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Old 12-03-11, 12:47 PM   #7601
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Wow, that's a nice find randyjawa. Glad you were there to pull it back from the brink.
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Old 12-03-11, 12:50 PM   #7602
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Okay Randy, I know what you're doing. You're taking bikes out of your collection and posing them in dumpsters just to make us jealous, aren't you!
Aw! Who told?-(

Seriously, I often times don't believe the stuff I find at the Dump. I always wonder what the last nice find of the year will be. Up until this morning, it was my 1981 Raleigh Competition. Now it is the too big Marinoni, but that really doesn't count since it will not be a keeper.

And, of course, my favorite found at the Dump in 2011 bike, my Motobecane Grand Jubilee. Sadly, the flow will slow with the snow. Sounds like a Kung Fu poem, or something...
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Hello everyone! I am a longtime lurker but first time poster. Anyway, after seeing all of the great bikes that have been saved I finally get a chance to post a find. Today at a yard sale I was able to buya 1985 TREK 620 for 10 bucks. It has an Ideale seat (needs replenishing) Sachs-Huret/Shimano components and bar end shifters. It is going to need some work but it is my size so it will be worth it.
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Hello everyone! I am a longtime lurker but first time poster. Anyway, after seeing all of the great bikes that have been saved I finally get a chance to post a find. Today at a yard sale I was able to buya 1985 TREK 620 for 10 bucks. It has an Ideale seat (needs replenishing) Sachs-Huret/Shimano components and bar end shifters. It is going to need some work but it is my size so it will be worth it.
Wow, you STOLE that thing, it would have been a great deal at 10x the price!! Hope you enjoy it!
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Thanks, it looks a little rough right now, but I can't wait to fix it up. This is the first decent road bike I have ever found at a yard sale or anywhere locally for that matter.
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Thanks, it looks a little rough right now, but I can't wait to fix it up. This is the first decent road bike I have ever found at a yard sale or anywhere locally for that matter.
You lucky duck. Haha.
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Wow, you STOLE that thing, it would have been a great deal at 10x the price!! Hope you enjoy it!

SCORE OF THE MILLENIUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


...you mean 25x the price... ... Reynolds 531 frame & forks. Nice, long chain stays ....

It's like finding a nice '57 Corvette for a grand. Worth putting some money into.

Check out this website: http://www.adventurecycling.org/

You definitely need to start thinking about planning some tours, if you haven't already.

catalog page: http://vintage-trek.com/images/trek/85TrekTouring.pdf
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I found this 1977 Fuji Grand Tourer frame in a local flippers junk pile, frame only. I swapped him a few frames and components for it. Before I repaint it this spring, I took it out for a spin yesterday. Suntour Mountech FD (in case I triple the chainring) and a Suntour 7GT RD like the original had. A very light bike, despite the barn door proportions. Fork shows the forks original color was blue, but I may be going to the catalogue for some options.
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Old 12-04-11, 08:27 AM   #7609
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(Copied over from the vintage mountain bikes thread; seemed appropriate for this one as well.)

I grabbed this Giant ATX 760 from the town dump day back in October. It was about the most ate-up bike I've ever seen: middle ring worn to nothing, chain worn out, cassette chewed up, front derailleur cage worn through on the inside, brake levers gouged, frame scratched and tired but not dented, every bearing gritty and loose, tires and brakes used up, and absolutely caked in filth. The last owner used this thing HARD. But it was a quality frame with good components (Deore LX), so I decided to rebuild it.







I stripped everything off the frame, tossed some of it, cleaned up what could be salvaged, and started refurbishing. I cleaned and sanded the frame before priming and painting it. Bars, seatpost, brake levers, and pedal cages got new paint as well. New crankset, chain, cassette, brake pads, grips, cables, bearings, front derailleur, plus some tires I had lying around and I ended up with this:



