Well - not really a big deal, but more than I expected.
Last week, a fellow BF'er called me to let me know an interesting bike popped up on CL close to my home. In the ad was a fuzzy cell phone pic of a black bike with a chrome fork, no description, and a price of $40. You could see that the crank appeared to be good quality and there were DT shifters present, but that was it.
I called the number, and an obviously younger fellow answered. I asked if the bike were still available, and he told me the "bidding" was at $60. I laughed out loud, told him to try eBay, and hung up. About an hour later, he called back and asked if I still wanted the bike. I told him I wasn't going to bid, and he quickly added that the original price of $40 would be ok. Normally I would have blown him off, but this time curiosity got the better of me. And, he was only 3 miles away - what did I have to lose?
To make a long story short, I met him, saw the bike, and bought it. It was a rattle-can job, and had a number of faults. Both shifters were inoperable, the front brake was missing, and the bars were bent. But, it had a Suntour Cyclone drive train that seemed intact, a set of Mavic MA40 700c wheels, Huret cable guides, and decent Shimano aero levers.
He had told me that he thought it was a Bridgestone bike, but I had my suspicions. Today I got around to inspecting it, and started stripping it down for parts. Turns out, it is a French bike of some sort.
Here's what I know:
French BB - Sugino Mighty 35xP1. Spindle is marked "SUGINO MW-68"
Huret cable guides
Fork says "NERVOR" on the steerer tube
Seatpost size is 25.4
Rear droupouts are spaced at 120mm
No headbadge evident
No braze-ons of any kind
Semi-wraparound seat stays
Stamped rear dropouts
Used to be a candy apple green color, and the fork was painted with chrome tips
So, what was it? I'm thinking low-end Gitane, but the decent Suntour group stumps me - it just doen't look right on this gaspipe frame.
Anyway - the French BB was worth the price of admission, and will pay for the bike.
A few pics: