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    Dr.Deltron
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    SOLD! . . . Mill Valley swap

    My "FIND" at the swap meet....

    Sadly, I attended quite underfunded. I get paid Monday.

    Sooo...with the $30 I had dangling in my account, I went to "window swap", so to speak.

    First item; cool looking red bottle cages en masse. $5 ea. I need 3 matching red ones for my Ferrari.
    Next were some cool black upwrong bars for $10.

    Then I ran into one of my old paintjobs!
    The "Mother of Pearl Swirl".
    Only $600, but the matching fork was gone.
    Traded for a new one in candy red that's threadless.
    The frame is an off white pearl color, so it was quite a clash.

    Now the things I couldn't afford.
    ~A beautiful pair of (unfortunately) tubular wheels with Phil hubs. 126 x 36 hole. $100.
    I tried $30 becuase I really only wanted the hubs. No go.
    ~Some nice Scott Superbrake calipers. $75/pair. Sad, twice my budget & he wouldn't go $30 either.

    But, amongst all the cool bikes & bits, I DID happen to spy one item of real interest.
    At first pass, I somehow knew . . . . . it would be mine. I knew no one else there would want it.
    2nd pass I spotted the price. $200.
    Not bad, but I figured it was open to "interpretation". But likely still beyond my $30 budget.

    So I left empty handed and headed over to see DirtDrop about his PX10.
    .....
    Now, more "funded" than before, I battled my way back across the Richmond Bridge to Mill Valley.
    Arriving at Strawberry Elementary around 1:00, the meet was wrapping up.
    I quickly dashed for the wheels!
    Seller had left.
    OK, where are those brakes?
    Yup! Same deal.
    The bottle cages? Packed up.
    Bars? Same.

    LAST item on the list . . .

    It was still there. The seller had waited all day for me to return. New price? $100!
    He'd even deliver it if I could pay the balance upon dropping it off.
    I hemmed & hawed. Decided to pass.

    Seller..."OK, I don't want to take it home! $30 and it's yours!"

    "SOLD! Thank you very much!"

    So here it is...a 70's Gitane mixte tandem boat anchor!!
    The left side drive is BMX chain, while the right side drive is standard deraileur width.
    Factory cantilever studs (one messed-up on the fork) and a rear drum brake.
    Even has the original chrome fenders!
    While I type this, my 6 yr old is taking parts off of it for me. What a kid!

    That, my friends, was my one (within budget) swap meet purchase.
    I'm happy, the wife's happy, are you happy?

    WHAT did you get there?
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    Awesome! Too bad the paint's so far gone. I wonder how you'll deal with that?

    Can't wait for "after" pics!

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    I'm glad you didn't stuff that in the trunk with my PX10!

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    And exactly how many of those were made? I have to say, I can't see a big market for them . But the day ended well after all...

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    Saw that tandem but had to pass, a lot of work ahead for you


    Sold both my Bridgestone CB-1 and GT Outpost at the swap to a nice guy. Picked up a derailleur and a stem

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    man I know a guy in town here that has a white one in supreme shape built for a tall man pilot (5'11"-6'4" say) and a short stoker (5'3'-5'6"). I wanted it, first tandem I have seen that looked like it was built for my girlfriend and I and indeed the owner and his wife were in the same height range. He wanted $150 and it looked to be in superb shape. Sadly I have nowhere to put it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by East Hill
    And exactly how many of those were made? I have to say, I can't see a big market for them .
    Hey, remember the "Theme from Shaft"? I know you do.

    Remember that part where the chorus sings "Shut yer mouth"?

    Classic.

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    Should be a real beauty with a repaint. Those Mafac cantilever rear brakes look to be in good shape.
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    you are the man...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Order
    Hey, remember the "Theme from Shaft"? I know you do.

    Remember that part where the chorus sings "Shut yer mouth"?

    Classic.
    If only I could convince Mr. East Hill to ride a tandem...then it would be perfect .

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    Dr.Deltron
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    Quote Originally Posted by ollo_ollo
    Should be a real beauty with a repaint.
    THANKS!
    That's what I'm hoping too.

    It's already been decided (by my 6 yr old) that it will be painted GOLD!
    And officially christened "The Golden Anchor"!

    Quote Originally Posted by ollo_ollo
    Those Mafac cantilever rear brakes look to be in good shape.
    You want them, they're yours!
    I have 2 pair of NOS that will go on the tandem.

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    Dr. D if someone can, you are the one who can resurrect an old rust anchor! Will you be able to make that drum brake work?
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