Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    working on progress treebound's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Wisconsin
    My Bikes
    most have two wheels, but some have one or three
    Posts
    2,751
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Boomerang bikes - bikes that come back to you

    I know many of you have had a bike pass through your hands and then later down the road return to your ownership, so how about sharing a story about one of them. Might be an interesting read.

    I'll start with this one. I think sometime last year I did a lunch run and stopped at a rummage sale and picked up two bikes. One of them was a smaller Trek 400, probably from around 1985 or so, 6-speed on back, 49cm ctt seat tube, 54cm ctc top tube. I think it has 700c wheels. Paint needed some attention, needed a tune up, and needed tires. Back at work one of the daily cycling commuters saw it and mentioned he was looking for one for his daughter so I gave it to him for what I had paid for it (not much). His daughter rode it around a bit but came to realize she didn't really like the drop bars and brake setup on it so it got parked and he got her a more upright bike instead from a relative. We're starting to go into winter mode here and as such he was cleaning out his garage and asked me if I wanted the bike back, so I said sure. Not too sure what I'll do with it yet, might fix it up for a step-grandkid, or pass it along again.

    Here are some marginal cell phone pics. He had disposed of the seat that was on it because it was pretty bad, no problem because I've got a small pile of saddles at home.
    Attached Images Attached Images
    = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
    Life happens, don't be a spectator.

  2. #2
    working on progress treebound's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Wisconsin
    My Bikes
    most have two wheels, but some have one or three
    Posts
    2,751
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Well, I'll just follow up a bit on the bike. Looking at the vintage Trek site and checking the components and s/n on the bike it appears that it is either a transitional bike or one someone changed stuff on. The serial number makes it a 1985 model 400 19" frame. The cranks look like the ones in the 1985 catalog scan. The wheelset on the other hand appears to be from 1986 since they are 700c and have a Maillard hub on the rear and it appears to look like the rims at one time had an oval sticker like Rigida. The rear hub also states Helicomatic, so what sort of tool do I need to remove the freewheel?????

    1985 catalog: http://vintage-trek.com/images/trek/85TrekSport.pdf
    1986 catalog: http://vintage-trek.com/images/trek/86TrekCatalog.pdf

    1985 bikes were supposed to have 27" wheels, but the brake pads on this one are all the way at the upper end of the brakearm slot looking like 27" wheels would not work with this brake setup. 1986 bikes came with 700c wheels so maybe someone swapped out the brakes along with the wheels, or maybe it was a late season build. Don't know, confusing, thoughts?
    = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
    Life happens, don't be a spectator.

  3. #3
    Senior Member Roger M's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Snohomish, WA.
    Posts
    1,569
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    I haven't had any come back, but if one was to work it's way towards my house....

    It was a free CL bike, I did some work on it and gave it to my Daughter's friend's Pop.

    It's not even my size, but I would like to have it for kids future use.


  4. #4
    Senior Member bikemanbob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Metro Detroit
    My Bikes
    Bertoni Corsa Mondiale, Bridgestone T-700, Miyata 700 GT, Trek 600, Trek 560 Professional Series, Chrome Panasonic DX 2000, Peugeot PH12, Peugeot PX10, Schwinn World Voyageur, Schwinn Circuit, and Schwinn Voyageur
    Posts
    859
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)

    Fuji Gran Tourer

    Not too interesting of a story. I gave it to a friend. He gave it back. I made some changes. I sold it. New owner very happy!




  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Minnesota- the frozen tundra
    My Bikes
    1977 Raleigh Super Grand Prix, 1976 Gitane Tour de France
    Posts
    1,928
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I ran into similar difficulty dating an old Trek 510, I think some were sold as bare frames and built up by the shops so that can make them hard to nail down.

    I've not had any boomerang bikes yet but I can think of a couple I'd like back.



