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    Sekai project advice?

    Hi all,

    Just picked up a Sekai 2000 Super Sx--probably late '70s or early '80s (SunTour VGT Luxe, Sugino SuperMaxy crank)--at a garage sale for $2.50. The bike is in okay but not great shape--some surface rust on the frame, all components in good working order. The question is what to do with it? I couldn't leave it there for that price, but (perish the thought) think I actually have all the bikes I need at the moment.

    I know it's not really worth much, and that I could part it out and maybe make a few bucks on eBay, but since it's in my size am thinking it would be good for a project. Any thoughts on what might make a fun project with it?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Just a suggestion, stash the frame for a future project, upgrade your other bikes with some of the better components and put the rest on the trade thread ?

    Or put it away for a winter wrench fest ?
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    When I buy a project like that I remove all the components, clean & lube them, use Naval Jelly to spot remove rust. Then rep,ace cables/housings, brake pads & chain if it needs. Wash/wax frame, repack headset & bb/ adjust. Wheel hubs repack, tires if needed.

    So so basically address all the systems & ensure they're safe & in decent order. Is it rideable as is? You may want to ride it a bit before you jump in feet first. Oh, new bar tape too.

    Of of course you should post photos here before/after.
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    If it were mine, I'd probably do the minimum amount of service possible and use it as my beater.. those 2000's have a very nice ride and aren't exactly special. At $2.50 though, can't go wrong.
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    I'd part it out and donate the frame to the co-op. Many low end bikes from that era came with nice components.

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    Youch, that's so cheap I can't see how you can pass it up. Since it sounds like the whole bike is there, you have plenty of bikes, and clearly have the know how... I say keep it all intact and flip it with an emphasis on 'speed' and not flawless restoration. I personally enjoy the process and knowing something old gets to stay as it was for another 20 years of mild use and abuse =)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3speedslow View Post
    Just a suggestion, stash the frame for a future project, upgrade your other bikes with some of the better components and put the rest on the trade thread ?

    Or put it away for a winter wrench fest ?
    Yeah, what he said... especially since it sounds like you've got enough projects?
    Or if you're near the Twin Cities, sell it to me and quadruple your money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by henryspencer View Post
    Hi all,

    Just picked up a Sekai 2000 Super Sx--probably late '70s or early '80s (SunTour VGT Luxe, Sugino SuperMaxy crank)--at a garage sale for $2.50. The bike is in okay but not great shape--some surface rust on the frame, all components in good working order. The question is what to do with it? I couldn't leave it there for that price, but (perish the thought) think I actually have all the bikes I need at the moment.

    I know it's not really worth much, and that I could part it out and maybe make a few bucks on eBay, but since it's in my size am thinking it would be good for a project. Any thoughts on what might make a fun project with it?

    Thanks in advance.
    It's simply not possible to have all the bikes you need. Are you trying to troll the C&V forum, ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by henryspencer View Post
    Hi all,

    Just picked up a Sekai 2000 Super Sx--probably late '70s or early '80s (SunTour VGT Luxe, Sugino SuperMaxy crank)--at a garage sale for $2.50. The bike is in okay but not great shape--some surface rust on the frame, all components in good working order. The question is what to do with it? I couldn't leave it there for that price, but (perish the thought) think I actually have all the bikes I need at the moment.

    I know it's not really worth much, and that I could part it out and maybe make a few bucks on eBay, but since it's in my size am thinking it would be good for a project. Any thoughts on what might make a fun project with it?

    Thanks in advance.
    15 posts and you tell us you got a pretty decent C&V bike for $2.50?

    That's like catching a huge fish first time fishing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
    I'd part it out and donate the frame to the co-op.
    ... and then buy mine!
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    Thanks, all! As it turns out, now my son wants me to stash the whole thing until he's big enough for the frame, which is fine by me. We'll stick it up in the rafters until we can work on it together, which is just perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gugie View Post
    15 posts and you tell us you got a pretty decent C&V bike for $2.50?

    That's like catching a huge fish first time fishing!

    The answer my friend,
    Is blowing in the wind,
    The answer is n+1
    Thanks! Actually, caught a very big fish the first time, which was the Stella that I trash-picked and which is now my poor man's Rivendell. But this was a good catch indeed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
    It's simply not possible to have all the bikes you need. Are you trying to troll the C&V forum, ?
    Ha! Not trolling. Of course I need more bikes--a fat bike for winter commuting, a super go-fast Italian road bike, any of a number of other categories--but just not one that I can build out of this frame!

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    Quote Originally Posted by henryspencer View Post
    Thanks! Actually, caught a very big fish the first time, which was the Stella that I trash-picked and which is now my poor man's Rivendell. But this was a good catch indeed!
    I think you've found a home here, welcome!

    A few tips:
    1. Post your location. Doesn't have to be exact, but this C&V stuff is pretty regional, and we tend to share our crap.
    2. Get your posts up to 150 so you can actually get free some crap.
    3. Pics! If you don't post 'em, it didn't happen. Plus we get to drool over your finds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gugie View Post
    I think you've found a home here, welcome!

    A few tips:
    1. Post your location. Doesn't have to be exact, but this C&V stuff is pretty regional, and we tend to share our crap.
    2. Get your posts up to 150 so you can actually get free some crap.
    3. Pics! If you don't post 'em, it didn't happen. Plus we get to drool over your finds.
    Fair enough! Madison, WI, which I'll add to my profile. (And indeed, today's Sekai has the original Yellow Jersey sticker.) Will work on the post count, and will post pics soon enough. Thanks!

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