1984 Focus RS-500 - Yeah, I never heard of it either.
I have a Craigslist app for my phone which will update multiple fields, and let me view the results. I have it set to refresh the usual spots for bikes, including "Garage sale" that has the word bike in the description.
Well up popped "Mens road bike" in a listing around 2 months ago, so I emailed about it, and figured for $20.00 asking price, I'm on board. Drive the 30 minutes to go find the bike, stashed in the garage with a "sold" sign on it. She held the bike all day! Awesome. I looked it over, picked it up, but it wouldn't have mattered for 20 bucks, it was going home with me.
As received -
After a bit of work. And by a Bit, I mean OA bath, and hours of cleaning. I think the bike had been leaning up against the wall outside a house for a while, had some surface rust and plenty of nicks. One side of the BB bearings were rusted pretty well, and the other side was fine.. water must have been pooling on one side.
I googled the bike, the brand, nothing much comes up. Tange tubing, with Suntour Cyclone fd and Rd with Diacompe sidepulls, and Araya Aluminum 700c wheels. It has a more aggressive geometry than my Univega, but not as agressive as the Pinarello.
Edit - I just realized I went over the bars with the rear brake cable oh well, more work!
nice. I always went over the bars with both brake cables. I think it looks wrong to do it the other way, but that's a matter of taste.
I always go over with the front, but I've done either for the rear. Depending on the stiffness of the cable housing and the location of the first braze-on, the most graceful path doesn't necessarily equal the absolute code of the Style Nazis.
There was a builder that threw a fit when his show bikes were set up with the rear brake cable snaking under the bar - which was it?
Yeah, it feels like a decent bike! No Columbus or 531 , but its no gas pipe monster, I'm thinking I will take it out on Friday for a 15 or so, let it stretch its legs and do what it was designed to do.
I bought mine at a swap meet in california for $65 cleaned it up a bit new tires, tubes, mks pedal w/cages, seat, grip tape, front/rear lights and new derailer cables. I use it for excercise and on occasion ride it to work. Pics to come when i get home tonight. I have been seeking info on my bike since last year. I was surprised when I saw this thread I am very happy with my bike.