This is my first forum post so go easy!
I've been riding since childhood, quick 15-30 mile rides a couple of times a week on an old Marin Larkspur Hybrid, but I'm looking to take my cycling to the next level now.
I recently bought this classic racing bike. It's a Geoffrey Butler (of South Croydon I believe - Geoffrey being Claud Butler's younger brother), from the mid-1980's I assume.
It has a 22" butted steel Columbus frame, Cinelli drop bars, Mavic GP4 rims, Continental tubular nylon tyres (700 x 22) and every component is Suntour Cyclone. All original to my knowledge and it goes like clockwork (on the quick testing ride).
Also included was the matching original bike pump!
I have a few questions for you more knowledgeable out there to help me shed some light on this beautiful bike:
- What specific model is it (more specifically then being a mid-80's Geoffrey Butler)
- I picked it up for £85, is that good price and how much is it valued at?
- If it were you, would you use this as your road bike (for the 30 milers and the odd 50 miler here and there)?
- Or would you store it and wait for appreciation, if any?
- Finally, the tyres being tubular, would you seek to replace the rims with modern ones that can accommodate normal tyres and inner tubes? I've heard these old tubular ones can be a right pain when punctured/need replacing (due to the strong glue/tape that attaches them to the rims).
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I'm eager to hear what you all think!
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