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5 Vintage Road Bikes to Shop Instead of Watching the Lance Doc – Gear Patrol

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As we roll into the unofficial start of summer, we’re reminded that normally around this time of year, we’re gearing up for the Tour de France. After all, the race typically starts in June. But thanks to the pandemic, it’ll now kick off at the end of August. And instead, right now, we get… Lance.

That’s right. This Sunday, on the heels of The Last Dance, ESPN rolls out another Lance Armstrong documentary. Two questions: 1. How did they not call this one The Last Lance? 2. Can we just say we’re kind of over it already? No matter your feelings on his racing/doping exploits, just seems like we’ve heard enough from the guy over the past few years.

So instead of watching that spectacle, we thought of another way to relive the adrenaline rush of TDFs past: shopping road bikes from the Armstrong era on eBay! After all, a nice little ride is way more fun than sitting on the couch anyway. Here are five that caught our eyes.

Olmo Sanremo Columbus Steel Frame Road Bike

Come for the tricolore bar tape, stay for the Campagnolo Chorus groupset.

Buy now: $1,450

TREK Aluminum 1200 14 Speed Touring Bicycle

“This is a mid-western bike most likely with low miles.” In other words, exactly what you need to recreate Breaking Away in your own backyard!

BUY NOW: $295

Vintage Serotta Road Bike

This bike boasts a full Campagnolo 8-speed kit, but what we really dig is the ’90s paint job, which promises “a rainbow metal flake sparkle in the sunlight.”

BUY NOW: $1,100

Bianchi Reparto Corsa Titanium Race Bicycle

Campagnolo Chorus groupset, Shimano Ultegra 700c and a Charlotte Hornets color scheme, here we come!

Current Bid: $810

Trek 2004 Limited Edition Madone 5500 Tour de France Commemorative Bike

Trek released just 500 of these bikes in honor of Armstrong’s fifth consecutive Tour de France victory. With an OCLV Carbon Composite frame, Shimano Dura Ace 7800 Components and virtually new condition, we dare say #178 here has aged better than Lance’s legacy.

BUY NOW: $5,000

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