bike which has TDF history, most other classi cs, a nice hand build. Belonged to a well known figure of pro cycling in th e mid-late fifties. It comes fitted with some non-period correct stuff, lat e 60's /1970. The story is (true) that when Robic retired, he didn't make m uch of a reconversion, being very small he was even employed in a circus wr estling act as the ref, and the wrestlers would throw him out of the ring. He suffered from depression. He really hit the bottom. Even had his bike st olen. His contempory and good friend, owner of my bike, took him on, gave h im a job in his company. And not riding himself, lent this bike to Robic fo r "veteran" category races. The upgrades or rather updates were Robic's. So
   there's a kind of difficult question here which is do I leave the bike as it is with both riders imprint on it ? Or should I put it back to first own er's racing period spec, based on photos ? Difficult question. Kind
   of want's to make me give up on bikes and collect something simple like Pi casso. Plus I could probably do a better Picasso than Picasso, whereas I ca n't build a bike... Nick March, Agen 47000, Lot et garonne, France.=0A=0A=0A