• http://trailerparkcyclist.blogspot.com Tim Joe Comstock

    Beautiful Bike. To small for me too but buying gems like these is somehow obligatory. While I have yet to stumble across such a prize, believe me, I Have Hope.

    Good Work, Mike!

  • older1

    Wow, Mike, your bike is in drop-dead amazing conditon (after clean-up labor, I’m sure)!
    Even though I need larger frame sizes, also, I understand how difficult it would be to pass up a neglected, but quality, OTS at a garage/estate sale.
    If you have the space for it, you could simply hang onto it until you run across another OTS or stripped frame in your size, and just swap the components.

  • http://trailerparkcyclist.blogspot.com Tim Joe Comstock

    I was thinking the same thing about those components, Older1. But that bike looked so sweet I didn’t want to be the first to suggest such a thing. Although if she were mine she would be in the stand right now becoming a parts donor to my Big Schwinn.

    (Don’t tell her I said that, Mike)

    • older1

      I know what you mean, Tim Joe, it’s like we’re reluctant to ‘violate originality’, but unless it’s a rare collector’s-item/museum-piece, like a vintage Paramount, Ciocc, or something else with some significant provenance, I would totally condone any transplant project. Besides, if all the pieces are retained, they could always be swapped back into their original configuration.
      Part of the beauty of the proliferation of mass-produced, quality Asian OTS’s is a better chance of interchangeability, not like the high level of incompatibility between nearly any vintage British/French/Italian/US bikes made prior to the mid-80’s (or at least late ’70’s, anyway). If no one believes that, go ahead and try to restore an older Raleigh with a Gitane donor, for instance!

  • Scott W.

    I had a 1983 Sebring that looked exactly like this one!! I sold it at a yard sale about 15 years ago for ten bucks :( I wished that I still had it.