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    $10 tagsale find. Older Fuji Thrill. Shimano Exage Country group with biopace chainrings. This is the first time I've ridden these, and they're kinda cool. I figured I could do worse for $10 and at least scavenge it for parts, but the bike is totally ride worthy and fun, so I'll probably just clean it up and use it as a beater. I got a sweet surfboard too; it was funny walking back to my house, bike in one hand, board in the other!
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    Edit: Specialized Nimbus smooth-thread 26" tires - nice!
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    This weekend I found a replacement for my stolen 86 Vitus 979. It's a rev.2 979 in white and 55cm size. It's been left out in the desert sun for a long time. But the condition of the frameset is good. The grub screw was rusty but turned out to be only surface rust. Next checked that the seat post and stem weren't seized. Both turn.

    It was a mtb racer's training road bike that was provided to him by his sponsor. He said there is over 10,000 miles on the Vitus.
    It has mostly a motley mix of Shimano parts....1055 series 105 hubs, calipers, RD, 7400 Dura Ace seat post and FD, 600 tricolor crank, and 6200 series brake levers and headset. Rims are Mavic MA2. Unknown stem that the black anodizing has faded, and a Modolo anatomic bar.

    I paid $60 for it. I'm going to polish up the aluminum and paint it to my liking. It should be another fun project, and will make a fitting replacement to my gorgeous first Vitus.

    Seller's CL photo:


    The sun exposure took its toll on the plastic bits and rubber. Shifter plastic is crumbly.






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    Very nice Vitus, excellent deal!
    "My biggest fear is that when I die my wife will sell my bicycles for what I told her they cost."

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    Wow, nice deal for sure. At that price you bought the seat post, and got the rest of the bike for free.

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    Got to love ads with craptastic pictures.

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    Thanks guys. Yes, the ad title was vitus dural, needs restoration, and that one pic. You really need to know what it was to catch it.
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    One door closes and another door opens. Glad you were able to find a replacement !

    No experience with the Dur-ace stuff but love the Modolo anatomic bars.
    "Waiting for the crash"

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3speedslow View Post
    One door closes and another door opens. Glad you were able to find a replacement !

    No experience with the Dur-ace stuff but love the Modolo anatomic bars.
    I do too, and I was an early adopter of the Modolo bar when it was introduced. Had an Equippe model on my first Vitus from 87. There's one on my Bianchi, and two more in the parts bin.

    Indeed, a very traumatic door slams shut. It was an experience I never imagined would happen. But I survived the manipulation and victimization by a mentally disturbed and criminal-minded person that I allowed myself to be involved with. A real eye-opener and fortunate to escape with my life. What I lost is replaceable, what I retained is irreplaceable and priceless. :-)
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    Picked up the Dahon V this morning... swapped out the folding crank with a square taper conversion kit and spare road crank, and changed the derailleur and shifter to a Suntour thumbie and Deore DX.

    The bell has to be mounted upside down for it to fold properly... it also has a parking wheel that will let it sit in a three point stance.



    Folded size is 20 by 29 inches...


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    Quote Originally Posted by JunkYardBike View Post
    Picked up this '83 Fuji Opus III this weekend. Beautiful condition, though the original wheels, derailleurs and shifters are gone. Not sure why the catalog lists it as 58cm; I'm measuring the frame as 56.5cm square. Yeah, I know, center to top, but it's got much shorter top tube than most 58cm frames I've encountered.

    Not sure if you are still active on the forum but I came across an '84 Team Fuji which the Fuji marketing material say it would be a 55cm. However the top tune measures only 54cm!! So even with a longer stem I am a bit cramped on it...

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    Here is my "Catch of the Day". I saw this Avenir saddle this morning at a yard sale and the owner offered it to me for fifty cents! The date code underneath says 1988. OK shape with no tears in the fabric.



    Leo the curious cat asks: "Why is the Avenir a perfect copy of the classic Selle Italia Turbo? Is the Avenir a licensed product for the North American market? What's up with that?"

