I have a custom Mike Appel steel road bike from the early 80s and can't bear to part with it even though I don't ride much any more. He used tubing from various makers so as to tune the bike to its purpose and rider--no tubing maker decals on his bikes. Before getting this frame, I road a Cannondale. Took several minutes off my 25 mile TT with the new frame. Have ridden a lot of off the shelf bikes over the years and never found anything I liked better probably because the Appel was perfectly set up just for me....
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