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Old 12-24-07, 03:28 AM   #1
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Found Scwhinn Le Tour

i found this 86' le tour in an alley behind the local middle school.
it looked as if it had been dumped
i took it apart and regreased everything. its just my size too.

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i figure if anything this could be my bad weather bike or i could capitalize on the fixed gear market and flip.






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Old 12-24-07, 03:52 AM   #2
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it looks like the owner would want it back...
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Yeah, you sure some kid is not crying about his lost bike right now?
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Thank you for servicing my bike. Would you now please bring it back?
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If it wasn't in the dumpster, I don't think you should have taken it. Keep your eyes open for an angry parent or heart-broken middle schooler running up on you. The least you can do now is post on Craigslist that you found a Schwinn behind the middle school and ask for a description.

I've stumbled across a lot of bikes that "looked" dumped...but why take something that doesn't belong to me?
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the bike behind the dumpster thing is comin around here. Young folk figure its a good place to leave them out of the way, I guess. I the dumpster its trash picking next to the dumpster , you may have stolen it. Post a found bike sdd on cl and call the local police to see if it matches a stolen report.
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It may or may not be stolen, if it was in an alley it may have been dumped by a thief, or dumped by the owner, its a 50/50 chance. Id post an add and see what happens, dont post a pic just post a "Found Bike" add, if its someones "missing bike" theyll reply, when/if anyone replies have them give a detailed description and ask for a sales reciept with serial number, if not its yours
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I hate to say this, but in Ellensburg it's a good bet that someone stole it and dumped it in the alley. I'd put up at least a found notice on CL, and also let the police know. With luck, in six months it would be yours free and clear, and you would have a clear conscience.

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That bike looks way too nice to have been dumped. Put an ad in the paper or on CL
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Since I just did some dumpster scrounging I will say this.
You WILL know if a bike is truly discarded or if its stolen or misplaced.
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"It's the right thing to do"...Wilferd Brimley................ Man it'd be great to find a good bike; clean/tune it and give it back to the grateful owner..........you have an opportunity here............
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It may or may not be stolen, if it was in an alley it may have been dumped by a thief, or dumped by the owner, its a 50/50 chance. Id post an add and see what happens, dont post a pic just post a "Found Bike" add, if its someones "missing bike" theyll reply, when/if anyone replies have them give a detailed description and ask for a sales reciept with serial number, if not its yours
If someone can Identify a bike, why need to ask for a receipt and S/N? I don't have a reciept for any of the bikes in my stable and I couldn't tell you a S/N if my life depended on it.
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I can get you the s# of every important item (2) in my life..............you should be able too also. This is a perfect example why...........
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That's nice.

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just trying to help.............something EVERYONE should do...........
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i did put up a CL add right after this thread.

east hill: im in kennewick for the holidays

the bike was as grimmy as could be. hobo bars . flat tires. almost black in some areas. and the stem/saddle where past max insert.
to me it looked stolen or abandoned.

i dont want to be rude or anything but ive seen lots of threads where people show their found bikes
and everyone says what a great find it is.
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i did put up a CL add right after this thread.

east hill: im in kennewick for the holidays

the bike was as grimmy as could be. hobo bars . flat tires. almost black in some areas. and the stem/saddle where past max insert.
to me it looked stolen or abandoned.

i dont want to be rude or anything but ive seen lots of threads where people show their found bikes
and everyone says what a great find it is.
It is a great find! and hopefully it'll be yours to keep!
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haha thats what im talking about!
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I hope its a great find and a keeper too but in defense of the majority of the posters here you didn't say the bike was a mess when you found it. That and a before and after picture would have cleared a lot of things up. I hope you were not offended by some really well meaning posts and I will be happy to take it off your hands should you discover it was indeed abandoned since it looks way too nice to be a ( I can hardly bring myself to say it ) fixie or a bad weather bike.
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i did put up a CL add right after this thread.

east hill: im in kennewick for the holidays

the bike was as grimmy as could be. hobo bars . flat tires. almost black in some areas. and the stem/saddle where past max insert.
to me it looked stolen or abandoned.

i dont want to be rude or anything but ive seen lots of threads where people show their found bikes
and everyone says what a great find it is.
Well, you see, the problem is that you did such a great job of cleaning it up that we could not believe that anyone would abandon that beauty! You did a great job of rehab.

Hobo bars, flat tyres, grimy, AND in a Kennewick alley does indeed sound more like abandoned than stolen and dumped.

Now, if you'd found that in a Walla Walla alley, then I would KNOW it was stolen.

I'll have to tell my WW2 story one of these day .

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I can get you the s# of every important item (2) in my life..............you should be able too also. This is a perfect example why..........people say I am anal retentive.
I went ahead and finished your thought for you.
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for keeping serial #s????? I'd rather be AR that a.....(wanna finish this for me too??? starts with m and ends with oron)..............


try filing any kind of claim without serial numbers on collectible guitars, pistols, watches, etc.......not exactly anal when your talking about thousands of dollars........
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try filing any kind of claim without serial numbers on collectible guitars, pistols, watches, etc.......not exactly anal when your talking about thousands of dollars........

I think you are definitely more organised than I am! I only have the serial numbers because they're recorded back at my secret website. But receipts? I'd have to do a lot of digging for receipts... .

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Looks really nice, man. I hope you end up keeping it.
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For Comparison sake, Here is what a BEAT LeTour looks like. Wasn't abandoned, close, from a "Come and get it, if you want it, it's outside" add.
The frame pictures are after it was stripped and bound for the powdercoat guy.

And, of course some "Resurectio" after pics.......
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