    Here's a couple of yard sale catches from last year:

    I was at a terrible yard sale full of tons of junk worthy only of the Dumpster. I was about to leave when I saw this beauty. The date code on the bottom is 1991. White perforated leather is among the rarest of the classic Turbos. The girl wanted two dollars for it:





    Across town I saw this little item for sale. Still in the box, never installed--an early '90s Cateye Vectra computer--perfect for my Cramerotti. True, it doesn't have GPS or automatically upload routes to Facebook. But it gives me the basics. Leo agrees:



    Sweet!

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    @holden west
    Interesting Avenir 'Turbo'. I was also surprised to discover my recent Vitus catch had a Vetta Gel Turbo! (see pic above)
    Same shape as a Selle Italia, made in Italy, but by Vetta.
    Too bad the desert heat has destroyed it beyond refurbishing. The foam has collapsed.
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    I always read on this forum about the great deals found at yard sales, but I'm way to lazy to drive around all weekend trying to find something cool. I am willing to walk 1 block however and I'm glad I did this weekend because i found this:

    For this:


    An early '80s Raleigh Super Course with 531 butted tubing for $10! I wish I could keep it because that orange paint is so nice but it's way to small for me. So this will be my first real flip bike. Clean it up, new brake hoods and bar tape, and off to Craigslist. It should bring a decent profit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WNG View Post
    This weekend I found a replacement for my stolen 86 Vitus 979. It's a rev.2 979 in white and 54cm size. It's been left out in the desert sun for a long time. But the condition of the frameset is good. The grub screw was rusty but turned out to be only surface rust. Next checked that the seat post and stem weren't seized. Both turn.

    It was a mtb racer's training road bike that was provided to him by his sponsor. He said there is over 10,000 miles on the Vitus.
    It has mostly a motley mix of Shimano parts....1056 series 105 hubs, calipers, RD, 7400 Dura Ace seat post and FD, 600 tricolor crank, and 6200 series brake levers and headset. Rims are Mavic MA2. Unknown stem that the black anodizing has faded, and a Modolo anatomic bar.

    I paid $60 for it. I'm going to polish up the aluminum and paint it to my liking. It should be another fun project, and will make a fitting replacement to my gorgeous first Vitus.

    Seller's CL photo:


    The sun exposure took its toll on the plastic bits and rubber. Shifter plastic is crumbly.







    For some odd reason I had a real love affair with the way those bikes looked even though I was always a bit sceptical of how they were put together and how long the aluminum would last. In case anyone is wanting a brand new one, Adrenalin Bikes has a few assorted size of brand new old stock Vitus 979 frame/forks in stock, you can either by the frame/fork by itself or have them build it to your specs with modern components however.
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    @rekmeyata Thanks for the lead, maybe if I hit Powerball, I can get an identical one from them. I guess their price is justified given they are NOS and rare. I paid $495 back in 1987.
    I too was drawn to them. Very modern for the 80s, and striking to look at.
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    Here mine.

    Late 70s Miyata that was backed over by a car. They found a new front wheel and put on new tires before giving up on it. It cost me $10. I went to the local used parts place and spent another $10 for a new used crankset that didn't wobble and added some speed to it. I replaced the bent drops with a straight bar and grip shifters from my parts bin and found some longer flat bar brake handles for better brake leverage. I switched out the rear cassette because a couple of gears were worn and in the process converted it from 10 speed to 12 speed.

    I looked around for a new front fork before bending the fork back straight enough to use again. After several hundred miles I don't think it's an issue, but I keep my eyes open for a replacement and check it regularly.