Haven't ridden it yet aside from a few spins around the driveway; hopefully I'll get it out on some local fire roads tomorrow if the weather cooperates.
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I found this 1977 Fuji Grand Tourer frame in a local flippers junk pile, frame only. I swapped him a few frames and components for it. Before I repaint it this spring, I took it out for a spin yesterday. Suntour Mountech FD (in case I triple the chainring) and a Suntour 7GT RD like the original had. A very light bike, despite the barn door proportions. Fork shows the forks original color was blue, but I may be going to the catalogue for some options.
Very nice score, and a great photo. Congrats!!
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Thank you, Chris-
I may have to rid myself of the stem shifting.
I'll probably post a thread when I start restoring.
By the way, there was a cheap (empty) champagne bottle
in that fencepost the bike is leaning against.
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I grabbed this Giant ATX 760 from the town dump day back in October. It was about the most ate-up bike I've ever seen: middle ring worn to nothing, chain worn out, cassette chewed up, front derailleur cage worn through on the inside, brake levers gouged, frame scratched and tired but not dented, every bearing gritty and loose, tires and brakes used up, and absolutely caked in filth. The last owner used this thing HARD. But it was a quality frame with good components (Deore LX), so I decided to rebuild it.

I stripped everything off the frame, tossed some of it, cleaned up what could be salvaged, and started refurbishing. I cleaned and sanded the frame before priming and painting it. Bars, seatpost, brake levers, and pedal cages got new paint as well. New crankset, chain, cassette, brake pads, grips, cables, bearings, front derailleur, plus some tires I had lying around and I ended up with this:



Haven't ridden it yet aside from a few spins around the driveway; hopefully I'll get it out on some local fire roads tomorrow if the weather cooperates.
Nice save 02Pilot, and great choice of color! It's a minor nit-pick, but I would pop off the lower headset cup and spray it black.

Your as-found description reminds me of a Rockhopper that I have - it was among the most abused bikes I've bought and most of the components were utterly thrashed. I haven't repainted it yet, but I built it back up with better components and it's a great workhorse.
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Nice save 02Pilot, and great choice of color! It's a minor nit-pick, but I would pop off the lower headset cup and spray it black.

Your as-found description reminds me of a Rockhopper that I have - it was among the most abused bikes I've bought and most of the components were utterly thrashed. I haven't repainted it yet, but I built it back up with better components and it's a great workhorse.

Thanks for the comments. FWIW, the lower cup color was a deliberate choice, not an oversight; I decided I preferred a uniform color between the frame and fork. Similarly, the stem was originally the same color as the frame; I opted for black for everything above the top tube for visual consistency. I grant you it may not be to everyone's taste, and it may appear I was simply lazy when I repainted it, but it was in fact intentional.
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Thanks for the comments. FWIW, the lower cup color was a deliberate choice, not an oversight; I decided I preferred a uniform color between the frame and fork. Similarly, the stem was originally the same color as the frame; I opted for black for everything above the top tube for visual consistency. I grant you it may not be to everyone's taste, and it may appear I was simply lazy when I repainted it, but it was in fact intentional.
Ah, I see, it does look more "balanced" this way.
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Old 12-04-11, 02:29 PM   #7615
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Wow, that's a nice find randyjawa. Glad you were there to pull it back from the brink.
That's it... I am moving to Thunder Bay.
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+1 I also noticed the greened cup, but I thought it worked here, Maybe it's the quality of the color. Nice Giant!
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diggin' the celeste housings on the bianchi.

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Well, I violated two of my rules this week: no hybrids and no mountain bikes. Both were pickups from my favorite thrift store, their pile of bikes is getting quite large (almost all POS), and that is keeping the prices low.

The first was a Schwinn Criss Cross. This will be my third Criss Cross, I like them for some unknown reason. The second was a Bianchi MTB. The price was right, worst comes to worse, it has some parts that I need. Both will probably just be added to the bike queue, to rehab sometime this winter.

Although really dirty, the paint on the Bianchi is really good, and it has decent components.




The paint on the Schwinn needs more TLC. We'll have to see how it turns out....






