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In 1984 when I purchased my Ritchey Equipe for around
CDN$ 1200, the frame of which was at that time was fabricated in Japan, I looked at the Ritchey publication and remember that the pricing of their custom made
mountain bikes ranged up to $5000.
We lived in Palo Alto since 1974, my Dad was a School principal there and I graduated from Paly High. My parents knew someone in Tom’s family who went to the same church. My Dad passed 3 years ago and I have his Ritchey that was custom built by Tom in His mom’s garage, I think in 1975 or 76. My Dad bought me a frame from Tom, I think in 1976 or 77. I recall going to his mom’s house, he held his hip against mine and as far as I recall that was the only measurement he took. I’m interested in selling both bikes, what type of price range should I place them at. They have definitely been ridden, I think my dad was riding his up into the late 90’s and I was riding mine up to about 4 years ago. Neither has been crashed and both only have slight nicks in the paint. Many Thx
A friend had one if these that was fillet brazed and gorgeous. We were all jealous. Tom Richey‘s innovations on these early bikes included squashing the seat tube at the BB to make it wider for better BB Stiffness. Something that was picked up by many subsequent builders.
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