    I used it for a daily 22 mile ride before determining I wanted to get a road bike. It will probably end up splitting commuting duties with my modified mountain bike. There's not much to lose if it disappears from the rack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WNG View Post
    @rekmeyata Thanks for the lead, maybe if I hit Powerball, I can get an identical one from them. I guess their price is justified given they are NOS and rare. I paid $495 back in 1987.
    I too was drawn to them. Very modern for the 80s, and striking to look at.
    $500 in 1987 is now $1,043, but the cycling industry has far outpaced inflation all due to the corporate way of thinking...hobby equals disposable income, the more expensive the hobby the more you can dispose of. Consider now that almost all components and even frames are made in China with labor rates that are cheaper than they were in America back in the 70's even! So it's all about profit taking. It would be easy though to get a new frame and fork and simply transfer your components to it if you wanted to. But I understand, money is money and it's harder to obtain it today then it was in the 80's.
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    CL photo...
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    that led to buying this for $50
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    and after a little work, got a bike for the wife!
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    21" Schwinn Traveler with 4130 CroMoly made in the USA sometime in May of 1987.

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    That is one nice looking Schwinn! Definite Bianchi vibe going on, which doesn't hurt at all. Nice job on the redo as well. Too bad you weren't around last Spring(2013) I sold a red Schwinn Circuit frame that size. The Sante group from it is hanging on my 85 Tenax tubed Super Sport. Sorry I am just a huge fan of Schwinn 80's bikes. Construction was very well done, and the paint colors and graphics were well thought out.,,,,BD
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    ^^^^ Ditto on the Schwinn love. I still have my 21" Traveler frame hanging out in the bike shed out back. Loved the ride but just a tad too small for me. Got a lot of" Whoa, thought you were on a Bianchi " comments. Nope, it's a Schwinn !

    I know your wife will be super thrilled with her new bike. Long rides are in order !
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    Quote Originally Posted by InOmaha View Post
    Here mine.

    Late 70s Miyata that was backed over by a car....
    IMG_20130823_074609_191.jpg
    That's a sweet slice of late 70's styling my friend. Awesome color and even awesome-r miyata font and logo-stripe thingy's. If it were me, I would ride it like I stole it (which would sorta be technically true, because it's yours).

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3speedslow View Post
    ^^^^ Ditto on the Schwinn love. I still have my 21" Traveler frame hanging out in the bike shed out back. Loved the ride but just a tad too small for me. Got a lot of" Whoa, thought you were on a Bianchi " comments. Nope, it's a Schwinn !

    I know your wife will be super thrilled with her new bike. Long rides are in order !
    I had a Traveler once, but after about 5 or 6 years of riding it on the wet sands of the Pacific and getting drenched with ocean water too many times to count so I had to dump it due to corrosion on the all the aluminium parts and internal rust. But even after all that ocean stuff I had the bike for about 25 years, though the last 10 years or so I didn't ride it because it was in such disrepair. So don't ride that Traveler in the ocean...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NF4MIEkIBZs

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    Quote Originally Posted by uncle uncle View Post
    That's a sweet slice of late 70's styling my friend. Awesome color and even awesome-r miyata font and logo-stripe thingy's. If it were me, I would ride it like I stole it (which would sorta be technically true, because it's yours).
    I probably spent too much on it initially considering the front was bent up. But I knew I had some parts in the garage and it was the right size. I only found out about the cranks after the first ride. They looked good but were off enough to notice when pedaling. They were the old cottered cranks and just wouldn't adjust right. So they were either bent or worn or both. It was an easy $10 fix to replace the crankset and I went with a higher geared lower weight version. It think the original was 48/40 and the new 52/38. I may have even picked up the six speed cassette with the crankset now that I think about it.

    It's a nice smooth upright ride. Not road bike fast, but not mountain bike slow.

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    Picked up all of this "old crap" today, or so I was told......

    Dura Ace High Flange hubs, Regina Extra Oro 5speed freewheel on Fiamme, Ergal tubulars

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    Exceltoo Track Super Competition Hubs on tubulars:
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    Weird, homebrew Nishiki MTB w/ Drum Brakes:

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    Kuwahara Cougar:
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    Schwinn High Sierra:

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    ^^^^ Thats 'crap?' The tubular rims aren't much use to me those mtbs all look like great beaters/kid carrying bikes. Nice 48t triples as well. These days you can't get an mtb with a triple over 44 (yuck!)

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