    .
    My name is Steve and I don't have a bent fork anymore :)

    1979 Raleigh Competition G.S.- mine
    197? Raleigh Super Grand Prix- mine
    1979 Raleigh Super Grand Prix- mine
    1970? Bottecchia- wifes
    1980s Vitus 979- sons
    1974 Viscount Aerospace sons
    1972 Peugeot AO8- sons
    1990s Schwinn hybrid- daughters

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Gloucester MA
    Posts
    216
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I recovered a stolen bike I had sold at cost to a neighbor's grandson. Run of the mill Trek 800 mountain bike, but the kid absolutely LOVED it. I certainly only had Huffys at age 12 so I guess I would have been pretty impressed with it at that age too.

    Anyway, the dad took the kids bike lock saying that nobody would steal his "old" bike; that he needed the lock for his "new" (assumed walmart) bike. Of course, the bike was stolen that very same day.

    It felt good to reunite him with his beloved Trek, but someone else had bought him a replacement walmart bike in the mean time. I'm sure he'll still get plenty of use out of the Trek.

    The other boomerang bike is a Schwinn Suburban I sold to someone who eventually decided they wanted a folding bike instead. She was one of our first customers when we started selling bikes officially rather than just on craigslist. (Registered, insured, sales, service, etc) Instead of selling the Schwinn back to us she insisted we take it for free to help support the cause of our upstart biz! That was great, but the very next day we found a vintage single speed foldie that we in turn insisted we give to her in trade. She's happy, we're happy, and the new owner of the Schwinn is happy too!

  7. #7
    Collector of Useless Info
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    1,363
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by treebound View Post
    .... The rear hub also states Helicomatic, so what sort of tool do I need to remove the freewheel?????
    A pair of wire cutters

    Actually, Maillard made a special tool, but I found that the lockring was easy to remove with slipjoint pliers. Of course, you'd have to replace it with another Helicomatic cluster since nothing else will fit, and you'll still have a Helicomatic hub, but hey...

  8. #8
    working on progress treebound's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Wisconsin
    My Bikes
    most have two wheels, but some have one or three
    Posts
    2,751
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by cycle_maven View Post
    A pair of wire cutters

    Actually, Maillard made a special tool, but I found that the lockring was easy to remove with slipjoint pliers. Of course, you'd have to replace it with another Helicomatic cluster since nothing else will fit, and you'll still have a Helicomatic hub, but hey...
    Is this one of those hubs that only one thing will fit? As in I can't even put a bmx freewheel on it? I don't think I've ever taken one off before.

    edit: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/gloss_ha-i.html#helicomatic

    {{{Insert sound of head hitting desk here******

    Rats, cats, and elephants, looks like I've got some trade fodder for a Francophile.
    Last edited by treebound; 09-23-11 at 03:21 PM. Reason: added edit and thud
    = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
    Life happens, don't be a spectator.

  9. #9
    Senior Member wahoonc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    On the road-USA
    My Bikes
    Giant Excursion, Raleigh Sports, Raleigh R.S.W. Compact, Motobecane? and about 20 more! OMG
    Posts
    16,262
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have had a couple of boomerrang bikes.

    Bought new in 1989/1990, used it for trail rides, then converted to an all weather commuter. It was stolen around 1996, recovered a short time later. Sold about a year later to a friend, it was stolen from him and recovered a month later. He gave it to his brother in law, it was used around the neighborhood for a few years and came back to me in late 2007. I just recently got around to upgrading it to an expedition tour bike.

    Here are the before and after pictures.

    Aaron


    Webshots is bailing out, if you find any of my posts with corrupt picture files and want to see them corrected please let me know. :(

    ISO: A late 1980's Giant Iguana MTB frameset (or complete bike) 23" Red with yellow graphics.

    "Cycling should be a way of life, not a hobby.
    RIDE, YOU FOOL, RIDE!"
    _Nicodemus

    "Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
    Aluminum: barely a hundred
    Which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?"
    _krazygluon

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •