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Old 01-04-09, 10:32 PM   #351
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That's about the size I've been finding lately, check the vintage touring bike thread.. page 12 I believe? I want to keep the ones I have so far, but if I run into something I'll let you know.,,,,BD
ya I've seen them. Love the gray and red Trek. Good stuff, and thanks again.
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Found two loaded touring rigs for the price of one yesterday. Well, the Nishiki isn't exactly tour ready just yet.


Nishiki Cresta

Why can't I find that exact same Nishiki in a small size? *sigh*
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That sounds Great! Please do let me know if you come across anything 63cm-ish.
What is your preferred top tube length? I was also looking for a big (62/63cm) touring bike for my self for awhile. The problem I find with the huge majority of them was really short top tubes even on a 62cm bike. I mean 56cm and under top tubes on a 62cm. I bought and resold three of them (Schwinn Passage, Schwinn Voyageur, and a Raleigh something) because of the top tube size. I eventually found a Nishiki Seral tourer that had a 59.5cm top tube and kept it. I put the most mileage on that bike than any other of my other bikes this year.
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What is your preferred top tube length? I was also looking for a big (62/63cm) touring bike for my self for awhile. The problem I find with the huge majority of them was really short top tubes even on a 62cm bike. I mean 56cm and under top tubes on a 62cm. I bought and resold three of them (Schwinn Passage, Schwinn Voyageur, and a Raleigh something) because of the top tube size. I eventually found a Nishiki Seral tourer that had a 59.5cm top tube and kept it. I put the most mileage on that bike than any other of my other bikes this year.
Yeah, I'm the same as you, around 59-60 tt length. I'm 6'3" with more torso than leg.
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man, great finds! I've been looking for tall touring bikes FOREVER but nothing ever comes my way.
I was looking myself for a couple years, but couldn't find any vintage touring frames in my size that I thought were reasonably priced. I did eventually luck out and find a beautiful 59cm x 59cm Centurion ProTour, which I have yet to complete. However, it's too nice to tour in foul weather. Just previous to finding the ProTour, I built up an aluminum Nashbar touring frame. You want long top tubes? Check out their 60cm frame (the largest I think). It's got a 61 cm TT. I have the 58cm frame, and it's got nearly a 60cm TT, too long for me. I'm hoping either the Fuji or Nishiki can replace it, though at 57cm x 57cm, they're a tad smaller than I'd like.
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Old 01-05-09, 03:36 PM   #357
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Dawes RealmRider

Out taking a walk about 3 months ago, and noticed this Dawes laying in the front lawn of someones house. Was thinking later, "I should go knock on the door and ask about the bike..." But, I forgot.

Well fast forward to yesterday (1-7-08) and that Blue Dawes popped in my head!

I make a detour and swing over to where the house was, and sure enough, the bike is still laying in the front yard. I grab a piece of paper from my truck and leave a note in the door...something to the effect of: 'I noticed your old bike, I fix up old bikes as a hobby, if you want to get rid of it, I'd be happy to give you a little something for it. Thanks...)

I get a call today from the owner and she says, 'come and get it out of my yard. It was my husbands and he doesn't want it anymore.'

Can't beat free! It's pretty far down the list of clean / lube projects...but I'll post some pics in a month or so of it in its cleaned up stage!
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That fork looks like it could be bent, maybe some frame problems too?
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Couldn't agree more. Nice score!
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Found two loaded touring rigs for the price of one yesterday. Well, the Nishiki isn't exactly tour ready just yet.

Nishiki Cresta

Looks like a 57cm or so? If you decide you don't have time for another project, please let me know. I'm in SE PA and am looking for a vintage touring frame to build up.

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That fork looks like it could be bent, maybe some frame problems too?
Have you noticed that it seems that all the bikes people have been getting lately look like they have bent forks? What's up with that?
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Have you noticed that it seems that all the bikes people have been getting lately look like they have bent forks? What's up with that?
The folks who are throwing out their junk are keeping the bikes that look "right" to them, and trashing the ones that they either know looks wonky, or remember the accident they had on it, hence, a greater desire to trash it.

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Bicycling Magazines....

Just scored a complete set of Bicycling Magazines from 1974 to present. Not sure what I'm gonna do with them but I couldn't pass them up.

They're all in mint condition as well. Amazing.


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Old 01-08-09, 05:05 PM   #365
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Just scored a complete set of Bicycling Magazines from 1974 to present. Not sure what I'm gonna do with them but I couldn't pass them up.

They're all in mint condition as well. Amazing.


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Heh. I remember the first issue of Bicycling I ever bought, it was the one with the blue Klein Stage on the cover, probably from about 1981 or 1982.
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My LBS gave me this Calender since they know about my addiction to Merckx. I put that frame set (65cm and a catch in itself) next to it to show how big it is. It has a bunch of other pics of EM in various races. Maybe I'll post all of them once I crop them.

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My LBS gave me this Calender since they know about my addiction to Merckx. I put that frame set (65cm and a catch in itself) next to it to show how big it is. It has a bunch of other pics of EM in various races. Maybe I'll post all of them once I crop them.

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Picked up a 1988 Miyata 712 yesterday. Pic looks better than actual. Frame has a fair amount of scratches, but no dents or dings. Needs the usual new tires, tubes, seat and bar tape.

Its my size, so it might be a keeper (but then I have to let something else go). Depends how it rides versus the Peugeot P-300 that I need to finish.

This is my first Miyata find, although I have had several Miyata/Univegas.


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I don't know if this is a catch or not? Apparently they left town right after posting it. I saw it within minutes, yet have heard nothing since then(7 AM?) The ad is still there, so who knows if I will get it or not. Any clue as to what model it is? I looked through the vintage-trek database, but don't know what they call the color? Makes it a little difficult. I can see a little gold on the seat tube decal, so maybe Columbus? Did anyone else in Houston try emailing and get a response?,,,,BD

http://houston.craigslist.org/bik/988406032.html

Update....Might be an 83 400. The color looks close, as do the cranks. The brake levers definitely have that "Dia compe curvature".

http://www.vintage-trek.com/images/t...83/83Trek5.jpg
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I bought this from a crackhead in my neighorhood for $30. What do you think?



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I think you need to repaint it very soon, and file off the serial number in the process. If of course you're telling the truth.,,,,BD
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Ive got a posting on craigslist to see if I can find the owner. but this is san francisco, who knows where it came from or how long it has been missing. the tires were rotted, the front brake was bent really bad, it was pretty filthy, and they tried to peal off the decals, which are under the clear coat. so it needs a repaint badly.

hopefully I wont hear from anyone. does that sound bad?
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