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Fate shined on me today. I drove into work today, and noticed a set of wheels sitting by the dumpster. I walked over and thought "wow are those poor things ever filthy!" I got closer still, and noticed one had a tire, and one didn't. The one that didn't was a tubular rim. I picked them both up, and it just then hit me that they were a matching set! The hubs are Campy Record, and the rims dark anodized Mavic tubulars. They're both 36 spoke with odd lacing. The front is a cross one, and the rear is cross two. They will definitely be going on a bike I don't ride much, since I don't want to replace a tire every time I get a puncture. I want to use skinwalls, so if there are anmy out there with flat protection please let me know.,,,,BD
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Picked up another mtb tonight, a Gary Fisher Advance. The best I could determine is it's a 1991, with Shimano 400LX. It's a 19" frame of Japanese 4130 Cr-Mb Gary Fisher SuperSize tubing (Tange MTB) . And has the Fisher Evolution front end.
It was in pretty sad condition, but the frame has only a dozen scratches to its purple paint that could use some touch up, and all tubes are straight and dent-free. The only reason I bought it was it's a pre-Trek Gary Fisher, heard these originals are desirable. (apparently 1990 and later are the authentic G-F, oh well)

It's faded, perhaps a repaint is in its future.



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1989 Club Fuji

I picked up this used and abused Fuji about 5 years ago when I had no knowledge of bikes. I figured that Fuji was an expensive bike and that my dad might like it so I picked it up for a whopping $25 which just so happened to be all I had in my wallet at the time. I loaded it up in the trunk of my car and brought it home, but unfortunately for my dad it was way too small for him. It turns out though that it is the perfect size for me, So now 5 years later, my dad and I are going to fix it up so I can ride it in some recreational rides and possibly some amateur races around my college. The frame is straight and there are no dents in it, but the paint could use some touch-ups. It's currently in storage at my grandma's so this project will have to wait until the springtime.


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^ that's a gorgeous Club Fuji.
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New still on the card Brooks B17 aged with waterproof cover for $50 off CL. Wrench at a LBS selling off some of the stuff he had been collecting.
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I picked up this used and abused Fuji about 5 years ago when I had no knowledge of bikes. I figured that Fuji was an expensive bike and that my dad might like it so I picked it up for a whopping $25 which just so happened to be all I had in my wallet at the time. I loaded it up in the trunk of my car and brought it home, but unfortunately for my dad it was way too small for him. It turns out though that it is the perfect size for me, So now 5 years later, my dad and I are going to fix it up so I can ride it in some recreational rides and possibly some amateur races around my college. The frame is straight and there are no dents in it, but the paint could use some touch-ups. It's currently in storage at my grandma's so this project will have to wait until the springtime.


You have a fantastic looking bike there. I hope you do fix it up, though it looks like in the pics it doesn't need much if anything! I liked the original Fuji company because they hated anything Shimano!!! So they avoided their components at all costs. Sadly, the currently Fuji company is not the same as the original Fuji company that went bankrupt in 98 and was bought out by Jadeland Pacific which is nothing more then an investment group, and Advance Sports, and manufacturing was sent to China. Advance group owns Kestrel, Terry, Fuji and Breezer.

I have a 84 Fuji Club in new condition with 5 miles on the bike (when I bought it), except for some paint chips from laying around since 88. I bought mine for $100 last year. I saw a 85 Club at a LBS for $650 and it sold about 2 months later for close to that price! Mine is actually in better condition then the one that sold, not sure why someone was willing to spend $600 plus for the bike though because personally I don't think it's worth that much. Don't get me wrong, I like my bike, it's also the lightest steel lugged bike in my small collection coming in at 20.8 pounds, and it rides great in the terms of comfort and function, but I can't see it being worth $600. I've put about 200 miles on the Club this year.

My favorite bikes are the two Miyatas though, their a 87 Team and a 88 712. Even though they weigh from 1/4 of a pound to a pound more then the Fuji, their very stiff and accelerate like a Banshee.
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Fuji hated Shimano? That's news to me? For a Company that had a model of bike in the 70's called The Ace, that was equipped with Dura Ace?

You have a 20.8 pound Club Fuji? Is it a single speed? My 84 Club weighed 23 and change the last time I weighed it? It has upgraded lighter derailleurs(Cyclone M-II) and lighter wheels than original.,,,,BD
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Also that club fuji looks to have bioopace chainrings on it...
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