I posted a picture of this bicycle a year ago. It is a NOS 1984 Galmozzi. It was built by Angelo Galmozzi, a master craftsman near the end of his career, at the peak of his skills. It is a masterpiece.
Last week I had one of those life watershed moments, one of the realizations that time continues to move on no matter how much we deny it. I am 69 years old. A lifetime of broken bones, damaged joints and general arthritis has finally caught up with me. I still love bicycles, the machines, I enjoy refurbishing them, bringing out my vision of them. Riding a bicycle more than 5 or 10 miles isn't fun anymore - it hurts.
The current owner of the bicycle knew that I really admired it. Last week he offered to sell it to me for a very reasonable price. The surprise? What can an old man person do with an already perfect bicycle that he cannot ride? I stunned myself. I passed on the purchase.