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    Kijiji find, this Norco Bigfoot with a cool splash paintjob for 25$. A lot of superficial rust, looks like it's been left outside a lot, but should clean up pretty well I think.



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    Nice sized frame, Good fit ? What's the plans for it? What place did this bike have in the Norco line up ?

    Replacing some steel with alloy parts might bring the weight down and get the rust out if you want to go that route.
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    Seatpost as pictured fits me, so that might make the frame a tad small, but definitely rideable. I'm torn right between making it my winter commuter, or putting drops on it for some gravel grinding. Can't seem to find old Norco catalogs online, but as far as I (I'm 25) can remember, the bigfoot was the mid-range hardtail bike in norco's line up.

    It has Exage rear/front ders and cantis, biopace chainrings (how are those?), and rapidfire shifters. Tange 1000 tubing. Decent stuff. The rear der hanger is pretty badly bent though, I'm hoping to be able to straighten it out. Worst case I'll make it SS. Or, I have a friend who does passable tig work, might be able to hack something.

    My budget's pretty limited right now for this one, so I'll switch out only what's needed, but I'll see what I can find for parts.

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    1988 Cannondale SM1000 "Red Shred" - 22" frame (woohoo!). Most of the Deore XT bits are gone unfortunately but some (the u-brake and headset) remain. Plenty of beausage, formerly festooned with reflective stickers and a too small seatpost....but I dig the paint scheme and the size and the rear dropout/hanger are pristine. A nice winter project.

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    I scored a cool vintage MTB today as well. A ginormous (23") Raleigh Elkhorn, PO says it's a 1985 model, which looks about right from preliminary research online. With seat and stem jacked up like that, I feel like an 8-year-old kid who snuck his big brother's new bike out of the garage for a quick joyride. Possible drop bar conversion in its future, if I can find an appropriate stem (21mm diameter? Is that right?) I definitely don't need the stem up that high, but a little more stretched forward would be nice.



    Paint and decals pretty well preserved for 29 years old, but some pretty bad chipping on the fork, and some paint swapping that will rub out OK. The guy I bought it from has done some wheel truing for me in the past and had it Craigslisted at a nice price, just a Benji. The wheels are nice and true


    "Mountain Tour" seems like a good general description, with the loooong wheelbase, touring-style Sakae Half+Granny kinda crank. 50/44/30 with Suntour XC Sport derailleurs, Suntour thumbies riding up on that crazy slingshot mounted handlebar.


    Raleigh branded everything else, tube set, pedals, fork, rims (also branded Araya, but still) hubs, sealed BB...

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    Today must be Mountain bike day. Picked up a repairable Raleigh Rocky 19" from the late 80s and a similar aged Norco Cherokee for a package price of $15.
    The Raleigh looks like it was a decent bike with Exage 300 group and 4130 tubing. The Norco is more my frame size but Hi-ten and rusty and perhaps the heaviest bike I've ever lifted. The only unique item on it is the MX alloy brakes.
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    this is one of my favorite threads, but it's been unusually quiet going on a week now, so here's my effort to give it some life. a recent CL pickup for one Ben Franklin ... just happened to see it posted at lunchtime only a few miles away ... serendipity. pictured as purchased ... 1991, full 105, STB, and very clean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pedalnmetal View Post
    this is one of my favorite threads, but it's been unusually quiet going on a week now, so here's my effort to give it some life. a recent CL pickup for one Ben Franklin ... just happened to see it posted at lunchtime only a few miles away ... serendipity. pictured as purchased ... 1991, full 105, STB, and very clean.

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    The group alone is worth twice that or more if clean. My favorite group pretty much. I like it better than 600 and DA, even.,,,,BD

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    I came across a 1990/1991 Schwinn Crisscross for $20 a few weeks ago from a guy who was cleaning out the garage prior to a divorce settlement. It was dirty and had a bit of surface rust on the bright parts, a broken rear derailleur, a mangled head badge, and normal signs of wear. Iowegian graciously sent me a replacement RD and 3speedslow sent a head badge. There are no "before pix" because other than general clean-up and bearing maintenance, nothing much was needed. The FD cage was bent, but I sort of have that back in shape (well nearly).

    Anyway, it is back together and I've been riding it around the neighborhood (with pockets full of tools) on test rides. I had some chain jump in the 2 smallest rear cogs due to a stiff link in the old chain. That worked out over time, but I'm replacing the chain anyway. I put riser bars and friction shifters on it because I like them. It's almost ready to go. I'll probably drop the seat and stem a bit and let my wife have a try.

    Oh, I slapped a pair of fenders on it due to wet roads - that's why there are spikey fender stays.

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    Obviously it wasn't going to the dump but my latest acquisition, a 1983 FUJI Espree.

