MISC:   perjohn (French) Saddle posted by: Theo on 3/2/2008 at 9:43:59 AM
Would anyone have information about the provenance, reputation and ultimate fate of the the Perjohn French saddles? They seem to be of excellent quality and show up from time to time, but have little discoverably history that I can find. What bicycles used them?

Thank you all


   RE:MISC:   perjohn (French) Saddle posted by Lee on 8/3/2008 at 2:23:27 PM
I have a 1972 Frejus Tour de France with one, that I understand was purchased in New York. As far as I know Thomas Avenia in NYC was the Frejus dealer in that area at that time.

AGE / VALUE:   ZEUS 2000 posted by: Darryl on 2/29/2008 at 9:17:07 AM
I have an opportunity to buy a Zeus 2000 road bike from about 1980 vintage. Most components are Zeus with Cinelli bars and a Canpy Record rear large flange hub. It is fair condition with some scrapes and corrosion but could be cleaned up fairly well. Are these Spanish bikes in demand?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   ZEUS 2000 posted by David on 2/29/2008 at 2:35:48 PM
Rare and cool. If it fits you and you can get a decent deal, buy it.

AGE / VALUE:   circa '81 Medici Pro Strada posted by: Kevin on 2/28/2008 at 9:25:16 AM
Hi. I came upon a PRISTINE Medici Pro Strada that I believe to be from about 1981. The amazingly beautiful bike appears close to brand new, indeed hardly ridden. The tubing is Columbus, Record hubs, and I think a full NR group. After obtaining it I couldn't decide whether to hang it on the wall as to further preserve, or ride the heck out of it. I opted to ride, only realizing what I had feared: Its just a bit small. It is a 55cm. Any idea of the true value? You really have to see it, and I can post/ send out pics, though I am not sure they will do justice. The derailleur cables, for example, have a matching yellow coating (not housing, mind). PRISTINE. Once getting idea of its value, I will try to find a buyer. Thanks

   RE:AGE / VALUE: circa '81 Medici Pro Strada posted by Warren on 2/28/2008 at 4:58:28 PM
The only true value is in the mind of a buyer. It's a hard marque to assess because it was likely made by an ex-So Cal Masi frame builder so it may be a real sweet bike. Anywhere from $800 to $1800?

That opinion is worth exactly 2 cents.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   circa '81 Medici Pro Strada posted by David on 2/28/2008 at 6:06:29 PM
Too small for me. You will probably get the best price on Ebay, but study auctions (sporting goods/cycling/road bikes) and learn how to put together an effective posting.
Good luck.

   RE:AGE / VALUE: circa '81 Medici Pro Strada posted by Kevin on 2/28/2008 at 7:03:52 PM
Right, the ex-Masi Builder being Simonetti, who also built in So Cal I believe under the name Medici up until the 1990s sometime. Is there any reason to assume that he did NOT build theis frame? Thanks

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: circa '81 Medici Pro Strada posted by Warren on 2/28/2008 at 7:31:52 PM
Like Masi, most quality shops employ associate builders or apprentices. If you can contact Simonetti and he confirms that he built it, then you have true provenance and the value can be much greater.(I hesitate to say "poor mans Masi) Worth a few phone calls?

So many great builders came through that Carlsbad operation and it's worth tracking all of the bikes and their builders originating from it.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   circa '81 Medici Pro Strada posted by jorgensen on 3/1/2008 at 10:15:04 PM
Simonetti was not the "builder" probably did assist in cutting lug windows and stuff MAYBE filing, Mike Howard was the guy with the torch and the framebuilding experience. When he went off to jail, Simo Cycles closed down basically, no welder, brazer, framebuilder.

Mike was capable, the frames from this time were still when he had interest, but the fork might be a Tange "buyout", not that this is bad, just how they were surviving, Mtb's were the rage by this time, Stumpjumper...

These bikes get short shrift, they are well constructed, similar in design to Masi, just no cache. I have one, I got it CHEAP, a bike with little use a few years ago. So it goes.

FOR SALE:   Vintage cycling parts posted to Ebay posted by: Peter Naiman on 2/26/2008 at 2:43:41 AM
I've posted quite a few new items to Ebay with more to follow in the coming days until my parts drawers are a bit lighter. I've atleast three great Hetchins from the 1950s coming my way, and they are completely built so I can sell parts I thought I needed. Not a ton of stuff, but nice vintage items. My auctions can be viewed at the URL below:


Best regards,
Peter Naiman


MISC:   Nice Sunbeam on ebay posted by: Warren on 2/24/2008 at 6:24:57 PM
You don't see many Sunbeam racers around...item #200202271180