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    Analog man in a digital world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dweenk View Post
    I came across a 1990/1991 Schwinn Crisscross for $20 a few weeks ago from a guy who was cleaning out the garage prior to a divorce settlement. It was dirty and had a bit of surface rust on the bright parts, a broken rear derailleur, a mangled head badge, and normal signs of wear. Iowegian graciously sent me a replacement RD and 3speedslow sent a head badge. There are no "before pix" because other than general clean-up and bearing maintenance, nothing much was needed. The FD cage was bent, but I sort of have that back in shape (well nearly).

    Anyway, it is back together and I've been riding it around the neighborhood (with pockets full of tools) on test rides. I had some chain jump in the 2 smallest rear cogs due to a stiff link in the old chain. That worked out over time, but I'm replacing the chain anyway. I put riser bars and friction shifters on it because I like them. It's almost ready to go. I'll probably drop the seat and stem a bit and let my wife have a try.

    Oh, I slapped a pair of fenders on it due to wet roads - that's why there are spikey fender stays.

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    Does it make you jump, jump? JK, lol! Awesome looking bike! I'd have done drops, but just my personal taste.,,,,BD

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    Fuji Sport 10 off craigslist for 50 bucks. Got it home before realizing the front derailleur was sheared in half and the rear one was bent. Gonna become my fixed communter.

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    Scrap guy came down the alley with this sticking out of the back. I traded a couple junk walmart frames and some other scrap metal. 1976 Schwinn suburban, needed tires and cables, everything else cleaned up pretty nice.







    Semper fi

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    Quote Originally Posted by sloar View Post
    Scrap guy came down the alley with this sticking out of the back. I traded a couple junk walmart frames and some other scrap metal. 1976 Schwinn suburban, needed tires and cables, everything else cleaned up pretty nice.




    Nice save, those reflectors are usually toast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by curbtender View Post
    Nice save, those reflectors are usually toast.
    Actually had all the original reflectors. The front was huge so I removed it along with the wheel reflectors and dork disc.
    Semper fi

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    Quote Originally Posted by sloar View Post
    ..... I removed it along with the wheel reflectors and dork disc.
    That's a really nice find in that condition - but I think a part of the panache of those old Sub'n's is that tremendous dork disk. You might laugh, but I'd reinstall it.
    - Auchen

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    Just emailed on a two hour old 1988 Schwinn Circuit ad for $75. Looks all original, just needs a little paint repair from small rust spots I recently found a duplicolor that matched like factory, and I have experience with fixing rust spots on bikes LOTS and LOTS of experience,,,,BD

    Sweet! Supposedly picking it up around 5:30....
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    Picked up this Novara Randonee for $35 a few days ago. Going to fix it up for my girlfriend so we can ride together. Needs new cables and pads. There's a small ding in the top tube and a ding on the rim on the rear wheel. Has nice canti brakes (better than the brakes on my Fuji Touring Series III) and Shimano Deerhead FD & RD. Hopefully the g/f will be pleased when I'm done messing with it.



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    Seller backed out via email after I had already driven across town through hellacious traffic with an overheating Miata, and was waiting at the meeting spot. I was livid as you can imagine. But you have to expect it. There were probably all kinds of responses offering $100, $200, or more possibly. Only then did he do his research. He is still selling a small Schwinn Crosscut frame for $30 if anyone is interested?,,,,BD

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    This is the story of the one that got away. I went to the dump today, passed the metal pile on my way up to public dumping area. I saw some bikes so I made it a point have some metal to throw into the scrap pile so I could stop at the metal pile.(side note: I am a scrapper so there's ALWAYS metal in my truck. However rarely do I ever leave it at the dump unless its worth it). Stoped threw out the metal grabbed 3 bikes. 2 were tangled up so in the trailer they went. The 3rd went into the truck bed. I scaled out paid the lady, drove off property. I stoped to check out the bikes closer, the one in the bed was a chopper style bike, then went to the trailer....... Low and behold the bikes were not there. Found out they fell out of the back of the trailer. One was a Wal-Mart schwinn the other was a cannondale bud light promo bike:-(.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auchencrow View Post
    That's a really nice find in that condition - but I think a part of the panache of those old Sub'n's is that tremendous dork disk. You might laugh, but I'd reinstall it.
    Thought I'd give it a try and put it on, I like it.



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    ^ On a bike like that, you wave your dork flag proudly, Sean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
    ^ On a bike like that, you wave your dork flag proudly, Sean.
    I hate to say this, but I think most people that see us on bikes think we're dorks!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikedued View Post
    Seller backed out via email after I had already driven across town through hellacious traffic with an overheating Miata, and was waiting at the meeting spot. I was livid as you can imagine. But you have to expect it. There were probably all kinds of responses offering $100, $200, or more possibly. Only then did he do his research. He is still selling a small Schwinn Crosscut frame for $30 if anyone is interested?,,,,BD
    SW HTX, by any chance?

    I saw the response. Sorry you had to go through that. The response tickled me, though. Don't blame ya.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sloar View Post
    Thought I'd give it a try and put it on, I like it.



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